Jean-Guy Paquet, C.C., G.O.Q., M.S.R.C., Ph.D., ing.
Member of the board of directors since 1994
Jean-Guy Paquet received his Bachelor of Engineering Physics from Université Laval (1959), his Master's from the École nationale supérieure de l’aéronautique de Paris (1960) and his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Université Laval (1963). Over the next 10 years, he supervised more than 20 Master’s and doctoral theses and co-authored over 50 scientific literatures, including two volumes on the theory of systems and robotics, while continuing to study business administration.
He was then appointed Director of the Electrical Engineering Department at Université Laval’s Faculty of Science and Engineering (1967), Vice-Dean of the Faculty (1969), Vice-Rector of Education and Research (1972) and Rector of Université Laval (1977-1987). While he was Rector, he served in other capacities, in particular as President of the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities, Vice-President of the Association des universités de la Francophonie, President of the Association des ingénieurs et scientifiques du Canada and member of the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology for the Prime Minister of Canada.
In 1983, Jean-Guy Paquet founded the Groupe d’action pour l’avancement technologique et industriel de la région de Québec (GATIQ), which led to the successful creation in Quebec of the Institut national d’optique (INO) and the Québec Metro High Tech Park.
In 1988, Jean-Guy Paquet turned to the private sector and was appointed President of Laurentienne Vie, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Laurentienne Financière, and Chairman of the Board of one of their subsidiaries, Life of Boston. In 1994, he was named Chief Executive Officer of INO and Chairman of its Board of Directors from 2005 to 2017.
Jean-Guy Paquet serves or served as a member of the boards of directors of the following companies: Québec Tel, Union canadienne insurance company, Spectra Premium Industries, MAAX Inc., Industrielle-Alliance Assurance auto et habitation, Laurentienne Vie, Life of Boston (chairman), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB), the Québec Metro High Tech Park, the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ), the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Hockey Canada, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (chairman), Moisson-Québec (chairman), Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, Jeunes entreprises du Québec métropolitain (chairman) and Maison Michel-Sarrazin.
He has also participated in advisory committees for the Canadian Space Agency (chairman), TELUS Québec and Aéroport de Québec.
He has received the following honours: Companion of the Order of Canada; Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec; Gold Medal from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers; Prix Armand-Frappier (Prix du Québec 2000); Grand Prix d’Excellence from the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec; Officer of the Ordre national du Mérite (France); Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering; member of the Académie des Grands Québécois; member of the Royal Society of Canada, and Officer of the Ordre de la Pléiade. He has received honorary doctorates from McGill University, York University in Toronto, the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Montréal. He is a graduate of the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés certifiés, a member of the Royal Québec Golf Club and an honorary life member of the Quebec Garrison Club.