J.V. Raymond CYR

J.V. Raymond CYR

1991 Economic Economic

As a young engineer fresh from the École Polytechnique of the Université de Montréal, J. V. Raymond Cyr had no idea he would rise to the highest of management positions. At 24, he was simply a Montrealer with the scientific training of a young engineer. His rise followed a long path marked by ingenuity, an innate sense of business and organization, sustained effort, growing experience and a boundless sense of ever broadening vision. Throughout Raymond Cyr's career, work and training have been blended with increasing responsibility.

In 1962, he embarked upon a two-year program at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey to perfect his training as an operating engineer. Named chief engineer at Bell Canada in Québec City in 1970, he undertook a one-year session at the National Defence College at Kingston in 1972. Promoted to Vice President in 1973, he became executive Vice President two years later. He was named President of Bell Canada in 1983, taking on the responsibility of Chief Executive Officer in 1984 and became Chairman of the Board in 1985. On January 1, 1987, he was appointed President of BCE Inc., the holding company for the Bell empire since 1983. In May 1988, he also became Chief Executive Officer and, in August 1989, Chairman of the Board. With a strong commitment to research and development, Mr. Cyr played a key role in the expansion of Bell Northern Research, the BCE subsidiary which is Canada's largest private R&D organization. Winner of the Prix des communications du Québec in 1990 in the Communications and Technology category, Mr. Cyr has had a significant influence on the development of telecommunications in Canada.

Chairman of the Board of the Centre d'initiative technologique de Montréal (CITEC), of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., of the Associated Governors of the Université de Montréal, and of Junior Achievement of Canada, Mr. Cyr also is a member of the boards of many important Canadian companies. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and an active member of a number of professional, government and educational organizations. His exceptional efforts earned him the Gold Medal of the Canadian engineering community, the Ordre du Mérite des Diplômés of the Université de Montréal and an honorary law degree from Concordia University.