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Irénée Rutema

Senior Consultant, Government and International Affairs

irutema@levesquestrategies.com

Irénée Rutema is a communications expert, speaker and seasoned political analyst. For 10 years he advised organizations on communications strategies to build a profile in the media and political landscape of Québec and Canada.

Holding a bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate in communications from Université Laval, he served as adviser on international affairs to the leadership of the Francophonie for the International Relations Ministry, and communications adviser for the Ministry of Culture and Communications, as well as for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

He has also taught political science at the Cégep de La Pocatière, as well as French at the Canada School of Public Service.

Passionate about politics, he has worked as a journalist for Community Digest Magazine, as well as for Calgary-based newspapers Le Franco and Chinook, where he served as reporter and political columnist, respectively. He is often called on to discuss public issues on the radio, at Radio-Canada in Alberta and for radio stations in Québec, and his articles can be seen in the dailies Le Devoir, La Presse and Le Soleil.

Engaged in public debate, with an ongoing focus on issues surrounding immigrants and immigration, he has appeared as a speaker at several conferences featuring themes of intercultural communication. He also participated in the writing and presentation of a paper for the Bouchard-Taylor Commission in Québec in 2007.

Irénée maintains close contact with his extensive networks in Québec, Alberta and elsewhere, which helps make him a valuable ally for clients of LEVESQUE Strategies.