A Montreal native, David Heurtel is the former Quebec minister for Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness from 2017-2018 and elected member of the National Assembly for the Montreal riding of Viau between 2013-2018. Prior to this, from 2014-2017, he was the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change. By profession, he is a lawyer and an alumnus of the University of Montreal. He is Counsel in the Environmental Law, Energy and Climate Change Practice Group at Fasken.
As the most recent Scholar in Residence in Public Administration, Mr. Heurtel is interested in demonstrating and analyzing how policy is made and who is involved in policy decisions. His main areas of interest are sustainability studies, particularly the environment and climate change, and the challenges faced by receiving societies when welcoming asylum seekers and economic migrants. Mr. Heurtel is interested in all levels of policy decision-making and brings his practical experience as a former politician to the department of Political Science. He hopes to bridge the gap between policy theory and practice by engaging students of all levels in policy debates and case evaluations and by hosting a Public Policy speaker series at Concordia, during which he will also be guest lecturing.