Participants registered for the event will be invited to submit in advance the subjects, situations or issues regarding ethics in the workplace, and especially in the management of their projects they are involved in or have witnessed. Based on these subjects, the discussions will be led and guided by the lecturer from his vision, his extraordinary experience and his great communication skills.
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Speaker : Mr Jean-Pierre Charbonneau
Jean-Pierre Charbonneau first studied Social Sciences, he has a bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Montreal. By the age of 21, he became a journalist in police and judicial affairs at Le Devoir and La Presse and also at CKAC. Previously, he worked for the Latin Quarter student magazine. In May 1973, when he was only 23, he was the victim of a murder attempt in the newsroom by a henchman in the pay off leaders of the Montreal Mafia. In 1975, his research on organized crime led him to publish his first book, The Canadian Die, a book based on the history of the Montreal underworld for which he won the Québec Criminology Society Beccaria Award.
He was elected Elected Member of the Parti Québécois in the Vercheres County in 1976 and re-elected in 1981 and in 1985, he became Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier René Lévesque in 1982 and subsequently Chairman of several committees in the areas of youth protection, education and workforce and the economy and labor. In the 1980 referendum, after co-authoring a second book on Option sovereignty-association with a fellow member, he set up the Student Movement for the “Yes” vote as head of the Youth project within the Parti Québécois executive branch. In 1983, he created the Youth Secretariat of the Government of Québec. In June 1989, at the end of his third term, he quits politics and heads off to Central Africa to run a Voluntary Cooperation Programme. In early 1991, he made a hasty return because of the war outbreak in Rwanda. He then returned to journalism and radio entertainment while successfully managing the rescue and recovery of Oxfam- Québec, Québec’s flagship of international cooperation and humanitarian aid agencies.
In September 1994, he returned to the political scene still in the Richelieu Valley where he resides. He became MP for the new constituency of Borduas, which includes six municipalities of the agglomeration of Beloeil and Mont Saint-Hilaire. On March 12th, 1996, he became President of the National Assembly of Québec, a position he held for six years. He was noted, then, as a reformer and developer in Québec and abroad. Primarily responsible for parliamentary diplomacy of the State, he substantially increases Québec visibility in the world notably building the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas, the first inter-parliamentary forum of the Hemisphere, and by providing the National Assembly a genuine international relations policy. As a member of the governing bodies of several associations of parliamentarians, he led numerous missions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States. He also chaired the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie. At the head of the Parliament of Québec, he was the initiator of a major reform of the rules of procedures and administrative organization. He distinguished himself as a staunch defender of the role of MPs against the omnipresence of the Prime Minister and his Executive Council. He values highly ethics in politics. In January 2002, he agreed to become a member of the Québec government and is appointed Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister for Relations with the Canadian Francophonie and Minister responsible for Democratic Reform. In the light of this, he establishes the Estates-General on democratic reform, the first major public debate on the functioning of the political institutions of contemporary Québec, including voting.
In April 2003, he was re-elected for a sixth term and became a spokesman for the Official Opposition for issues on public safety and health, while maintaining his commitment to the cause of modernization of democratic institutions and the increased participation of citizens to govern their affairs.
On August 18th, 2006, he announced his retirement from politics, thirty years after his entry, the first time in the National Assembly of Québec. In fall 2007, his autobiography «Uncovered "/ “Revealed” is published by Fides.
Since February 2007, he is seen on public television as a political analyst on the popular daily show "The Club Ex» of the Réseau de l’Information (RDI) of The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.CBC.
Speaker and author of numerous insightful texts on public affairs and the future of Québec, he is known for being a warm and incisive communicator, someone who can guide his audience to a broad and non-partisan reflection on social issues.
A passionate follower of Chinese and Japanese martial arts for 40 years, he taught Tai Chi Chuan in Beloeil. He is married and has five children.
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