PHD in political science from Carleton University, Jean-François Savard has been a professor at ENAP (École nationale d’administration publique) since 2006, where he teaches public policy analysis, design and implementation. His research focuses on Aboriginal policy issues, particularly Aboriginal self-government, relations between Aboriginal communities and public administrations in Quebec and Canada, and federalism. In addition to having given numerous lectures in this field, he is also the author of several publications in his field of expertise. Jean-François Savard has also led the development of graduate programs in public administration offered in Aboriginal communities, with the aim of fostering the autonomy of these communities. Prior to joining ENAP, Professor Savard worked as a Senior Policy Analyst in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) of Health Canada. His mandate was to ensure that FNIHB programs and policies were consistent with the needs of Aboriginal communities and regional offices of the department.
Christian Rock is a member of the Innu First Nation of Pessamit. Since the beginning of his career, he has developed his knowledge and accompanied Aboriginal communities in matters of First Nations public administration. A collaborator from the beginning of the Observatory on First Nations Public Administration, his marked interest in understanding and resolving complex questions and issues characterizes his career. Motivated by progress, he pays particular attention to understanding the perspectives of First Nations. With a Bachelor’s degree in civil law, a Master’s degree in public administration and a membership in the Order of Chartered Administrators, his academic and practical knowledge brings a different point of view, always oriented towards the solution or the in-depth understanding of the factors associated with the First Nations environment or their external partners.