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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.

I am currently consultant for the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ) and for the Honourable Diane Bellemare, Senate of Canada and member of the experts committee of the Labour Market Information Council of Canada. I am also member of  the VET National Committee Programs of Quebec.


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