OTTAWA – Former P.E.I. premier Robert Ghiz has been appointed president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, which represents most of the country’s mobile network providers and many of their suppliers.
Ghiz was a Liberal premier for Prince Edward Island from 2007 until he stepped aside last year.
He replaces another former premier from Atlantic Canada, Bernard Lord, who led a Progressive Conservative government in New Brunswick from 1999 to 2006. Lord was the CWTA president and CEO for eight years until his departure on Sept. 1.
During Lord’s time as the association’s CEO, the industry’s biggest players were frequently at odds with the Harper federal government, which introduced a number of measures designed to increase competition for the three national carriers.
Telus Corp. (TSX:T) left the association in early 2014 but Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Bell (TSX:BCE) remain members.
The Freedom Mobile division of Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B), Quebecor’s Videotron (TSX:QBR.B) and Eastlink— which compete against the Big Three in some provinces — are also currently CWTA members.