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Louis Lévesque
Senior Fellow

Former Deputy Minister, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and International Trade


MA (Economics), Laval University

BA (Mathematics)


Mr. Lévesque began his career with Quebec’s civil service as an economist in 1983, first with the Crop Insurance Board and then with the Ministry of Finance in the tax policy area. Mr. Lévesque joined Finance Canada in 1991 and rose to the rank of General Director first in the Tax Policy Branch, and later in the Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch.

Mr. Lévesque’s career focus shifted to federal-provincial relations and fiscal federalism when he was appointed Deputy Secretary of Intergovernmental Operations at the Privy Council Office and later returned to Finance Canada as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch.

After serving as Associate Deputy Minister with Finance Canada, Mr.  Lévesque was promoted to Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Privy Council Office in 2006.  He was appointed as Deputy Minister of International Trade in 2008 and named as Canada’s G-20 Sherpa by the Prime Minister in 2010. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in 2012, a position he held until he retired from the public Service in July 2015. 

From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Lévesque was director general of Finance Montreal, a non-profit organization promoting the development of the financial sector in Quebec.

Mr. Lévesque was born in Québec city. He studied at Laval University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Economics.