Olivier Marcil was appointed Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) in July, 2011, bringing with him extensive experience in government and the Quebec political milieu. Mr. Marcil came to the University after serving as Chief of Staff to Clément Gignac, Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development. Prior to that, Mr. Marcil acted as an advisor to Premier Jean Charest and as Chief of Staff to Benoît Pelletier, Quebec's former Minister of Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs and Democratic Institutional Reform.
Mr. Marcil, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s in History from the Université de Montréal, has published a variety of works on former Quebec Liberal leader and Le Devoir publisher Claude Ryan, as well as on several other aspects of Quebec’s political scene and society. He is currently a director of the Fondation Serge-Marcil, which helps disadvantaged children in Haïti and Senegal.
As Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations), Mr. Marcil pilots McGill’s agendas with various levels of government, and oversees the University’s overall communications portfolio.