For five years Jean-François Lisée was advisor to Québec premiers Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard, particularly for international affairs. He has written several books including In the Eye of the Eagle, on US policy regarding the independence movement, which won him a Governor-General’s Award. He was a journalist for over 20 years, reporting from Paris and Washington for media in Quebec and France. He is also a member of the Centre d’études sur les politiques et le développement social (CPDS), and with his team set up a website on social policy and globalization entitled : PolitiquesSociales.net.
Executive Director of CÉRIUM, Jean-François Lisée was advisor to Québec premiers Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard from 1994-2000, notably in charge of international relations and the international aspects of the quest for Québec sovereignty. In 2003-2004 he was Visiting Scholar with the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales of the Institut d’études politiques in Paris.
During the 1980’s he was a journalist in Paris and Washington for Québec media, notably for La Presse and L’actualité, and French media, notably for L’Événement du jeudi. Some of his articles were published in Le Monde, Libération, l’Express, The Washington Post and the New York Times. He was the author of the book In the Eye of the Eagle, on the American policies concerning the Quebec independence movement, which won Canada’s highest literary award the Governor-General award. He also published Carrefours Amérique, on the evolution of U.S society. He was assistant editor-in-chief of the politics and international pages of L’actualité.
M. Lisée is also a member of the Centre d’études sur les politiques et le développement social (CPDS) of Montréal. His writing is focused on the evolution of the Québec model and the question of social democracy and globalization. With his team he set up in 2002 a website tracking the evolution of social policy in Europe and the Americas : PolitiquesSociales.net.
M. Lisée has a law degree and a masters degree in communications from UQAM, as well as a degree in journalism from the Centre de formation des journalistes, in Paris. He was a visiting scholar at the Political Science Department of the Université de Montréal in 2001-2002, and the following year at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CÉRI) of the IEP in Paris. In 2002 and 2003 he was a consultant to the International Relations Department of the Université de Montréal for the design and conception of CÉRIUM.
A native of Thetford Mines, he is the father of two children.