We are proud to announce that the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa is the recipient of a $250,000 major gift from alumnus Louis Gagnon, President, Service and Distribution at Intact Financial Corp.

The donation will go towards the establishment of the Louis Gagnon Executive Pedagogical Innovation Fund. The announcement was made at the Executive MBA Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting, where Mr. Gagnon was the guest keynote speaker.

"We are very grateful to Mr. Gagnon for his generous gift," stated François Julien, Dean of the Telfer School. "This investment will allow us to align ourselves with the ever changing learning modes of executive education and to transform how we learn – one of the 5 priorities we have set for our fundraising campaign".

The new fund will financially support the transformation and innovation of the Telfer School of Management’s executive program structures, content and delivery to be aligned with evolving learning modes. This includes researching, creating and implementing alternate, flexible and adaptable content and delivery methods, as well as creating or commissioning integrative cases that would be used across more than one course.

 “The Executive MBA program has been a turning point in my career", said Louis Gagnon. “From the math prep course to the Organizational Behaviour courses and the summer consulting project, the experience prepared me to seize opportunities that I did not know existed and propel my career forward. With this donation, I’m pleased to support others in realising their own ambitions.” Focusing on pedagogical innovation will help transform learning inside and outside the classroom, with an eye to accelerating the career progression of our graduates.

The other priorities of the Telfer School’s fundraising campaign are: investing in globalisation, generating new knowledge, fostering experiential learning, and supporting scholarships and strategic initiatives.

After working several years in banking and consulting, Mr. Gagnon began his insurance career in 1992.

Before his current role, Mr. Gagnon was President and Chief Operating Officer of Intact Financial Corporation for two years. He was also President of Intact Insurance from 2008 to 2011. He joined Intact Insurance as Senior Vice-President, Québec Division in January 2007. Before joining the company, he was heading a brokerage firm, with offices in Québec and Ontario, and was active within the provincial and national brokers’ associations.

Mr. Gagnon is a past President of the Regroupement des cabinets de courtage d'assurance du Québec (RCCAQ) and Director of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. In addition to his Executive MBA from the Telfer School, Mr. Gagnon earned a B.A. in Economic Science from the Université de Montréal.