General information

Alumni background and contributions


Polytechnique alumni have always been committed to the development of Québec. Many men and women who have graduated from Polytechnique in civil engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering and life sciences engineering have offered their expertise to the society.

A quick look at the Montréal economy

Fully 25% of Québec’s engineers were educated at Polytechnique; 633 alumni work at Hydro-Québec, 312 work at Bombardier, 246 work at Nortel Networks and 226 work at Bell.

Achievements by our alumni

  • Arthur Surveyer (1902) founded SNC in 1937 by partnering with two of his employees, Nenniger and Chênevert (1923).
  • Bernard Lamarre (1952) founded the Lavalin Group in 1972. The two companies have since combined their activities and SNC-Lavalin is recognized as one of the largest engineering companies in the world.
  • Pierre Raymond (1980), Sylvain Dion (1986), François Gravel (1982) and Jacques Lagacé (1986) were behind the largest hydrothermal project in Canada: the Biosphere.
  • Marius Dufresne (1905) created the substructure for the Jacques-Cartier bridge in 1920.
  • Micheline Bouchard (1969) has held management positions at Motorola Canada, Motorola Inc. in Chicago and ART Recherches et Technologies Avancées Inc.
  • Marie-Claude Grenier (1986), François Turgeon (1986) and Louis-Giles Durand (1975) designed the first fully electronic stethoscope.


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