Friend of Education - 2009

Marcel Desautels C.M., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., C.A.E., F.C.I., LL.D
Chairman, Canadian Credit Management Foundation

Photo of Marcel Desautels, winner of the Friend of Education award 2009

Born in St. Boniface Manitoba, Dr. Marcel Desautels has undergraduate, graduate and honorary degrees from le Collège universitaire de Saint‐Boniface, the University of Manitoba and the University of Toronto.  He was appointed an Honorary Life member of the Manitoba Law Society in 2000.

After a successful private law practice in Winnipeg, he held senior positions in government and industry until 1970, when he became President and General Manager of Creditel of Canada Limited. In 1996, with the proceeds from the sale of Creditel, he established the Canadian Credit Management Foundation, with the purpose of funding innovative new programs at Canadian post-secondary schools. The Foundation's first $1 million gift was to the University of Manitoba. That was followed by a $5 million gift to the Manitoba Faculty of Law to establish the Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law, and a $1 million donation to le Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface.

Much more philanthropic support has followed – a total of $41 million to the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto which is now includes the Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking; $33 million to McGill University which resulted in the naming of the Desautels Faculty of Management and the Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrated Management at McGill; and $20 million to the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Music which also now carries his name.

Through the Foundation that he established Dr. Desautels has contributed over $110 million to CCAE member schools in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. In 2000 he received the prestigious Arbor Award for his voluntary service to the University of Toronto and in 2008 he was admitted as a member of the Order of Canada in the category of Philanthropy-Education.