B.Comm. Marketing & Finance (Sir George Williams University)(now Concordia)
MSc. Marketing (École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Université de Montréal)
Certified Management Consultant (CMC) Institute of Management Consultants
Mr. Paquin is a bilingual Certified Management Consultant with extensive experience in the private, public and Aboriginal policy and operational domains, whose practice focuses on business and process planning, group facilitation, and strategic environmental analysis.
His early experience in the private sector includes establishment of his own business in retail and construction industry, and service as a Chartered Insurance Broker and Life Insurance Licensed Agent and Broker. He served as a senior marketing consultant with Mallette, Major, Martin. Subsequently joining the Quebec-based audit and management firm Samson-Belair, he progressed from Principal to Partner within three years, serving as Director of Management Consulting for Region Est du Québec. With the firm's merger with Deloitte and Touche, Mr. Paquin continued as Partner, serving in the National Office until 1993.
Mr. Paquin's private-sector marketing and business development initiatives include development of a plan for pre-competitive research and development in forest regeneration involving the Quebec pulp and paper industry, Université du Quebec and government agencies. He conducted a world-wide study of the peat moss industry to help position the Quebec industry's technology research direction in relation to international competitors. He also examined the R&D needs of the mining industry in Quebec, and elaborated the R&D strategic planning process of Rexfor in forest-related research and development. Other assignments include development of several market and strategic plans for manufacturers in industrial equipment and consumer productsin search of a North American competitive position within a global market place. Applying his management expertise to public policy and program design, Mr. Paquin undertook several high-profile assignments for Health Canada, including a systematic review and proposed renewal of federal processes and capacities for the surveillance of infectious foodborne and waterborne diseases, and the identification and mapping out of means to strengthen national surveillance and monitoring of diseases related to environmental factors and sources (“environmental health”).
Mr. Paquin’s experience in public policy includes the design and execution of formal policy and program evaluations. For Human Resources Development Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, he conducted expert interviews and assisted with the evaluation assessment of federal literacy programs and partnership arrangements. For Health Canada, he assisted with an “A-Base” review of the Departmental Secretariat, responsible for Cabinet and Parliamentary affairs, Executive Committee support, and the coordination of policy briefings for the Deputy Minister and Minister. Drawing upon his extensive evaluation experience and his expertise in the Aboriginal policy domain, he also served as a member of a senior-level team responsible for the design and conduct of a comprehensive review and evaluation of the communications function within the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
An expert facilitator, Mr. Paquin has assisted federal clients with the planning and implementation of both internal (government) and external (public) planning and consultation sessions including support to Environment Canada on national multi-stakeholder consultations exploring integrated approaches to air quality issues in Canada.
Among his many assignments in the Aboriginal community, are projects for the Atikamekw Nation, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, the community of Manawan, the Abenakis Nation, the Micmac Nation, the Algonquin First Nation, the Mohawk Council of Kanasatake, the Squamish Nation and the Aboriginal Capital Corporations. This experience is complemented by work for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs and Industry Canada, on the development of a strategic plan for Aboriginal Business Canada aimed at strengthening Aboriginal Capital Corporations. This assignment led to the creation of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association, offering financial products and services to Aboriginal financial institutions, operating within a regulatory structure.
Active with the Institute of Management Consultants, Mr. Paquin has served in several capacities, including Vice President of Norms; he played an integral part in the merger with Les Administrateurs agrées du Quebec.
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