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

Présidente de la Fédération des commissions scolaires de 2009 à 2017

Normand Baillargeon

Ancien professeur en sciences de l'éducation, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) 

Philosophe et essayiste

Collaborateur - Différentes revues et Radio-Canada

Doctorant en philosophie et en éducation

Gaëtan Boucher

Président-directeur de la Fédération des cégeps de 1985 à 2010

Conférencier

Ratna Ghosh

Officière de l'Ordre national du Québec (2005)

Doyenne, Faculté des sciences de l'éducation, Université McGill

Michel Janosz

Professeur titulaire, spécialisé en psychoéducation, Université de Montréal

Catherine Lapointe

Enseignante en 2e année du primaire, école Cœur-Vaillant, Commission scolaire des Découvreurs

Maggie MacDonnell

Enseignante, Commission scolaire Kativik

Jean-Marc St-Jacques

Président du C.A. de la Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés (FEEP) de 2000 à 2017

Directeur, collège Bourget

André Vézina

Sous-ministre de l'Éducation de 2001 à 2003

Sous-ministre de la Famille et de l'Enfance de 2000 à 2001

Sous-ministre adjoint de l'Éducation de 1991 à 1993

Stanley Vollant

Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec (2014)

Chirurgien

Members of the Order

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

Raymond Bédard

History Teacher, Secondary IV

École d’éducation internationale de McMasterville

David Bowles

Director General

Collège Charles-Lemoyne

Michael Canuel

Director General

Leading English Education and Resource Network (LEARN)

Ginette Côté

Chair, Council of Commissioners

Centre de services scolaire de l’Estuaire

Josée Crête

Music Teacher

École secondaire Le boisé

Marc Deschamps

Director, Music Department

Collège Notre-Dame

Claude Gagnon

Teacher, classical guitar

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

France Henri

Honorary Professor

Université TÉLUQ

Sylvain Lagacé

Recreation Technician

École secondaire De Mortagne

Audrey Miller

Managing Director

École branchée

Lori-Ann Paige

Coordinator, First Nations and Inuit Early Childhood Program

Cégep de Saint-Félicien

Jean-François Roy

Teacher and Coordinator, Starting a Business AVS program

Centre de formation professionnelle Maurice-Barbeau

Édouard Staco

President

Fonds 1804 pour la persévérance scolaire

Anderson Araújo-Oliveira

Research Professor, Faculty of Education, Université du Québec à Montréal

Joël Arsenault

Teacher, collège Durocher Saint-Lambert

Serge Beaudoin

Teacher, collège Saint-Sacrement

Mohamed Benhaddadi

Teacher (retired), Electrical Engineering, cégep du Vieux-Montréal

Nancy Bérubé

Teacher, école primaire Girouard, Centre de services scolaire des Mille-Îles

Vincent Bilodeau

Teacher, école primaire et secondaire l’Odyssée, Centre de services scolaire de la Capitale

Johanne Bourget

School educator, école primaire Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Centre de services scolaire de l'Énergie

Jean-François Bussières

Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Université de Montréal

Nathalie Caire Fon

Physician

Stéphanie Côté

Teacher, École secondaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Centre de services scolaire des Hautes-Rivières

Sylvie Croteau

Teacher and Remedial Teacher, Centre d’éducation des adultes de St-Paul, Centre d’éducation des adultes de Montmagny, Centre d’éducation des adultes de L’Islet-Nord, Centre de services scolaire de la Côte-du-Sud

Raymonde Danis

Support teacher working with allophone and Indigenous students and their parents, École Laberge, Centre de services scolaire des Grandes-Seigneuries

François Desmarais

Teacher, École secondaire De Mortagne, Centre de services scolaire des Patriotes

Demmi Dolbec

Secondary School Teacher, École Ajagutak, Commission scolaire Kativik

Gilles Duguay

Teacher, École secondaire du Plateau, Centre de services scolaire de Charlevoix

Patrick Elbaz

Teacher, École secondaire Herzliah, Montréal

Sylvain Fortin

Assistant Principal, Collège Jean de la Mennais

Christine Goupil

Remedial Teacher, École Lévis-Sauvé, Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys

Christine Jost

Principal, École primaire Paul-Jarry

Jean-Simon Laflamme

Teacher, Centre de formation agricole de Mirabel, Centre de services scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles

Stéphane Lavigne

Teacher, collège Régina Assumpta

Carole Lavoie

Director General, cégep de Sainte-Foy

David Pelletier

Researcher and Teacher, Biology, Cégep de Rimouski

Anne Piechowiak-Reinhardt

Volunteer, École Sans-Frontière, Centre de services scolaire de Montréal

Michelle Provost

Coordinator, Livres ouverts website

Julie Roberge

French Teacher, Cégep André-Laurendeau

Guy Rousseau

Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Université de Montréal

Erich Schmedt

Executive Advisor and former Academic Dean, Cégep John-Abbott

Josée Simard

Principal, École primaire Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Centre de services scolaire De la Jonquière

Isabelle St-Hilaire

Teacher, École secondaire Massey-Vanier, Centre de services scolaire du Val-des-Cerfs

Line St-Pierre

Director, Centre d’éducation des adultes de St-Paul, Centre d’éducation des adultes de Montmagny, Centre d’éducation des adultes de L’Islet-Nord, Centre de services scolaire de la Côte-du-Sud

Fabrice Vil

Co-founder and President, Pour 3 Points

Distinguished Member

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

Christian Bourdy

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine

Université de Montréal

Pierre Brouillette

Teacher (rehabilitation for adolescents)

Pavillon Albert-Prévost de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal

Monique Cormier

Associate Vice-Rector for the French language and the Francophonie

Université de Montréal

Frank Greene

Professor (retired)

Université McGill

Thérèse Laferrière

Professor

Université Laval

Louise Poirier

Professor

Université de Montréal

Louise Richer

Founder and Director General

École nationale de l’humour

Jonathan Bolduc

Professor, Faculty of Music, Université Laval

André G. Roy

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, Concordia University

Julie Hobbs

Educational Consultant

Sophie Lapierre

Director, École des jeunes, Faculty of Music, Université de Montréal

Nathalie Laroche

Teacher, École primaire du Ruisseau, Centre de services scolaire au Cœur-des-Vallées

Guy Lefebvre

Vice-Rector for International Affairs and the Francophonie, Université de Montréal

Michel Magnan

Professor, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

Jacques Nantel

Professor Emeritus, HEC Montréal

Linda Rabin

Founder, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Émile Robichaud

Director General, Institut Marie-Guyart

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.

Andrée Boucher

Clinical Investigator and Medical Director of the Équipe interprofessionnelle du cancer de la thyroïde

Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal (CHUM)

Pauline Marois

Premier of Québec (2012-2014) and Minister of Education (1996-1998)

Gouvernement du Québec

Sébastien Proulx

Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports (January 28, 2016, to October 18, 2018) and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region

Hélène David

Minister Responsible for Higher Education (February 22, 2016, to October 18, 2018) and for the Status of Women

Sylvie Barcelo

Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Education (July 2015 to August 2019)

Paul Gérin-Lajoie

Québec’s first Minister of Education and founder of the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie

Jacques Lacoursière

Popularizer of Québec history

Jean-Louis Baudouin

Law Professor (retired), Université de Montréal

Yvan Girouard

Teacher, École secondaire Les Etchemins, Centre de services scolaire des Navigateurs

Paul Grand’Maison

Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke

Claude Lessard

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, Université de Montréal

Félix Maltais

Founder, Mouvement éducatif Les Débrouillards

Marie McAndrew

Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, Université de Montréal

Guy Rocher

Professor, sociologist, member of the Parent Commission

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