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 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 Ph.D. 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.
Kevin Brookes holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Political Science from the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies. He has collaborated with a number of think tanks, and has taught at several universities in France (including the Lyon and Grenoble Institutes of Political Studies). He is a PhD candidate at the University of Grenoble Alpes and has published articles and book reviews on the history of political thought in academic journals such as Raisons politiques and the Revue française de science politique. He specializes in the analysis of public choice and of political institutions. He joined the MEI team in November 2017.
Sabine Clavel has extensive experience in the field of administration. From 2012 to 2015, she was an administrative assistant with Ahern Real Estate Corporation as well as marketing and advertising coordinator for the Carrefour Industrielle Alliance in downtown Montreal. Prior to that, she had the opportunity to work in the hospital sector as well as in the pharmaceutical field, first as an executive assistant to the marketing director at Wyeth-Lederlé and then to the president of Laboratoires Grunenthal in France. She also worked as administrative manager for a music promotion company. She joined the MEI team in May 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karl-Javid Lalonde-Dhanji holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Université de Montréal, in the Honours Program. A young entrepreneur, he founded his first company in the event production business when he was barely 18 and is currently the CMO of an application development start-up. He previously worked in sales, notably for a textile company based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before coming to the MEI, he completed an internship in marketing for a Canadian event production company. His interest in public policy is primarily focused on regulations and red tape for small entrepreneurs.
Martin Masse is a graduate of McGill University in Political Science and East Asian Studies. He is the author of a book on Quebec politics and of several articles in various publications on economic, political and philosophical issues. He was MEI's Director of Research and Publications from 2000 to 2007. He also served as political advisor to Canadian Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, in particular on issues relating to the Canadian telecom industry.
Alexandre Moreau holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration with a minor in political science from the University of Ottawa and is currently completing his master’s degree in public administration at the École nationale d’administration publique. With a keen interest in research, Alexandre took part in a field study in Senegal to analyze the role of the informal economy and the importance of private property. Having developed an expertise in program evaluation, he is particularly interested in the unintended economic consequences of public policies.