Montreal, le June 7, 2012 – The Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Luce Samoisette, Rector of University de Sherbrooke, as Chair of the Board of Directors for a two-year term.
As Chair, Ms. Samoisette will work to promote first-class university teaching and a top-notch research system, two keys to growth and economic, social and cultural development.
“I would like to thank Denis Brière, Rector of Université Laval, for his valuable contribution as Chair for the last two years. In order to meet the many challenges we face currently, CREPUQ intends to work closely with all education partners to ensure the highest quality education, ongoing research development and access to university,” said Ms. Samoisette.
“Luce Samoisette’s knowledge, skills and expertise will help CREPUQ fulfil its mission to promote university education and research, to the greatest benefit of university students and Quebec society as a whole,” added Daniel Zizian, Director General of CREPUQ.
Further to a number of appointments, the CREPUQ Executive Committee is now composed of the following members:
Luce Samoisette, Rector, Université de Sherbrooke, Chair of the Board of Directors
Guy Breton, Rector, Université de Montréal, Senior Vice-President
Sylvie Beauchamp, President, Université du Québec, Vice-President
Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Bishop’s University, Vice-President
Michel Patry, Director, HEC Montréal, Secretary-Treasurer
Johanne Jean, Rector, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Daniel Zizian, Director General, CREPUQ
Luce Samoisette – biographical notes
Luce Samoisette, Rector of Université de Sherbrooke since 2009, hails from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. After CEGEP, she attended Université de Sherbrooke, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in law in 1981, a degree in notarial law in 1982, and a master’s degree in taxation in 1985. With a scholarship from the Chambre des notaires du Québec, she continued her education at the University of Toronto, graduating with a master’s degree in law in 1993.
That same year, Ms. Samoisette began teaching tax law in the Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law and was soon invited to become involved in management. In 1996, she became the faculty’s Vice-Dean for Teaching, and in 1998, she was appointed Secretary-General of the university. From 2001 to 2007, she served as Associate Rector and Vice-Rector, Administration.
Over the course of her career, she has published numerous works on personal income tax, tax planning for families and family businesses, estate planning and trusts. She has also written a book on taxation for legal experts and students. In 2010, the Chambre des notaires du Québec recognized her extraordinary contribution to the profession by awarding her its Medal of Honour. That year, she also received an honorary doctorate from the Institut national des sciences appliquées in Lyon, France, in recognition for her determining role in promoting academic and scientific exchanges between France and Quebec. In 2011, she received another honorary doctorate, from Université Montpellier 1.
CREPUQ includes all 18 Quebec universities. The organization acts as their voice in relations with government and milieus concerned with university education and research. It also fosters coordination and collaboration between universities, is a research centre for university administrations, acts as a centre for coordination and joint service delivery, and is a resource centre and think tank for its members.
Chantal Pouliot, Director of Communications
Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities
514 288-8524, ext. 244