Montreal – Award-winning journalist Les Perreaux is the new Editor-in-Chief of Policy Options, the influential digital magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).
Les Perreaux joins the IRPP after more than 25 years covering national affairs across Canada, most recently as bureau chief and national correspondent for The Globe and Mail in Montreal. Prior to the Globe, he worked in the newsrooms of The Canadian Press, National Post and The Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
Perreaux has covered provincial and national politics, and social and justice issues, mainly in the Prairie provinces and Quebec. He also has covered the war in Afghanistan the armed conflict in the Middle East and disasters in Haiti and Kashmir.
He has received national journalism awards and nominations for team coverage of mental health issues of Canadian veterans of the war in Afghanistan, the opioid crisis and the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster.
“Les Perreaux’s coverage of key moments in Canadian public and foreign policy has been characterized by great tenacity and empathy,” said IRPP President and CEO Jennifer Ditchburn.
“He comes to the magazine with deep insight into the political and social currents that are shaping the country today, and most importantly what these changes mean to people. Under his leadership, Policy Options will grow in relevance and impact.”
Perreaux started in journalism in the 1990s on the Prairies, where he was raised. He has degrees in journalism from the University of Regina and political studies from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently enrolled in part-time graduate studies in disaster and emergency management at Wilfrid Laurier University.
“It is an honour and a thrill to be selected to join the extraordinary Policy Options team. I am committed to reinforcing its work finding new voices from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and bringing fresh ideas to the country’s policy debates,” said Perreaux.
Policy Options was founded 41 years ago by the IRPP as a bilingual and accessible forum for debate around key public policy issues. It publishes daily the work of a wide variety of Canadian researchers and thinkers, and aims to improve and support public-policy-making in Canada.
Les Perreaux’s appointment is effective August 30, 2021.
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