François has over 30 years of experience in politics and public affairs, reinforced by a broad and robust professional network, both in Quebec and Canada. He began his professional career alongside a Deputy member of the House of Commons of Canada and was entrusted with numerous organizational mandates related to elections and referendums. After working for a short period as a public affairs consultant in the business community, he was called upon to fulfill the position of General Manager and Chief Organizer of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (PPC) in Quebec, followed by the position of Special Advisor and Co-organizer to the Honourable Jean Charest, leader of the Opposition in the Quebec National Assembly.
Having held the position of Strategic Advisor for Gestion Charles Sirois, he founded Pilote groupe-conseil in 2000 and was one of the first experts to apply the concept of social acceptability with a perspective that the “general public” could grasp. He thus became the architect behind the referendum victory for the Methane Terminal Project in Cacouna, a North American first at the time. A seasoned and recognized stakeholder management expert, he has the enviable reputation of pragmatic, wise, and effective strategic advisor.
Stéphane has over 20 years of experience in public affairs and has led large-scale communications projects for major public and private agencies during which he developed and implemented communications strategies, ad campaigns, as well as visibility and image management programs.
After founding his own business specializing in the promotion and coordination of special events on an international scale, he became Ministerial Press Secretary to the Government of Quebec before moving on to hold various management positions within public relations agencies. His thorough knowledge of private and public affairs has enhanced his ability to synthesize complex matters of issue, reputation, and crisis management, allowing him to play highly strategic roles within large-scale companies and organizations. In addition to planning and executing stakeholder relations strategies, his expertise also includes management of public consultations (preparation, participation, and feedback).
With a law degree (LL.L.) from the University of Ottawa and a member of the Bar of Quebec since 1982, Michel practiced law in a Montreal-based law firm before joining the cabinet of Quebec Prime Minister, Robert Bourassa, for whom he successively assumed the positions of Deputy Director of Communications, Correspondence and Editorial Director, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff.
After founding and operating his own editorial and strategic communications firm for nearly 15 years, Michel assumed the role of Chief Advisor for Praxis stratégie-communication, and was subsequently named Director of Consulting Services for Pilote groupe-conseil. As a senior editor, he has extensive expertise in strategic communications, especially in the conceptualization and implementation of integrated and global communications plans, corporate communications, issue and crisis management, internal communications, as well as in public affairs.
Mathieu holds a PhD in Land-Use Planning and Regional Development at Laval University. His career path in the academic research community lasted nearly 15 years and has enabled him to develop an expertise in the fields of contested territorial development, public participation and social acceptability of projects. After launching his own company specializing in controversial issue management, he joined Pilote Groupe-Conseil as Director of Community Relations.
Mathieu is also laureate of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship of Canada (2012-2014) and member of the Scientific Committee Network OPDE [Options pour decider ensemble/Tools to Decide Together] (2015, 2016, 2017).