The 2021 nomination period has ended. The next call for nominations will take place in the fall of 2022.

The Québec Order of Excellence in Education gives concrete expression to the Québec government’s desire to officially recognize the merits of those who have distinguished themselves by their contribution to the improvement of education in the province.

The Order is designed to:

  • recognize the merits of those who work in the field of education and higher education in Québec (teachers, various non-teaching professionals, administrators, civil servants, volunteers, etc.)
  • highlight significant local, regional and provincial contributions of stakeholders in the Québec education system
  • contribute to the development of the Québec education system

To be appointed to the Order is to become a member of a community of individuals who share the same merits. There are three levels of membership:

  • Member
  • Distinguished Member
  • Emeritus Member

Submitting a nomination

Any person born or residing in Québec and any person born or residing outside of Québec who has made a contribution to the Québec education system can be nominated as a member.

A nomination can be submitted to the Order by any individual representing the administration of an educational institution or of a post-secondary educational institution, including:

  • a school board or school service centre
  • a public or private elementary or secondary school
  • an adult education or vocational training centre
  • a CEGEP
  • a private college
  • a university

A nomination submitted by any individual or any individual representing an organization that is not an educational institution or a post-secondary educational institution must be supported by another person. This person must be able to judge and recognize the candidate’s level of excellence. This person might be:

  • a member of the administration of an elementary school
  • a member of the administration of a school service centre or a school board
  • the president of a governing board or a council of commissioners
  • a member of the administration of a university
  • the president of the board of directors of an educational institution or organization
  • the manager of an administrative unit or a department

Individuals may not nominate themselves for the Order.
All nominations must be submitted using the electronic form This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Submitting a nomination for promotion

It is possible to nominate a member for promotion. A promotion to the status of Distinguished Member is possible five years after joining the Order as a Member. A promotion to the status of Emeritus Member is possible five years after being nominated as or promoted to the status of Distinguished Member. The Member must have made new and significant contributions to justify the nomination for promotion.

Nominations for promotion must be submitted during the annual nomination period. A form will be provided for this purpose.

Individuals may not nominate themselves for promotion within the Order.

Selection process

Nomination and promotion of members is the responsibility of the Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education, who are advised by members of the Order of Excellence Council.

The Council evaluates the merit of each candidacy and justifies each of the recommendations they provide to the ministers.

Composition of the Order of Excellence Council

The Québec Order of Excellence in Education Council is made up of ten members.

Josée Bouchard, Présidente
Normand Baillargeon
Gaëtan Boucher
Ratna Ghosh
Michel Janosz
Catherine Lapointe
Maggie MacDonnell
Jean-Marc St-Jacques
André Vézina
Stanley Vollant

Members of the Order

The title of Member recognizes an individual’s contribution to the Québec education system.

Michèle Doucet
Simon Gauthier-Hansen
Carole Lambert
Normand Lessard
Édith Levasseur
Claude Mailhot
Marie Marquis
Josianne Moore
Élourdes Pierre
Jacques Plante
Annie Rochette
Luc Tremblay
Raymond Bédard
David Bowles
Michael Canuel
Ginette Côté
Josée Crête
Marc Deschamps
Claude Gagnon
France Henri
Sylvain Lagacé
Audrey Miller
Lori-Ann Paige
Jean-François Roy
Édouard Staco
Anderson Araújo-Oliveira
Joël Arsenault
Serge Beaudoin
Mohamed Benhaddadi
Nancy Bérubé
Vincent Bilodeau
Johanne Bourget
Jean-François Bussières
Nathalie Caire Fon
Stéphanie Côté
Sylvie Croteau
Raymonde Danis
François Desmarais
Demmi Dolbec
Gilles Duguay
Patrick Elbaz
Sylvain Fortin
Christine Goupil
Christine Jost
Jean-Simon Laflamme
Stéphane Lavigne
Carole Lavoie
David Pelletier
Anne Piechowiak-Reinhardt
Michelle Provost
Julie Roberge
Guy Rousseau
Erich Schmedt
Josée Simard
Isabelle St-Hilaire
Line St-Pierre
Fabrice Vil

Distinguished Member

The title of Distinguished Member recognizes an individual’s significant contribution to the Québec education system.

Monique Brodeur
Bernard Charlin
Jacques Marchand
Yves Nadon
Antoine Payot
Natalie Rinfret
Lucie Sauvé
Christian Bourdy
Pierre Brouillette
Monique Cormier
Frank Greene
Thérèse Laferrière
Louise Poirier
Louise Richer
Jonathan Bolduc
André G. Roy
Julie Hobbs
Sophie Lapierre
Nathalie Laroche
Guy Lefebvre
Michel Magnan
Jacques Nantel
Linda Rabin
Émile Robichaud

Emeritus Member

The title of Distinguished Member recognizes an individual’s significant contribution to the Québec education system as well as the influence of that contribution.

Gilles Boulet
Alain Sans Cartier
Sandrine Faust
Jean-François Roberge
Égide Royer
Andrée Boucher
Pauline Marois
Sébastien Proulx
Hélène David
Sylvie Barcelo
Paul Gérin-Lajoie
Jacques Lacoursière
Jean-Louis Baudouin
Yvan Girouard
Paul Grand’Maison
Claude Lessard
Félix Maltais
Marie McAndrew
Guy Rocher
Josée Bouchard, Présidente
Normand Baillargeon
Gaëtan Boucher
Ratna Ghosh
Michel Janosz
Catherine Lapointe
Maggie MacDonnell
Jean-Marc St-Jacques
André Vézina
Stanley Vollant

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