Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal presents Thierry Vandal with honorary doctorate

    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Thierry Vandal was presented with an
honorary doctorate during Ecole Polytechnique's graduation ceremony this past
Saturday. Mr. Vandal, who graduated from the institution as an engineer, has
been active in the North American energy industry for close to 25 years.
    Mr. Vandal's career has progressed steadily over the years, taking him to
his current position in the senior management ranks of one of Québec's top
corporations: President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec. His
career has been highlighted by strengths that were evident in his student days
at Polytechnique: intensity, curiosity and a meticulous approach.
    Nearly 2,000 people attended the graduation ceremony, during which more
than 400 students received their diplomas directly from Polytechnique's new
CEO, Christophe Guy, who said: "Our graduates join a long line of
Polytechnique students who have produced outstanding work or contributed to
the well-being of our society, for that is the role of an engineer."
    During the ceremony, Polytechnique also paid tribute to certain
professors whose brilliant careers have contributed to the reputation of the
institution and the engineering profession as a whole. Professor Pierre Savard
was awarded the Prix d'excellence en enseignement and Professor Marie Bernard
was honoured with the title of emeritus professor - the first woman in the
history of Polytechnique to receive this prestigious distinction.
    For the 2006-2007 academic year, Polytechnique presented 1,025 diplomas,
including 620 bachelor's degrees in engineering degrees, 10 bachelor's degrees
in science, 181 master's degrees in applied sciences, 155 master's degrees in
engineering, 40 DESS diplomas and 19 doctorates.

    More than ever, Polytechnique Montréal is preparing tomorrow's engineers!

    About Polytechnique

    Founded in 1873, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal is one of Canada's
leading engineering institutions in terms of both teaching and research. It is
the largest engineering school in Québec as far as its student population and
the scope of its research activities are concerned. Polytechnique provides
instruction in 11 engineering specialties and is responsible for nearly
one-quarter of all university research in engineering in Québec. The
institution has 230 professors and nearly 6,000 students. In addition to its
annual operating budget of $85 million, the institution has a $68-million
research and infrastructure fund, which includes grants and contracts worth
$38 million. Polytechnique is affiliated with Université de Montréal.

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For further information:

For further information: Guylaine Gagner, Communications and Student
Recruitment Office, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, (514) 340-4711, Ext.

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