MONTREAL | QUEBEC CITY
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.
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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.
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 and of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Quebec Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, 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 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
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.
T +1 514 316 7083
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.
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Tom Kott – Consultant
Tom Kott has been a consultant at HATLEY since May 2014. 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 HALTEY, 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, 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.
T +1 514 316 7082
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
Simon Beauchemin – Consultant
Simon Beauchemin received his master’s degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge in 2014. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Montréal in 2013.
Simon earned several prizes and distinctions during his studies. In 2011, he won the Robert-Boily Prize awarded for the best essay on politics. In 2012, he was part of the delegation representing the University of Montréal when it won the highest honors at the National Model United Nations in New York, a United Nations simulation of international repute. Simon appreciates the value of community involvement and is a member of the McCord Museum’s Sugar Ball Committee.
He has also been very active in both provincial and federal politics. At the provincial level, he worked as a marketing and communications assistant at the Coalition Avenir Québec’s (CAQ) head office and was also a part of leader François Legault’s campaign team in 2012. He was a founding member of the University of Montréal Federal Young Liberals campus club, serving as Vice-President for Policy for two years. He currently serves as VP Policy for the Young Liberals of Canada (Quebec).
His studies abroad combined with his keen interest for international affairs provide Simon with a unique perspective of the Canadian and Québec political scene.
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