Born in Montréal, she completed a doctorate in psychology at McGill University, after having studied economics at the University of London and history at Johns Hopkins University.
Ms. Jérôme-Forget is currently a Special Advisor in the Montréal office of the business law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. She also serves as an invited fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO).
She served as Minister of Finance, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for government services under Jean Charest’s Liberal government. In addition, she has been Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare in Ottawa, Vice-Rector of Finance at Concordia University, President of the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail and Chair of its related research institute, as well as President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) (a national think tank). She was a member of the Quebec National Assembly from 1998 until 2009. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, she played a key role in a joint effort by the Quebec, Alberta, Ontario and federal governments to provide guarantees to holders of asset-backed commercial paper. In 2010, she was appointed by Finance Minister James Flaherty to his Economic Advisory Council.
Ms. Jérôme-Forget chaired of the Social Policy Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the McCord Stewart Museum. In 2012, she was appointed Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and was chosen “Woman of Outstanding Achievement” by the Women’s Y Foundation in 2013. She also sits on the boards of the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), of the Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM), of Cinemania, of the Groupe de travail sur la protection des entreprises québécoises (GTPEQ) and of the Quartier de l’innovation. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Canada Life and of Astral.
Monique Jérôme-Forget was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada in October 2013.
Ms. Jérôme-Forget is the author of several publications, most recently Les Femmes au secours de l’économie : Pour en finir avec le plafond de verre (Women to the Rescue of the Economy: Getting Rid of the Glass Ceiling, available in French only), which promotes the rise of women to the highest ranks of power.