Rector, Université de Montréal
Guy Breton became the eleventh rector of the Université de Montréal in June 2010 and, on February 24, 2014, he was granted a second mandate to begin in June 2015.
A radiologist by training, he has taught at the UdeM Faculty of Medicine since 1979. Dr. Breton has worked in both university administration and the healthcare sector. At UdeM, he has served as director of the Department of Radiology, Radio-Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, executive vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine and executive vice-rector of the university. At the same time, he held a variety of strategic and operational roles at Saint-Luc Hospital and the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). He played a decisive role in the CHUM project as vice-president of the Société d’implantation du CHUM (SICHUM) and director of planning for CHUM 2010. He was also behind the creation of several research funds sponsored by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ). Dr. Breton has also contributed to the collective development of his profession, in particular as chairman of the Association des radiologistes du Québec and the Canadian Heads of Academic Radiology.
In 2009, the French-Canadian Radiology Society (SCFR) awarded Guy Breton the Albert-Jutras Prize for his remarkable career in the hospital and university sectors. The same organization acknowledged his exemplary work by naming him SCFR Personality of the Year for 2011. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and one from the Université des Technologies de Compiègne. The same year, he was also made “CUPL Honorary Professor” by the China University of Political science and Law (CUPL), and was named Chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. Dr. Breton sits on the boards of directors of many organizations. He has been a member of the Order of Canada since 2014.