René Villemure receives an Honorary Doctorate

An Honorary Doctorate for René Villemure



Montréal – On June 7, 2019, ethicist René Villemure was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Université du Québec, presented by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), for his remarkable contribution to society’s progress regarding ethics.

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“His public activities have sparked a conversation on ethics among the general public, gaining the interest of executives and political leaders as well as citizens,” says Daniel McMahon, Rector of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. “Ethics is a social issue today thanks to the efforts of René Villemure. […] For his remarkable contribution to social progress in placing ethics centre-stage in the public’s conscience on three continents, René Villemure is granted the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.”

“I am honoured to receive this tribute from UQTR, because although it is essential to think about ethics today, it will be even more so in the future, whether in health care, education, public and social affairs, diplomacy or the economy. Too often, we reduce ethics to prohibitions, sanctions and restrictions. On the contrary, I’ve always presented ethics as an art of coexistence intended to inspire a real and lasting ethical culture within companies and society,” says René Villemure.


About René Villemure 

Global luminary René Villemure is an ethicist, international lecturer and author. He is the first Canadian ethicist outside of academia to focus on the ethical management of public and private companies. He is currently the head of Ethikos, an Ethical Thinking consultancy. 

René Villemure is a philosophy graduate and a specialist in language analysis and in interpreting society. He has the ability to explain complex subjects while making them accessible to all. 

Over the years, he has worked with more than 850 organizations in North America, Europe and Africa as a strategist or lecturer. He has given more than 700 talks and trained more than 75,000 people. He has been teaching Ethical Governance at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés de l'Université Laval since 2009 and at the Directors College of McMaster University since 2018.


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