During his career at BCE, Jean de Grandpré transformed this telecommunications company.
Jean de Grandpré, an influential figure in the telecommunications industry who transformed Bell Canada, died last Sunday at the age of 100.
Born in Montreal in 1921, Jean de Grandpré obtained his bachelor's degree in civil law at McGill University.
After having distinguished himself as a lawyer in the private sector and as counsel to the Royal Commission on Radio and Television, he joined Bell Canada in 1966.
Hired at title of Chief Legal Officer, he quickly rose through the ranks of the company, to the point of becoming its President and Chief Executive Officer. direction ten years later, in 1976.
He founded the conglomerate BCE in 1983, allowing the telephone company to establish itself in telecommunications equipment .
Director of several companies, Jean de Grandpré was also Chancellor of McGill University, his alma mater, from 1984 to 1991.
Mr. de Grandpré's commitment and contributions earned him the appointment of a Companion of the Order of Canada and Commander of the Order of Montreal.