News Canada

Quebecor chairperson named to Order of Canada

QMI Agency

Francoise Bertrand, chairperson of the board of Quebecor Inc., was appointed to the Order of Canada. (PASCALE LEVESQUE/QMI Agency Files)

Francoise Bertrand, chairperson of the board of Quebecor Inc., was appointed to the Order of Canada. (PASCALE LEVESQUE/QMI Agency Files)

MONTREAL - Francoise Bertrand, chairperson of the board of Quebecor Inc., was appointed to the Order of Canada on Friday.

Bertrand is among 74 new recipients of the honour, which is given by Gov. Gen. David Johnston to prominent people who have excelled in their field.

Bertrand was appointed chair of Quebecor's board in March 2011. Quebecor is the parent company of Sun Media and Sun News Network. It is also one of Canada's largest media groups.

The Governor General's office said in a statement that Bertrand was awarded the distinction "for her contributions to corporate governance, as an administrator and role model for women."

Bertrand is also the president and CEO of the FCCQ, the federation of all of Quebec's chambers of commerce. She has also been the chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

"I have always had the opportunity to work in fields that allowed me to contribute to the evolution of our society," Bertrand said Friday.

"It's important for women to have access to governing positions," she said. "But that is not all. What are we to do with these responsibilities? I had the chance to arrive at the right moment, but also the courage to make the necessary changes."

Seventy-three other prominent Canadians also received the honour, including Juno Award-winning musician Ronnie Hawkins. William Breukelman, co-founder of IMAX, was also honoured, as was actor-director Paul Gross.

The office of the governor general has appointed 6,000 people to the Order of Canada over the past 46 years.


Reader's comments »

By adding a comment on the site, you accept our terms and conditions


Featured Businesses

Go to the Marketplace »