Paulette Blais is a researcher, policy analyst and evaluator with a particular focus on equity in all areas of employment. After completing a B.A. in Anthropology at McGill University she began her professional career as a community advocate for domestic workers in Montreal. This sparked a deep commitment to employment and equity issues that led her to a Master's degree in Industrial Relations at Queen's University.
For over 20 years her career has focused on employment and inclusion in the labour market, particularly for new Canadians. Her pathway has included additional important learning experiences gained through being a volunteer peer employment equity trainer, teaching in a refugee camp in Malaysia, delivering water safety and swimming programs in Inuit and Cree communities and volunteering in Morocco.
She has worked for the Ontario Ministries of Labour and Training, Colleges and Universities, for the College of Nurses and the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Since 2006, she has headed up her own consulting firm, Blais Consulting Inc.
Her consulting work focuses mainly on promoting access to professional registration and employment for internationally educated professionals (IEPs). She has worked with over 20 different professions, spanning the range from architecture and geoscience to business professionals, nursing, respiratory therapy and optometry. Her specific expertise is recognized by many regulatory bodies across Canada.
As an experienced professional her "toolkit" includes: a deep understanding of the challenges of ensuring fair access and equity in employment; strong research and evaluation design competencies; excellent facilitation, analysis, speaking and writing skills; and strong abilities to work well with a diversity of clients and project partners.