After having been head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006, Michel Kelly-Gagnon was president of the Quebec Employers Council from March 2006 to December 2008. Early in his career he practiced law and then went into business as an associate in a company specializing in employee training. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Kelly-Gagnon served on the boards of directors of Quebec Workers Compensation Board (CSST). He was one of six people from Quebec honoured in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ 2008 awards. The winners were chosen from among 1,100 nominees by an independent selection committee. Mr. Kelly-Gagnon serves on several boards of directors, including until recently that of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which disburses several hundred million dollars a year in order to finance Canada's research infrastructure. He is back at the helm of the MEI since January 2009 (Biography, full version).
Mathieu Bédard holds a PhD in economics from Aix-Marseille University, and a master’s degree in economic analysis of institutions from Paul Cézanne University. From 2013 to 2015, he was a Lecturer at the Toulouse School of Economics. His dissertation is entitled “Economic Analysis of Bank Failures: An Essay on the Informational Properties of Bank Runs.” His scholarly articles have been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, the International Journal of Business, and the Journal des économistes et des études humaines.
Germain Belzile has been teaching economics for over 30 years, first at UQAM, then HEC Montréal. He holds a master’s degree in economics from UQAM, where he also studied at the PhD level. He is a co-author of the most used economics textbooks in French-speaking universities in Canada (Principes de microéconomie & Principes de macroéconomie). The author of numerous articles, he is a regular participant in debates, interviews and conferences on globalization, economics and liberalism.
Alexandre Bernier holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Université de Montréal, with a minor in political science. At university, he developed a strong interest in free-market ideas and the study of political decision-making processes. Among public policy issues, Alexandre is particularly interested in renewable energy support programs. He joined the MEI team in March 2017.
Pascale Déry holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Université de Montréal and a master’s degree in Political Science and International Law from the Université du Québec à Montréal. After a brief stint on the TQS television station, she spent over 15 years as a journalist and news anchor with TVA and LCN. Over the years, she put together hundreds of interviews with major actors from the political, economic, sporting, social, and cultural scenes. Her last two years of work in television were devoted to investigative journalism for the J.E. television show. During her career, Pascale hosted several debates and discussion forums in CEGEPs and universities as well as several charity benefit events. She joined the MEI team in February 2016.
Patrick Déry holds a bachelor of law degree and a certificate in journalism from Laval University. He developed his own retail business for nine years before selling it to devote himself to journalism. He was deputy editor-in-chief of Trente, the magazine of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, from 2006 to 2011. He also worked as a copy editor for Le Journal de Montréal, the Métro newspaper, and La Presse, where he managed the editorial pages from 2013 to 2015. He has a particular interest in health care and education public policy, and in small businesses. He joined the MEI team in January 2017.
David Descôteaux holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree (economics major) from the Université de Montréal. From 2010 to 2013, he was a business columnist for the TVA network and the Journal de Montréal and Journal de Québec newspapers. A freelance journalist specializing in economics from 2005 to 2009, he published many articles in various media, and also worked as a journalist for the CBC. David Descôteaux won the 2008 Magazines du Québec’s Best New Magazine Writer Award, and the 2007 Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec / Merrill Lynch Economic and Financial Journalism Award. He worked as a researcher for the Montreal Economic Institute from March 2009 to November 2010, during which he wrote a column for the Metro newspapers, published in Montreal and in various cities across Canada. Columns that earned him a finalist spot in the opinion category of the Judith-Jasmin prize in 2010.
Bradley Doucet holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, with a major in philosophy and a minor in economics. He has written articles for numerous publications on a variety of topics. Prior to joining the MEI team in April 2014, he worked as a freelance translator and editor, and before that, he spent many years as a tutor of high school math and science.
Daniel Dufort holds a Bachelor of Laws from Laval University. He has worked for a major Canadian public relations firm, where he focused on government relations, crisis management, and the public positioning of corporations. For many years, he worked in federal politics, which led him to work in the Prime Minister’s Office as a speechwriter, issues manager, and stakeholder relations advisor. He has also been the Director of Issues Management and a policy advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure.
Carole Fiset holds a bachelor’s degree from Laval University, with a major in public communications and a minor in administration. Until April 2009, she was a marketing assistant with Force Financière Excel, and before that she had been a supervisor at the ticket office of the Colisée Pepsi and Centre de Foires de Québec, Executive Assistant to the President and Marketing & Events Coordinator with the Vandewinkel Financial Group and administrative assistant with Genivar. Carole Fiset raised funds for the Quebec Cancer Foundation and did volunteer work for Centraide Quebec. She joined the Montreal Economic Institute in April 2009.
Maher Gordah holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. He specializes in economic development and institutional analysis issues. From 2014 to 2017, and in parallel with his consulting activities, he was a lecturer at the Université de Montréal. His academic articles have been published in Revue d’Économie industrielle and Région et développement. He joined the Montreal Economic Institute in January 2019.
Jasmin Guénette is vice president of operations of the Montreal Economic Institute. Formerly, he served as director of academic programs at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He is primarily interested in public policy matters in Quebec and Canada, and in the ideas of personal and economic freedom. He is the author of a book and of many articles published in various newspapers as well as by the MEI. Mr. Guénette also produced and directed filmmakers for the production of short documentaries for the MEI. He was designated as an ambassador of the Université du Québec à Montréal in recognition of his contribution to the development of that school. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Liberal Studies, a non-partisan educational organization that teaches students about the classical liberal foundations of Canadian society and the application of classical liberal ideas to current issues and challenges.
Florentina Nitu holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Romania. She has extensive experience as a teacher in Romania and as an educator with the Montreal School Board. In addition, she worked in administration as a dental clinic coordinator for nine years. Florentina was also a volunteer collaborator for a Romanian newspaper for several years, publishing informative and social articles for members of her community. She joined the MEI team in January 2019.
Avi Sokolova holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and an MBA from HEC-Montréal. She worked as a geophysicist at the Geological Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Avi has extensive experience in administration and project coordination at Fiera Capital Corporation, Desjardins Group and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. She worked for the MEI from 2001 to 2008, and is back since October 2018.