Advisory Board


Pierre-Marc Johnson is a lawyer at Lavery law firm in Monréal and a former Premier of Quebec. Mr. Johnson studied law at the University of Montreal and medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. He authored several works on topics such as globalization, and is the co-author of The Environment and NAFTA: Understanding and Implementing the New Continental Law, and Beyond Trade: The Case for a Broadened International Governance Agenda.

External Members

Jean-Stéphane Bernard, Deputy Minister for International Relations and la Francophonie for the Quebec government. In the Quebec civil service since 1994, Benard was a Delegate for Quebec in Boston and the director of the Québec government office in Washington.

Michèle Boisvert, Economist by training, former journalist at Radio-Canada and La Presse. Ms. Boisvert is currently vice president responsible for public affairs at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Louise Fréchette, OC, University of Montreal graduate and career diplomat. Ms. Fréchette served as Deputy Minister of National Defense, as well as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Representatives of the University of Montreal

Guy Lefebvre, Vice-Rector of International Relations and Francophonie. Expert in international contract law, Prof. Lefebvre founded the Center for the Law of Business and International Commerce, and for several years served on the Canadian delegation to the Working Group on International Arbitration and Conciliation of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens is Dean of the Faculty of Law and Canada Research Chair in North American and Comparative Juridical and Cultural Identities. He previously taught at the faculties of law of the University of Toronto and of McGill University, in addition to having been visiting professor at various universities outside Canada (Aix- Marseille, Science Po, Case Western).

Karim Benyekhlef, Director of the Research Centre on Public Law (CRDP) since 2006. A member of the Quebec Bar since 1985, he worked for the federal Department of Justice from 1986 to 1989. Mr. Benyekhlef was CÉRIUM’s scientific director from 2009 to 2012. He is a professor at the Faculty of Law.