“Robert Papineau was and will forever be an inspiring model for all those who crossed his path and it was quite natural for us at the OIQ to pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to the profession by awarding him our highest distinction," declared Maud Cohen, Eng., President of the OIQ.
An exceptional university manager, Robert Papineau dedicated his career to training engineers and greatly influenced the development of engineering education and research. From 1988 to 2002, he brilliantly led the École de technologie supérieure ("ÉTS”), making it a key player in the education of Québec engineers. From 2002 until his retirement in 2007, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the École Polytechnique de Montréal, where he, among other things, completely revamped all of its bachelor programs. Very respected in his field and a recipient of many awards, Robert Papineau was a member of many academic and professional associations. This cherished man, who considered social commitment a fundamental value, left us on March 23, 2011.
The Grand Prix d’excellence of the OIQ has been awarded every year since 1991 in order to pay tribute to outstanding professional practice by a Québec engineer. This year’s recipient, who is an example to the profession, is not only known and recognized for his teaching, but also for his research and participation in professional organizations.
Through its policy on rewarding professional excellence, the OIQ seeks to recognize the achievements of engineers whose careers offer an example of how the values of competence, responsibility, ethics, and social commitment can be fulfilled in the profession. This award also takes into account the recipient’s leadership, know-how and self-management skills.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of more than 60,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest engineering.
The mission of the OIQ is to ensure the protection of the public by supervising the practice of the profession within the framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the profession serves the public interest.