John Parisella, BA 67, was appointed a member for his social, political, diplomatic and academic engagement, and for his dedication to major governance issues.
Parisella is a well-known contributor to Quebec’s political, business and educational landscape. He is now executive director of Campus Montréal, which oversees the current major fundraising campaign at HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal. He also serves as associate professor in the university’s political science department.
Parisella was a member of Concordia’s Board of Governors from 1998 to 2005. He headed the university’s communications as special advisor to the president from 2005 to 2009.
Prior to his work at Concordia, he served as director general of the Liberal Party of Quebec, and chief of staff to Quebec premiers Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson. He also advised Premier Jean Charest.
Parisella was named an officer of the Ordre National du Québec in 2016.