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Mario Côté, the new President of the Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ)

The 34th annual congress of the Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) has ended with the election of the President of the Board of Directors. Mario Côté, elected by the 13 regional administrator members of the Board, now has a very demanding mandate comprising heavy responsibilities.

In his introductory address, pronounced during the windup dinner of the congress on Saturday, September 20, 2008, Mr. Côté underlined the orientations he wishes to include in his mandate. “Our activity reached its maturity several years ago, and our actions must now allow to maintain and ensure the growth of the economic activity linked to the practice of snowmobiling. A new element must now be taken into account: our interaction with the environment. With season 2008-2009, we are now entering into phase 1 of a five-year plan for the environment that is both ambitious and realistic. In the future, all of our actions will have to take the environment into account so that snowmobilers may also, in the future, enjoy the tremendous beauty of Québec’s natural riches,” concluded Mario Côté.
The new 2008-2009 Board of Directors of the FCMQ:

  • President: Mario Côté
  • Secretary-treasurer: Pierre Calille
  • Jean-Pierre Desgagnés, Vice-President and Administrator – Gaspésie/Magdalen Islands
  • Paul-Émile Sirois, Administrator – Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Bibianne Piché, Administrator – Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Mario Simard, Administrator – Côte-Nord
  • Joseph Thomas, Administrator – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Jean-Luc Sylvain, Vice-President and Administrator – Québec City/Charlevoix
  • Jean-Claude Tessier, Administrator – Mauricie/Centre-du-Québec
  • Jean Michaud, Vice-President and Administrator – Lanaudière
  • Nelson Laflamme, Administrator – Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Marjorie Beaudette, Administrator – Eastern Townships
  • Denis Levasseur, Vice-President and Administrator – Montérégie
  • Micheline Daigle, Administrator – Laurentians
  • Sylvain Marchand, Administrator – Outaouais

About the FCMQ:
The Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) strives to further the development and promotion of the practice of snowmobiling, a recreational and family activity that generates $1.3 billion in economic spin-offs every year. The Federation includes 208 clubs representing over 90,000 members. Thanks to the support of 4,500 volunteers, the Federation’s affiliated clubs manage the sale of trail permits for Québec’s 33,000-kilometer trail network, and see to its development, planning, maintenance, signposting, and safety. Additional information is available on the FCMQ website at www.fcmq.qc.ca.

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