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Conseil du patronat head Michel Kelly-Gagnon joins Fraser Institute Board of Trustees

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Release Date: October 10, 2006
Michel Kelly-Gagnon, a renowned champion of free market policies in Quebec, has joined the Fraser Institute's Board of Trustees.

"I'm very excited to join an organization as vital and innovative as the Fraser Institute and to have an opportunity to build on the work I began with the Montreal Economic Institute," Kelly-Gagnon said. "This is another step forward to create a freer and more prosperous society in Quebec."

Kelly-Gagnon graduated from law school at the University of Montreal and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in December 1994. After working for the Legal Counsel of the General Legal Consulate of France, he joined Formatrad Inc., a company specializing in the in-house training of employees and later became chairman of the board. In June 1999, he took over as president of the Montreal Economic Institute, a position he held until earlier this year. In that role, he created one of the most respected francophone think tanks in the world, promoting the benefits of an open society and free markets.

"Back then, Quebec did not have a strong voice to defend economic benefits and freedoms," Kelly-Gagnon said. "That is now changing and I hope to continue to make an impression on Quebec and abroad through the Fraser Institute."

In 2006, Kelly-Gagnon accepted an appointment as the President of Quebec's Conseil du patronat (CPQ), the organization that represents major employers in the province. He is joining the Fraser Institute's Board to contribute to its mission to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government interventions on the welfare of individuals.