Class of 2012
Pierre H. Lessard is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Metro Inc., one of the largest food retailer and distributor in Canada. He has spent more than 40 years of his professional career in the food industry, fi rst with Provigo Inc. where he was President and COO from 1976 to 1985, and then with Metro Inc. where he served as President and CEO from 1990 to 2008.
Under Mr. Lessard’s leadership, Metro grew to become the market leader in the province of Québec and successfully expanded outside the province through strategic acquisitions. This outstanding performance and long-term track record rewarded the shareholders of the company with unparalleled value creation.
Today, with over 65,000 employees, Metro Inc. operates in Québec and Ontario over 600 food stores and over 250 drugstores.
Through Metro and on his own initiative, Mr. Lessard has assumed a highly active role in the community. Known for building better, stronger communities, Metro lends its network of stores to many an effort and charitable campaigns. Mr. Lessard is personally involved in various art, education and health organizations.
Mr. Lessard is currently a director of Metro Inc., TD Bank Financial Group, and SNC Lavalin Group Inc. He received a Bachelor and a Master degree from université Laval, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant.