Gorkana Meets...Marie-Josée Gagnon, ARP

Published: Jun 02, 2014

The thing that gets me up in the morning is...the excitement of a fresh new day where everything is possible.

What made me want to get into PR was...my passion for making a difference in businesses.

If I could change one thing about the industry it would be...have everyone agreeing on a more ambitious definition of PR.

My greatest inspiration is...the image of a plane taking off and flying with freedom to soar.

The three things I demand in my colleagues... be optimistic, be fully engaged and always act with integrity.

The PR figure I most admire is...my Worldcom PR Group Partner, Carol Klimas, from Madison Avenue in Phoenix who has not lost one ounce of passion for PR after months and months of chemotherapy.

I always thought I’d be…an award-winning writer.

I’m a closet reader of…Paris Match.

You don’t want to be around me when...I’m in the middle of a hot yoga session.

The most interesting fact about me is...that I’ve had an extraordinary professional life: at the age of 22, I was Press Attaché of the leader of the Opposition in Québec; at 26, the Press Attaché of the Prime Minister; at 28 I was a Diplomat in Paris; and at 33, I was launching my own business.

My most prized possession is…my three men: my husband and 2 sons (yes, yes, they are mine!)

The finest moment in my career so far is...the establishment of CASACOM.

My most embarrassing moment was...every time I could not recall the name of a co-worker (so awkward when it happens).

In five years’ time PR will be...understood as a foundational function to all businesses

My next vacation will be in...South Africa

What I hope to achieve at the 2013 PRSA International Conference...learn a lot, be inspired by great people and visit this fun city.

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