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Montréal’s revitalization has begun

Monday, March 31, 2014 from noon to 2 P.M.


L. Jacques Ménard, C.C., O.Q., LLD.

Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns
President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec

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L. Jacques Ménard is Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec.

Mr. Ménard is currently a director of WestJet, Claridge Inc., Stingray Digital, Léger Marketing, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Montreal Alouettes, the Gairdner Foundation, the Macdonald Stewart Foundation and Mobilys Foundation. He is also Chairman of Youth Fusion. Mr. Ménard has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Junior Achievement Canada Foundation, whose mandate is to provide funding, role models and support to Junior Achievement in its efforts to provide financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness education to all young Canadians.

He is Chancellor of Concordia University, his alma mater, and is a member of the Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Mr. Ménard is a past Chairman of Hydro-Québec, the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and the Task Force on the Sustainability of the Quebec Health Care and Social Services System. He published a first book in 2008, Si on s’y mettait… and in the wake of this book, he established the Groupe d’action sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires.
Mr. Ménard subsequently published a book on the topic of high school perseverance: Beyond the Numbers… a Matter of the Heart. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Federal Task Force on Financial Literacy. 

In 2009, Mr. Ménard received the Public Policy Forum Testimonial Award and was recognized as a Great Montrealer by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

Mr. Ménard is a graduate of Collège Sainte-Marie, Loyola College and the University of Western Ontario (MBA 1970). He has also received honorary doctorates from York University & Glendon College, Concordia University, the Université de Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke.

Mr. Ménard is Companion the Order of Canada and Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.

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  • Hear L. Jacques Ménard present an overview of the joint study conducted by BMO Financial Group and the Boston Consulting Group: Créer un nouvel élan à Montréal, which was released on February 25.
  • Learn more about the Montréal community’s desire to turn the page on past difficulties and work with the city’s elected officials to restore Montréal’s prestige and vitality.
  • Find out more about the major revitalization meeting on June 13.


  • Positive comments that flooded in with the release of the joint study by BMO Financial Group and the Boston Consulting Group.
  • Staunch mobilization of the metropolitan community to restore the strengths of Montréal, Quebec’s flagship on the international stage and generator of more than half of its economic activity.
  • The challenges facing our city and the ten concrete proposals to revitalize Montréal that came out of the study.

Together, let’s restore Montréal’s glory!

In collaboration with:

  • CNW Telbec