Michel Ouellet

Michel Ouellet is a research development advisor at Université Laval in Quebec City.  He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology/immunology and was a research associate for 15 years, working on fundamental aspects of the host’s immune response to microbes, especially HIV.  He recently completed a Master’s in Project Management at Université du Québec à Rimouski at the Lévis Campus, during which he honed his project management, administration and teamwork skills. Moving from direct research to research development and administration greatly expanded his view of the complexity of the research environment but having worked directly in research also provides him with crucial insights into how researchers think and share information with the administration. Always interested in volunteering opportunities, he was elected president of his undergraduate and graduate student associations, was elected president of the research assistant union at the research center where he worked and always participate in social committees at work.  He now believes that he can contribute to the development of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, helping to translate communications, contributing to the association’s newsletter, and finding useful content to share with other members via the association’s social media.  On a personal note, he is a father of two wonderful kids and is a dog-loving, easy-going, sociable geek who specializes in bad dad jokes and good clean puns.