L. Jacques Ménard graduated with a bachelor’s of commerce degree from Loyola College, one of Concordia’s founding institutions, in 1967.
He joined Concordia’s Board of Governors in 1994 and played a vital role in the university’s Campaign for a New Millennium from 1996 to 1999. He was Concordia’s 1999 Loyola Medal recipient and named one of 40 Great Concordians in 2014.
Ménard served as chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and president of BMO Financial Group, Quebec. He was also chairman of Hydro-Québec and Major League Baseball’s Montreal Expos.
He received numerous honours including: Officer of the Order of Canada (2000), Companion of the Order of Canada (2012), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Officer of the Ordre national du Québec (2010), Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec (2017), Commander and Great Montrealer to the Order of Montreal (2016).
His mantra was: “Education is the key to our future.”
Ménard died on February 4, 2020, at the age of 74. He was survived by his wife, Marie-José Ratelle, and their two children, Louis-Simon and Anne-Valérie.