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Local speaker at the International Summit for Trust in Organizations

Québec lobbyists commissioner

François Casgrain was appointed as the Québec Lobbyists Commissioner by the National Assembly on June 11, 2010. He had already served as Acting Lobbyists Commissioner since July 6, 2009.

François Casgrain is a law graduate of Université Laval in Québec City and has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1979. Involved in the field of government legal affairs since 1978, he has in-depth knowledge of public administration and the legislative process.

Until his appointment he had been Assistant to Québec’s Chief Electoral Officer and to the Chairman of the Electoral Representation Commission.

Mr. Casgrain developed expertise in the electoral field, acting as Québec’s Chief Electoral Officer and as Chairman of the Electoral Representation Commission from 1997 to 1998. Previously, from 1992 to 1997, he held the positions of Director of Legal Affairs and Assistant to the Chief Electoral Officer and, from 1978 to 1987, acted as legal counsel to the Chief Electoral Officer. During this period he represented the Chief Electoral Officer at various international seminars on electoral consultations and democracy in general. He also acted as Head of Mission for the preparatory mission of a training program for electoral trainers.

Mr. Casgrain also has vast experience in the municipal field, particularly as Chair of Québec’s municipal commission from 1998 to 2001. Before that, from 1987 to 1990, he worked for the municipal affairs department as legal adviser to the Office of the Minister, the Office of the Deputy Ministers and the directors and department heads, interpreting various laws, regulations and legal documents related to the department’s activities.

From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Casgrain was legislative adviser to the Legislation Secretariat of the Executive Council. He also worked as a litigator with the environment department from 1990 to 1992.