Former Liberal provincial minister Jean-Marc Fournier will head the Quebec Urban Development Institute (IDU).
As of September 28, the former member for the riding of Saint-Laurent will be president and CEO of this non-profit organization that represents the commercial real estate industry in Quebec.
“His vast experience, his collaborative approach and his keen understanding of the issues in a context of great change were decisive,” the IDU explained in a press release on Tuesday to justify his hiring.
Jean-Marc Fournier will have his work cut out for commercial real estate, hard hit by COVID-19.
“There is no doubt that it is more than ever necessary to act in a concerted manner for the economic recovery and the vitality of urban centers. The real estate sector deserves special attention in an era of physical distancing, the rise of teleworking and that of electronic commerce. Nothing will be the same again, we need a new collaboration between private and public actors, ”said Jean-Marc Fournier.
Prior to this appointment, the former Government House Leader and former Minister responsible for Canadian Relations was Strategic Advisor for SYRUS.
The Liberal represented the provincial riding of Châteauguay from 1994 to 2008, as well as that of Saint-Laurent from 2010 to 2018.