We are pleased to announce that Michelle Gauthier has been appointed Special Advisor to the Executive Director and will share some of his duties for 2017-18. Michelle has been advising the Network’s senior management on governance issues since June 2016, but she has accepted a larger strategic mandate for the coming year on a consulting basis. We trust this staffing arrangement combining the skills and experience of Martin Taylor as Executive Director and Michelle’s talents will greatly benefit the CRDCN and help meet the challenges lying ahead.
Together, Martin and Michelle will provide strategic and programmatic leadership for the Network, and represent the Network in its interactions with Statistics Canada, its funding and university partners, and with federal and provincial government agencies. With the larger CRDCN team, they will work together to optimize the use of CRDCN data, support the dissemination of the research results, and liaise and engage with key stakeholders in the research and policy community to facilitate new collaborations and partnerships.
In addition to these shared duties, Michelle will provide guidance and support as the Network implements its new governance structure and puts in place the processes, policies and procedures to ensure the success of the Inaugural Board. She will leverage her presence in Ottawa, her fluency in both official languages, her federal public policy and advocacy skills, and her national community engagement experience to broaden the Network’s scope of engagement with federal decision-makers, national research and policy collaborators, and with users of the Network.
Michelle has previously served as Special Advisor to the President and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada, Vice-President of Public Policy and Community Engagement at Imagine Canada (the national umbrella organization for charities and nonprofits), Director of Research and Policy Analysis at Universities Canada, Principal Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Nordicity Group, and Executive Director of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications from McGill and has dedicated her career to connecting people and ideas across geography, sectors, disciplines, languages and cultures for the common good. Michelle can be reached at email@example.comNews