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Senior Advisor, Business Outreach at NATIONAL

John Parisella joined NATIONAL’s Montreal office on January 23, 2017, and is currently Senior Advisor, Business Outreach. More recently, he was executive director of the major fundraising campaign for HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal (Campus Montréal) and he will continue to be associated with this campaign during the transition period. He serves as invited professor in the political science department at the University of Montreal and at ENAP (Quebec’s school of public administration). He is associated with the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand, a center for U.S. studies, at Université du Québec à Montréal and a Fellow at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERIUM). He currently is on the board of the CORIM, Montreal International, Fusion Jeunesse, Canada World Youth, Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), as well as on the Honorary Committee of the Fondation Jean Duceppe and the Strategy Committee of the Dr. Julien Foundation.

In November 2015, he published a book entitled La politique dans la peau which talks about diversity, integration and his years in Québec politics. Author of several publications and speaker at several forums, he is also co-author of the book Elections: Made in USA (published in 2004 and 2008) and was a regular blogger for America’s Quarterly (2010-2015). From 2008 to 2013, he was also a blogger on U.S. politics for Macleans magazine. He acts as a political analyst with several media across the country. Currently, he is a political analyst on U.S. politics at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (French sector) and is a blogger at Latin America Goes Global regarding Canada – U.S. interests. Recently, he acted as a consultant on the documentary television series – Fièvre politique – aired on Télé Québec

A graduate of McGill University in political science, education, and management, and Concordia University in political science, John Parisella holds a certificate in senior government management from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Throughout his career, he has worked in education, politics, community development, diplomacy and philanthropy. In politics, he served as Director General of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Chief of Staff of the premiers Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson, as well as adviser to the Premier Jean Charest.

In business, he served as president of BCP, a Montreal-based marketing and advertising company. In addition, he chaired BCP Consultants, specializing in reputation management and crisis management. In 2008-2009 he was the chief negotiator of the Government of Quebec in the dispute with the Mohawks of Kahnawake regarding lands along Highway 30.

From 2009 to 2012, he served as Québec’s Delegate General in New York – Washington. In addition, to his professional activities, he has served as a volunteer administrator on numerous boards of directors in the areas of culture, education, health, community development and the business sector.

Mr. Parisella was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2017, an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2016 and he was named Personality of the TOP 20 Diversity Award at the Grand Prix Mosaïque – Lys de la Diversité du Québec in 2014.