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Reappointment To Royal Canadian Mint

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OTTAWA, March 25, 2011 — The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), today announced the reappointment of Mr. Ian E. Bennett as the Master of the Royal Canadian Mint for a period of three years effective June 12, 2011.

"I am pleased that Mr. Bennett has agreed to continue to lead the Royal Canadian Mint," said Minister Strahl. "His accountability and leadership have been and will continue to be important assets to the organization."

"Mr. Bennett's hard work and dedication to the Royal Canadian Mint have been evident during his first term as Master," added Minister Merrifield. "His reappointment ensures the strong leadership and direction he has shown the Royal Canadian Mint board will continue." 

Mr. Bennett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Commerce from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, also in Economics. A career public servant, Mr. Bennett held a number of senior positions with the Department of Finance Canada, including the posts of Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister. He also served as Associate Deputy Minister of National Revenue.  In addition, Mr. Bennett has extensive experience in international economic policy. Between 2001 and 2004, he served as Executive Director representing Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the International Monetary Fund and he also served as the G-7 Deputy for Canada between 1998 and 2000. From February 1993 to November 1994, Mr. Bennett served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet at the Privy Council Office.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit


For more information, please contact:
John Babcock
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa