The Faculty of Arts recently welcomed a new Director of Administration, Richard Courtois. Appointed in December 2018, Richard joins the Office of the Dean to oversee the business administration of the Faculty’s core operational areas, including Financial Services, HR, IT, Business Development, Communications, and Operations and Services.
Richard has worked in various industries and holds over 25 years of experience. He is recognized as an expert advisor and coach, as well as for his leadership. He first joined the University in 2007 as HR Manager in Facilities Management and Ancillary Services where he provided support in all areas of HR and guided management on decisions relating to HR. In 2015, he was appointed as HR Manager with the Office of Student Life and Learning (SLL) where he led the strategic development of the unit. Richard has experience as a course lecturer in the School of Continuing Studies where he has taught a course on compensation and rewards since 2008. Prior to joining McGill, Richard worked for ING CANADA, Université de Montréal, Pfizer Canada, Boutique JACOB, Bombardier Aerospace, Axcan Pharma and Jean Coutu. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from Université Laval and an MBA from UQAM. He is also a member of the Quebec CHRP and World at Work.
During his time at McGill, Richard has gained a deep understanding of the diverse aspects of University life. In his new role as Director of Administration, his main priority will be to facilitate the work of all administrative positions within the Faculty, ensuring the successful delivery of our academic objectives. He plans to work collaboratively with all units in the Faculty: “I hope to spend most of my time meeting and exchanging with members of the Arts Community,” he says. “I want to get to know the people in each area and understand their day-to-day.”
As the Faculty of Arts looks toward the future and moves forward with many ambitious projects, Richard will be a tremendous contributor to our continued success.