On October 21, 2021, McGill conferred an honorary doctorate upon Claire Bolduc, a passionate advocate for rural affairs, agriculture and agronomy in Quebec. The honorary doctorate is McGill University’s highest honour, given in recognition of highly talented and engaged individuals who serve as an inspiration for our community of students, professors, researchers and staff.
As vice-president and president of the Ordre des agronomes du Québec, only the third woman in 80 years to hold that position, she ensured that the public’s health and wellbeing were protected by guaranteeing the excellence of agronomic services and the safety of the food supply chain. This was followed by her appointment as Regional Director of the Control Centre for the Ministry of the Environment of Quebec. In this position, Ms. Bolduc was responsible for the environmental activities in the region of Abitibi-Temiscamingue and northern Quebec, including the mining activities in Nunavik and the environmental impact of hydroelectric projects in Eastmain and Rupert, Quebec. From 2008 to 2016, she served as President of Solidarité Rurale du Québec (SRQ), an organization dedicated to promoting the revitalization and development of rural areas.
For the full list of honorees, read the article in The Reporter.