Vice-President, External Relations and Communications
As Vice-President of External Relations and Communications, Pierre Normand is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in all sectors, as well as providing management and direction to the CFI’s communications and government relations activities. He provides the vision and leadership necessary to project a vibrant corporate image and uphold the organization’s strategic positioning in the public environment.
For most of his career, Mr. Normand has worked in management, communications and external relations for university research, innovation and post-secondary education organizations.
Prior to joining the CFI, Mr. Normand held the position of Director of Communications at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences where he was responsible for providing advice on governance and organizational issues, policy, and government relations.
As a business owner — Normand Communications — from 1997 to 2008, he provided strategic advice and communications services to leading national organizations, including the CFI, the Networks of Centres of Excellence, Library and Archives Canada, and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.
From 1988 to 1997, he served as the Chief of Communications at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
Mr. Normand is a graduate of Université Laval in political science and communications.