We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Fontaine-Skronski as the Executive Director of the International Political Science Association. Kim will lead the IPSA Secretariat: Her leadership and strategic guidance will benefit IPSA's policies, programs and activities.
Born in Montreal to a multicultural family (French Canadian mother and Polish father), Kim spent part of her youth in Nova Scotia before completing a bachelor’s degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She returned to Montreal in 2012, after time spent in Salamanca (Spain), Vienna (Austria), as well as Québec City (Canada).
Cumulating 20 years of experience in the political and academic fields, Kim served as Political Adviser to the Minister of Culture and Communications of Quebec (2003-2007) after working in the Political and Cultural Affairs Section at the Canadian Embassy in Austria (1999-2001). She spent the last 6 years at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM), first as a Researcher before becoming, in 2015, Deputy Director of the Montréal Institute for International Studies (IEIM), gaining a vast experience in non-profit management and public relations.
A graduate from McGill University (M.A in Political Science), she holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Laval University in Québec city. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Kim has presented academic papers in the United States, Europe and Canada and conducted seminars on the topic of Culture and International Relations as well as in International Political Economy. In 2015, she co-edited a book (Palgrave Macmillan) on the new institutional trajectories taking shape in the 21st century, resulting from her participation at the 2014 IPSA World Congress in Montréal.
On her time off, she enjoys golfing and alpine skiing and has participated in several national-level competitions in music (organ) and sports (gymnastics).