Alexandre Bernier holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Université de Montréal, with a minor in political science. At university, he developed a strong interest in free-market ideas and the study of political decision-making processes. Among public policy issues, Alexandre is particularly interested in renewable energy support programs. He joined the MEI team in March 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 practised 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 board of directors of the 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 also a Senior Fellow at the Atlas Network and a member of the board of directors of The John Dobson Foundation, a charitable foundation which supports the teaching of entrepreneurial and free enterprise thinking. Mr. Kelly-Gagnon is back at the helm of the MEI since January 2009.
Avi Sokolova holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and an MBA from HEC-Montréal. She worked as a geophysicist at the Geological Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Avi has extensive experience in administration and project coordination at Fiera Capital Corporation, Desjardins Group and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. She worked for the MEI from 2001 to 2008, and is back since October 2018.
Peter St. Onge is an assistant professor at the Department of International Business at Taiwan’s Feng Chia University. He has served as a fellow at the Mises Institute, where he focused his research on economic history and cryptocurrencies. His popular writings on public policy include fiscal and monetary policy, social policy and technological change. Peter has published numerous academic papers on macroeconomic policy and corporate strategy. He also has a solid experience in fundraising and portfolio management, as he was between 2005 and 2010 general partner of a private equity fund in Washington, D.C. Peter holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, and a bachelor in Economics and Political Science from McGill University. He’s fluent in English, Japanese, French and Spanish. He joined the MEI team in August 2019.
Before joining the MEI, Luc Vallée was Chief Strategist at Laurentian Bank Securities, where he headed the Economic Research and Strategy group from 2014 to 2019. Prior to this, he was Chief Economist and Director of Research and Analysis at Canada Economic Development, from 2009 to 2014, and Chief Economist and Vice President at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, from 2001 to 2008. Previously, he was successively Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Strategy for Mediagrif Interactive Technologies, Deputy Treasurer at Canadian National Railways, and Associate Professor of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal, among other positions. Mr. Vallée was also President of the Association des économistes québécois, a member of Statistics Canada’s National Statistics Council, and a member of the Comité consultatif de l’Institut de la Statistique du Québec sur l’innovation, in addition to being on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Luc Vallée holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the MEI team in July 2019.