Presidents and CEO biographies
President & CEO since 2010
Dr. Bernard Leduc obtained his degree in medicine (M.D.) from the Université de Montréal in 1981 and an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Queen’s University in 2009. He practised family medicine in Val d’Or, Abitibi and at the Centre hospitalier des Vallées de l’Outaouais (CHVO) hospital in Gatineau before being appointed as chief of staff at Hôpital Montfort from 2004 to 2009. In 2004 Dr. Leduc won the Irwin Bean Award in recognition of the individual who achieved the highest standing among practice-eligible candidates in the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s certification examination. In 2010 he received the Ralph E. Giffin Award for his contribution to the Queen’s Executive MBA Ottawa Master’s Program. He was also co-recipient of the 2006-07 Teacher of the Year award for Hôpital Montfort Family Medicine Program. Dr. Bernard Leduc has been President & CEO of Hôpital Montfort since 2010. In addition, he has been Chair of the Provincial Leadership Council for French Language Health Services of the Ontario Hospital Association and Chair of Board of Trustees of the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) since 2012. He is also a surveyor for Accreditation Canada.
Executive Director from 1986 to 1997 and President & CEO from 1997 to 2009
Gérald Savoie was born in New Brunswick. He attended elementary and secondary school in his home province. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry (B.Sc., 1974) and a Master’s in Hospital Administration (M. Adm. Hosp., 1977) from the University of Ottawa. He received the Robert Wood Johnson Award for the student most likely to make a significant contribution to advancing hospital care. Gérald Savoie worked as manager at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital and St-Joseph Hospital in Campbellton, New Brunswick. He was a manager at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa, and later became director of planning (programming) for the Conseil régional de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais. He served as Executive Director of Hôpital Montfort from 1986 to 1997 and was its President & CEO from 1997 to 2009. In tandem with his administrative work, Gérald Savoie taught courses in hospital management under the management science master’s program for many years at the University of Ottawa (1980s and early 1990s). In 2005 he received the Order of La pléiade at the Knight’s level; he was promoted to the level of officer of the same order in 2010. The University of Ottawa bestowed an honorary doctorate on him in 2006. He received the 2006 Ontario Francophonie Award, the Trudeau medal from the University of Ottawa’s School of Management in 2008, and was appointed honorary lifetime member of the French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario (FLHSNEO) in 2009. Gérald Savoie retired in November 2009. Over 350 people paid him tribute at a banquet held at the Lac Leamy Hilton, organized by Hôpital Montfort Foundation.
Executive Director from 1968 to 1986
Guy D’Amours was born in Quebec City on January 6, 1931. He completed his classical studies at the Séminaire de Québec and received his Baccalaureate (B.A.) from the Université Laval in 1952. He obtained a licence in biology and completed a year of pre-med at Université Laval before undertaking two years of medical studies (1953-1954) at the University of Ottawa. After several years in the workforce, he completed his master’s degree in hospital administration (M.H.A., 1963) at the Institut supérieur d’administration hospitalière of the Université de Montréal and a residency year at the Ottawa Civic Hospital before submitting a thesis on inhalotherapy. At the end of his studies, he won the Robert Wood Johnson Award for the student with the greatest potential for outstanding achievement as a future hospital administrator.
From 1964 to 1968 he managed various programs as Assistant Director of the Ottawa General Hospital while teaching part time for four years at the University of Ottawa’s School of Hospital Administration. He was appointed Executive Director of Hôpital Montfort in 1968, a position he held for 18 years, until 1986. After a year of rest, Guy D’Amours began a freelance career in medical translation with his wife, and remained active in the field until the early 2000s.
A fellow du Canadian College of Health Service Executives and its U.S. equivalent (the American College of Healthcare Executives), Mr. D’Amours was a member of various Ontario Hospital Association committees in the 1970s and 1980s.
In his youth, he was an active member of the Young Catholic Workers (Y.C.W.) and in his retirement years, he and his wife became involved in the Canadian Francophone Cursillos movement in the Gatineau diocese.
He married Nicole Éthier and had three children and eight grandchildren.
Mr. D'Amours passed away on December 21, 2015 at the age of 84 years old.