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New executive director of Government Relations appointed

Government award recipient Sylvie Bourassa joins Concordia
May 14, 2014
By James Roach

Sylvie Bourassa Sylvie Bourassa’s in-depth knowledge of government relations will be an asset to Concordia.

Concordia President Alan Shepard is pleased to welcome Sylvie Bourassa as the university’s new executive director of Government Relations. Her five-year term begins on May 20.

“This is an important role that will see Sylvie work to strengthen our relations with all levels of government, supporting our ongoing efforts to position Concordia as a leading and innovative institution,” says Shepard. “Her extensive experience and award-winning work in public administration will be instrumental to this portfolio.”

Recently Bourassa was director of business architecture for Emploi-Québec, where she was an integral part of managing transformation projects across its more than 143 offices, 17 administrative regions and 3,500 employees.

“It is an exciting and welcome challenge for me to lead the government relations for one of the most innovative and diverse universities in Canada,” she says. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of building and advancing best practices in government relations at all levels.”

Previously, Bourassa was a high-level strategic advisor to the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and to the Centre des services partagés du Québec. She also served as chief of staff for the Ministre de la concertation et de l'emploi and has held senior positions in communications and public relations in large, medium and small organizations. 

In 2002, she was awarded the Prix Anne-Greenup for her work helping young at-risk single mothers secure employment and pursue educational opportunities. In 2003, Bourassa also received the Prix d’excellence de l’administration publique du Québec for her work.

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