Richard Saillant is the Director of the Donald J. Savoie Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in July 2013, Richard was Vice President, Administration and Human Resources, at the Université de Moncton. From 1997 to 2011, he has held various positions in a number of federal departments in Ottawa, including the Privy Council Office, the Department of Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat, Industry Canada and Transport Canada. Immediately prior to joining the Université in 2011, Richard was Director General, Investment Review and Strategic Planning at Industry Canada, where he notably advised the government on large foreign takeovers such as BHP Billiton’s bid for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.Richard holds an M.B.A. from McGill University, a M.A. in economics from the Université de Montréal and a B.A. with double major in economics and political science from the Université de Moncton.Richard’s research areas include public finances, foreign investment, regional economic development, productivity, innovation and human capital.