Montreal (Quebec), January 13, 2021 – Patrice Ryan, President of Ryan Public Affairs (“RyanAP”) is happy to announce that three young leaders in the firm he founded 15 years ago will join him as partners. They are Valérie Pomerleau, Étienne Gosselin and Simon-Pierre Diamond. This new partnership will allow RyanAP to continue its growth and diversification.
“I’m happy to officially partner with my three young colleagues, three recognized experts whom I have been working with for years. Their ascension to partnership is a recognition of their efforts, talent, and enthusiasm. With their hard work and contribution, I am convinced that RyanAP will reach new heights. I consider myself lucky to have them by my side in this new phase of our company’s growth”, said Patrice Ryan.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, this partnership is a statement of confidence and growth for the coming years. Mr. Ryan added: “The strength of our people has allowed us to navigate positively through the pandemic and learn many lessons, which we are using to the benefit of our clients. My new partners and I wish all of our clients and friends a very Happy New Year!”
As we begin 2021, it is a busy time at RyanAP. The partners intend to respond to this demand by continuing the growth and diversification of the firm’s services. The firm is also announcing its intention to continue looking for the best talent and grow its workforce by 50% by the end of the year.
Statements from the new partners:
Valérie Pomerleau: “Since my arrival at RyanAP, I discovered a new family with which I have been able to grow, unleash my talents, and build a practice. Thanks to my talented, passionate and devoted colleagues, I have contributed to making RyanAP better known in the regions of Quebec, especially in my native Abitibi-Témiscamingue, where we opened an office in 2020. It is a great privilege for me to become a partner at RyanAP.”
Étienne Gosselin: “For years, RyanAP has attracted brilliant and passionate people. I have been lucky to work with this team, who works in an atmosphere of rigor, professionalism and fun. This spirit can be felt by our clients, who appreciate our devotion, creativity and sense of initiative. My colleagues appreciate the flexibility and freedom that we allow them. I intend to continue promoting these values as a shareholder.”
Simon-Pierre Diamond: “I am coming back to RyanAP after two years spent in the technology and artificial intelligence sector. I bring with me the energy of start-ups and the vision of a rapidly evolving society. Once more, it is as a consultant that I will contribute to the development of our society. I am happy to be back at a firm where I feel at home and where the best public affairs consultants in Quebec are working.”
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PATRICE RYAN [president] •1. Former Canadian diplomat. Prior to founding Ryan Affaires publiques, Patrice worked at a senior level in public relations for large corporations. •2. He holds a BA in economics from McGill University and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPA) from Columbia University.
MICHELLE COURCHESNE [strategic advisor] •1. Michelle is a well-known public figure. She held several strategic positions, such as Deputy Premier, Minister of Education and President of the Treasury Board. 2. Deputy Minister of Culture from 1988 to 1995, she was also a senior official with private companies and director general of the OSM.
VALÉRIE POMERLEAU [vice president] •1. Former political advisor to the Minister of Energy, Natural resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan’s parliamentary assistant, Valérie has expertise in managing issues and in communications. •2. A graduate in Accounting from Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, she recently completed Project Management training at the Université Laval.
FRÉDÉRIC TREMBLAY [vice president] •1. Frédéric Tremblay has several years of experience in strategic communications, public affairs and crisis management. During his corporate career as a high-level senior manager, he gained experience leading large communications and public relations teams within major companies. He also held the positions of Vice President with two global public affairs agencies, providing consulting services to companies in a wide range of industries. •2. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree.
SIMON-PIERRE DIAMOND [vice president]
ZOÉ LAJOIE, M.Sc [director] •1. Zoé possesses a rigourous sense of analysis and an advanced synthesis capability, and has extensive experience in policy analysis. •2. She holds a B.A. Honours in Political Science from McGill University and a M.Sc in Public and International Affairs from the Université de Montréal.
MARC DUCHESNE, M.A. [director] •1. Seasoned communicator with expertise in crisis management and media relations, Marc was a spokesman for multinational companies in the aerospace sector for more than fifteen years. •2. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal, integrated communication mandates hold no secrets for him.
MARIE-ANNE BÉLANGER [senior consultant] •1. Marie-Anne has extensive experience in a highly advanced R&D environment and in-depth expertise in energy and natural resources. •2. She has a Law and Communication background from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université Laval.
CHLOÉ LUCIANI-GIROUARD [senior consultant] •1. Former Issues Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, Chloé has extensive expertise in crisis management and communications. She also worked for ministers of Revenue and Finance in Ottawa. •2. Chloé holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Montreal.
CHRISTINE MAYDOSSIAN [consultant] •1.Former Policy Advisor to the late Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto and to Chief Government Whip John Duncan at the Parliament of Canada. Christine has extensive experience in public policy, issues management, and communications across the country and abroad. •2. She holds a bilingual Masters in Public and International Affairs from Glendon College, York University, with an exchange at Sciences Po Paris.
ROSALIE TREMBLAY-CLOUTIER [consultant] •1. Former press attaché during the 2018 provincial election campaign, Rosalie has a keen understanding of public relations and the behind-the-scenes of the present government. •2. She holds a paralegal degree and combines studies in communications and public relations and is currently pursuing her studies in Economics at the University of Montréal.
CAMILLE MICHAUD [consultant] •1. Having worked for multiple elected members of the City of Laval, Camille has experience in the municipal sector. 2. Holder of a B.A. in Political and Economic Sciences from the Université de Montréal, she is pursuing her studies at the Master’s level in Public and International Affairs.
NOÉMIE BÉRUBÉ [research consultant] •1 After living and working in Northern Canada and Northern Quebec for a few years, she has a good knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal issues and realities. Then, living and working in the Vallée-de-l’Or, Noémie is familiar with the mining sector. 2. She has a technique in radio animation, a certificate in public communication and is completing her bachelor’s degree in public communication.
AMELIA BENATTIA [research consultant] •1. Amelia brings years of experience in the fields of communications and marketing acquired in well-established Canadian businesses. 2. After studying Political Science at McGill University, she is currently pursuing studies at HEC in Finance.
AUDREY-FRÉDÉRIQUE LAVOIE [research consultant] •1. Audrey was an intern in business development and Quebec initiatives at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and has also worked for provincial and federal MNAs in leadership race and elections.•2. She will soon hold an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Commerce from McGill University as well as a certificate in Urban Planning from Sciences Po Paris.
LORRAINE BERKHOFF [coordinator] •1. Lorraine coordinates the operations of the team. She has extensive experience in administration, marketing and business development within world class companies. •2. She holds diplomas in International Relations and Communication.
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