The Loyola Medal, one of Concordia's highest honours, was presented at the Rector's Dinner on October 1 to L. Jacques Ménard, C.M., a cherished friend of Concordia University.
Mr. Ménard is best known for his involvement with the Montreal Expos and their bid to stay in the city, but he also has an impressive record of professional and volunteer achievements, including his effective work as the Leadership Division Chair of our highly successful Campaign for a New Millennium.
Presenting the award, Rector Frederick Lowy said, "Jacques' insight and passion are obvious in everything he does, and to anyone who has ever had the enjoyment of working with him."
Born in Chicoutimi in 1946, Ménard was raised in Montreal and earned his BA from Collège Sainte-Marie. After getting a Bachelor of Commerce in Honours Economics at Loyola College in 1967, he earned an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
He joined the investment firm Burns Fry in 1972, and rapidly moved up the corporate ladder. In 1994, Burns Fry merged with Nesbitt Thompson to create one of Canada's largest investment dealers, Nesbitt Burns, of which he was named deputy chair and managing director for Quebec. Recently, he became president of the Bank of Montreal Group of Companies for Quebec.
He is chair of the Board of Hydro-Québec, vice-chair of Gaz Métropolitain, a director of Alliance Forest Products, and has held positions on the boards of the Montreal Exchange and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. He is a governor of the Quebec MBA Association, which named him MBA of the Year in 1990, and he has been on Concordia's Board of Governors since 1994. In 1993, our Faculty of Commerce and Administration presented him with its Award of Distinction.
As well as his work with Concordia's Capital Campaign, he has been a valued fundraiser for Centraide and the Ordre des Jeux du Québec. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1995.