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Hélène V. Gagnon
Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility
Bombardier Aerospace

Ms. Gagnon joined Bombardier Aerospace in October 2006 where she is responsible for internal and external communications, media relations, corporate social responsibility as well as government relations, for Bombardier Aerospace worldwide.

She represents Bombardier on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) as well as on the Board of Directors of Aero Montréal, Greater Montréal's Aerospace Cluster where she chairs the Branding and Promotion Working Group. Ms. Gagnon also sits on the Board of Directors of the Québec Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ) and the Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters (QME).

Ms. Gagnon is a member of the McGill University Faculty of Law Advisory Board and has been the National co-chair of this Faculty's Fundraising campaign. She sits on the Board of Governors of the Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ) and is also a Governor of the Regroupement des jeunes d'affaires du Québec, of which she was President in 2000.

Hélène V. Gagnon has always been very active in the community, having served on more than 20 Boards of Directors and volunteered with over 40 associations, committees or Government Advisory Boards. In 2003, the publication Journal Les Affaires ranked her among the top 75 business leaders in Québec who are under 40. In November 2007, she received the prestigious Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100 ™ award from the Women Executive Network.

Ms. Gagnon began her career in 1995 with the law firm Fasken Martineau as a specialist in environmental law. In 2000, she joined mining and metallurgy multinational Noranda Inc./ Falconbridge Limited (now known as XStrata) as Director of Public and Corporate Affairs for Québec. She joined Bombardier Transportation North America in 2003 as Senior Director of Public Affairs.

A graduate of McGill University with a degree in Civil Law and Common Law (First Class Honours), Ms. Gagnon also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. A lawyer by training, she has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1995. She also holds the title of Accredited in Public Relations (APR) from the Canadian Public Relations Society.