Wear a tie featuring the image of French economist, politician, and liberal thinker Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850).
President and CEO
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 practiced 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 boards of directors of 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 until recently 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 back at the helm of the MEI since January 2009 (Biography, full version).
Viewpoint examining how Canada’s lighter regulatory touch cuts compliance costs and makes it easier for firms to list
Canada has avoided the great die-off of public companies afflicting American business especially since the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which imposed new, more restrictive accounting and financial transparency rules. But with trends reversing somewhat since 2012, much work remains to be done in Canada to promote access to investment opportunities for the middle class. This would not only further democratize wealth-building for regular Canadians, but also give start-ups even greater ability to raise funds to grow their business.
Participation of Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI, and Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, at an event organized by the MEI in collaboration with the Heritage Foundation in Washington on Canadian models for the reform of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Presentation by Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI, and Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, before the Council of Economic Advisers of the White House in Washington on the positive effects of the reduction in the rate of federal taxation of corporate income on business investment, economic growth, and wages.