Leo Hindery is the new chair at GT Group Telecom Inc. He has been chair/CEO of GlobalCenter Inc and president/CEO of AT&T Broadband.  Nortel Networks Corp has made a series of executive changes. CFO Frank Dunn has been promoted to president/CEO, succeeding John Roth. Roth has moved up his retirement date from next April to next month. Dunn’s place as CFO will be filled by Terry Hungle, formerly president finance for Nortel Networks Americas. Frank Plastina shifts from president of service provider and corporate networks to president of metro networks. The new president of optical long haul networks is Greg Mumford, previously president of optical Internet. Pascal Debon, who had been president Europe, The Middle East & Africa, is now president of wireless networks. He succeeds Jules Meunier, who has left the company. Gerry Rivers is the new SVP banking & investment services for CGI. The new CGI unit was formed when the BCE subsidiary bought Star Data Systems Inc this year. Barbara Cram has been reappointed to a three-year term as a CRTC commissioner. She serves as the regional representative for Manitoba/Saskatchewan. Darrin Graham is the new president of Communications and Information Technology Ontario. He previously served as COO of the provincially funded group. He replaces Peter Leach, who has retired. Leach plans to act as a consultant to various projects, including a soon-to-be announced VC fund. Aliant subsidiary iMagicTV has appointed Patrick Smith to its board of directors. He recently retired as SVP systems integration and technology planning for Sprint. He has also been CTO for Comdisco and for SHL Systemhouse Inc. Halifax’s Core Networks Inc has named Ian Cavanagh as COO. He was VP business development at Kana Communications of Redwood City CA and has worked at Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Inc and NBTel. Core, a developer of products for the cable broadband industry, has also appointed Michael Earle as VP sales the Americas. He moves over from Com21 Inc of Milpitas CA. He was previously data service manager at EastLink. Jean Monty, chair/CEO of BCE Inc, has been presented with the inaugural e-Visionary Award from the Canadian Marketing Association. The prize honours those who have shown leadership in developing and executing e-Marketing strategies. The new batch of parliamentary secretaries has been announced by the prime minister. Beauce MP Claude Drouin is the assistant to Industry minister Brian Tobin. He succeeds Ontario MP John Cannis. Sarmite Bulte, from Toronto, was reappointed as PS to Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps. The Government On-Line advisory panel has been named by Treasury Board president Lucienne Robillard. Those with ties to the telecom market are Andrew Bjerring, president/CEO of CANARIE; Internet consultant Jim Carroll; ITAC president/CEO Gaylen Duncan; Serge Godin, chair/president/CEO of CGI Group Inc; Ronan McGrath, the president shared systems and CIO of Rogers Communications; Aliant EVP and president telecom and emerging business Gerald Pond; Andrew Reddick, research director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre; and BCE Emergis president/CEO Christian Trudeau. Profit and Chatelaine magazines recently released their list of the Top 100 women business owners. Elaine Minacs, president/CEO of call-centre solutions firm Minacs Worldwide Inc is listed at number 5. At number 13 is Janis Grantham, president/COO of IT staffing company Eagle Professional Resources Inc. Muriel Jasek, SVP of AJJA Information Technology Consultants Inc, registers at number 17, while number 40 is Ann Cross, president/CEO of Cross & Associates Manufacturing Inc. Computer and IT consultant Isabel Bernete, managing director of PC Corp/Computer Rental Centre Inc, holds the number 50 position, with Priestman Electronics Corp VP Gail Priestman at number 54. Patricia Boersma, president/CEO of wireless firm Tridon Communications, is number 66 on the list. At number 78 are Alida Abrams and Aeda Naami of telecom service broker Orion Communications Inc. Christine Allen, marketing manager of ABC Communications, places number 86 on the list.