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A new chapter for Thierry Vandal

May 8, 2015, 1:54pm

I am very proud to pay tribute to a longstanding friend who is embarking on a new phase of his professional life. Thierry Vandal is leaving his position as President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, Quebec’s largest state-owned corporation. He has held this position for 10 years, longer than any of his predecessors. Under his leadership, the company has made enormous progress in terms of efficiency, technological advances, product diversity, exports and future development. However, as illustrious as Thierry’s career has been, rather than list his many accomplishments at Hydro-Québec, I’d like instead to focus on his character, which is one of commitment and integrity.

A man committed to giving back

I already knew Thierry’s parents when I first met him during his studies at Polytechnique Montréal. From the moment we met, I could tell he was a person with a sense of direction and duty. It turned out I was right, but what has impressed me most is his civic engagement. He takes part in fundraising activities  on a regular basis, particularly those related to culture and education. Among his most important achievements is his contribution to higher education at Montreal’s two largest universities, as a member of the McGill University Board of Governors and co-chair of the Campus Montréal fundraising campaign.

A vision for the future of Campus Montréal

Despite Thierry’s departure from Hydro-Québec, he will remain a part of our Campus Montréal team. Like all of us, he recognizes that knowledge and leading-edge research are the cornerstones of the future. He knows that they are vital to the advancement of our society and its recognition on the world stage. We believe that Montreal is fertile ground for the knowledge economy, and we must ensure that our know-how is firmly entrenched in the major research hubs. And because the future of Montreal, and indeed Quebec as a whole, depends greatly on the vitality of our university community, Thierry has long promoted an open, diverse and innovative university complex through his support of Campus Montréal.

Thierry is a graduate of each of the institutions that make up the fundraising campaign. He earned an engineering degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1982 and an MBA from HEC Montréal in 1995. Université de Montréal awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2007 in recognition of his outstanding professional contribution to the energy sector.

Thierry’s decision to move on to a new role after masterfully managing a government corporation can only augur well for Campus Montréal and our society. We are fortunate to have among us this triple degree holder from the institutions that are part of the campaign. I thank him for all he has done and all he will continue to do.

I wish you the very best, Thierry!

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