Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Nothing trivial about new parks commission appointment

By Review staff

Werner, founding president of Horn Abbot Ltd., which introduced Triv­ial Pursuit, has been appointed to the board of the Niagara Parks Com­mission.A longtime Niagara resident, Werner's involvement in the success of the Trivial Pursuit board game has been recognized with an Out­standing Business Achievement award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and induction into the Canadian Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Parks commis­sion Chairman Jim Williams wel­comed Werner as a "great acquisi­tion."

"You need good business sense around the table when you're mak­ing multi-million dollar decisions," said Williams.

In addition to his role as vice-president of Horn Abbot, Werner is president of Brox Company Limited - a company that invests in the hos­pitality, agriculture and land-devel­opment industries.

He is a member of the Niagara Enterprise Hall of Fame and has lec­tured at Brock University. He is also a lawyer, member of the Niagara Business Education Council and on the board of Colgate University.

A noted rowing champion and international hockey player, Werner has coached minor hockey in Nia-gara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls.

He joins other local residents Bob Gale, president of Gales Fuels and Lord Mayor Gary Burroughs on the Niagara Parks Commission.

"Ed Werner has exceptional busi­ness and marketing skills that will be an asset to the Niagara Parks Commission as it responds to the demands of an evolving market­place," said Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, who made the announce­ment this week.

"His involvement in land devel­opment coupled with heritage preservation will be useful knowl­edge for the commission."

Werner's was the fourth appoint­ment .to the commission this year, as Ontario's Liberal government names new people to replace com­missioners whose terms expire. Gale and lawyer Italia Gilberti were the first two appointments this year. St. Catharines businessman David Stewart Howes, who owns Lincoln Fabrics, was recently named to the board.

The mayors of Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake are automatically members of the com­mission and regional council appoints a member. With elections in November, it's possible there will be more turnover on the parks com­mission.

By January, it would be possible to see a majority of the 12-member parks commission having less than a year of experience, Williams said.


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