MONTREAL, May 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - At the recommendation of HEC
Montréal, the Université de Montréal will award an honorary doctorate
to Monique F. Leroux, President and CEO of Mouvement Desjardins, to
recognize her exceptional contribution to the financial industry in
Quebec and her community involvement. This distinction will be
presented during this afternoon's Convocation ceremony in Salle
Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.
Ms. Leroux is the first woman to head a financial institution in Canada.
She is at the helm of a co-operative managing $200 billion in assets,
with 5,300 elected directors and close to 45,000 employees, making
Desjardins one of the 20 largest employers in Canada. Desjardins has
enjoyed sustained growth under her leadership and her forward-looking
vision focused on education, co-operation and creating sustainable
"Monique Leroux is an exceptional model for our students, alumni and
staff at HEC Montréal, and indeed for the entire university community,"
explains HEC Montréal Director Michel Patry. "She is living proof that
by combining skill, commitment, vision and integrity it is possible to
achieve great things - for oneself, for those around us and, above all,
for society as a whole."
In addition to being a member of the HEC Montréal board of directors
from 2002 to 2009, Ms. Leroux has served on committees, foundations and
boards of directors of many leading Quebec companies and institutions,
both public and private, all of them jewels in the crown of Quebec
society: Fiera Capital, Rona, the Société des alcools du Québec, the
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Les Grands ballets canadiens, the
Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Heart Institute.
Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of the Légion
d'Honneur, a Chevalier of the Ordre de la Pléiade, and a recipient of
the Woodrow Wilson Award and the Centre Jacques Cartier Medal. She
holds honorary degrees from several universities. She is a Fellow of
the Ordre des CA du Québec (FCPA, FCA), and has served as President of
the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and Governor of the Canadian
Institute of Chartered Accountants.
She is highly involved in the community, and gives generously of her
time to a host of non-profit organizations. In particular, she is
President of the Desjardins Foundation and the 2013 Canada Summer
Games, in Sherbrooke.
About HEC Montréal
HEC Montréal is a university institution with over 12,000 students
enrolled in its many management programs, from the undergraduate to
postgraduate level, and also trains more than 7,000 executives and
managers every year. It is one of the most active Canadian business
schools in research, thanks to some fifty research units, with 25
chairs including 7 Canada Research Chairs. HEC Montréal is a
Francophone institution, with 270 professors, that offers a number of
programs in more than one language. Since its founding in 1907, the
School has trained more than 71,000 students in a wide variety of
SOURCE: HEC MONTREAL
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