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Marie-Claude Johnson – Founding Partner

Marie-Claude Johnson is a co-founder and partner at HATLEY. She has more than ten years of experience in communications and strategic counsel.

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.

T +1 514 316 7086

E mcjohnson@hatleystrategies.com

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.

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 addition to his responsibilities at HATLEY, Adam is an instructor at McGill University’s Department of North American Studies, a fellow of the Montreal Economic Institute and a frequent commentator on public affairs in newspapers, on radio and on television.

In the voluntary sector, Adam is a director of the Schmeelk Canada Foundation, sits on the Communications Committee of Golf Canada (formerly the Royal Canadian Golf Association), is a member of the Circle of Young Ambassadors of the Montreal Cancer Institute, a board member of Invest Crowdfund Québec, and a co-founder and director of the Saint-Lawrence Consortium, a private club for young business leaders.

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.

T +1 514 316 7089

E adaifallah@hatleystrategies.com

Marilyn Cantin – Consultant and Director of Communications

Marilyn Cantin has been with HATLEY since 2011 and has been Director of Communications since 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in public communication from Université Laval (2010).

Marilyn is responsible for communications at HATLEY and in that capacity, assists with the firm’s mandates. She is HATLEY’s in-house language expert, acts as the coordinator between the Montreal and Quebec City offices, and is the resource person for the firm’s partners and the Advisory Council.

Marilyn has been involved in politics during the past few years and has worked on several provincial and federal election campaigns. She is also involved with the Institut québécois d’affaires publiques, where she helps coordinate events and supports communications activities.

Her curiosity and critical thinking ability are her best assets and serve her well in her strategic role with the HATLEY team.

T + 1 514 316 7085

E mcantin@hatleystrategies.com

Marc-André Deschênes – Senior Consultant

After five years in the Quebec Premier’s Office, Marc-André Deschênes joined HATLEY in June 2013. He specializes in strategic counsel and public relations.

In government, Marc-André worked on the creation of communications strategies relating to public-private partnerships. These experiences led him to develop an ability to anticipate, analyze and manage strategic issues with a global perspective.

Marc-André has been involved in politics for ten years. As a member of the Leader’s Tour team in the 2012 provincial election campaign, he was responsible for managing relationships with members of the electronic and television media in the Quebec National Assembly press gallery. He was also part of the team that conducted strategic analysis of the media for the Premier during the 2008 Quebec election.

In all, he has held public relations roles on seven election campaigns and at two national political conventions, including one as communications coordinator.

Marc-André holds an honours degree in political science and is completing his master’s thesis at Quebec’s National School of Public Administration.

Marc-André is very active in the community and has an extensive and diverse network of contacts. He volunteers with a various non-profit organizations.

T +1 418 476 1698

E madeschenes@hatleystrategies.com

Alexandre Meterissian – 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. In September 2013, he will begin a Master of Science in Administration (MSc.), specialized in strategy at HEC Montréal.

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 the communication of numerous government policies.

Alexandre is one of the co-founders of the Prince Arthur Herald, a pan-Canadian bilingual student newspaper, as well as 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, from 2011 to 2013, he participated in the Quebec Student Parliament.

His experiences on the federal political scene and in the media make Alexandre an important asset in terms of strategic communications as well as in government relations.

T +1 514 316 7084


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.

T +1 514 316 7092

E llaliberte@hatleystrategies.com