Gérard Veilleux, O.C., B.Comm., M.Pub. Admin., born May 7th, 1942 in East Broughon. He attended Laval University earning a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1963 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa. In March 1994, he attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. From 1982 to 1986, he served as Secretary to the Cabinet for Federal Provincial Relations and Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council. In 1986 he was appointed Secretary of the Treasury Board and was named President and CEO of the CBC in 1989. Mr. Veilleux has been, and still is, active in a number of government, professional and cultural organizations. He is the author of “Les relations inter-gouvernementales au Canada”. He became Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.
In June 1990, Mr. Veilleux received an honorary doctorate degree (Administration) from the University of Ottawa. Later that year, he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest award in the Public Service of Canada. On October 19th, 1991, he was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Hermès, bestowed by the Faculty of Administration of Laval University. Mr. Veilleux became an officer of the Order of Canada in November 1995.
Mr. Veilleux was President of Power Communications Inc., subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada from 1994 till May 2015. He was Vice-President of Power Corporation of Canada from 1998 to December 2009. He was also on the Board of Directors of Gesca; La Presse; IGM Financial Inc., Investors Group Ltd; Great West Life Assurance Company, Mackenzie Inc. Mr. Veilleux was also Chairperson of Forces Avenir and Fondation Baxter & Alma Ricard. Mr. Veilleux is presently Chairperson of Fondation Jean-Monbourquette.