Community, business leaders will improve transparency on investment board

Four new members added to the provincial government’s investment board this week through Engage PEI -- who have vast business and community experience -- will give Islanders a greater voice in the board’s decisions.

Now seven members, the Island Investment Development Inc (IIDI) board provides support to foster economic growth across the province. This is the first time the board includes Island residents outside of government officials.

“The addition of four private citizens to the board of IIDI will improve the organization’s accountability and transparency and give Islanders a greater presence at the decision-making table,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said.

“These individuals have a wealth of experience in government, business and community, and I look forward to working with the new board members as they take on their new roles.”

New to the board are chair Johnny Flynn, Pamela Montgomery, Brendon McCloskey, and Leticia LaRosa. They join Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism David Keedwell, Deputy Minister of Finance Neil Stewart, and IIDI CEO Jamie Aiken.

Engage PEI helps Islanders get involved with the provincial government by applying to volunteer on more than 70 agencies, boards, and commissions. To see a full list of Engage PEI board vacancies visit:

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Johnny Flynn is a world renowned oyster grower, and entrepreneur from Souris. His Colville Bay Oysters are considered one of the best varieties in the world. Flynn has extensive experience in the fishery, and is well versed in the challenges faced by, and the tremendous potential that exists for, small business owners across Prince Edward Island.

Pamela Montgomery is a former executive director of Downtown Summerside Inc., the former president of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation and the current president of Community Connections Inc. She holds an MBA from UPEI and a B.A. in Economics from Acadia University. Her experience in both the business and community sectors give her excellent perspective and a wide ranging view of the economic and social needs of Islanders.

Brendon McCloskey was a long time member of Charlottetown City Council where he served as chairman of the police, fire and public works committees. He served on the board of the Charlottetown and Area Development Corporation from 2008-2017 and currently serves as the provincial representative on the Maritime Municipal Training Board. All this is in addition to his long time position in sales at Hillside Motors in Charlottetown.

Leticia LaRosa is the former consul general for the PEI Philippine Consulate, and is a founding member of the Filipino-Canadian Association. She also served as head of the Certified Public Accountant Review School at the University of Santo Tomas, one of the most respected educational institutions in the Philippines. She has also worked diligently through various community and government organizations to assist new immigrants adjust to life in Canada.

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