Bernard Lamarre, ing. is this year’s recipient of the Beaubien Award, the highest recognition presented annually by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada (ACEC) for individual lifetime achievements and contributions to the engineering industry and to the Association.
As President of Lavalin Inc. from 1972 to 1991, and a member of the Board of Directors of SNC-Lavalin from 1992-1999, Mr. Lamarre has played a critical role in leading the Canadian consulting engineering industry into the international arena. Today, SNC-Lavalin is a recognized international leader and operates in markets around the world.
Mr. Lamarre is responsible for significant infrastructure developments in Montreal, including the Trans-Canada Highway in Montreal, the Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine tunnel and bridge, and the Charles J. DesDailets water treatment facility.
He has been recognized for his contributions to Canada and to engineering by a number of Canadian universities and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Queen’s University, Universit de Sherbrooke, Universit du Qubec, Universit de Montral, Concordia University, Waterloo University and Saint Francis Xavier. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Canadian Engineering Institute and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has received the highest honours presented by the Canadian Academy of Engineering, he is a past President of the Ordre des Ingnieurs du Qubec and is the recipient of a Gold Medal from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
He is an Officer in the Order of Canada and an Officer in the Ordre National du Qubec.
His longstanding commitment to ACEC and member organizations is exemplified by the dozens of Lavalin and SNC-Lavalin volunteers who have been actively involved in committees and boards of directors of the national and provincial associations across Canada.
Since his retirement from SNC-Lavalin in 1999, he has remained very active in public life. Today he is the Chairman of Groupe Bellechasse Sante Inc. He is also the Chairman of the Vieux Port de Montral and the President of the Muse des Beaux Arts in Montreal.
Mr. Bernard Lamarre is a man of passion, intelligence and conviction who is an excellent ambassador of our profession and our business. His many contributions to the world of the arts and public health also demonstrate his passion for life in general and his desire to see its improvement.