RDÉE marks 15 years

Aca­dian and fran­co­phone busi­ness group con­tin­ues to in­vest in P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

The 2014-2015 fi­nan­cial year was a “very busy and very pro­duc­tive year” for RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the pro­vin­cial fran­co­phone eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment coun­cil.

“In fact, we es­ti­mate the eco­nomic spinoffs of our ac­tions at about $1.42 mil­lion. So, es­sen­tially, for ev­ery dol­lar that we re­ceived from our op­er­a­tional grant provider, we were able to gen­er­ate about $3. That’s a 300 per cent re­turn on in­vest­ment,” said RDÉE out­go­ing pres­i­dent Martin Mar­coux dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual meet­ing in Summerside re­cently.

He noted that the RDÉE con­tin­ues to serve as the leader of Aca­dian and fran­co­phone eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment on P.E.I. Since it was formed 15 years ago, the RDÉE has lit­er­ally sup­ported projects from Tignish to Souris.

“From year to year, our projects keep mul­ti­ply­ing them­selves and for a good rea­son,” said Martin Mar­coux. “Our ser­vices are be­ing sought more and more and we are regularly con­sulted on var­i­ous eco­nomic is­sues, both from a fran­co­phone and an an­glo­phone per­spec­tive.”

Mar­coux men­tioned that the RDÉE has a “strong, dy­namic and de­voted team” that sup­ported nu­mer­ous projects over the past year.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bon­nie Gallant high­lighted de­vel­op­ments in var­i­ous sec­tors, in­clud­ing in eco­nomic immigration, tourism, com­mu­nity eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and youth.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

RDÉE P.E.I.’s new ex­ec­u­tive for 2015-16 is new pres­i­dent Jean­nette Arse­nault, seated, and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Martin Mar­coux, who also be­comes spokesper­son for the Aca­dian and Fran­co­phone Cham­ber of Com­merce. In the back row are new vice-pres­i­dent Hu­bert Lihrmann and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Angèle Arse­nault. Re-elected sec­re­tary trea­surer Don­ald DesRoches is ab­sent from the photo. Two new coun­cil­lors, Mike Bradley and Pa­trick Vil­leneuve, have been elected to the board

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