Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin
speakerspecial contributor to La Presse,
author and former Mayor of Gatineau

Few of today's politicians have faced as many crises during their mandate as Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, speaker: floods in 2017, tornado in 2018, floods again in 2019, three of the five worst torrential rains in 100 years in Gatineau, not to mention an always intense municipal political life.

Despite the crises, under his leadership, Gatineau has implemented many innovative policies, agreements and strategies that define the new role of cities: social economy policy, homelessness reference framework, development of new programs with the UQO, fight against climate change, equality policy, waste management program, revision of urban planning by-laws, living together, etc. In fact, in 2021, Gatineau was ranked as one of the best cities in Canada in which to cycle.

Prior to politics, Maxime contributed to the revival of the Laiterie de l'Outaouais, a huge regional mobilization for a social economy project. In 2020, he published Passer de la ville à la cité, faire place à la participation citoyenne, l'expérience de Gatineau.


Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin's lectures :

  • Duration: 30 to 45 minutes + question period, adaptable.
  • Available in English and French.
  • A preparatory call is planned to adapt the content of the conference.

Pour une réforme du monde municipal

Les villes pourraient être des moteurs puissants pour lutter contre les changements climatiques, pour développer l’économie, pour lutter contre l’itinérance, pour mieux intégrer les nouveaux arrivants ou encore pour faire la promotion de la culture québécoise. Mais les villes d’aujourd’hui sont régies par des règles adoptées il y a un siècle et demi, de sorte qu’elles ont une main attachée dans le dos (une fiscalité déficiente) et un boulet attaché au pied (un cadre légal déficient). Il y a urgence de réformer les villes.

All organizations, all companies must take an interest in what is happening in cities because they will influence the future like never before.


Crisis management

Floods, tornadoes, torrential rains, political crises, etc. Few politicians have had to manage so many crises in such a short period of time. In this conference, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin will address the following points:

  • The characteristics that define a good leader in a crisis situation;
  • What is a good organization in a crisis situation?
  • Risk management, before, during and after the crisis;
  • Crisis management: the keys to success.

Économie sociale

Propriété locale, expertise locale, profits locaux et gestion d’un bien public par d’autres acteurs que l’État : l’économie sociale fait des miracles, elle peut satisfaire la droite comme la gauche! Dans cette conférence, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin vous présente des exemples concrets de succès économiques et sociaux grâce à la présence des citoyens au cœur de l’économie.


Citizen participation

In the 21st century, citizens can no longer be ignored: they are better educated and more informed than ever. They want to understand the actions of the people who are calling on them, they want to contribute to the advancement of their community. It is by making room for them that we will renew democracy, and even the economy.

So how do we engage citizens? What are the benefits and risks for the state (and for business) of including citizens in its daily life? In this conference, the author of Passer de la ville à la cité, faire place à la participation citoyenne will answer all these questions.

Biography of Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin :

A contributor to La Presse since August 2022 and Municipal Councillor from 2009 to 2013, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, speaker was Mayor of Gatineau and leader of Action Gatineau from 2013 to 2021, when he decided not to seek re-election. His mandates were marked by a greater presence for Gatineau on the national scene.

Under his leadership, Gatineau has put in place several innovative policies, agreements and strategies that define the new role of cities: social economy policy, homelessness reference framework, agreement for the development of new programs with the UQO, climate change plan, equality policy, ambitious waste management program, revision of urban planning by-laws, round table on living together, etc. Gatineau will also be declared the best bicycle city in Canada. As mayor, he will face an impressive number of climate-related crises: floods in 2017, tornado in 2018, floods in 2019 and three of the five worst torrential rains in the last 100 years in Gatineau.

A committed citizen before entering politics, he was instrumental in the revival of the Laiterie de l'Outaouais dairy. Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, speaker holds a master's degree in regional development from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Before entering politics, he worked for five years as assistant to the CEO of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de l'Outaouais. In 2020, he published Passer de la ville à la cité, faire place à la participation citoyenne, l'expérience de Gatineau, with Éditions David, and in 2023, he published his second book, Libérez les villes : pour une réforme du monde municipal, with Éditions XYZ.

Acknowledgements of Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin :

  • 2015 Elected Official of the Year Award, given by the Civic Action League in recognition of her contribution to the rehabilitation of municipal politics.
  • Prix Régis-Laurin 2019, winner in the "elected official" category for his significant contribution to the cause of social and community housing and for the leading role he played in making Gatineau an inclusive city.
  • Gérard-Lesage Medal 2022, "institutional distinction awarded to individuals from the community who collaborate highly in the development and influence of the regional milieu, as well as the institutional values of the Université du Québec en Outaouais."
  • Bronze Medal 2022, awarded by the national movement of Quebecers under the recommendation of the Société nationale des Québécois de l'Outaouais
  • Jean-Paul-L'Allier 2022 Award from the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec. This award honours a Quebec elected official who has distinguished himself/herself by his/her vision, leadership and achievements in urban and regional planning.

THEMES :

  • Crisis management
  • Leadership
  • Communication and media
  • Citizen participation
  • Mobilization

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS :

  • Wireless headset or lapel microphone
  • Lectern

HIS BOOKS :

Conférenciers Québec, Formation, Motivation et Team Building - Formax - Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin - Speaker, special contributor to La Presse and former Mayor of Gatineau
Conférenciers Québec, Formation, Motivation et Team Building - Formax - Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin - Speaker, special contributor to La Presse and former Mayor of Gatineau

LISTEN TO :

HIS COLUMNS:

Consulter son texte « Les politiciens qui font du bien« 
du 16 mars 2023 sur la gestion de crise.

Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin at a conference :

Extrait de sa conférence « Attention : les villes changent (et cela concerne tout le monde)! », présentée en octobre 2023

Interviews with Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin :

Interview with Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin: Getting people involved

Entrevue qu’il qualifie comme « l’une des meilleures de sa vie » : « Gérer le chaos » avec Rose-Marie Charest et Stéphane Bureau, dans laquelle il échange sur le rôle des villes et des élus en situation de crise.

What our customers say:

« La conférence a été un franc succès. Maxime a même eu droit à une standing ovation ! À un Sommet sur la fiscalité municipale, il faut quand même le faire. »

Office of Government and Municipal Relations

« La conférence était sans aucun doute à la hauteur de nos attentes. Les éléments présentés par le conférencier étaient pertinents, simples et illustraient bien son propos. [Son] humanisme était palpable durant toute la soirée et a su rejoindre et retenir l’attention même des personnes les moins intellectuelles! »

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