MONTREAL, April 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell is pleased to recognize Mr. Albert Jean de Grandpré, Founding Director and Chairman Emeritus of BCE Inc., for the 2013 Prix de carrière awarded to him by the Québec Employers Council, honouring him for his outstanding contribution to Québec society.
"On behalf of all members of the Bell team, I congratulate our colleague Jean de Grandpré on this prestigious honour," said George Cope, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. and Bell. "This recognition by one of Québec's leading business organizations underscores M. de Grandpré's exceptional contribution to Québec and Canadian society, especially his role leading BCE forward."
Mr. de Grandpré joined Bell in 1966 as the company's General Counsel, and was a progressively senior leader at the company. In 1976, he was appointed Bell's Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Bell built its telecommunications leadership position with positive growth across its many business segments. Mr. de Grandpré led the formation and growth of Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), which is now a $20 billion Québec-based company delivering industry-leading employee, infrastructure, R&D and community investment.
A widely respected executive throughout his career, Mr. de Grandpré was appointed to a significant number of advisory and governing board positions at major Canadian and international corporations.Mr. de Grandpré is a Companion of the Order of Canada and is Chancellor Emeritus of McGill University, a lifetime member of the Canadian Bar Association, member Emeritus of the Association of the Canada General Counsels, and a member of the Bar of Québec. Born in Montréal in 1921, Mr. de Grandpré was educated at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and McGill University. In 1943, he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law and as a Faculty of Law gold medalist. Mr. de Grandpré has also received honorary doctorates from the University of Québec, McGill University, Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa and Bishop's University. This is the 31 st straight year the Prix de carrière has been awarded to an individual of distinction. The Québec Employers Council brings together many of Québec's largest companies and the vast majority of sector-based employers' groups, making it Québec's sole employer federation. For more information, please visit www.cpq.qc.ca About Bell Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs: Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels. For more information, please visit Bell.ca. The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable and awareness program promoting mental health across Canada with the Bell Let's Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk. SOURCE Bell Canada Image with caption: " Jean de Grandpre, winner of Québec Employers Council 2013 Prix de carrière, surrounded by the Premier of Quebec, Pauline Marois, the President, Yves-Thomas Dorval, and personalities inducted into Club entrepreneurs Council (Jacynthe Côté, chief executive of Rio Tinto Alcan, Yvon Charest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Alliance, and Dr. Sheldon Elman, founder and CEO of Medisys). (CNW Group/ Bell Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130422_C7549_PHOTO_EN_25867.jpg Image with caption: "Jean de Grandpré, Founding Director and Chairman Emeritus of BCE Inc. (1983). (CNW Group/ Bell Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130422_C7549_PHOTO_EN_25857.jpg Image with caption: "Jean de Grandpré, Founding Director and Chairman Emeritus of BCE Inc. (1988). (CNW Group/ Bell Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130422_C7549_PHOTO_EN_25855.jpg