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Paul Lepage, President of TELUS Health, receives an honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Polytechnique

June 16, 2016

On the recommendation of Polytechnique Montréal, the Université de Montréal bestowed an honorary doctorate on Paul Lepage, President of TELUS Health, at Polytechnique’s graduation ceremony this year. More than 2,000 people attended the event, which took place at Saint-Joseph’s Oratory on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Paul Lepage oversees all activities related to the delivery of leading-edge technologies that simplify communication between physicians, health professionals and patients. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Polytechnique Montréal in 1984 and an MBA from Concordia University in 1992. Backed by 30 years of experience in health, telecommunications and IT, he is a practical and effective leader for TELUS Health. Insightful and passionate, he set an ambitious vision for the company and developed its business strategy. His most significant achievements include launching the Pharma Space platform, which enables consumers to manage their health and medications by renewing their prescriptions online. He also created an online insurance claims settlement application that facilitates patient reimbursement, and he developed the electronic medical record (EMR Mobile), which enables physicians to access their patients’ medical profiles via smartphone.

Honorary doctorate awarded to Elizabeth Cannon, President of the University of Calgary

On the recommendation Polytechnique Montréal’s Board of Directors, the Université de Montréal also conferred an honorary doctorate on Elizabeth Cannon, President of the University of Calgary, during the doctoral convocation at the Université de Montréal on June 3rd. She is a leading researcher and developer of GPS satellite navigation tools, which have had applications in numerous fields. She is also the only female engineer to head a Canadian university.

Polytechnique awarded more than 1,450 degrees in 2016

In 2016, Polytechnique issued 1,457 degrees, including 806 bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and 10 in Science, as well as 176 master’s degrees in Applied Sciences and 268 in Engineering, not to mention 62 Specialized Graduate Studies degrees. It also awarded the title of PhD to 135 doctoral graduates.

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s premier engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest university in Quebec for the size of its student body and the scope of its research activities. With more than 44,300 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly a quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique has 255 professors, more than 120 programs and upwards of 8,000 students. It has an annual operating budget of more than $200 million, including a research budget of more than $70 million.

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Annie Touchette
Senior Communications Advisor
Polytechnique Montréal