Outgoing Polytechnique Montréal CEO Christophe Guy will take up new duties as Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, at Concordia University, effective August 1, 2017.
Christophe Guy had announced in December 2016 that he planned to step down as CEO and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Polytechnique Montréal in May 2017. At the request of the Board members, he agreed to extend his mandates at Polytechnique until July 31, 2017.
Mr. Guy announced his new appointment in a memo to the Polytechnique Montréal community, which is reproduced below.
Dear members of the community,
As I mentioned in my most recent presentations in May, my term as CEO has been extended until the end of July. Moreover, last December, I had told you of my wish to take on a new challenge after a decade at the helm of Polytechnique. Consequently, I am sharing the news with you today that I have agreed to serve a five-year term as Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, at Concordia University, effective August 1, 2017.
There were several factors contributing to my decision to join Concordia University, not least its growing reputation, both nationally and internationally, as an innovative, dynamic institution with a focus on research and knowledge creation. In my new role, therefore, I will continue to contribute to the intellectual development of talent here in Montréal, and to economic prosperity of Québec.
With the collaboration of every member of the community, Polytechnique has become a leader in engineering research and innovation in Canada. Our institution has engaged in multiple partnerships with industry, and is now home to 25 Canada Research Chairs in fields that hold great promise for the future and for society. Furthermore, two years ago Polytechnique was granted a Canada Excellence Research Chair—a first for the campus—in data science for real-time decision making. In 2016, two major institutes were created on campus: TransMedTech, which is led by Polytechnique, and IVADO (the Institute for Data Valorization). Both are receiving support from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. A detailed account of my 10 years at the head of Polytechnique will appear in the next issue of POLY magazine, to be published the week of June 12. There is no question that, were it not for the collaboration and leadership displayed by all of our teams, my achievements during the past decade would not have been possible. Nurturing the growth of a university cannot be anything but a collective endeavour, and so I am very grateful indeed to all faculty members and employees for their support, and to the members of the Board of Directors for placing their trust in me. I also thank all of our students and graduates, who are a source of tremendous pride.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer, and I wish my alma mater continued success going forward.
Christophe Guy, P.Eng., PhD, FCAE, C.M., O.Q.
Chief Executive Officer
The entire Polytechnique Montréal community thanks Mr. Guy for his many contributions and wishes him the best of luck in his new duties.
Christophe Guy, Outgoing CEO of Polytechnique Montréal.
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