Business New Brunswick

New assistant deputy minister appointed for northern economic development (09/12/07)

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Dec. 7, 2009

BATHURST (CNB) - Roger Robichaud, a veteran economic development professional with a long career in northern New Brunswick, has been appointed assistant deputy minister, northern development, for Business New Brunswick.

Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau announced the appointment at a luncheon with Bathurst's business community today.

"I am very proud that Roger Robichaud has been chosen to lead our charge for self-sufficiency in northern New Brunswick," said Boudreau. "I have every confidence in his ability to serve your needs here in the north."

Robichaud will lead a new, Bathurst-based regional office reporting directly to Bill Levesque, deputy minister of Business New Brunswick. Robichaud will start work on Monday, Dec. 14, filling a vacant position being transferred to Bathurst.

A native of Petit-Pokemouche, Robichaud has served as regional director of the Regional Development Corporation in Tracadie-Sheila since 2005. Before that, he served as executive director of Entreprise Péninsule. Prior to this, Robichaud spent 12 years as an agronomist for the Department of Agriculture in northern New Brunswick.

The appointment is part of Business New Brunswick's ongoing strategy to improve economic development services in the north by supporting provincial offices in Edmundston, Dalhousie, Miramichi and Tracadie-Sheila with an augmented presence in Bathurst.

When the new office is in full operation early in 2010, about 20 provincial economic development staff will be working in northern New Brunswick.

"The communities of northern New Brunswick have told us loud and clear that they want a stronger link between government and the local business community," said Boudreau. "They have told us they need on-the-ground staff to address the specific needs of the region. This new Business New Brunswick office, along with our plan for lower taxes and the proposal for lower power rates, will respond to their concerns and help position northern New Brunswick as the place to be for business."


MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Nobes, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-203-0143.