The MEI Team

Fatou Diaby

Senior Advisor to the President

As Senior Advisor to the President, Fatou is responsible for implementing organizational projects, including event management and improving internal process. She also helps with development and with donor relations.

She worked for nearly 15 years in the business world, where she completed important integration and optimization projects. She also worked in the paragovernmental sector for 10 years, during which time she implemented several regional economic development programs.

She holds a master’s degree in project management and a master’s in regional development. Passionate about lifelong learning, she also holds several professional titles, including Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt, ITIL, and Google certifications.

Fatou is devoted to the cause of socioeconomic independence for women around the world, a topic on which she wrote a master’s thesis. For over 20 years, she has been coming to the aid of vulnerable women in Sub-Saharan Africa by creating jobs for them, all while contributing to schooling for the young.

She joined the MEI team in December 2021 because she shares its vision of a world based on responsible liberty.

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.

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.

Gabriel Giguère

Public Policy Analyst

Gabriel holds a master’s degree in applied policy studies with a focus on public policy and international politics from the University of Sherbrooke, and he has a passion for both provincial and federal policy issues. This passion was confirmed and amplified following his experience on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. His final master’s project looked at the level of priority assigned to job creation or to environmental protection by the Canadian population. Gabriel joined the MEI team in December 2021. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

In his free time, Gabriel likes to read political essays. He also has an appreciation for French literature; Maupassant takes pride of place in his personal library. Hiking in the mountains is also one of his favourite pastimes.

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.

Miguel Ouellette

Director of Operations and Economist

As Director of Operations, Miguel manages our publications and related projects, our staff, and the day-to-day operations of the organization. As an economist, he researches and writes publications and acts as their spokesperson. Miguel particularly enjoys the diversity of his duties, as well as being a media spokesperson for the organization. He is also a lecturer in economics at HEC Montréal, where he teaches macroeconomic analysis.

Miguel holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto. Prior to his graduate studies, he completed an honours bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics at the Université de Montréal. During his studies, he was elected President of the Economics Students’ Association at the Université de Montréal (AÉÉSÉUM), which has over 600 members, and collaborated with the MEI as an associate researcher. He joined the MEI team in August 2020. In his free time, Miguel is an outdoor and sports enthusiast. On the weekend, he can be found, among other places, on top of a mountain, on a hiking trail, or on a skating rink.

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.

Maria Lily Shaw

Economist

Maria Lily conducts research using government websites, among other sources, and ensures the accuracy and integrity of the data contained in our work. She is always on the lookout for new data and information that could be of interest to the general public and enhance our publications. Besides the free coffee and her wonderful coworkers, what Maria likes the most about her work is collaborating with professionals and experts in various fields who share their views about what’s happening on the ground.

Maria Lily holds a master’s degree in economics from McGill University. Prior to her graduate studies, she studied at the Université de Montréal and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She completed the honors program and earned a mention of excellence, in addition to being involved in the Economics Students’ Association at the Université de Montréal (AÉÉSÉUM). She joined the MEI team in September 2020. In her free time, Maria likes to stretch her legs outside, either downhill skiing, going for a walk, or hiking up a mountain.

Krystle Wittevrongel

Public Policy Analyst

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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