CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy



Meet the Chairholder


Dr. Leblond is an expert on international economic relations as well as economic policy and governance. He has published extensively on financial and monetary integration, banking regulation, international trade and business-government relations. He has been visiting professor at the World Trade Institute (Bern, Switzerland) and the University of Barcelona (IELPO LL.M.). He has also been visiting researcher at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), the Institute for Research on Public Policy (Montreal, Canada) and the University of Lund (Sweden). Prior to moving to Ottawa, he taught international business at HEC Montréal and was director of the Réseau économie internationale (REI) at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CERIUM).

Before embarking on his academic career, he worked in accounting and auditing for Ernst & Young as well as in corporate finance and strategy consulting for Arthur Andersen & Co. and SECOR Consulting. Dr. Leblond holds degrees from Columbia University (Ph.D.), Cambridge University (M.Phil.), Lund University (M.B.A.) and HEC Montréal (B.B.A.). He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).


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About the donors

The chair’s research continues with the generous support of Canadian National and Paul M. Tellier.

Canadian National is one of the world's leading providers of integrated transportation services, covering rail, trucking, freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution. CN is the largest railway system in Canada, as well as the only transcontinental network in North America, controlling more than 30,000 km of railways that connect the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. The company serves close to 75% of the U.S. population and all major Canadian population centres.

Paul M. Tellier was President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Bombardier Inc. in 2003 and 2004. Prior to this, Mr. Tellier was President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), a position he held for 10 years. From August 1985 until he took up his post at CN in 1992, Mr. Tellier was Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet of the Government of Canada, the top public servant in the country.

Mr. Tellier has received many honours and awards including Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year, 1998. Canada’s Most Respected CEO, KPMG/Ipsos-Reid Survey, 2003, was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2010, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Tellier was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada in 1993. Mr. Tellier received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Alberta, McGill, New-Brunswick, Ottawa and St. Mary’s (Halifax).
Mr. Tellier has served in many positions in the public sector, including Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1979 and Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources in 1982. He is a graduate of the universities of Ottawa and Oxford, England, and was admitted to the Québec Bar in1963.

Mr. Tellier was a former Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited, Alcan, Bell Canada, BCE, Manulife, McCain Foods, Petro Canada, SNC Lavalin. Mr. Tellier was Chairman of Global Container Terminals. He is currently Director of GM Advisory Board, Harnois Énergies.

Mr. Tellier was for 5 years Strategic Advisor for Canada to Société Générale, a global French bank. He served for six years as a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Board in London. 

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