Since world issues know no borders, the Government of Québec has mandated envoys to promote its priorities and the strategic directions of Québec’s International Policy.

Three envoys will help promote Québec’s positions and advance its interests in the following policy areas:

This theme-based approach will enhance Québec’s presence and influence on the world stage. The nomination of envoys is part of the initiatives undertaken by the Ministry and the official foreign representations of Québec as well as those of various government departments and agencies.

Envoy for Climate Change and Northern and Arctic Affairs

The Envoy for Climate Change and Northern and Arctic Affairs has a general mandate to broaden Québec’s international commitment in the fields of northern and Arctic affairs and the fight against climate change, two government priorities set out in Québec’s International Policy.

Jean Lemire

Jean Lemire is a biologist and renowned international scientific communicator. His appointment as Envoy for Climate Change and Northern and Arctic Affairs testifies to Québec’s strong commitment to contribute to international efforts and seek sustainable solutions by leveraging Québec expertise in these two fields.

Jean Lemire

“I agreed to become the Envoy for Climate Change and Northern and Arctic Affairs because these are challenges that face all of humanity and that call for the commitment of all, and because Québec has a singular service to perform from a standpoint of solidarity. I bring my experience, my commitment to the planet and my determination to this task.”

- Jean Lemire


Jean Lemire has been sailing the world’s oceans for over 15 years to raise public awareness of important environmental issues. His work on climate change and biodiversity has led to major scientific missions, including a three-year world tour to study the status of world biodiversity in collaboration with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

His expertise and commitment will bolster Québec’s undeniable leadership on the international stage in northern and Arctic affairs and in the fight against climate change.


He will notably be tasked with establishing new international partnerships with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and putting carbon pricing mechanisms in place. Mr. Lemire will also help implement international climate cooperation measures that will support the most vulnerable French-speaking countries.

Mr. Lemire will continue to ensure that Québec is a credible actor in international discussions on Arctic issues by creating or reinforcing ties with governmental and non-governmental actors in the northern and Arctic regions and by actively participating in the main international forums dedicated to northern and Arctic issues. He will also be tasked with promoting Québec’s expertise in sustainable northern development, facilitating joint international initiatives and encouraging the sharing of best practices in this area.

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Envoy for International mobility and the Recognition of professional qualifications

Patrick L. Benaroche

Patrick L. Benaroche is an expert on labour law and organizational psychology. He has an extensive range of knowledge, has received numerous awards and recognitions, and has authored several publications that contribute to the advancement of work standards in Québec and Canada. His appointment as Envoy for International Mobility and the Recognition of Professional Qualifications demonstrates Québec’s determination to be a leader in cross-border professional mobility.

Patrick L. Benaroche

« My appointment as Envoy for International Mobility and the Recognition of Professional Qualifications affords me the chance to help improve Québec’s work environment by participating in projects aimed at increasing the prosperity of Quebecers. Since professional mobility is expected to increase worldwide over the coming years, Québec’s workplaces must adapt to this international reality in order to seize the opportunity to attract skilled labour and thereby meet Québec’s economic needs in a context that is equally beneficial to our foreign partners. To achieve this, we will need, among other things, to facilitate the recognition of professional qualifications for key professions and trades so as to promote worker integration. Québec has what it takes to become a leader in that area and it is a great honour for me to be able to participate in attaining this goal. »

- Patrick L. Benaroche


Patrick L. Benaroche is a senior partner and former chair of the Employment & Labour Group at the Stikeman Elliott law firm’s Montréal office. He has advised many large companies on a variety of labour law topics, including those related to cross-border and labour mobility issues. His advice has also been solicited to resolve cases involving workplace harassment, wrongful dismissal, workplace health and safety issues, as well as in conjunction with negotiations, drafting work contracts, and collective labour relations.

Mr. Benaroche is a member of the Québec Bar and the American Bar Association. He is also a fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and vice-chair of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee of the International Bar Association.


In his capacity as envoy, Mr. Benaroche has been mandated to mobilize professional orders and other competent authorities for the purpose of updating mutual recognition arrangements stemming from the Québec-France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications, as well as to negotiate new recognition agreements with foreign partners. His role also includes establishing interdepartmental mechanisms to foster professional mobility between Québec and its international partners.

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Envoy for Human rights and Freedoms

The Envoy for Human rights and Freedoms has a mandate to extend the Government of Québec’s international actions in matters of human rights and to position it as a committed actor with regard to gender equality and the protection and promotion of the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

Julie Miville-Dechêne held this position from December 5, 2017 to June 20, 2018.

The position is currently vacant.

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Last update: 2019-04-18 10:11:29 AM

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To reach the envoys

Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie
380, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3X7
Phone : 514 873-6708