“It’s an honour to have been selected to serve as the inaugural executive director of the Provincial Employment Roundtable. I plan to build PERT’s research capacity and to ensure we maintain strong connections with stakeholders in the community. Together, we will mobilize resources and find policy solutions to increase the employment and employability of English-speaking Quebecers.”

Nicholas Salter, Executive Director

Team Members

Executive Director

Nicholas Salter
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Nick is an experienced leader and strategist with expertise in communications, engagement, and public policy. Prior to directing the Provincial Employment Round Table, Nick helped launch and build McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy. Before that, he worked in open government and open data as Director of Policy and Communications at Powered by Data. Nick has also been involved in federal politics — leading the team of a Member of Parliament and advising teams at a regional level. Nick’s involvement in the public, social, and nonprofit sectors dates to 2008. He has worked with foundations, boards, community organizations, the health care system, higher ed, and multiple levels of government. He holds an MSW in International and Community Development, a BA in Psychology, and a Graduate Certificate in PR. Nick is also a past fellow of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy.

Director, Policy and Research

Sta Kuzviwanza
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Sta is a policy researcher and analyst with a background in economics and technology policy. Sta previously worked as the policy lead for Québec at Airbnb Canada and as a consultant providing policy analysis to organizations in the private and public sectors. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Max Bell School of Public Policy and a Bachelor’s in Economics and African Studies from McGill University.

Director, Engagement & Communications

Chad Walcott
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Chad Walcott is a community engagement expert with 10 years of experience in politics and social development. Throughout his career, he has developed and overseen several successful social impact campaigns focused on social and economic development. Prior to joining PERT’s team, Chad held a position at the City of Montreal, where he was responsible for managing citizen requests and advising local officials on policies related to economic and social development.

Policy Researcher

Morgan Gagnon
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Morgan Gagnon is a skilled researcher and policy analyst with a background in Quebec higher education policy and theories of institutional responsibility. She recently completed her master’s degree in philosophy at Concordia University, where she held a SSHRC scholarship for her research on university sexual violence policies and accessibility to education. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts at Bishop’s University, where she gained extensive experience building relationships with community and regional partners.

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Executive Director

Nicholas Salter

Nick is an experienced leader and strategist with expertise in communications, engagement, and public policy. Prior to directing the Provincial Employment Round Table, Nick helped launch and build McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy. Before that, he worked in open government and open data as Director of Policy and Communications at Powered by Data. Nick has also been involved in federal politics — leading the team of a Member of Parliament and advising teams at a regional level. Nick’s involvement in the public, social, and nonprofit sectors dates to 2008. He has worked with foundations, boards, community organizations, the health care system, higher ed, and multiple levels of government. He holds an MSW in International and Community Development, a BA in Psychology, and a Graduate Certificate in PR. Nick is also a past fellow of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy.

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Director, Policy and Research

Sta Kuzviwanza

Sta is a policy researcher and analyst with a background in economics and technology policy. Sta previously worked as the policy lead for Québec at Airbnb Canada and as a consultant providing policy analysis to organizations in the private and public sectors. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Max Bell School of Public Policy and a Bachelor’s in Economics and African Studies from McGill University.

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Director, Engagement & Communications

Chad Walcott

Chad Walcott is a community engagement expert with 10 years of experience in politics and social development. Throughout his career, he has developed and overseen several successful social impact campaigns focused on social and economic development. Prior to joining PERT’s team, Chad held a position at the City of Montreal, where he was responsible for managing citizen requests and advising local officials on policies related to economic and social development.

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Policy Researcher

Morgan Gagnon

Morgan Gagnon is a skilled researcher and policy analyst with a background in Quebec higher education policy and theories of institutional responsibility. She recently completed her master’s degree in philosophy at Concordia University, where she held a SSHRC scholarship for her research on university sexual violence policies and accessibility to education. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts at Bishop’s University, where she gained extensive experience building relationships with community and regional partners.

Communications and Engagement Specialist

Maria De Las Salas
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Maria J. De Las Salas recently earned a Bachelor of Art with a double major in communications and political science from Concordia University. She immigrated with her family from Colombia in 2015, and this experience makes employability challenges and language minorities issues close to her heart. As a communication and engagement specialist, she intends to translate policy and research developments into clear language destined to other actors of the milieu and to spread PERT’s commitment to the underrepresented communities in Québec.

Engagement Coordinator

Piers Young
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Piers has completed a Bachelors of Arts where he earned a degree in Political Science with a minor in Quebec Studies at McGill University. His experience in community outreach and engagement with non-profit organizations in Montreal allows him to better understand the policy challenges that Québec’s linguistically diverse communities face. Piers is committed to finding creative solutions on how to best engage all of Québec’s workforce.

Executive Assistant

Sara Ania Pustol
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Sara Ania is a Master’s Candidate of Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University. She has previously held positions in administration, program management, and event coordination in immigration policy, aging policy, and law. Sara Ania has also been active in the non-profit and NGO space since 2015 predominantly working in, and advocating for, refugee rights and prisoner justice. She holds a BA in Political Science minoring in Human Rights with honours and distinctions from Concordia University.

Policy Researcher

Cimminnee Holt
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Cimminnee is a policy researcher and has a doctorate in Religions and Cultures from Concordia University. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards for her innovative research on marginal new religious movements, and her research is published in peer-reviewed journals and books. Prior to joining PERT, she was a lecturer at Concordia, teaching classes on religion, with special attention to evolving policies on religious accommodation in Canada and abroad.
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Communications and Engagement Specialist

Maria De Las Salas

Maria J. De Las Salas recently earned a Bachelor of Art with a double major in communications and political science from Concordia University. She immigrated with her family from Colombia in 2015, and this experience makes employability challenges and language minorities issues close to her heart. As a communication and engagement specialist, she intends to translate policy and research developments into clear language destined to other actors of the milieu and to spread PERT’s commitment to the underrepresented communities in Québec.

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Engagement Coordinator

Piers Young

Piers has completed a Bachelors of Arts where he earned a degree in Political Science with a minor in Quebec Studies at McGill University. His experience in community outreach and engagement with non-profit organizations in Montreal allows him to better understand the policy challenges that Québec’s linguistically diverse communities face. Piers is committed to finding creative solutions on how to best engage all of Québec’s workforce.

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Executive Assistant

Sara Ania Pustol

Sara Ania is a Master’s Candidate of Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University. She has previously held positions in administration, program management, and event coordination in immigration policy, aging policy, and law. Sara Ania has also been active in the non-profit and NGO space since 2015 predominantly working in, and advocating for, refugee rights and prisoner justice. She holds a BA in Political Science minoring in Human Rights with honours and distinctions from Concordia University.

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Policy Researcher

Cimminnee Holt

Cimminnee is a policy researcher and has a doctorate in Religions and Cultures from Concordia University. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards for her innovative research on marginal new religious movements, and her research is published in peer-reviewed journals and books. Prior to joining PERT, she was a lecturer at Concordia, teaching classes on religion, with special attention to evolving policies on religious accommodation in Canada and abroad.

Economic Policy Analyst

Ye Zin
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Ye is a Policy Analyst and has recently completed a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Ottawa. He specializes in labour economics and has research experience from working with labour market survey data, such as the Canadian Labour Force Survey (LFS). With his skills and experience, he is committed to providing economic policy solutions to employability challenges of linguistic minorities in Québec.

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Economic Policy Analyst

Ye Zin

Ye is a Policy Analyst and has recently completed a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Ottawa. He specializes in labour economics and has research experience from working with labour market survey data, such as the Canadian Labour Force Survey (LFS). With his skills and experience, he is committed to providing economic policy solutions to employability challenges of linguistic minorities in Québec.

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