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Jean-François Arsenault

Managing Partner

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Jean-François is an economist and co-leads CPCS. He brings practical executive experience in Africa, Asia and North America with an emphasis on bridging public and private sector interests in the infrastructure sector.

His experience, acquired through more than 100 mandates with public and private clients, covers mainly the transportation, mining and energy sectors. As managing partner for finance and operations, he oversees the proper execution of all CPCS mandates and ensures the financial stewardship of the firm. He remains directly involved in select consulting mandates, notably some complex mining transactions in Africa and a few strategic North American port mandates.

He’s a past Director and President of the Quebec Economics Association’s Outaouais Chapter (Association des économistes québécois) and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Prior to his current position, Jean-François initiated and developed CPCS’s Francophone Africa advisory team. He also worked at the African Development Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Bank of Canada and the Centre for the Study of Living Standards.

He’s the proud father of three boys and has lived on four continents. He has a keen interest in solving challenges that stem from a mix of technical, relational and institutional complexities, to which he brings technical and relational creativity rooted in a human-focused approach.


  • Master of Philosophy, Economics, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of Ottawa 


  • Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, North America

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3 fun facts:

  • Spent most of his early childhood in Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Was captain of an adult soccer team named Clockwork Orange for 10 years
  • Won against two different chess masters in a concurrent setting

Contact Jean-François

P: 613-237-2500