Patrick C. Gagnon
His government relations expertise is drawn from close to twenty five years of extensive political experience as an international affairs consultant, policy advisor and legislator at both the federal and provincial levels of government. Patrick served as Parliamentary Secretary to Solicitor General of Canada, and Co-Chair of the Joint Senate-House of Commons Committee on Official Languages. Recognized for his fluency and deep understanding of the Canadian political and procurement process he is frequently called upon by international corporations for his counsel on conducting business with both private and public interests throughout Canada.
Representing the riding of Bonaventure–Iles-de-la-Madeleine from 1993 to 1997 Mr. Gagnon also served on the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Standing Committee on Justice and the National Security Sub-Committee. He was called upon to serve on the Special Task Force on Aqua-culture, the Ministerial Task Force on Youth and the Ministerial Task Force on the Future of Canadian National Railway. Mr. Gagnon was the only Liberal Member of Parliament elected in eastern Quebec in the 1993 federal election (with the notable exception of the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien).
Prior to entering national politics Patrick Gagnon was a advisor to Quebec’s Minister of Finance between 1985 and 1988 and in the news business was Associate Editor of The Financial Post 'Directory of Government' between 1988 and 1993, was Public Affairs Officer for The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum 1989-1990 and gained international business experience as Foreign Projects Co-coordinator for Nippon Industry Components Ltd. of Tokyo Japan from 1990 to 1992. Between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Gagnon served on Pfizer’s EUCAN International Advisory Council. He is a member of the Rideau Club and the Summerlea Golf and Country Club.
Mr. Gagnon is a graduate of McGill University BA (Political Science) and pursued his studies in literature and international politics at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.