Five students awarded Lieutenant-Governor's Youth Medals

May 7, 2013

PhD student Chloé Fortin Bergeron, Master’s in Administration (MSc) students Catherine Archambault and Renaud Sylvain, and Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) students Catherine Girard and Philippe Grégoire were awarded this year’s Lieutenant-Governor’s Youth Medals at a ceremony on May 5. The distinction recognizes their academic excellence and exemplary community involvement.

Chloé Fortin Bergeron, a PhD student in Human Resources Management, already has a number of scholarships and an extraordinary academic record to her credit. During her MSc studies (2012), she maintained a GPA of 3.83 out of 4.3, followed by a GPA of 4.15 out of 4.3 in her current PhD studies. Her thesis will examine union leadership at the local level and its impacts on dual commitment and dual organizational citizenship. She has also delivered three papers at scientific conferences and published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations. Chloé is involved in a number of student associations and has helped to organize several science-related events, as well as participating in arbitration activities and interuniversity competitions.

Catherine Archambault (BBA, trilingual stream, 2010) is starting work on her MSc thesis (Management option) with a near-perfect GPA, after 21 credits, of 4.21 out of 4.3. She earned three major scholarships during her Master’s studies alone. Following her remarkable success in the Campus Abroad visit to Argentina and Chile, a consulting firm hired by the Chilean government consulted her on Canadians’ perception of Chile and its industries, a topic connected to her thesis. She also took part in the Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society and has worked as a research and teaching assistant for almost a year now. She is very active in the community, on the Young Alumni Committee, of which she has been Vice-Chair since 2011.

MSc student Renaud Sylvain (Management option) is particularly interested in social innovation and cultural philanthropy. His thesis in fact concerns issues and perspectives in participatory democracy in a rural environment. Renaud’s marks are just as exceptional at the MSc level (4.13 out of 4.3) as during his bachelor’s degree in cultural activities and research (4.03 out of 4.3) at UQAM. He has long been involved in a variety of community projects and in addition to his studies he serves as Vice-President, Careers, of the Association des étudiants aux cycles supérieurs. As such, he arranged a partnership with the HEC Montréal Young Alumni Committee to optimize collaboration between students and alumni.

After completing 75 credits toward her BBA, Catherine Girard’s GPA is 4.22 out of 4.3, earning her several scholarships. As a member of the Société de relations d’affaires (SRA), she is responsible for the financial management of nine activities and organized the 2011 and 2012 tax clinics, where she had to supervise 250 volunteer students. Since 2011, she has also been the treasurer of the Université de Montréal Optimists Club. Catherine is involved in a number of other activities, as a French tutor for students and organizer of various charitable activities.

Philippe Grégoire, enrolled in the Honor Track of the BBA program, has maintained a GPA of 4.18 out of 4.3 after 75 credits, and received three citations of excellence. Since participating in the international exchange program at the University of Maastricht, in the Netherlands, he has been actively involved in the mentoring program for exchange students. At the same time, he serves as Vice-President, External Relations, on the new HECOnomie committee, which promotes the Applied Economics option of the BBA program. As such, he organized two successful lectures on the themes of the US economy and the euro crisis. Philippe also represents the School’s applied economics students on the Board of the Association des économistes québécois and the HEC Montréal Table de vie scolaire (school life roundtable).


About the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medals

The purpose of the Lieutenant-Governor of Québec Awards Program is to recognize Quebeckers who, through their involvement, determination and desire to go beyond their personal bests, have had a positive influence on their community or Quebec. There are three honour categories:  

• Lieutenant-Governor’s Youth Medal (bronze)

• Lieutenant-Governor’s Seniors Medal (silver)

• Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Exceptional Merit (gold)

The Lieutenant-Governor’s Youth Medal is awarded every year to deserving graduates of high schools, CEGEPs and universities and vocational and adult education centres in Quebec.

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