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My name is Michel Cournoyer and I am an economist (MA and BA-Honours at McGill University) from Quebec (Canada), specialized in labor economics and econometrics, now retired after a distinguished career in Quebec’s Public Employment Services, Emploi-Québec, first as an expert and then as manager.

I have has received numerous scholarships and awards including: First class honors student, Great Distinction, Canada Council Scholarships, McGill University Scholarships, the Cherry Prize in Economics, and the Leadership Award of Quebec’s Association of community organizations for employability.

I wrote my thesis on the issue of minimum wage impacts on employment and its determination. This work lead out of a minimum wage freeze of more than 5 years in mid 80’s in Quebec.

I was the editor of InfoCompétences and SkillsInfo, Director-General of planning and labour market information at Emploi-Québec, director of regional operations in Laval and director of the National Fund for Manpower Training (the ‘1% Law’ for training and workforce development).

I have been director of strategic planning, research and evaluation at the Quebec immigration department.

I have taught labour economics and labour market policy analysis at École des Hautes Études commerciales and Université de Laval (Industrial relations) in the 80,s and 90’s.

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