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Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson named to Trudeau's economic advisory council

Alberta's oilpatch will have a voice on what could be the most influential group of people around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau — Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson is among those appointed to the federal government's new advisory council.

Council named just days before release of Liberal government's first budget

Brian Ferguson, president and CEO of Cenovus, speaks at the company's annual general meeting in Calgary on April 29, 2015. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)

Alberta's oilpatch will have a voice on what could be the most influential group of people around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson is among the six men and eight women appointed to the federal government's new economic advisory council, which was unveiled Friday.

The group is made up of business and academic leaders — all of whom will be paid an annual salary of $1.

Their task is to help the government prepare a long-term economic growth strategy, set to be released by the end of the year.

"I look forward to working with the council members, whose diverse backgrounds and impressive expertise will inform our work as we develop and implement a strategy that will build on the foundation we will lay with budget 2016," Morneau said in a statement.

The Liberal government plans to table its first budget Tuesday, spelling out much of Ottawa's plan to boost productivity and economic growth.

With files from The Canadian Press

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