L. Jacques Ménard
L. Jacques Ménard, BComm 67, LLD 06, is chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec.
He is a director at Claridge Inc., Léger Marketing, Stingray Digital and WestJet — as well as in the sport and non-profit sectors, including the Montreal Alouettes, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Trudeau Foundation and Institute for Research on Public Policy. A past chairman of Hydro-Québec, he is well-known in Montreal for his efforts to keep the Expos at home in the 1990s.
Ménard is also a champion of education. He is co-president of the Groupe d'action sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires, Chairman of Youth Fusion, and the author of two books: Beyond the Numbers, a Matter of the Heart — dealing with student retention and success — and Réussir: aller au bout de ses rêves — a collection of real-world success stories to inspire young people.
Aptly described as a “superachiever” by Michel Magnan, Concordia’s Jarislowsky Chair in Corporate Governance, he continuously demonstrates “total commitment to the society in which he lives.”
Ménard is a long-time supporter of Concordia University. Despite a schedule that would leave most people exhausted, he makes time for causes close to his heart. He joined Concordia’s Board of Governors in 1994 and played an especially important role in the Campaign for a New Millennium. He received Concordia’s prestigious Loyola Medal in 1999 and an honorary doctorate in 2006.
When appointed chancellor of Concordia University in 2010, Ménard said, “I’m proud to continue my longstanding collaboration with a university that has greatly contributed to my career and my social concerns.” He completed his term in December 2014.
The 2010s have thus far been a period of celebration, with Ménard becoming an officer of the Ordre national du Québec (2010), receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and ascending to the highest level of the Order of Canada (2012).
In addition to his Concordia degrees, he holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He will receive an honorary doctorate from McGill University at its spring 2015 convocation.