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Laurence Deschamps-Laporte is an assistant professor of Political Science and scientific director of the Montreal Centre for International Studies at l’Université de Montréal. She has advised three Canadian foreign ministers, serving as chief of staff in 2019–2020. Previously, she was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she primarily served philanthropic and public sector organizations worldwide. Laurence holds a D.Phil. and an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar.