Louis Arseneault began his appointment as Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) on February 1, 2017. His expertise includes strategic and marketing communications, public affairs, government and media relations, and issues management. Mr. Arseneault came to McGill after 11 years with the Montréal International economic development agency, where he served as Vice-President (Talent Attraction, Promotion and Communications) (2011-2016) and Communications Director (2005-2011). Prior to joining Montréal International, he worked as senior director of corporate communications at Bell Canada (1997-2003), and as assistant director of public affairs at CAA-Québec (1992-1997).
A native of Quebec, Mr. Arseneault holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master’s degree in Sociology (Information and Communications) from the Université Paris VII. He serves as board member for Opéra de Montréal and the United Nations Association in Canada of Greater Montreal. He is vice-chairman of Les Fourchettes de l’espoir, a social economy organization dedicated to support communities in Montréal-Nord, and honorary president of Visages d’Outremer, an initiative aimed at gathering and promoting the community of new Montrealers coming from French-administered territories outside Europe. Mr. Arseneault is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Association des professionnels en développement économique du Québec, the Canadian Public Relations Society and the Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques.
As Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations), Mr. Arseneault is focused on government relations, community engagement and the University’s overall communications portfolio.