Michel Bélanger 1929-1997

1979 Economic Economic

In the 1960s, Michel Bélanger built a career in the federal public service and later as an advisor and deputy minister in various Government of Québec departments. He was an economic advisor to René Lévesque on the nationalization of electricity in Québec, when Lévesque was Minister of Natural Resources (1961-66). He was an important actor in what is known as Québec’s Quiet Revolution.

In 1973, he was the first Francophone to become president of the Montréal Stock Exchange. From 1976 to 1979, he was president of the Provincial Bank of Canada and would play a decisive role in its merger with the Banque canadienne nationale. From 1979 to 1990, he was president and CEO of the National Bank of Canada, created from the merger of the former two banks.

Michel Bélanger was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976 and was named a Great Montrealer in 1979.