The MEI Team

Bradley Doucet

Editor and Translator

Bradley translates our publications from French to English, making sure the language we use is clear and precise, and the text is well-structured. He also works with the development team on the preparation of a range of proposals and reports. He likes using his language and logic skills to make our written work as good as it can be, helping us contribute to the public debate and to the adoption of better public policies.​

Bradley holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, with a major in philosophy and a minor in economics. Prior to joining the MEI team in April 2014, he worked as a freelance translator and editor, and before that, he spent several years as a tutor of high school math and science. In his spare time, Bradley likes to sing and play guitar, read science fiction, and shoot hoops. He also enjoys travelling the world, and appreciates fine wines and smoky scotches.

Daniel Dufort

Vice President of Operations

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. Daniel Dufort was the MEI’s Senior Director of External Relations, Communications and Development from June 2018 to October 2020.

Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy

Senior Economist

Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy has taught economics at HEC Montréal since 1992. She also taught economics for several years at the University of Montreal and at UQAM. She is the author of La face cachée des politiques publiques, published in 2006 by Les Éditions Logiques, and she produced a Quebec adaptation of the 6th edition of Microeconomics, by Pyndick and Rubinfeld. Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy is also a columnist with Le Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec. She worked during part of 2008 as a senior economist with the Fraser Institute. She holds a master’s degree in management from HEC Montréal, with a specialization in applied economics and a thesis on the federal budget deficit. Her research interests focus on assessing public policy.

Carole Fiset

Development and Administrative Coordinator

Carole coordinates our fundraising activities and office management. She 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. She has also worked as coordinator 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 joined the MEI team in April 2009.

Carole has also raised funds for the Quebec Cancer Foundation and done volunteer work for Centraide Quebec. A lover of literature, she paints and makes charcoal portraits in her free time. When she’s on vacation, Carole recharges her batteries by travelling the world to attend rock music festivals.

Vincent Geloso

Senior Economist

Vincent Geloso is an Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Texas Tech University. Mr Geloso holds a PhD in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a master’s degree in economic history from the same institution. His scientific articles have been published in Economic Inquiry, Public Choice, Health Policy & Planning, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economics & Human Biology, Southern Economic Journal, Research Policy, European Journal of Law & Economics, International Review of Law & Economics, and Journal of Economic History. He is also the author of the book Du Grand Rattrapage au Déclin Tranquille on Quebec’s economic history since 1900, published by Accent Grave in 2013. Vincent is providing unpaid services to the MEI.

Michel Kelly-Gagnon

President and CEO

Michel was one of the cofounders of the Amis de la Liberté (Friends of Liberty) in the mid-1990s, and helped relaunch the MEI as of 1997, notably thanks to his skills as a fundraiser. After having been head of the MEI from 1999 to 2006, Michel was president of the Quebec Employers Council from March 2006 to December 2008. Early in his career, he practised law and then became an entrepreneur in the field of specialized business training. He served on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Quebec Workers Compensation Board (CSST) from 2006 to 2009. He was one of six Quebecers honoured in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ 2008 awards. The winners were chosen from among 1,100 nominees.

Over the years, Mr. Kelly-Gagnon has served 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 scientific research infrastructure. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Atlas Network and a member of the board of directors of The John Dobson Foundation, which supports the teaching of entrepreneurial and free enterprise thinking to the general public. Michel is back at the helm of the MEI since January 2009. When he is at home, he loves petting his beloved Pablo (an adorable English Cocker Spaniel), drinking fine wine, and expanding his general knowledge.

A lover of liberty, he likes to declare, “We will triumph!” even if he sometimes doubts the veracity of this statement. Married for 24 years to a South American woman with panache, he is convinced that his son, an exceptionally mature teenager, will one day be the saviour of the free world. He constantly checks his emails while on vacation, a decades-long bad habit that he plans to stop “soon.”

Josée Morissette

Senior Advisor, Media Relations

Josée has many years of experience in media relations and communications. She worked for nearly 15 years as a researcher and host for talk radio in Quebec. More recently, she spent four years working in federal and municipal politics.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Laval University, and is currently completing a Specialized Graduate Diploma (DESS) in public relations.

As Senior Advisor, Media Relations, Josée is in charge of ensuring the visibility of the MEI, its researchers, and their publications. She is the contact person for the media, and is responsible for the coordination of the Institute’s communications and the promotion of its products and activities.

Passionate about communications, travel, politics, and sports, Josée has built a reputation as someone who is devoted, present, and rigorous in her work. A bundle of energy, in her free time she likes to read, walk, run, shop (a little too much), and cook. She joined the MEI team in December 2021.

Valentin Petkantchin

Vice President, Research

Valentin Petkantchin is an economist with more than 20 years of European and North American experience in academic research and in the applied analysis of public policies and regulation. He holds a PhD in economics and a master’s degree in finance from the Université Paul-Cézanne – Aix-Marseille III (France). He also has a degree in economic journalism and media from this same university.

Valentin has been Director of Research and Associate Researcher for several research institutes, including the MEI from 2004 to 2006. A specialist in health economics, tobacco harm reduction, and innovative nicotine products, he acquired experience in this field in the corporate world from 2014 to 2021.

Valentin has also been invited as a speaker to present his knowledge and expertise at national and international seminars and conferences. He has a wealth of media experience as well, commenting on economic and financial news and on public policies.

Valentin is the author of numerous scientific studies, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and opinion pieces on a wide variety of topics, from the economic analysis of Formula 1 racing to retail alcohol monopolies, and from pharmaceutical and health care innovation to competition in telecom markets. His opinion pieces have appeared in both English and French media and on both sides of the Atlantic, including among others the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Post, the San Francisco Gate, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Le Temps and L’Agefi in Switzerland, Le Soir and L’Écho in Belgium, and Les Échos and La Tribune in France.

Finally, he is the author of a 1996 book entitled Les sentiments moraux font la richesse des nations, which examines the thought of the “founding father of economics,” Adam Smith.

Olivier Rancourt

Economist

Olivier Rancourt holds a master’s degree in economics from the Université de Montréal. His master’s thesis project examined political bias in the US Department of Justice’s filing of antitrust cases. During his university career, he held several positions in the Economics Students’ Association at the Université de Montréal (AÉÉSÉUM). He joined the MEI team in January 2021.

Olivier loves freedom, especially the freedom to work on a variety of topics related to the local, regional, national, and international news of the day. In his free time, he enjoys devouring history books. He is also interested in national and international politics, and in technology.

Krystle Wittevrongel

Senior Policy Analyst and Alberta Project Lead

As a public policy analyst, Krystle collects and analyzes data related to public policies and their success, or lack thereof. Through rigorous examination, she works to make sense of these policies and to analyze and evaluate their actual effects, which often diverge from their expected results. She appreciates the impact that her research can have on Canadians, and enjoys having to think critically and creatively, all while keeping up to date on economic and policy developments.

Krystle holds a BA, BSc, Master of Public Policy, and Master of Science, all from the University of Calgary. She has received several academic scholarships for the quality of her work at the graduate level and has published articles in a number of specialized academic journals. Prior to joining the MEI team in February 2021 she worked at the School of Public Policy and collaborated with the MEI as an Associate Researcher. In her free time, you can find Krystle rock climbing, travelling, exploring the great outdoors, or spending time with friends and family.

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