Between 2007 and 2009, Ariane M. Gauthier was part of the economic research team and subsequently responsible for parliamentary proceedings for the Official Opposition at Quebec’s National Assembly. Her responsibilities included assisting Members during committee proceedings and examining the content of the bills presented. Mrs. Gauthier also served as communications coordinator for the Greater Montreal region during two election campaigns for the Action démocratique du Québec. She completed a bachelor’s degree in political communication with honours at the University of Montreal. While studying there, she helped organize the Youth Parliament of the Mauricie region, an initiative which aims to raise interest for Quebec political issues among young people. She worked at the Montreal Economic Institute from November 2009 to September 2013.