Maxime Chagnon is responsible for media relations and for relations with various stakeholders of the Caisse. His mandate consists in acting as the organization’s main spokesperson with media, advising and training senior executives to prepare them for their interactions with the media, and managing reputation issues in cooperation with the risk management, investment and general services teams. He has almost 15 years’ experience in public affairs, in addition to his eight years spent as a journalist.
Before joining the Caisse in the fall of 2008, Mr. Chagnon was press secretary for the mayor of Montréal, having managed communications for the latter’s political training during the electoral campaign. He also served as press secretary for the mayor of Longueuil, and worked as a journalist for the Journal de Montréal and other local media.
Mr. Chagnon holds a Bachelor’s in Communications/Journalism from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has also followed leadership programs at the Caisse, in addition to a training seminar for senior executives at the HEC Montréal on financial information.
Mr. Chagnon has acted as a speaker on media management in times of crisis with Master’s students from the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP). He is a member of the Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques, the Canadian Public Relations Society, and the Communicateurs du Vogue, a group of communications managers from major corporations and government corporations and organizations.
In terms of social and community involvement, he acted first as a member, then as vice-president and later as president of the governing board of the école Jean XXIII. Between 2009 and 2013, he managed the 2010 Centraide campaign at the Caisse and sat on juries for the presentation of public relations awards and for public speaking contests at various secondary education institutions.