Contributor

Louis Belanger

Director of Communications

Louis is the Director of Communications of Canada's Minister of International Development. <br /> <br /> With 15 years of media and communications experience, he has been building his portfolio working as a media manager for global NGOs. He was until August 2015 the Communications Director at the Malala Fund, the non-profit co-founded by Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani education activist and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.<br /> <br /> Previously, Louis was working for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as a Strategic Communications Officer where he covered the World Humanitarian Day and the humanitarian crisis in Iraq in 2014.<br /> <br /> As the spokesperson for international agency Oxfam from 2008-2013, Louis worked with journalists, film makers, and activists to put a human face on global events, including humanitarian crises and conflicts. This line of work has taken him to cover the earthquake in Haiti, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/louis-belanger/from-the-camps-of-congo-t_b_2924095.html" target="_hplink">war in Congo</a>, the Syrian refugee crisis and international summits around the world. <br /> <br /> His work has been featured in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/world/arms-trade-treaty-approved-at-un.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_hplink">New York Times</a>, Le Monde, <a href="http://www.elpais.com/edigitales/entrevista.html?id=6153" target="_hplink">El Pais</a> and the Guardian. He's appeared as an expert guest on <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-22593162" target="_hplink">BBC World</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkAsN1HMOls" target="_hplink">CNN</a> and MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. <br /> <br /> Louis also produced several short films and campaigning videos, including the winner for the Best Online Short at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. [<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34lqoi8dTEA" target="_hplink">Trailer</a>]<br /> <br /> Louis is from Quebec, Canada and speaks English, French and Spanish.