The 2017 Gérard Parizeau Award Goes to Demographer Jacques Légaré
Wednesday October 4, 2017
Montréal, October 4, 2017 – HEC Montréal is pleased to announce that the 2017 Gérard Parizeau Award has been presented to Jacques Légaré, Professor Emeritus of Demography and still active at the Université de Montréal.
The prestigious award, accompanied by a cash prize of $30,000, is presented alternately by HEC Montréal and the Université de Montréal. This year it salutes Professor Légaré’s exceptional contribution to fostering better understanding of the demographics of Quebec and the rest of Canada, and more specifically the economic and social impacts of an aging population.
The winner is invited to deliver an address at the award ceremony. Professor Légaré will be speaking tonight at HEC Montréal, on the theme of demography over the past five decades: an evolving science that lets us analyze the changing behaviour of Quebec society. He will be talking about his 50 years of research in demography, first of all about the discipline in terms of its data sources and methods, but also as a means of understanding changes in Quebeckers’ demographic behaviour during the Quiet Revolution. For Quebec demographics, the period was more revolutionary than quiet! To conclude, Professor Légaré will attempt to make some predictions about demographic trends in the coming decades.
About the Gérard Parizeau Fund and Award
The Gérard Parizeau Fund was created in 2000 as a tribute to Gérard Parizeau, an outstanding figure in the Quebec insurance industry.
The Fund presents the Gérard Parizeau Award to researchers, professors or other leading lights in the fields of management, economics or history, in recognition of the value and originality of their thinking and their work.
The winner is chosen by a nine-member jury, consisting of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the Université de Montréal, a representative of the Director of HEC Montréal, three members of the Parizeau family and four academic experts. The annual award is presented alternately by HEC Montréal and the Université de Montréal.
About HEC Montréal
HEC Montréal is an internationally renowned business school, with over 13,000 students. In addition, it trains more than 7,000 executives and managers every year. The School holds many prestigious accreditations, and offers some 60 programs of study from the bachelor’s to doctoral levels. It is one of the most active business schools in Canada in terms of research, thanks to 28 research units, including 27 chairs (6 of them Canada Research Chairs). With a faculty of 272, HEC Montréal offers programs in several languages and attracts students from nearly 140 countries. Since its founding in 1907, the School has trained more than 86,000 students in all fields of management. HEC Montréal is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year.
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