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Jean Perras joined IISD in 2008 as an associate first with the Global Connectivity program, and then with the Natural Resources program. He is an expert in organizational change (policy-making and strategic planning) and sustainable international development. He has served as municipal councilor, deputy mayor, and mayor of the Municipality of Chelsea (Quebec). He also served as warden of the Regional Municipal Authority (MRC) des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and vice-president of the Green Municipal Fund of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Mr Perras has advised many national and international institutions, notably the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, the United Nations Development Program and the Development NGO Liaison Committee of the EU. From 2001 to 2006, he chaired the Canadian National Advisory Committee of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.
In May 2011 Mr. Perras represented municipalities on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Committee created by the Government of Québec to assess the socioeconomic and enviromental impacts of exploiting shale gas as a resource. He is currently working as a strategic planning and sustainable development advisor for the reconstruction of the City of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.
In 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for dedicated service in strengthening municipal governments.