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GS1 Canada Announces New Appointments to Strategic Governance and Standards & Services Governance Boards

TORONTO, ON, February 27, 2006 – GS1 Canada, Canada’s experts in collaborative commerce and global standards, today announced three appointments to the Strategic Governance Board and five appointments to the Standards & Services Board.

The appointments to the GS1 Canada Strategic Governance Board are:  Stuart Fraser, Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd. as Vice-Chair (former Treasurer); Murray Webb, President, Gordon Food Services Ontario (former member of the Standards and Services Governance Board); and François Vimard, Executive Vice-President, Sobeys, Inc. to Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee (former member of the Standards and Services Governance Board).

The appointments to the GS1 Canada Standards & Services Governance Board are:  Roban Coba, Senior Vice President, Loblaw Companies Limited, Information Services Division to Chair; Lillie Cruikshank, Vice President Finance-Transformation, Sobeys Inc.; Phil Lanzarotta, National Director, Customer & Logistics Services, Kellogg Canada Inc.; Dean Noble, President, Neptune Food Service (former member of the Strategic Governance Board); and Denis Wills, Channel Director, Canada, Symbol Technologies.

“These new board appointments represent an extensive breadth of experience across multiple industry sectors, adding to the current collective experience and further strengthening an already effective board,” said Peter Singer, Chair, GS1 Canada Strategic Board of Governors and President, Thomas, Large & Singer Inc.

“The caliber of organizations represented on these boards is a clear reflection of GS1 Canada’s firm position as leaders in collaborate commerce,” said Art Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada.  “With a leading Canadian retailer chairing the Standards & Services Board, significant impact to the global e-economy will follow by ensuring that Canadian business requirements are identified and implemented at a global level,” he continued.

The GS1 Canada Strategic Governance Board is responsible for the organization’s strategic and financial plans and governance, and the Standards & Services Governance Board represents Canadian industry’s requirements for standards on a global level.  With the addition of these new appointees, the boards consist of 24 members representing a range of organizations including Benjamin Moore & Co. Ltd., Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., Colgate-Palmolive Canada Inc., Gordon Food Service Ontario, GS1 Canada, GS1 US, Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd., Hudson's Bay Company, J.M. Smucker Canada, Inc., Katz Group Canada Ltd., Kellogg Canada Inc., Loblaw Companies Ltd., Neptune Food Service, Parmalat North America, Procter & Gamble, Sobeys, Inc., Symbol Technologies, The Country Grocer, Inc., Thomas, Large & Singer, Inc., Unilever Canada, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The Strategic Governance Board meets twice annually in April and December and the Standards & Services Board meets three times annually in February, June and September.

About GS1 Canada
GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and related e-commerce communication, such as bar code issuance and maintenance.  GS1 Canada is the only authorized source for globally unique company prefixes in Canada, a standard term and condition of trade globally.  It provides a range of educational opportunities, maintains Canada’s national product registry, and offers one-stop access to product images and dimensions.  As technologies like Electronic Product Codes (EPC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) continue to drive the e-commerce revolution, GS1 Canada will provide the leadership to help ensure that Canadian companies can participate competitively. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:
Mary Pygiel
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2125