Russell Copeman was the Director of the 2018 Bishop’s Forum: A Civic Leadership Institute for English-speaking Youth. The Director is responsible for the overall organization of a five day civic engagement forum in August for English-speaking youth from across Québec.
Mr. Copeman was the Mayor of the Borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, the City of Montreal’s most populous borough, and a Montreal City Councillor from November 2013 until November 2017. Upon his election he was invited to join Mayor Denis Coderre’s Executive Committee and was responsible for Housing, Urban Planning, Real Estate Management and Planning and the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.
From 2008 until 2013 Mr. Copeman was a senior administrator at Concordia University, serving as Associate Vice-President, External Relations. He was also an Adjunct Professor in Concordia’s Department of Political Science where he taught Quebec Public Administration.
He was a member of Premier Robert Bourassa’s staff until his election to the National Assembly of Québec in 1994 as the Member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce where he served until his resignation in October 2008.
During his fourteen year tenure in the National Assembly Mr. Copeman served in various capacities including Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Philippe Couillard. From 2003 until 2007 he chaired the Standing Committee on Social Affairs. In 2008 he co-Chaired the first pan-Canadian Summit on Inuit Health, held in Kuujjuaq.
Familiar with the media, Mr. Copeman made regular appearances as a political analyst with Jean Lapierre on CTV Montreal’s “This Week in Politics” segment from 2008 until 2010 and is an occasional political commentator in the media.
Policy Case Study: How to Reduce Poverty in a Big City: a Community Approach
BA, McGill University (Honours in Political Science)