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HEC Montreal and The Conference Board of Canada Announce the Creation of the Institut du Quebec; Announces Management Appointments for Institut du Quebec
Feb 19 14
HEC Montréal and The Conference Board of Canada have announced a new partnership to establish the Institut du Québec (IdQ). This alliance will enable the two organizations to combine their expertise to help address and propose solutions to the competitiveness issues facing Quebec. The Institut du Québec will draw upon the credibility and visibility that The Conference Board of Canada and HEC Montréal bring to public debate because of their reputations for comprehensive, independent, and non-partisan analysis. The Institut du Québec will be based at HEC Montréal. The IdQ will not have its own research team but will call upon the researchers of HEC Montréal and The Conference Board of Canada. The Institut du Québec will be in a position to carve out its place in the public policy debate in Quebec, through its expert insights and evidence-based and rigorous studies as well as its ability to bring various stakeholders together. Its intent is to provide public and private sector authorities with the tools needed to make more informed decisions. The IdQ will begin by consulting with stakeholders to identify the top priorities. It is anticipated that the province's demographic profile, fiscal sustainability, and productivity performance will be priority issues. While the research plan is still under development, it will include a range of topics such as revitalizing the labour force and skills development, promoting capital investment and innovation, improving health practices, and supporting infrastructure. Other focus areas include personal and corporate taxation, natural resources and energy, commerce and exports and northern development.
Mr. Raymond Bachand, strategic advisor at Norton Rose Fulbright, will lead the IdQ as its President. Ms. Mia Homsy will be the business director of the IdQ and Dr. Robert Gagné, a professor at HEC Montréal's Institute of Applied Economics, will lead the research program.