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Fourteen of Quebec’s Economic and Financial Leaders Make Extraordinary Donations to HEC Montréal’s Jacques-Parizeau Research Chair in Economic Policy

December 4, 2023

Fourteen economic and financial leaders in Quebec have joined forces to provide a noteworthy financial contribution to the Jacques-Parizeau Research Chair in Economic Policy at HEC Montréal.

Dons chaire Jacques Parizeau

The Chair was established in January 2023 and is directed by Professor Pierre-Carl Michaud. These donations by the Ministère des Finances du Québec, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), CGI, Quebecor, Desjardins Group, National Bank, Héroux-Devtek, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Beneva, TD Bank Group, BMO Financial Group, Énergir, CIBC and RBC Foundation will enable the Chair to fulfil its mission of analyzing the major economic challenges facing Quebec with the utmost academic rigour.


A tribute to Jacques Parizeau

Set up at the initiative of the Fonds Jacques-Parizeau, the Chair is committed to highlighting the vital contributions made by Quebec’s 26th premier during his lifetime. Parizeau taught at HEC Montréal for more than 20 years, mentoring several generations of economists and helping develop modern economic policies that have shaped the Quebec of today.

Several of the donors underscored the significance of his legacy:

“Our aim in supporting this research chair is to honour the impact that Jacques Parizeau had on Quebec. The issues that will be studied by the Chair in the coming years are the ones driving our conversations around social and economic policy.”

Eric Girard, Quebec Minister of Finance

“Nothing would’ve made Jacques happier than knowing that a chair bearing his name had been created by his alma mater to look into important matters of economic policy for Quebec. On behalf of the entire Parizeau family, I would like to thank all those who have helped make this wonderful initiative come to life.”

Robert Parizeau (HEC Montréal 1957), President, Fondation-Monique-et-Robert-Parizeau

“Jacques Parizeau is one of the people who built modern-day Quebec. Every day, I am proud to walk into the CDPQ building that bears his name. His legacy also extends to a whole generation of academics with whom he shared his knowledge and innovative ideas. This research chair is a way of honouring his influence and his ambitions while contributing to economic research and shining the spotlight on Quebec expertise.”

Charles Emond (HEC Montréal 1994), President and Chief Executive Officer, CDPQ

Michel Patry, President and Chief Executive Officer of the HEC Montréal Foundation, expressed his gratitude to the group of Professor Parizeau’s former colleagues, led by Claude Séguin (HEC Montréal 1972), who approached the Chair’s partners about this initiative, as well as the partners themselves for their invaluable contributions and their forward-looking vision: “The fact that so many of Quebec’s top private- and public-sector organizations have partnered to support the work of the Jacques-Parizeau Research Chair in Economic Policy shows just how important these efforts are for our society and emphasizes that, together, we can make great things happen.”


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