John Parisella, who has a degree in education, has spent the first years of his career teaching history at the English Montréal School Board and is passionate about politics. However, it was during the assassination of John F. Kennedy that he decided to get involved in active politics at the provincial level. He started out as an organizer in his riding and quickly rose through the ranks to become president of the Quebec Liberal Party and then chief of cabinet for Premiers Robert Bourassa, Daniel Johnson, Claude Ryan and Jean Charest. He was later assigned several responsibilities, including Chief Negotiator for a land claim made by the Mohawks of Kahnawake in 2008 and Delegate General of Quebec in New York in 2009.
After that, Mr. Parisella became President of BCP and BCP Consultants. As a renowned communicator, he has been a regular guest on public affairs programs in recent years, giving his opinion, among other things, on issues of American politics. Mr. Parisella has taught at Concordia University in the John Molson School of Business, the School of Public Affairs and Community Affairs and the Department of Political Science. He now works for the public relations firm National.
Rejean Parent graduate in Physical education at the Université de Montréal, and taught the subject at the Commission scolaire des patriotes. Mr. Parent has been a major player in the sector of education, including involvement in the labor movement where he has held various positions. He was elected vice-president of the Champlain Teachers’ Union in 1980 and became president in 1984, a position he held until his election as head of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ). He will held the position of President of the CSQ for a period of three terms and nearly 10 years.
Mr. Parent has taken part in numerous councils and committees, including the FTQ Solidarity Fund, the First Minister’s Committee on Public Finance and the Gervais Committee on Access to the Same Quality of Education Across Quebec. Having devoted his heart to Quebec’s development and his emancipation, Réjean parent does not hesitate to put his ideas on the public square. He is a contributor to the Journal de Montréal and regularly writes columns on political news.
Dana Cotnareanu has an academic background in Political Science and in Anthropology. She completed her master’s thesis at Université de Montréal on the representation of minorities in national historiography. Her research focused on history education in schools across Romania. Dana has gained experience in several non-profit organizations, working in various areas such as research, communications, fundraising, and event planning. Her latest project was in New Delhi for UNESCO MGIEP, a research institute aiming, among other things, to integrate socio-emotional learning into education systems and to innovate digital pedagogies.
Anne-Sophie Spiranski grew up all around the world. After a few years in the United States, she moved to Mexico. 7 years later she found herself in Russia where, after finishing her French baccalaureate (equivalent to CÉGEP in Quebec), she decided to learn Russian at Moscow State University for one year. Fascinated by politics, which inevitably affected her life abroad, it became her greatest passion. In 2014, she came to Canada to study at McGill University in Montreal, where she also had the chance to follow an exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo in spring of 2017. Upon her return from Japan, she began volunteering within the Montreal community. Thanks to her involvement, she realized the importance of voicing ones opinions. She thus decided to make Quebec her new home. With a bachelor’s degree in Political Science (minors in International Development and Russian) she became Project Coordinator for CIVIX-Quebec in the summer of 2018.
After spending 11 years in the Republic of Guinea, Pascal came back to his hometown Montréal where he completed a bachelor in international studies specialized in development at the University of Montreal and a graduate diploma in management and sustainable development at HEC Montreal. Always on the lookout for innovative projects, he does not miss any opportunity to get involved in the causes that matter to him such as social justice, equality of opportunity as well as social, economic and cultural development. After gaining experience in project management, partnerships coordination and external relations through internships and jobs in Jamaica, Guinea and Montreal, he put his skills in communication and external relations at the service of CIVIX-Quebec in autumn of 2019.
After two years of study in Barcelona, Anne Marie moved to Montreal in 2015, where she completed a master’s degree in philosophy at Université de Montréal. Interested in ethical and political questions and driven by the will to contribute to the development of critical-thinking skills among the youth, Anne Marie decided to enrich her academic career with a pedagogical training. In addition to her studies, her previous experience as a communications officer for a non-profit organization allowed her to develop skills related to creating and editing web content, promoting programs and elaborating communication strategies. She joined the team of Civix-Québec in the winter of 2020.