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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Jean-Louis Roy was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec by Québec’s Cabinet on May 16, 2018.

Academic, journalist and diplomat Jean-Louis Roy was Director of the Centre for French-Canadian Studies at McGill University from 1975 to 1979, editor of the Montréal daily Le Devoir from 1981 to 1986, Québec’s Delegate-General in Paris from 1986 to 1990, Secretary General of the intergovernmental agency Agence intergouvernementale de la francophonie (now the Organisation internationale de la francophonie) from 1990 to 1998, and President of Rights & Democracy from 2002 to 2007. He also founded Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Watch in 2008. From 2001 to 2007, he was chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia.

His expert advice has been sought by many international organizations, including the OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), the OIF (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie), UNESCO, ISESCO (the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the IFDD (Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development), and many governments around the world, including those of Québec and Canada.

Roy was a member of the Boards of Directors of the Fondation Gorée (Senegal), the Paris-based Jour de la Terre organization and the MCFR (Montréal Council on Foreign Relations). He sat on Export Development Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Council and chaired the Board of Directors of the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ordre national du Québec and of the Strategic Orientation Board of the AUF (Agence universitaire de la francophonie) in Paris, a network of 850 universities around the world.

Roy has a degree in History from Université Laval, a degree in Modern Philosophy and an MA in Medieval Philosophy from Université de Montréal, and a PhD in History from McGill University. He taught contemporary history and international relations at McGill University, at ENA (the National School of Public Administration) in Paris and at York University’s Glendon College, where he founded the Chair in Québec Studies, and at the Universities of Ottawa, Moncton, and Trois-Rivières. He also taught geopolitics to Ph.D. students at Montréal’s École Polytechnique.

He was a guest researcher at the Université de Montréal’s Public Law Research Centre and guest lecturer or visiting professor at the following universities: Beijing, Shenzhen, Paris, Lyons, Dakar, Yaoundé, Warsaw, Bucharest, Mexico City, Bogotá, Tegucigalpa, Tokyo, Calgary, Ouagadougou, Port-au-Prince, Dalhousie and Sherbrooke.

Roy has honorary doctorates from the following universities: Moncton, NB (Law), Ste-Anne, NS (Literature) and Ottawa, ON (Social Sciences). He has received awards and honours from more than 25 countries. He has also been awarded the Rotary Club International’s Paul Harris Fellow Medal.

He has written many works of history, political analysis and fiction. His books have been translated into English, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic and have been published in Canada, the United States, France, Belgium, Brazil, Lebanon, Morocco, Senegal and China. The complete text of his lectures and the list of his published works (in French only) are available at www.partenariat-international.com.