In January 2016, Stéphane Paquet was appointed Vice-President, Investment Greater Montréal of Montréal International, an organization whose mission is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and strategic talent to Greater Montréal.
Prior to joining Montréal International, Mr. Paquet shared his expertise with Finance Montréal, managing a work group analyzing Québec companies listing on the stock market. Before that, he was appointed Québec Delegate General in London from December 2012 to December 2014. As part of his duties, he focused on enhancing economic trade between the United Kingdom and Québec. In fact, between 2013 and 2014, Québec’s exports to the United Kingdom increased by 67 %.
Mr. Paquet had previously spent two decades in the media world, accumulating a ten-year experience as a manager. Over the years, he specialized in business journalism and became Deputy Editor and Editor in Chief of Les Affaires Group in September 2010. As such, he was in charge of the Les Affaires newspaper, A+ personal finance magazine and LesAffaires.com website in addition to actively participating in strategic discussions concerning the entire Group. In the two years before, he was in charge of La Presse Business section and also coordinated the internship program for young journalists, after having started working in print media at Le Soleil in Québec and La Presse in Montréal. From 1991 to 2001, he worked as a reporter, copy editor and assignment editor for the Radio-Canada broadcasting company in the Maritimes, Regina and Montréal.
A fellowship recipient of the U.S. State Department Young Leaders Program, Stéphane Paquet holds a Graduate Diploma in International Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master’s degree in Communications from Université du Québec à Montréal. He was also a lecturer at Université de Montréal and the University of Regina.
Stéphane Paquet and his partner are fathers to two children.