Polytechnique Montréal's first woman civil engineering graduate today
becomes the first woman to be named Chair of the Board
MONTREAL, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire has
just been appointed, by order-in-council, Chair of the Board of
Directors of the Corporation de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal for a five-year mandate, thus becoming the Corporation's senior
Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire, who until just recently served as President and
Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montréal, succeeds Bernard
Lamarre, who chaired the Board from 2002 to 2012.
The first woman civil engineering graduate of Polytechnique in 1963, Ms.
Thibodeau-DeGuire today becomes the first woman to chair the Board of
the Corporation de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire has very extensive professional experience. After
working as a professional structural engineer at Lalonde Girouard
Letendre from 1963 to 1975, she served as a consulting engineer for the
firm Francis Boulva & associés from 1975 to 1982. That year, she was
named Québec Delegate to new England, where she served until 1984
before returning to her alma mater as Assistant to the CEO in 1985 and
then, beginning in 1986, also working as Director of Public Relations
for Polytechnique. Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire had been President and
Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montréal since 1991.
Recognized for her commitment and devotion to the profession of
engineer, to mutual aid and to her community, Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire has
received numerous honorary doctorates, including from Université de
Montréal, Concordia University, Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill
University and University of Ottawa. She is also a member of the Order
of Canada and a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. In 2001, she
was named a Great Montrealer by the Academy of Great Montrealers. She
was awarded the Grand Prix d'excellence from the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec in 1995, and the Prix Mérite and Ordre du mérite from the Association des Diplômés de Polytechnique in 1994 and 1995
respectively. She is also a Fellow of Engineers Canada and sits on the
Board of Directors of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada.
About Polytechnique Montréal
Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada's leading
engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest
engineering university in Québec for the size of its student body and
the scope of its research activities. With over 40,000 graduates,
Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current
members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides
training in 15 engineering specialties, has 242 professors and more
than 7,100 students. It has an annual operating budget of over $200
million, including a $72-million research budget.
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SOURCE: Polytechnique Montréal
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