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Michel Kelly-Gagnon

President, Montreal Economic Institute

After having been head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006, Michel Kelly-Gagnon was president of the Quebec Employers Council until January 2009.

He graduated in law from the Université de Montréal. Early in his career he practiced law with Colas & Associates in Montreal, and then went into business as an associate of Formatrad, a company specializing in employee training.

Mr. Kelly-Gagnon is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is president of the advisory committee of Global Ressources Humaines, a consulting firm specializing in human resources management and job placement. From 2006 to 2009, he served on the board of directors of Quebec Workers Compensation Board (CSST), a paragovernmental organization with an annual budget of over two billion dollars.

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 is president of Civitas, the premier venue in Canada where people interested in conservative, classical liberal and libertarian ideas can not only exchange ideas, but meet others who share an interest in these rich intellectual traditions.

In 2010, the Canadian Minister of Industry appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, an independent corporation which supports world-class research and technology development. He is also actively involved in the board of directors of the Fondation universitaire Pierre Arbour and the John W. Dobson Foundation. He's back at the helm of the Montreal Economic Institute since January 2009.