Medicago Inc. (Medicago) has appointed Pierre Des Marais II to the board of directors of the company. Des Marais II has served on the board of more than 20 companies, most notably: Rothmans Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd., Royal Bank of Canada, Sleeman Breweries Ltd., Canadian National Railways, Goodyear Canada, Carling O’Keefe Ltd., Canadair Ltd., and Air Canada. He was president and chief executive officer of Unimedia for 12 years until July 1999.

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Des Marais II to our Board, said Dr. Randal Chase, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Medicago. With extensive experience serving on the boards of some of Canada’s leading companies, broad business acumen and contacts, his guidance will be invaluable as we pursue the global commercialization of our proprietary plant-based technology and continue to advance our vaccine programs.

Des Marais II was Mayor of the City of Outremont, a suburb of Montreal, for 14 years. From 1978 to 1985, Des Marais II was chairman of the Executive Committee of Montreal Urban Community. He started his career as managing director at the age of 21 at his family’s firm, Pierre Des Marais Inc. Des Marais II studied business administration at the “Haute Etudes Commerciales” in Montreal.