Originally from La Pocatière, Kamouraska region, Philippe-Olivier holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Université Laval and a M.Sc. in Physics from Université de Sherbrooke. He has an interest in public policy in the area of science, research and innovation, and currently is a policy analyst at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), one the country’s major research granting agency. Prior to his position at NSERC, he spent five years at the Canada Foundation for Innovation. From 2005 to 2007, as President of the Graduate studies council (CNCS) of the Quebec Federation of University Students (FEUQ – the largest youth group in Quebec), Mr. Giroux worked at improving the work conditions of student researchers and at promoting the next wave of scientists. He also got actively involved with the Conseil des partenaires de l’innovation, the Association francophone pour le savoir, the Conseil supérieur de l’éducation and the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS).
Mr. Giroux believes that youth must be engaged in public affairs. This conviction is what motivates him to serve, since 2008, in Force Jeunesse, a think tank and lobby group active on issues relating to public finances and intergenerational balance. From 2010 to 2013, he was vice president, content, and then president, of the organization. In addition, he sits on the board of directors of Mission Leadership Quebec, an organization that develops the network and strategic positioning of young Quebec leaders. Mr. Giroux is fluent in French and English, and has notions of Spanish and German.
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