CACC Welcomes New Honourary Consul of Canada in Melbourne

By 25 August, 2017News

The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) welcomes René Lalande, CEO Transdev in his role as Honorary Consul of Canada in Melbourne.

“On behalf of the CACC, I would like to congratulate Mr. Lalande on his appointment,” said Brian Hansen, President of the CACC.

“As CEO of Transdev’s Australasian operations, Mr. Lalande has significant experience in international operations, trade and relations”, said Mr. Hansen.

“We look very forward to collaborating with our new Honorary Consul General in Melbourne as together we support trade and business connections between Australia and Canada.”

Originally from Québec, Canada, René Lalande first came to Australia four years ago. During his time in Australia, Mr. Lalande has held senior executive positions including Managing Director at Bombardier Transportation Australia, prior to joining Transdev.

“I acknowledge and respect the work of the CACC,” Mr. Lalande said. “In my role as Honorary Consul General in Melbourne, I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity to connect with its Melbourne Committee and find ways to collaborate and further the important work of the CACC in the Melbourne market.”

“I am fortunate enough to live in the most livable city in the world, having come from one of the most livable countries in the world. There is much scope and opportunity to strengthen ties between Australia and Canada.”

CACC Director and Chair of the Melbourne Committee, Lesley Gillespie OAM said, “Mr. Lalande is a recognised business leader in both Australia and Canada and we are very excited about how we, the Melbourne Committee in particular, may work with Mr. Lalande to advance economic opportunities between our two great countries.”

The CACC will formally welcome Mr. Lalande at a special event in Melbourne later in 2017, details to follow at a later date.

The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to build and strengthen trade and business connections between Australia and Canada. The CACC maintains relationships with senior and operational level resources of Government in both Canada and Australia as well as providing members with access to an extensive and growing network of individuals and organisations with an interest in the Canada-Australia business relationship.

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