Jean Fournier, C.M., C.Q., AdE. – Biography

CFLC Quebec Chair

Jean Fournier leaves his mark on everything he undertakes, be it at the local, provincial or national level. The multiplicity of the causes he has passionately embraced over the years has made him a true force of nature and his work has benefited many different associations and movements beyond their expectations.

Jean Fournier was born in Trois-Rivières in 1950. He studied political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), then completed an honours degree in administration at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) before entering law school the following year at the Université de Montréal, where he also prepared for admission to the bar.

He started his professional life as a lawyer with a small firm in Trois-Rivières, while also lecturing at UQTR. A few years later, he changed his career plan. He bought the family business, expanded the workforce to over 640 employees and offered specialized arboricultural services from Toronto to Halifax. Jean Fournier has embraced numerous causes and his interest in serving the community has led him to hold a variety of positions, including chairing the board of directors of a major Caisse Populaire in Quebec City and serving on the board of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and the planning advisory committees of various Quebec municipalities, including Trois-Rivières.

The drive he brought to his company earned him his region's business of the year award. Thanks to its innovations and quality of service, his company became a model in Quebec and Eastern Canada. He was awarded numerous plaques for his significant contribution in clearing power lines during hurricanes in the United States and the ice storm in Quebec.

Mr. Fournier has taken part in several trade missions to Asia and Europe aimed at attracting investments to Quebec. These international visits yielded concrete results.

Jean Fournier was successively elected chairman of the Chambre de Commerce de Trois-Rivières and the UQTR board of directors. Soon after that, he chaired the board of the Trois-Rivières port authority, followed by the board of the Trois-Rivières airport authority. Throughout these years, he served on the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency's national advisory committee in Ottawa, subsequently agreeing to become a fellow and governor of the Ottawa-based Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2003, the Canadian Armed Forces invited him to become the Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council for all of Quebec. At about the same time, he was elected to the board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Montreal and has been provincial chair since 2009. As a volunteer, Mr. Fournier has served as the first vice-president of the UQTR Foundation, honorary president of scores of fundraising campaigns and honorary president of the 2004 World Junior Curling Championships and the 2007 Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

Jean Fournier was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2001 and in 2005 received the Queen's Jubilee Medal. UQTR awarded him an honorary degree in 1995 and the University Grand Prix in 2005. In 1996, the International Society of Arboriculture (Quebec) made him an honorary member for life and in 2002 presented him with the prestigious Yvon Fournier award for his innovation in producing impressive French-language material for arboricultural training. In 2003, the local press named him person of the year. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society also presented him with its 75th anniversary medallion in recognition of his outstanding commitment as a volunteer working for the Society. Mr. Fournier was appointed a member of the National Order of Quebec in 2006. That same year, the Trois-Rivières municipal council appointed him to the prestigious position of chair of the city's 350th anniversary celebrations, which took place in 2009. In addition, the lawyers with the Barreau du Mauricie named him president of their section for 2007-2008. In June 2007, he was awarded a medal from the Law Society of Quebec (6,200 members) for his work in promoting regional law services.

In Fall 2007, he agreed to sit on the Duke of Edinburgh's board of directors as 2nd Vice Chair and in May 2008 was awarded the prestigious commendation medallion for Distinguished Service from General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff, in recognition of his efforts to increase awareness about Quebec Reservists among employers and teaching institutions.

In May 2009, the Quebec Bar awarded him the coveted title of Emeritus Lawyer for his outstanding contribution to the image of lawyers in society.

Also in 2009, the Coopérative des Ambulanciers de la Mauricie invited him to sit on its board of directors.

In September 2009, following the city's 350th anniversary celebrations, he was awarded the Ordre de La Vérendrye, the highest civic distinction offered to a citizen.

And in the late fall of 2009, 2 Canadian Rangers Patrol Group, based in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, appointed him Honorary Ranger for his ongoing interest in promoting the Rangers' cause in Quebec.

In December of that same year, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, awarded him the title of Member of the Order of St. John for his work in support of the St John Ambulance in Quebec.


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