Richard Fournier

Richard Fournier, APR

Director of Communications and Outreach
CHU Quebec

Richard Fournier, APR is Director of Communications and Outreach at Quebec City's CHU and has held the position since October 2007. He leads a team of 14, whose responsibilities encompass several aspects of internal and external public relations.

Fournier has been active in public affairs for the last 28 years, including 21 in management positions. Most of his experience was gathered at Desjardins Financial Security, the personal insurance subsidiary of the Desjardins credit union movement. He assumed several internal and external communication positions, including 12 years as Senior Director, Communications. Over the course of his mandates, he developed an expertise in communication for corporate acquisitions, sales and mergers, as well as in change management.

He then filled the position of Director, Public Affairs at Université Laval for three years, from 2004 to 2007. He was in charge of a communications, student recruitment and a protocol affairs team of 60 people.

Fournier holds a Bachelor in Public Communication and Industrial Relations from Université Laval. He also followed the Public Relations Module of the Development Program for Communications Professionals at École des Hautes Études Commerciales. He is an accredited member of the Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques (formerly the Société des relationnistes du Québec) since 1993 and was member of the Board from 2001 to 2004. He was also Chair of the Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Relations Conference in 2004.

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