Leadership

The Honourable Christian Paradis

The Honourable Christian Paradis

Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Security Services

Recognized as a results-driven leader, the Honourable Christian Paradis is a former Member of the Parliament of Canada for Mégantic-L’Érable (2006 - 2015), and Cabinet Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Natural Resources, Industry and International Development and La Francophonie (2007 - 2015). During his years in office, he was responsible for very important files in Canada, and from a global standpoint, he played an integral role in evolving blended finance for international development. 
 
Mr. Paradis did not seek a fourth mandate, as he joined GardaWorld in January 2016 as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Security Services. His mission is primarily to promote the benefits of public-private partnerships regarding security services in Canada. When implemented with rigor and common sense, outsourcing is equally capable of making a significant contribution to public services. Over the last years, Mr. Paradis could indeed see and appreciate the importance of security services for the population, both in Canada and around the world. 
 
Mr. Paradis graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in civil law and holds a graduate degree in corporate law from Université Laval. He is a member of the Quebec Bar (1997-present), a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada (2007 - present), and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
 
A member of the Boards of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Canada, Canada World Youth, and the Canadian Wildlife Foundation, Mr. Paradis is also the co-founder of Global Development Solutions (GDS) Canada Inc., an organization facilitating social impact investments in frontier and emerging markets.