Canada's Top 40 Under 40 - Michel Kelly-Gagnon receives a Canada-wide award

    MONTREAL, May 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Michel Kelly-Gagnon, president and chief
executive of the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), is one of six people from
Quebec honoured in the Canada's Top 40 Under 40(TM) awards. The winners were
chosen from among 1,100 nominees by an independent selection committee made up
of 25 leaders from the business world across Canada. The selection criteria
were: vision and leadership, innovation and results, impact, community
commitment, and business strategy.
    The Canada's Top 40 Under 40(TM) is a prestige event that has honoured
leaders in the private, public and community sectors for the last 14 years. It
is directed by The Caldwell Partners International with other sponsors,
including Deloitte, National Bank Financial, The Globe and Mail, and Air

    Michel Kelly-Gagnon

    This award recognizes the role played by Michel Kelly-Gagnon as a major
voice in public policy debate in Quebec and across Canada.
    He headed the Montreal Economic Institute from 1998 to 2006 and succeeded
in turning the MEI into one of the biggest French-speaking think tanks in the
world, with a major media presence. During Mr. Kelly-Gagnon's first period as
president, the MEI earned the support of important leaders in the business
community, and its annual budget rose from $15,000 to $1.5 million.
    He later became president of the Conseil du patronat du Québec, where he
served from March 2006 to January 2009, modernizing its governance rules and
cleaning up its finances as well as bringing major players from the business
world onto its board of directors. He returned to the presidency of the MEI
early this year.

    The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
not-for-profit research and education organization. Through studies and
speeches, the MEI contributes to debate on public policy in Quebec and across
Canada, suggesting reforms for wealth creation based on market mechanisms.

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For further information: and interview requests: André Valiquette,
Director of communications, Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969 ext.
2225, Cell: (514) 574-0969,

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