Charles Albert Poissant – 2008 recipient

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Charles Albert Poissant, FCA †

2008 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient

A chartered accountant since 1953, Charles Albert Poissant started his career as a CA student with Middleton, Hope & Co, known today as KPMG. He became senior partner for Quebec, and then for Canada. Later in the 1950s, he became a consultant to Pierre Péladeau and together they built the Quebecor empire. As a professional in an accounting firm, Mr. Poissant would become an important ally in the growth and development of this industry giant.

In 1987 at the age of 62, Mr. Poissant left KPMG to head Donohue Inc., a company that had recently been privatized by the Quebec government and acquired by Quebecor thanks to his negotiating skills. Thirteen years later, this same company would be resold to Abitibi-Paper for $920 million.

In 1996, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada for his significant contribution to the country and to the betterment of humanity. In awarding him this most prestigious honorary distinction, the Government of Canada recognized his like’s work. In 1999, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Concordia University. Despite being a savvy businessman, Mr. Poissant has always been very generous and loyal towards the community and his profession. For example, he made an exceptional contribution of $500,000 for the Charles-Albert Poissant Chair at UQAM as well as a $225,000 contribution for an eponymous chair at the Université de Montréal. He also left his mark on the affairs of the profession when he served as Chair of the Order (1984-1985). An accomplished author, he has published several books, including the highly popular Réussir – Programmer son succès, his most recent effort.