The academy of Great Montrealers


Each year, the academy of Great Montrealers is proud to honour four Montreal luminaries who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the community in their respective spheres of activity, whether that be economic, social, cultural, or scientific.

At this annual reception, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal pays homage to the Great Montrealers chosen by the Academy, whose exceptional contributions to the prestige of our city serve as an inspiration to all.


In 1978, the CN founded a gala to honour Great Montrealers.

In 1984, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the CN joined forces to ensure the survival ofthis annual event honouring new Great Montrealers.

In 1988, the Board of Trade created the academy of Great Montrealers, which now has 123 academicians including the five individuals selected in 2012.

In 2012, as part of the Board of Trade’s 190th anniversary celebrations, the Constellation of Great Montrealers, a permanent site that pays tribute to the people who have built our city, is inaugurated.

Great Montrealers, Major Partner members of the Board of Trade, and members of the Board of Trade's board of directors all nominate people they would like to see inducted into the academy. The nominating committee then submits a list of four names in each of four sectors of activity – economic, cultural, social, and scientific – to the entire academy, and a vote is then held to select the four new members.

Consult the list of Great Montrealers »

For more information:

Isabelle Scaffidi
Coordinator, Events
514 871-4000 # 4022

2013 Great Montrealers

Economic Sector

Cultural Sector

Lise Watier Lise Watier
Lise Watier Cosmétiques
Lise Watier Foundation
Bio (pdf)
Testimonial video
Kent Nagano Kent Nagano
Music Director
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Bio (pdf)
Testimonial video

Scientific Sector

Social Sector

Julie Payette Julie Payette
Chief Operating Officer
Montréal Science Centre
Vice President
Canada Lands Company
Canadian Astronaut
Bio (pdf)
Testimonial video
Pierre Bourgie Pierre Bourgie
Société Financière Bourgie Inc.
Bio (pdf)
Testimonial video