L. Jacques Ménard, C.C., O.Q., LLD.
Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns and President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec
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, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Alouettes, the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, the Mobilys Foundation and FIRST Robotics Québec. He is also Chairman of Montreal International and Youth Fusion.
He is Chancellor Emeritus 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 Québec Health Care and Social Services System. He published his first book, “Si on s’y mettait…” in 2008, 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” as well as the book “Réussir: Aller au bout de ses rêves.”
He also served as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Financial Literacy that presented its report “Canadians and Their Money: Building a brighter future” to the Federal Minister of Finance in December 2010. In 2014, Mr. Ménard initiated a major study, in conjunction with The Boston Consulting Group, “Building a New Momentum in Montreal” and a subsequent program “I see mtl” aimed at revitalizing Montreal.
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. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Medal of Honour from the Montreal Heart Institute for his philanthropic involvement and support.
In December 2012, he was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest level of the Order of Canada and this country’s highest public distinction. He is also an Officer of the Order of Québec.
In 2013, he was one the eight initial inductees into the Canadian Investment Industry Association Hall of Fame, and in 2014 he was recognized as the most community involved CEO in Quebec at the CEO of the Year Awards organized by the prominent business publication Les Affaires.
Mr. Ménard is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (MBA 1970), Loyola College of Montréal (B.Comm. Hon. Econ. 1967) and College Ste-Marie (BA 1966). He has received honorary doctorates from the Université de Montréal, Concordia University, the Université de Sherbrooke as well as York University and Glendon College.