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The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to build and strengthen trade and business connections between Australia and Canada. The Chamber is pleased to launch the CACC Québec Committee in 2024.

If you would like to get involved in volunteering or corporate partnership please contact us at email:

Introducing the Québec Committee

Chantal Gagnon


Chantal recently joined CDPQ Global as Director of Regulatory Affairs after over a decade in politics and diplomacy, having worked in Québec City, Paris, and Ottawa, before returning to Montreal, the city she calls home. After studies in Communications, Political Science, Law, and International Relations at Concordia University, Sciences Po Paris, and Université de Montréal, Chantal worked in the Québec and Canadian public service for a wide range of mandates, from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to Global Affairs Canada, and including four years at the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada in senior roles on the Communications team. Prior to joining CDPQ, she was Deputy Chief of Staff to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Philippe Pourreaux


Philippe Pourreaux, a Partner at PwC Canada, leads the Value Creation, Deals practice and serves as the Energy, Utilities, and Mining Deal sector leader for Quebec and Eastern Canada. With over 24 years of experience, he specializes in data-driven decision-making, focusing on business strategy, operations, financial and analytical modeling, investment advisory, and CFO office activities. Philippe is integral to PwC’s Global Critical and Strategic Minerals and Global Hydrogen and Fuel of the Future working groups, emphasizing energy transition and decarbonization.
He holds an MBA from HEC Montreal, is a CFA designation holder, and volunteers on the Board of Governors for Concordia University. Before joining PwC in 2018, he held key roles at Rio Tinto Aluminum, Bombardier Aerospace, Secor Consulting, and the National Bank of Canada.

Jacob Haeusler


Jacob is the Executive Director at AFL Canada, the AFL's Official International affiliate in Canada. Hailing from regional Victoria, Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education in 2012 but a passion for Sports Business drove him to follow a career in that sector.

Relocated to Canada in 2014, Jacob resides in Ottawa. He has guided the national competition through a period of growth during the pandemic and is driven to continue that growth moving forward.

Joanna Olivera


Joanna is Investment Director at Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) based in New York, focussed on attracting North American investment into Queensland in the critical minerals and renewable energy sectors.
Joanna brings over a decade of experience in diplomacy and international trade and investment across the Australian, U.S., Canadian and U.K. markets.
Prior to joining TIQ, Joanna was Director at Bondi Partners, a strategic advisory and investment firm focussed on the U.S.- Australia relationship. She was formerly Director of Trade and Investment at Austrade, Australian Consulate-General in San Francisco, California, and Senior Trade Development Manager at the British Consulate-General, Sydney.
Joanna has also previously held positions at CSIRO (Australia's science agency) and Oxfam. She holds a Bachelor of International Studies from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Joanna speaks Spanish.

Mary Ann Jones


A native of Canada, Mary Ann joined the Victorian Government in 2014. In her current role, Mary Ann manages a team of investment attraction specialists in the New York office of the Victorian Government Trade & Investment network. She acts as the Canada lead for the North American team and also oversees official visits from Victoria to North America.
Mary Ann began her career in government in Ottawa, Canada where she worked at several public relations firms and government agencies. In this capacity, Mary Ann lead on several cross country public relations initiatives for various federal government departments, including Industry Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Mary Ann moved to the United States in 2003 and took a position at the Canadian Consulate in New York City as a Senior Political, Economic Relations and Public Affairs Officer. During her time at the Consulate, Mary Ann was responsible for managing key relationships at the local, state and federal levels of the US Government and to advocate Canada’s position on various cross-border issues.
Mary Ann’s latest studies include completing the Women in Leadership Program at Yale School of Management.



The CACC is looking for a senior executive to Co-Chair the Québec Committee. This position would lead the Committee and relevant activities in Montréal as well as act as CACC Ambassador within the international trade community. If you are seeking to volunteer please submit your expression of interest to CEO, Melissa Wharton at

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