Christophe Guy appointed CEO of Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Bernard Lamarre, Eng., MSc, OC, OQ,
Chairman of the Board of Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Christophe Guy, Eng., PhD, FCAE, as Chief
Executive Officer of Polytechnique for a four-year term, effective June 1,
    "Ecole Polytechnique is one of the country's leading university
engineering institutions in terms of both teaching and applied research. At a
time when many universities, particularly those involved in research, are
suffering from a lack of adequate funding, Polytechnique will face numerous
challenges over the coming years," said Mr. Lamarre. "Dr. Guy is intimately
acquainted with teaching and academic research and has excellent management
skills. Through his involvement with large industrial clusters in Montréal, he
has built and maintained close ties with industry in recent years, both here
and abroad. I have no doubt that Dr. Guy is just the person we need to take
the helm at Polytechnique and to promote its growth in Québec, Canada and
    Dr. Guy, a native of Europe who chose Québec as his home, is the epitome
of today's modern engineer, at ease with globalization and an increasingly
borderless world. With a doctorate in chemical engineering from Polytechnique,
Dr. Guy headed the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1995 to 2001. He
went on to become Director of Research and Innovation from 2001 to 2007, a
period during which he was responsible for an annual research budget of more
than $68 million. Under his leadership, Polytechnique strengthened its
partnerships with industry, acquired a world-class research infrastructure and
positioned itself as the Canadian leader in engineering research and
    Dr. Guy, a champion of technology transfer, has been a keen supporter of
Québec start-up companies emerging from university research and is the holder
of seven patents.
    Recognized for his many abilities, Dr. Guy sits on the boards of numerous
companies and organizations. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of the
Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) and a
member of the boards of Biosyntech Inc., Odotech Inc., the Centre
interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations (CIRANO), the
Natural Gas Technologies Centre (NGTC), NanoQuébec, and Partnerships for
Research on Microelectronics, Photonics and Telecommunications
    In his capacity as teacher-researcher and expert on the environment,
Dr. Guy has authored more than 100 scientific publications. He has supervised
36 master's and doctoral students through to graduation and is a member of the
Canadian Academy of Engineering.
    "It is a great honour to be appointed as the 15th Chief Executive Officer
of Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal," Dr. Guy said. "Polytechnique can today
proudly and without exaggeration count itself among Canada's best engineering
schools and faculties. I would also like to express my gratitude to
Dr. Papineau who, with visionary leadership, oversaw the expansion of our
facilities and the comprehensive revamping of our undergraduate programs.
Polytechnique trains almost a third of the engineers in the province, and
through its research activities plays an active part in technological,
economic and social development throughout Québec and Canada. To consolidate
its achievements and continue its growth, Polytechnique must take stock,
encourage its graduates to be innovative and prepare them for today's
globalized world, all with an eye to sustainable development. It must be
increasingly willing to tackle issues of a multidisciplinary nature and to
work with the best institutions and research teams-be they affiliated with
universities, government or the private sector-in Québec, Canada and around
the world. It will be a great privilege to lead the institution in this
direction, in partnership with the faculty and community at Polytechnique."
    Mr. Lamarre also acknowledged the exceptional work accomplished by
Robert L. Papineau, CEO of Polytechnique since 2002, who has decided not to
renew his mandate in order to retire. Dr. Papineau contributed significantly
to the institution's development and growing influence.

    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 more than
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, Polytechnique has a $68-million
operating and research infrastructure fund, which includes grants and
contracts worth $38 million. Polytechnique is affiliated with Université de

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For further information: Annie Touchette, Communications and Recruitment
Office, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, (514) 340-4711, ext. 4415, Cell.:
(514) 231-8133

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