Since 2007, first as the director of corporate services and public affairs, and now as the executive director, Elise Comtois has developed and maintained the infrastructures necessary to the operations and governance of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she managed the strategic development files at the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (now the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement) after having started and coordinated a unique pan-Canadian training program for health service executives. As a research associate with the Hôpital Charles LeMoyne Research Centre and the Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en santé (GRIS) at the Université de Montréal, she focused on administrative innovations in the health services sector, such as integrated delivery systems in healthcare and hospital mergers. She has lectured on strategic management and planning, and has spearheaded public relations mandates in both public and private organizations.
Elise holds an MBA from the École des sciences de la gestion, a bachelor's in communication from Université du Québec à Montréal and a diploma in law from Université de Montréal. She developed a strong interest in knowledge transfer – especially among and between researchers and practitioners – the use of evidence in decision-making, and innovation in organizations.