Joanne Castonguay joined the IRPP in fall 2016 as research director to develop a new research program on the Canadian economy and emerging issues. As an economist, she has long been interested in public policy. Before joining the Institute, she was associate vice-president at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations, research director with the Québec Medical Association, adviser at the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, and project director at SECOR Conseil. Her fields of expertise include the governance of large projects, research orientation, the transfer of innovation, and governance mechanisms of health and socio-political risk management. She has published many articles and reports popularizing these topics, sits on expert panels, and regularly presents at conferences. Over the past decade, several of her publications have contributed to the development of Quebec legislation; for example, the series of reports on the governance of large public infrastructure projects, and the report Analyse comparative des mécanismes de financement des hôpitaux. Over the past few years, she has focused on policies promoting the integration of innovation.