Jeannine Guillevin-Wood is the posthumous recipient of Quebec Employers Council's 2011 Prix de carrière

MONTREAL, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - While holding its 42nd annual general meeting in Montreal today, the Quebec Employers Council took advantage of the occasion to pay a posthumous tribute to Jeannine Guillevin-Wood, who passed away on December 9, 2009, by awarding her the 2011 Prix de carrière in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Québec society.

An influential woman in the Québec employers' community over the last 50 years, Mrs. Guillevin-Wood was also a pioneer in the area of participation by women in the province's business circles. Under her bold and relentless leadership, F.X. Guillevin & Fils (now Guillevin International), a modest electrical product distribution business, became Canada's second largest player in this industry, with some 1200 employees spread out in more than 100 areas across the country.

Mrs. Guillevin-Wood, who sat on a number of companies' board of directors (including Laurentian Bank and Bell Canada) throughout her career, and was deeply engaged in her community, has received many awards and honours. She was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1994 and officer of l'Ordre national du Québec in 1999. She was also heavily involved in the Employers Council executive: she was the first woman to serve as the chair of its board of directors, from 1998 to 1990.

The Prix de carrière has been awarded to an outstanding individual for 29 consecutive years. The award's distinguished reputation has been built over the years by the notoriety of the people who have received it in the past: people such as Jacques Lamarre, André Chagnon, Jean Coutu, Paul Desmarais Sr., Stephen Jarislowsky, Bernard Lemaire and Guy St-Pierre, to name a few.

Three new personalities inducted into the Club des entrepreneurs

As it has done since 1986, the Employers Council took advantage of its annual general meeting to reward the commitment prominent business people have made to Québec's economic development by inducting three new members into its prestigious Club des entrepreneurs:

  • Alain Lemaire, president and CEO of Cascade inc., a world-renowned Québec company in the production, conversion and sale of packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibres;
  • Sean Roosen, president and CEO of Osiski Mining Corporation, one of the leading mining development companies in Québec and Canada;
  • Cora Tsouflidou, president and founder of Franchises Cora restaurants, an industry leader in breakfast-serving that currently has more than 115 franchises.

The objective of the Club des entrepreneurs, which was created in 1986, is to publicly recognize the outstanding contribution that business people have made in Québec's business development. Currently, 72 business personalities have been so honoured by the Quebec Employers Council.

Second edition of the Bourses Ghislain-Dufour: three recipients

The Employers Council's annual general meeting also provided an opportunity for its former president, Ghislain Dufour, to award the bursaries that bear his name. In this second edition of these bursaries, three prizes of $2500, $1500 and $1000 were respectively awarded to Fanny Baghdjian, of the Université de Montréal, Stéphanie Mélançon, of the Université du Québec en Outaouais, and Oussama Chermiti, also from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Established in 2009 to mark the Employers Council's 40th anniversary, the bourses Ghislain-Dufour honour the excellence of second-cycle students in industrial relations.

Newcomers on the Employers Council's board of directors

The Employers Council's meeting was also an opportune moment to announce the composition of its board of directors for the next year. With the mandate ending this year for several members, the board seized the opportunity to change its look and invite many prominent business people (particularly more women) to get involved in its activities.

New directors named this year include:

  • Louis-Marie Beaulieu, president and CEO of Groupe Desgagnés inc.;
  • Dany Belleville, president of Plastiques GPR, representing the Groupement des chefs d'entreprise du Québec;
  • Georges Dick, global director general - Hydroelectricity and dams at AECOM Consultants inc.;
  • Jacques Hébert, Québec manager for the Canadian Bankers Association;
  • Jean-François Michaud, president-CEO of the Québec Furniture Manufacturers Association;
  • Nathalie Pilon, president - Thomas & Betts Canada;
  • Serge Régnier, vice-president - Employees and culture at Gaz Métro;
  • Céline Rousseau, president of the Compass Group (Québec) ltée;
  • Richard G. Roy, president and CEO of Uni-Sélect inc.;
  • Jean Simard, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association of Canada.

The Quebec Employers Council brings together many of Québec's largest companies and the vast majority of sector-based employers' groups, making it Québec's sole employer federation.

SOURCE Conseil du patronat du Québec

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Patrick Lemieux
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