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Suzanne Rivard awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Lausanne

June 20, 2023

On June 2 this year, Professor Suzanne Rivard (Department of Information Technologies) received an honorary PhD from the University of Lausanne on the occasion of Dies Academicus, an official ceremony paying tribute to various personalities.

This doctorate, which is the highest honorary distinction conferred by a university, acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding scholars who have made an impact in their respective fields during their careers.

Recognized by her peers as a trailblazing and creative researcher, Suzanne Rivard has contributed tirelessly to advancing research in information systems and promoted the theoretical development of this discipline through her numerous editorial activities and publications in leading scientific journals in the field. As the first woman in Canada to receive a PhD in information systems in 1983, she paved the way for countless other women and researchers who are currently engaged in the various spheres of information technology.

By awarding this honorary doctorate to Suzanne Rivard, the University of Lausanne applauds her immense contribution to developments in scientific knowledge, her prolific career, her personal and professional integrity as well as her dedication as a university professor.

Suzanne Rivard


About Suzanne Rivard

After completing an MBA from HEC Montréal, Suzanne Rivard earned her doctorate from the Richard D. Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is a Full Professor in the Department of Information Technologies and holds the Research Chair in Strategic Management of Information Technology at HEC Montréal. She has made major contributions to advancing knowledge in the areas of risk assessment and management for information system development projects, IT outsourcing and the implementation of integrated software. Her research on resistance to IT implementation is also widely recognized.

Over the course of her career, Professor Rivard has received many awards and distinctions, including:

She has over 200 publications to her credit, ranging from scientific and professional papers to communications, books, book chapters and research reports.

Suzanne Rivard’s website