The academy of Great Montrealers


Each year, the academy of Great Montrealers is proud to honour four Montréal 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 132 academicians including the five individuals selected in 2014.

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

2014 Great Montrealers

Honoured posthumously:
Economic Sector

Marcel Côté

Marcel Côté
Founding Partner

Bio (pdf)


Economic Sector

Cultural Sector

Alvin Cramer Alvin Cramer Segal
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

Peerless Clothing Inc.

Bio (pdf)
Oliver Jones Oliver Jones

Jazz Ambassador

Bio (pdf)

Scientific Sector

Social Sector

Bartha Knoppers Bartha Maria Knoppers
Centre of Genomics and Policy
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Human Genetics

McGill University

Bio (pdf)
Réjean Thomas Dr Réjean Thomas
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Clinique médicale l’Actuel

Bio (pdf)