Sep 2013
L. Jacques Menard

Outstanding Quebec business leader joins Foundation Board

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If an organization, like an individual, is known by the company it keeps, then the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is further solidifying its reputation for sterling leadership.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors, which already includes some of Canada’s leading figures in business, medical science and public policy, has been further bolstered by the addition of L. Jacques Ménard, the Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec, to its ranks.

Not just one of Canada’s great financial leaders, Mr. Ménard, has made important impacts on his community, province and country.  He was recognized as a Great Montrealer in 2009 by the city’s Board of Trade, named Officer of the Order of Québec in 2010, and, in 2012, was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada – the highest civic honour a Canadian can achieve.

Mr. Ménard is a director of WestJet, Claridge Inc., Stingray Digital, and Léger Marketing. He also serves as a director for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Alouettes, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Trudeau Foundation, the Gairdner Foundation, the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, the Mobilys Foundation and the Junior Achievement Canada Foundation.

As Chancellor of Concordia University, Mr. Menard is clearly a firm believer in the importance of education in creating better lives and a stronger society. He  has championed the cause of student retention and success by authoring books on the subject and establishing the Groupe d’action sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires. Mr. Menard is also Chair of Youth Fusion, an award-winning, non-partisan charity that establishes innovative partnerships between high schools and universities.

A member of the Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Mr. Ménard is a past Chair of Hydro-Québec, the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and the Task Force on the Sustainability of the Québec Health Care and Social Services System.

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