Vivre c'est choisir: A woman in public life


Year 2000 Muriel V. Roscoe Lecture: The Honourable Lise Thibault Lieutenant Governor of Quebec

Monday, November 6, 2000 at 5:15 pm
Room 232, Stephen Leacock Building
(Lower campus of McGill University, access via McTavish and Dr. Penfield Streets)
Admission is free

Lise Thibault was sworn in as the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Québec in January 1997, the first woman to ever hold the office. Born in Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan on April 2, 1939, she studied at the teachers’ college, École normale de Saint-Jérôme. Lise Thibault taught for the adult education department of the Milles-Îles and Des Écores school boards before becoming a television host for social and family oriented programs on the Télé-Métropole and Radio-Canada (television) networks.

Lise Thibault first became involved in public affairs in Québec in 1977 as a member of the commission established by the Québec Department of Education to oversee the language of instruction, and as the Provincial President of Canada Day Celebrations. Later she became Vice-President for Relations with Beneficiaries at the Québec Occupational Health and Safety Commission and President and Director General of the Québec Bureau for the Handicapped. During the same period, Lise Thibault sat on various boards of directors, including those of the Quebec Rental Board and the Canadian Red Cross.

Lise Thibault has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Concordia University and the Edouard-Montpetit Medal from Université de Montréal’s Edouard Montpetit Foundation.

Lise and René Thibault have two children and six grandchildren.

The Muriel V. Roscoe Lecture Series

Named after Dr. Muriel V. Roscoe - a professor of Botany at McGill University and Warden of Royal Victoria College (1940-1962) - the Roscoe lecture is presented this year by the McGill Women’s Alumnae Association, the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women and the Royal Victoria Centennial Committee.

RVC Centennial

At the end of her talk, the Honourable Lise Thibault will give an honorary certificate to Ms. Florence Tracy, Warden of Royal Victoria College and Director of Residences and Student Housing, to mark the RVC’s 100th anniversary at the end of its year long celebration.