Consecration Day for graduates of the 66th Convocation of the UMCE

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Years of effort, perseverance and learning were honored Saturday at the occasion of the 66th Convocation of the University of Moncton, Edmundston campus.

Convened by Chancellor Jean-Claude Savoie, the ceremony marked the fifth and final graduation businessman the ranks of Saint-Quentin at the Edmundston campus. The benefactor was applauded enthusiastically by the people gathered in the Leo Poulin room of the City Youth A.-M.-Sormany filled to capacity. The University conferred an honorary degree in forestry at George Bouchard.

The Université de Moncton has awarded 90 diplomas and certificates, 64 for Graduates of Edmundston campus and 26 female students and graduating students who have completed their studies at the Moncton campus and who have chosen to receive their parchment their region of origin.

Diplomas and certificates were given to graduating students enrolled full-time and part-time in the following programs: masters degree in forest science, bachelor of individualized studies degree in forest management, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Nursing Science, bachelor of forestry science, bachelor of multidisciplinary arts, diploma preparatory program in health sciences, business administration degree, adult education certificate, certificate management, certificate in adult education and certificate in management of financial services.

The President and Vice-Chancellor Acting from the University of Moncton, Jacques Paul Couturier, presented awards of excellence to three graduate and a graduate who maintained the highest average in their curriculum or Jessica Raymond Saint-Jacques (bachelor of individualized studies), Dominic Jalbert, Edmundston (diploma of health sciences), Catherine Dumas, Saguenay, Quebec (bachelor of forest), Véronic Ringuette, Edmundston ( bachelor of nursing science).

The Gold Medal of the Canadian Institute of Forestry was awarded to Caroline Goulet of St-Pascal-Baylon, Ontario. This medal is awarded to one or a graduate of the School of Forestry recognized for its dynamism, throughout his studies in academic and civic areas.

Daisy Mercury, of Joliette, Quebec, was the spokesman of graduates. Bachelor of Nursing Science, she handed over a painting by artist George Perusse Jacques Paul Couturier in order to highlight the exceptional quality of his work and his commitment to the development of the Edmundston campus. Mr. Couturier was successively professor of history functions (1991-2004), dean of studies (from 2004 to 2013 and Vice-President (2013 to January 2018).

George Bouchard, honorary doctor
Dr. honor George Bouchard gave a speech that captured the attention of graduates.

“You are the leaders of tomorrow. To be a leader, you have to listen to people around you and teamwork. The more you work in a team, the more people with whom you Act according will trust you and that you will accomplish great things. And to be a true leader, it is important to take the best ideas from each, put them together and find a solution, “said Bouchard.

He also advised the graduates to show loyalty and integrity in their careers regardless of hierarchical rank and that they occupy.

In 1971, George Bouchard began his public service career as an auditor at the Department of National Revenue. He then became an economic development officer in the Department of Regional Economic Development, co-leader of the federal-provincial agreement on forests and member of the federal-provincial committee that will establish the system of industrial police in New Brunswick.

From 1974 to 1980, he became the first industrial commissioner for the Northwest region. Bouchard then actively worked on major issues for the region, the development of industrial parks and the airport of Saint-Léonard. After holding the general direction of Nadeau and Nadeau Furniture 1980 to 1983, he returned to public service in 1984 to become the first chief ombudsman of New Brunswick rents. In 1984, he became Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development.

In the 1970s, participating in several panel discussions on the study of forests leads to the adoption of a new Forest Act. He represented New Brunswick at the Maritime Lumber Bureau to federal negotiating table for the first two agreements lumber with the United States. He was also very involved in the issue of the establishment of the Research Institute on northern hardwoods, an innovative partnership with the forestry companies from the private sector, governments and the University of Moncton.

Since graduating from the University of Moncton (1971), Mr. Bouchard has maintained close ties with his alma mater remaining very active with the Alumni. It is also part of the Order of Regents and Regents. He served three years in the Governing Council and participated in the implementation of U of M Development inc., A project that led to the design and early development of a research campus and development projects of the University of Moncton.

In 2012, he received the Golden Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding contribution to the public service.

Submitted by the Office of Communication, Public Affairs and Marketing at the University of Moncton, Edmundston Campus.

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