André Pratte is a special advisor at Citizen, a global communications agency. He is also a guest professor at the GSPIA. In 2016, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada as an independent senator. Disappointed by the partisanship that still dominates the Senate, he resigned from this position in 2019. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, André was a journalist for almost 40 years. For most of his career, he worked for La Presse, Canada's largest French-language newspaper. From 2001 to 2015, he was the paper's Chief Editorialist and a member of the management team. André has written several books on history, media and politics, including a biography of Wilfrid Laurier. He has devoted years of reflection to issues such as crisis management, the role of the media in society, social acceptability, corporate purpose, economic development, the exploitation of Canada's vast natural resources and climate change. André sits on the boards of directors of Le Phare - Enfants et Familles and the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Université de Montréal and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.