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Source : Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.



Michѐle Thibodeau-DeGuire


Michѐle Thibodeau-DeGuire is not an ancestor, but famous, she is.


Michѐle Thibodeau-DeGuire is President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montréal, a position she has held since 1991.

After graduating from Montréal's École Polytechnique in civil engineering in 1963, Michѐle worked as an engineer for almost 20 years, before being appointed Québec's Delegate General to New England in 1982. From 1985 to 1991, she served as an executive at École Polytechnique.

In June 2001, Michѐle was admitted to the Academy of Great Montrealers. In 1999, she was named Personality of the Year by Les Affaires magazine. She is also the recipient of the Ordre du mérite1995 of the Association des dipômés de l'Université de Montréal, and the 1995 Meritorious Services Award of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.

Michѐle is a member of the Canadian Engineering Academy and the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, which granted her its Grand Prix d'Excellence 1995. She is a director of Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., as well as a governor of the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Laval and the Association des Dipômés de Polytechnique, which awarded her its Prix Mérite 1994.

Centraide of Greater Montréal helps half a million underprivileged people year after year. Through its annual fundraising campaign, it provides financial assistance for 324 community agencies and projects in the Greater Montréal area. Centraide's work depends on the dedication of more that 68, 000 volunteers.

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