Louis-M. Tessier (HEC Montréal 1959) and Andrée Montpetit-Tessier have both joined the ranks of the Conseil des Gouverneurs and the Cercle du Directeur in recognition of their extraordinary legacy gift of $1 million to HEC Montréal.
A faithful supporter since 1989, Tessier has made close to 20 major donations to HEC Montréal over the years. Along with his wife, Andrée Montpetit-Tessier, the great-niece of Édouard Montpetit, he is once again reasserting his belief in the School through this gift, which will be used to create an endowment fund known as the Édouard Montpetit Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Their goal is to give back to the HEC Montréal community and lend a much-needed helping hand to aspiring business professionals:
If we can make it possible for someone to carry on with their university studies, we feel duty-bound to make that happen. Being a student is a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons and open your mind, but you can only do that if a heavy financial burden isn’t weighing you down.
“We are incredibly lucky to have such committed donors as Mr. Tessier and Ms. Montpetit-Tessier to rely on,” said Michel Patry, President and CEO of the HEC Montréal Foundation. “Their steadfast dedication over the years has enabled us to award several scholarships to deserving students, for whom this kind of encouragement can sometimes make or break their academic career.”
Modest and unassuming by nature, Tessier enjoyed a 40-year career at pharmaceutical multinational Novartis, where he served as the head of materials management and the executive in charge of Canadian distribution and procurement.