Class of 2010
Paul M. Tellier is a Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Ltd., BCE and Bell Canada, GM Canada, McCain Foods. He is Chairman of Global Container Terminals and a Trustee of International Accounting Standards Foundation (UK). He is also Strategic Advisor to Société Générale, a global bank headquartered in France. Mr. Tellier is co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service and is a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan.
Mr. Tellier was President, CEO and Director of Bombardier Inc., as well as holding the position of President, CEO and a Director of the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) for 10 years. For 7 years Mr. Tellier was Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet of the Government of Canada, the top public servant in the country. Mr. Tellier has served in many positions in the public sector, including Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1979 and as Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources in 1982.
He is a graduate of the universities of Ottawa and Oxford, England and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1963. Mr. Tellier was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada in 1993. Mr. Tellier has received many honorary degrees including Doctorate of Law and Honorary Doctorate from McGill University; Doctorate in Science from the University of New Brunswick; Doctorate of Commerce from the University of St. Mary’s, Halifax; Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa; and Doctorate of Law from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Tellier has won numerous awards over the course of his career including Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year, 1998; Canada’s Most Respected CEO - KPMG/Ipsos-Reid Survey, 2003; Governor General’s Outstanding Achievement Award, 1990; and Public Policy Forum Outstanding Performance Award, 1988.