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.