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Maryse Lassonde

President, Conseil supérieur de l’éducation (Government of Quebec)

Professor Lassonde currently is the President of the Conseil supérieur de l’Éducation (Government of Quebec). She completed a Ph.D. in neuropsychology at Stanford University. She went on to become professor first at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR, 1977-1988) and then at the Université de Montréal where she became Professor Emeritus in 2013. Professor Lassonde has studied several topics, including neuro-cognitive development in healthy and epileptic children, as well as the effects of sports concussions on the brain. She has published 7 books, and over 300 book chapters and articles in scientific journals. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (1994), of the Royal Society of Canada (1997), of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2010) and held a Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuropsychology from 2001 to 2013. She was President of the Association francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS) in 1993, President of the National Order of Quebec Council (2008-2010) and President of the Royal Society of Canada (2015-2017). Professor Lassonde was named Chevalière, National Order of Quebec in 1999 and Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. From January 2012 to July 2018, Professor Lassonde was the Scientific Director of the Quebec Natural Sciences and Technology granting agency (FRQNT).