Governor LePage Announces Change in Leadership at Maine International Trade Center
May 12, 2017
For Immediate Release: Friday, May 12, 2017
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the departure of Janine Bisaillon-Cary as president of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and the appointment of Wade Merritt as the new State Director of International Trade.
“Janine has been a tireless leader in her efforts to champion Maine exports and attract international businesses to Maine,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We are sorry to see Janine go, and we wish her all the best in this exciting next chapter in her career. Janine took the lead on trade missions to Europe, Latin America and Asia over the last six years. I am confident the Trade Center is well positioned for continued success in the future.”
Bisaillon-Cary has served as President of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) for the past 11 years and as Vice President of the Trade Center from 2000-2006. Under her tenure, the Trade Center has launched a number of international initiatives, including the StudyMaine international student attraction program, Invest in Maine foreign direct investment initiative and, most recently, MENADO- the Maine North Atlantic Development Office.
Wade Merritt joined MITC as an international trade specialist in 1997 after a brief tenure with the U.S. Commercial Service. He has served as the Trade Center’s Vice President since 2006, following six years as director of MITC’s regional office in Bangor.
“We are appreciative of all the growth and energy that Janine has brought to the organization,” said John Wolanski, chair of the Maine International Trade Center board of directors. “We have worked together as a board on this succession plan and are pleased that the Governor has selected Wade as the new director of trade.”
The Trade Center will be celebrating Bisaillon-Cary’s tenure at the upcoming Trade Day 2017 on May 25 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.