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July 29, 2021 – William Robson, CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the re-appointment of Pierre Lortie as a Senior Fellow.

“His achievements in business and handling of many complex policy files make Pierre an authoritative voice, and the C.D. Howe Institute has benefited from his insights on issues such as capital markets and entrepreneurial finance,” said Robson. “We’re extremely pleased to continue collaborating with him.”

"The breadth and quality of the C.D. Howe Institute's in-depth and evidence-based analyses make the Institute an indispensable source of policy advice on critical economic, financial and social issues in Canada,” said Lortie. “The Institute ranks among the top independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organizations in North America."

Pierre Lortie is a Senior Business Advisor at Dentons Canada LLP. He is also a Director of ECN Capital Corp.

Lortie has held senior executive positions at Bombardier including, President and COO of Bombardier Transportation; President and COO of Bombardier Capital; President and COO of Bombardier International; and President of Bombardier Aerospace, Regional Aircraft.  He has been Chairman, President and CEO of Provigo Inc.; President and CEO of the Montréal Stock Exchange and a Senior Partner of SECOR Inc.

Lortie holds a number of directorships, including at the Research Center of the McGill University Health Center; the Montreal Cancer Institute; and the Marine Biotechnology Research Center. He is Chairman of the Schmeelk Canada Foundation and President of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

He also served as Governor of the Council of Canadian Academies, President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and as member of the Asia Pacific Foundation Taskforce on Regional Architecture.

Lortie has also held several government appointments. He served as Chairman of Canada’s Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing. He was a representative of the Prime Minister of Canada on the APEC Business Advisory Council from 1999 to 2003 and served as a member of the Panel of Advisors of the China Development Research Foundation of China’s State Council.  In the technology field, he served as Vice Chairman of Canada’s National Advisory Board on Science and Technology and as Chairman of the Centre for Information Technology Innovation.

He received an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago, a license in applied economics from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and a Bachelor’s degree in applied sciences (engineering physics) from Université Laval. He was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa in civil law from Bishop’s University. He received his certification from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. He was appointed Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 1988.

Lortie was appointed member of the Order of Canada in 2001.

For more information please contact: C.D. Howe Institute at 416-865-1904; email: media@cdhowe.org.

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