Marc Jolicoeur has been involved with the Board of Governors since 1995 and has been Chair of the Board from 2003 until 2010. He was appointed Emeritus Governor in June 2010. He has held several significant positions within the University of Ottawa, including chair of the Executive Committee, vice-chair of the Board of Governors, chair of the Audit Committee, chair of the Foundation of the University of Ottawa, and a member of several committees including the selection committees for the president of the University and the deans of Common Law and Droit civil.
Mr. Jolicoeur earned two degrees from the University of Ottawa; a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1975 and an LLB in 1978. He joined the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (formerly known as Scott & Aylen) in 1978 as an articling student and returned as a lawyer after completing his Bar Admission Course in the spring of 1980. He became a partner in 1984. He was managing partner of the firm from 1995 to 1998 and is currently the National Leader of BLG's Corporate Commercial Group in the Ottawa office. Mr. Jolicoeur is also a member of the firm's National Council and its Ottawa office management committee.
His current area of practice is business law – focused in the corporate/commercial field servicing business corporations, financial institutions, crown corporations, public institutions and not-for-profit organizations. He is also regularly consulted in relation to corporate/commercial matters including contracts, governance, joint ventures, commercial transactions, reorganizations, financing, secured lending, insolvency matters and business restructuring.
Past and present teaching involvement includes senior instructor and seminar instructor in the Ottawa program of the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Upper Canada for over ten years; speaker at numerous conferences and continuing education programs on corporate and commercial law topics including the University's Advanced Business Law course.
Mr. Jolicoeur has a strong belief in business and community participation and during his professional career has been actively involved with over 20 institutions as members of their boards, steering committees, as well as in various other roles. He has been active in organizations such as theUniversity of Ottawa Heart Institute, the United Way, the National Association of University Board Chairs and Secretaries, the Council of Ontario Universities, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the Ottawa CivicHospital.
Mr. Jolicoeur has received many awards including an award recognizing his contribution to the community from Ronald McDonald House (2004), the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for contribution to the community (2003), the André Mailhot Award – United Way Canada’s highest award of merit (2002), and the Gordon F. Henderson Award from the County of Carleton Law Association in recognition of business and community involvement (2001).
The chairman of the Board of Governors presides at all Board meetings and is a member ex officio of all committees of the Board. The chairman is entitled to vote at all Board meetings and, in the event of a tie vote, has a second or casting vote.