Dominique Vachon joins the Montreal Economic Institute

    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Dominique Vachon is joining the Montreal
Economic Institute (MEI) as an associate economist. Ms. Vachon brings to the
MEI enormous experience in economics and public affairs, which she attained in
particular as senior economist and later chief economist and vice president of
the National Bank of Canada from 1991 to 2002.
    Ms. Vachon is an experienced analyst. For six years she wrote a weekly
column in the business newspaper Les Affaires. She was also a regular
participant in public affairs programs, including Les affaires et la vie on
Radio-Canada, where she was an economic commentator. In 1997, she was awarded
the Prix Femme d'affaires by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. She
holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Montreal.

    In addition, the MEI welcomes three new associate researchers to its

    Sylvain Charlebois

    Sylvain Charlebois is associate professor of marketing and associate dean
of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Regina, where
he teaches strategic and international marketing at the graduate level.
Mr. Charlebois is the author of numerous scientific articles published in
Canada and abroad. Born in Quebec, he holds a doctorate in marketing from the
University of Sherbrooke. His field of expertise encompasses agricultural

    André Duchesne

    André Duchesne was president and CEO of the Association des industries
forestières du Québec from 1983 to 2002 and president of the Quebec order of
forest engineers. In 2002, he received the gold medal from the order of forest
engineers, and this May won the 2008 pulp and paper award of excellence from
the Quebec Forest Industry Council. He was also a member of the executive
committee of the Conseil du patronat du Québec from 1991 to 2002. He is
currently a consultant in economics and will be able to share his vast
knowledge of the forest industry.

    Ian Irvine

    Ian Irvine has been professor of economics at Concordia University since
1978. Mr. Irvine has published works in the fields of public finance,
taxation, health economics, income inequality, Canadian employment insurance
and social assistance programs, and crime. He holds a doctorate from the
University of Western Ontario and has been a visiting professor at the London
School of Economics, the University of Sydney, the University of Colorado, and
at University College and the Economic and Research Institute in Dublin.

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    "These four individuals have each proven themselves in their respective
university and business circles," said Paul Daniel Muller, president of the
Montreal Economic Institute. "They will be strengthening our ability to
contribute to public policy debates based on rigorous arguments."
    The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit body that takes part in public policy debate in Quebec and across
Canada, offering wealth creation solutions on matters of taxation, regulation,
and reform of health and education systems. Its publications since 2000 have
included the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools.

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