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Honorary doctorate recipient

Luc Maurice

Doctor of Laws (LLD), 2024
For his entrepreneurship that creates a better life for seniors

Luc Maurice is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a tireless advocate for senior citizens.

After earning a Bachelor of Administration from the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Maurice became a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces, rising to squadron chief pilot. His plans to turn his MBA thesis on design optimization for retirement residences into a career in that field were temporarily put on hold when the former Governor General of Canada, Jeanne Sauvé, asked him to be her aide-de-camp. He spearheaded the Governor General’s Conference on Canadian Studies for two years.

In 1998, Maurice founded Le Groupe Maurice, which builds, develops and manages innovative seniors’ residences across Quebec that have set a new North American standard. Today, the company manages 36 residences, each with distinctive architecture that integrates with the surrounding community, providing homes for a total of 13,000 seniors. 

The company has received many accolades, including Les Mercuriades in 2017 and 2018. Maurice won the 2013 Ernst & Young Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the “Business-to-Consumer Products and Services” category and was named a Grand Verdunois in 2014 by his native Montreal borough.

Maurice served as the chairperson of the Regroupement Québécois des résidences pour aînés (RQRA), and of the Fondation Institut de gériatrie de Montréal for nearly a decade, where he presided over a successful fundraising campaign. He is also the founder and president of the Fondation Luc Maurice, which supports healthy aging initiatives for the elderly, including numerous university research projects. In February 2024, Maurice launched Mission Unitaînés, a project which aims to build 1,000 affordable social housing units across 10 complexes in various Quebec communities.

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - John Molson School of Business (10am ceremony) 

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