Recently, François-Philippe Champagne became the International Trade Minister. What do we know about him? Here are a few facts:
- Champagne grew up in Shawinigan, Que.
- He is 46 years’ old
- He studied law at the Université de Montréal and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
- Champagne was previously parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau
- He helped Morneau to develop policy ideas like the finance minister’s infrastructure bank and investment hub
- Before entering politics, Champagne had jobs in international business. He was senior counsel and vice-president at ABB Group, a Swiss engineering giant, and then had a series of titles, including strategic development director at AMEC, a big London-based project-management company
- Champagne believes that Canada’s profile abroad is too often a fragmented one and that there is plenty of room for improvement
- He has also stated that it’s crucial for governments to make sure most people can see the benefits of liberal economic policy flowing their way
Read the January 2017 issue of Business Review USA & Canada magazine