The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, previously served as Director of the Department of Economics in addition to being a tenured professor at l’Université Laval. As a well-published author, conference speaker, and renowned economics expert, he was often asked to comment on current events in Quebec and Canada.

In addition to his professorial duties, Jean-Yves held and co-founded the Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, was President-elect of the Canadian Economics Association, and was a member of the Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale des aînés. He was also Vice-President and Fellow of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations, Senior Fellow of the Fondation pour les études et les recherches sur le développement international and Fellow-in-Residence at the C.D. Howe Institute. Lastly, Jean-Yves is co-founder of the Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network (Partnership for Economic Policy, PEP).

Jean-Yves earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (First-Class Honours) from the University of Alberta, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been rewarded for relentless hard work with prestigious grants, the Société canadienne de science économique’s prix Marcel Dagenais, and the Harry Johnson Award for best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Economics. In 2014, Jean-Yves was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest accolade bestowed on Canadian researchers.

Jean-Yves was elected to represent the riding of Quebec in the 2015 federal election and assumed the office of Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development on November 4, 2015. His experience and research, which touches on the effects of public policy on poverty, including vulnerable seniors, brings a unique and informed perspective to his work as Minister.