Pierre Normand

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.

Professional background

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.

External relations and communications

The external relations and communications team (ERC) strives to demonstrate the impacts and benefits of CFI-funded research infrastructure, and contributes to strengthening the place of science and research in Canadian culture.

Our team shapes and promotes the CFI’s public position and helps the organization remain transparent and accountable to the Canadian public. We are responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with government stakeholders to ensure they are fully informed of the use and impact of public funds entrusted to the CFI.

Working with CFI staff and key partners, ERC supports the CFI’s mission by collecting, analyzing, producing and communicating accurate, consistent and timely information to its stakeholders. Through events, publications, multimedia, government relations, social media and media relations, our team tells the compelling story of the CFI and of the research and outcomes it enables.

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