Montreal, February 27, 2006 – The Montreal Economic Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Tasha Kheiriddin to the position of Executive Vice-President. She replaces Mr. Maxime Bernier, who, after winning election to the House of Commons in January for the riding of Beauce, is now the federal Minister of Industry.
Ms. Kheiriddin brings to the position extensive experience in the fields of law, journalism and public policy. Born and raised in Montreal, she is a graduate of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and McGill University, where she earned her BCL and LLB in 1993. After practicing civil and commercial litigation in Montreal, she moved to Toronto to work as legislative assistant to the Attorney General of Ontario. Tasha subsequently became a television producer with CBC Newsworld and later a host and producer with the Cable Public Affairs Channel in Ottawa. Her work has been recognized by the Canadian Bar Association, which awarded her the Justicia Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2003, and by the Toastmasters organization, which in 2004 presented her with its International Communicator Achievement Award.
Since 2004 Tasha has served as the Ontario Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advocates for lower taxes, less waste and accountable government. In November 2005 she published her first book, Rescuing Canada’s Right: Blueprint for a Conservative Revolution, co-authored with journalist Adam Daifallah. It has recently become a bestseller.
“I am excited to return to Quebec at this critical time in our history, when the province is engaged in important debates on health care, fiscal federalism and the very role of government itself,” remarked Ms. Kheiriddin. “I am confident that the Montreal Economic Institute will continue to take a leadership role in shaping these discussions for the benefit of Quebecers and all Canadians.”
Mr. Adrien D. Pouliot, Chairman of the Board of the Montreal Economic Institute, added: “We’re thrilled to have Tasha join the Institute. She brings her passion for public policy analysis as well as her understanding of the Quebec context and her great communication skills.”
The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan research and educational institute. It participates in debates on Quebec and Canadian public policy by providing wealth-generating solutions, primarily in areas of taxation, regulation, health and education reform. In 2004 it was one of only 15 think tanks world-wide to receive a Templeton Freedom Award Grant for Institute Excellence.
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