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Jurisdiction: Building Confidence in a Borderless Medium

July 26-27, 1999
Montreal, Canada

Speaker Biography

Nick Discepola

Member of Parliament (Vaudreuil-Soulanges)

Education:

  • M.B.A. graduate of McGill University, major in Marketing & Small Business (1977)
  • B.Sc. graduate of McGill University, major in mathematics (1972)

Professional Career:

  • President/Founder of N.D. Computer Resources Ltd.
  • 1976-1992: Nick decided to form his own computer company in November 1976 while concurrently completing his MBA studies. The company now almost 20 years old provides computer analysis and programming hardware sales and support, for small and medium-sized businesses in Quebec.

    1972-1976: Worked for Bell Canada and the Federal government in Ottawa as a computer specialist.

    • Elected Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance in 1998
    • Elected Federal Liberal M.P. for Vaudreuil-Soulanges in 1997
    • Appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada in 1997
    • Elected Federal Liberal M.P. for Vaudreuil Riding in 1993
    • Appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada in 1996
    • Member of Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs
    • Member of Sub-Committee of Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs on National Security
    • President of the Quebec Liberal Caucus in 1994
    • Member of Standing Committee on Finance
    • Member of Standing Committee on Industry

    1989-1993: Mayor of the Town of Kirkland

    1983-1989: Councillor of the Town of Kirkland

    First elected to the Municipality of the Town of Kirkland in 1983 and acclaimed in 1987. Elected in the 1989 municipal by-election with 93% of the popular vote; Mr. Discepola was acclaimed in the November 1991 general municipal election. Under Mr. Discepola's mandate the Town of Kirkland experienced tremendous growth and under his sole administration the town was selected as one of the top 10 towns best to live in all of Canada.

    Member of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Urban Community. The Montreal Urban Community is a regional government responsible for providing various services to the 29 member municipalities of the Island of Montreal, Ile Bizard and Ile Dorval. The M.U.C. provides services such as police protection (responsible for a force of 4,500 police officers), public transportation, domestic and industrial waste water treatment, air and water purification, food inspection, evaluation, arts council, 911 emergency centre and regional planning for the whole territory.

    President of the Economic Development Commission of the Montreal Urban Community. The Economic Development Commission reports directly to the MUC Executive Committee. It oversees the functioning of the Taxi Bureau of the Island of Montreal and the Economic Expansion Office of the Region of Montreal. The Office's role is to promote regional economic development for the 29 municipalities and to attract potential international investors to locate on the Island of Montreal.

    Vice-President of the Island of Montreal Intermunicipal Waste Management Board. The Montreal Waste Management board is composed of 27 member municipalities on the Island of Montreal. The role of the board is to plan, implement and oversee the operations of a $ 275 million project for a total waste flow control system based on reduction, recycling, reuse, composting, incineration, and energy recovery by the year 1995.

    Vice-President of the West Island Industrial Development Council. The West Island Development Council is responsible for the industrial development and promotion for the twelve member municipalities of the West Island of Montreal. Its role is to attract new investment to the area and promote the West Island to potential international investors.

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