Closing ceremony - The Road to 2017

Forum 2016 – Closing ceremony



Karine Vallières
Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (youth)

Karine Vallières, member of the National Assembly of Quebec, is the parliamentary assistant to the prime minister for youth. First elected in 2012, Karine was re-elected in April 2014. As a communications specialist for multiple internationally based companies, Karine contributed to the development strategies Cascades and Métallurie Magnola. She worked as coordinator for Minçavi until 2007.  More recently, she acted as a consultant and provided support and training to the managers of the Caisse Desjardins des Métaux Blancs board.


David Birnbaum
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Higher Education

David Birnbaum, recently named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, is a Quebec politician who was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in the 2014 election. He represents the electoral district of D’Arcy-McGee. Prior to his election to the legislature, Birnbaum served as director-general of the Quebec English School Board Association, of Alliance Quebec and of the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Jewish Congress.


Honourable Marlene Jenning, P.C., LLB.

A former Member of Parliament (1997-2011), Marlene Jennings is the first Black Quebecer to be elected to Canadian Parliament. Having served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, to the Solicitor General of Canada and to the Minister for International Cooperation, she is widely recognized as having been a highly effective MP with strong leadership and mentorship skills. Prior to elected office, the fluently bilingual lawyer was Deputy Commissioner for Police Ethics for the Province of Quebec. For close to two years, she was Executive Director of the YM-YWHA, Montreal Jewish Community Centres and is now First Vice-President of the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre’s Board and Vice-President of the Centre integré universitaire de santé et des services sociaux Centre-Sud de l’Ile de Montreal.



Jack Jedwab
Executive Vice President of the Association for Canadian Studies

Jack Jedwab has been Executive Vice President of the Association for Canadian Studies since 1998. Between 1983 and 2008, Jack taught within the Quebec Studies Program, the Departments of Sociology and Political Science at McGill University as well as at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He is the founder and editor of Diversité Canadienne, a review that focuses on diversity, immigration, integration and multiculturalism. Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in History from McGill University and a Ph.D. in the field of Canadian History from Concordia University.