London MP gets a Martin nod
London North Centre member of Parliament, Joe Fontana, was
appointed as parliamentary secretary to the prime minister
on Dec. 12, said Chantal Gobeil, executive assistant to Fontana.
He will be giving special focus to science technology and
small business nationwide, she explained.
Fontana has personal experience with small business and was
previously involved in the insurance field as well as property
management in London, Gobeil said. “His background in
small business was a great asset in securing his recent appointment
to the Privy Council of Canada,” she said.
“The emphasis of his position will be focused on tackling
key issues concerning small businesses and promoting an increase
in the use of science technology.” Although the two are
not directly related, Gobeil said that science technology is
often important in providing research for small businesses.
When asked what changes one could expect to see in London
in the new year as a result of Fontana’s new position,
Gobeil said it was still too soon to say for sure, adding she
is certain he is right for the job. Western is located within
Western’s French Knight
Western President Paul Davenport has earned himself a very
exciting honorary title, not only for himself, but also for
Western as London’s Newsmaker of the year.
Last year The New PL and The Londoner joined forces to begin
annually recognizing locals for their newsworthy contributions,
said New PL spokesperson Kate Young.
“A lot of names were discussed when trying to decide
the appropriate person for the award, but everyone kept coming
back to Paul Davenport,” Young noted.
“It has been more than just the past year for Paul;
his achievements have been building over time as a good role
model and an incredible leader,” she explained.
Davenport was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in May
2003 and a French Knight in 2001.
Young pointed out that Western’s 125th anniversary was
a suitable time to recognize its leader.
She added she hopes upcoming years will provide Londoners
with other positive newsmakers such as Davenport.
—Angela Marie Denstedt