Ménard was awarded the highest level of the Order of Canada, Companion, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was a Commander of the Ordre de Montréal and in June 2017 was promoted to the rank of Grand Officer, the highest honour of the National Order of Quebec, for his exceptional contribution to Quebec’s prosperity and wealth of expertise.
In 2014, Les Affaires named him the Quebec CEO most involved in the community. In 2015, he received the inaugural Marcel Côté Award for Leadership in Public Policy from the Public Policy Forum of Canada. The same year, he was inducted into the Canadian Investment Industry Association’s Hall of Fame.
Concordia recognized his achievements with an Award of Distinction from the John Molson School of Business in 1993, the Loyola Medal in 1999 and an honorary doctorate in 2006. He also held honorary degrees from several other universities.
In addition to his Concordia degrees, Ménard earned a bachelor’s degree from Collège Ste-Marie, now part of Université du Québec à Montréal, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, now Western University.
Despite his remarkable accomplishments, Ménard remained modest, attributing his success in part to chance. In 2013, he told Les Affaires, “I embraced a career that married well with what I loved to do as a citizen, on a human level.”
Ménard is survived by his wife, Marie-José Ratelle, their two children, Louis-Simon and Anne-Valérie, and two grandchildren.