MONTREAL | QUEBEC CITY
Marie-Claude Johnson – Founding Partner
After successfully launching an IT start-up as an entrepreneur, she handled the innovation file in the office of Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Exportation. She was then responsible for public procurements and government services at the office of Quebec’s Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. Marie-Claude has also worked as a strategic communications consultant in Washington DC with the aerospace industry.
Her professional experience and community involvement have enabled Marie-Claude to develop strong links inside the Quebec, Canadian and U.S. governments. An urban planner by training, Marie-Claude frequently participates in and helps organize fundraising events for charitable causes. She is the Vice President of the Institut québécois d’affaires publiques and sits on the organizing committee of the Semaine nationale des institutions québécoises. Since January 2012, she has been on the board of directors of the Quebec Association of Lobbyists.
At HATLEY, Marie-Claude is responsible for government and public relations for several private companies in the industrial, energy and natural resources sectors. Her practice involves managing regulatory and legislative issues and consulting in corporate communications.
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Adam Daifallah – Founding Partner
Adam Daifallah is a co-founder and partner at HATLEY. With more than 15 years of experience in journalism, politics and law, Adam is a skilled communicator who interacts with key decision-makers in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Washington, D.C.
In addition to his responsibilities at HATLEY, Adam is Chairman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, an instructor at McGill University’s North American Studies Program, a fellow of the Montreal Economic Institute and a frequent commentator on public affairs in newspapers, on radio and on television.
Before joining HATLEY, Adam practiced law at the Montreal office of Norton Rose Fulbright (then Ogilvy Renault). Previously, he sat on the editorial board of the National Post and was Washington correspondent of The New York Sun. He is co-author of two books on Canadian politics.
In the voluntary sector, Adam is a director of the Schmeelk Canada Foundation, a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Quebec Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is heavily involved in Golf Canada (formerly the Royal Canadian Golf Association) where he is a Governor, Chair of the Communications Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee.
Adam is a law graduate from Université Laval, has a BA (honours) in history and political studies from Queen’s University and was a Sauvé Scholar at McGill University. He is a member of the Quebec Bar.
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Carl Vallée – Senior Consultant
Carl Vallée joined HATLEY as a senior consultant in January 2016. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws at the Université de Montréal where he developed a keen interest in public affairs. His extensive involvement in politics brought him to Ottawa in 2009 where he began working in the Prime Minister’s Office. Notably, he served as Press Secretary and Spokesperson to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper for five years.
Over the course of his time in Ottawa, Carl managed complex issues on a national and international scale, always with a particular attention on Québec. Having intimately witnessed the Government of Canada’s decision-making process, Carl had the unique opportunity of working with key policy makers across the country. Carl’s acquired skills in the areas of media relations, crisis management, speech writing and strategic planning are certain to serve the interests of HATLEY’s clients well.
During his time as the Executive Director of Communications for the Canadian Olympic Committee, Carl developed and executed the communications and promotional plan for the opening of the Canadian Olympic House in July 2015 in Montreal, which garnered significant media attention within Québec and across Canada. On top of his responsibilities at HATLEY, Carl leads the Québec office of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) and acts as its spokesperson in the province.
Carl’s favourite pastimes include studying Québec political history and maintaining a dedicated commitment to the Montréal Canadiens.
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Alexandre Meterissian – Senior Consultant
Alexandre Meterissian has been a consultant at HATLEY since April 2013. He is a McGill University Arts graduate with a major in political science and minors in economics and philosophy, and an HEC Montréal graduate where he completed his Master’s of Science in Administration (MSc.), specialized in corporate strategy. His master’s thesis focused on the impacts of the Quebec-California cap-and-trade market on Quebec’s economy.
Alexandre has worked in various ministerial offices in Ottawa. He contributed to the development of various foreign policy initiatives while in the office of the Hon. Lawrence Cannon M.P., C.P. before joining the office of the Hon. Jason Kenney M.P., C.P. where he was responsible for relations with cultural communities in the Greater Montreal Area. He was also responsible for communicating numerous government policies.
Alexandre is one of the co-founders of the Prince Arthur Herald, a pan-Canadian bilingual student newspaper, as well as the Fondation 1625, which defends the rights of students who suffered damages as a result of the student conflict in the spring of 2012. He regularly appears in both the French and English media. In 2010, he represented Canada at the G8/G2O Youth Summit in Vancouver and in 2014 he served as the policy director for the Quebec Liberal Party’s youth wing convention.
His experience in the media and on the federal and provincial political scene makes Alexandre an important asset in terms of strategic communications as well as in government relations.
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Tom Kott – Consultant
Tom Kott has been a consultant at HATLEY since May 2014. He is currently an MBA candidate at the John Molson School of Business. A graduate of McGill University, Tom studied political science and history, focusing on Canadian and American elections and the use of marketing and images in politics. His prior work experience includes working as a clerk at an international law firm, where he learned about the administrative side of the legal world. Tom sits on the committee for GenerationsCité, a philanthropic organization that supports Montreal’s Pointe-à-Callière museum.
In addition to his responsibilities at HATLEY, Tom is the CEO of the Prince Arthur Herald, a Canada-wide online political newspaper for students and young professionals. He has been widely published in major outlets, with articles appearing in the National Post, La Presse, iPolitics, the Montreal Gazette, the Huffington Post, and many others. He is passionate about journalism and research, helping HATLEY quickly process information and take advantage of electronic and social media.
Tom’s academic background, his ability to quickly analyze information, and his writing skills make him an important asset in strategic communications work at HATLEY.
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Alexandra Dionne Charest – Consultant
Alexandra Dionne Charest joined HATLEY in April 2016 as a consultant, where her focus is on public and media relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from the University of Sherbrooke, where she was part of the co-op program. During her studies, Alexandra interned at the headquarters of Cirque du Soleil and at the advertising agency Publicis (Montreal).
Hired by Publicis after her internship, Alexandra started her career in the working for clients such as Coca-Cola and Ubisoft. Alexandra then worked as a public affairs coordinator at Impact Public Affairs in their Montreal office where she increased her experience in media relations, strategic communications and government relations.
Passionate about contemporary art, Alexandra has been collecting art pieces over the last few years.
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Francesco Biondi-Morra – Consultant
Francesco is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in history at Université de Montréal, focusing on Canadian international relations and the issue of national identity.
Before joining HATLEY, Francesco served in the Armoured Exploration Division of the Italian Army. His military training taught him the importance of a proper work ethic and gave him the strategic skills necessary in crisis management.
Francesco later joined the office of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship in the Trudeau government. There, he served as a Special Assistant and later Interim Press Secretary to Minister John McCallum. This political experience cemented his knack for media relations and strategic policy development.
Today, Francesco’s experience in the military and on the federal political scene benefit HATLEY’s clients, notably in strategic planning and crisis management.
Francesco is a passionate equestrian and loves to travel. His combined hobbies have brought him to various corners of the globe, including to Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, where he crossed the countries by horseback.
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Line Laliberté – Administrative Assistant
Line Laliberté is the Administrative Assistant at HATLEY, a role she has occupied since April 2013. She holds an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix with a concentration in Human Resources and is certified as a professional in human resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Line’s career in administration and human resources spans over 30 years. She was Director of Human Resources at Cala, an HR communications agency in Montreal, and was HR coordinator in a medical clinic in a rural setting. She has held many different administrative positions in her career.
Her passion for scuba diving brought her to live across the United States and in American territories for over 25 years before returning to Montreal. Her experience and organizational skills are essential assets for HATLEY’s daily operations.
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