Claude Lajeunesse

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Claude Lajeunenesse
President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University
In office
Preceded by Terry Grier
Succeeded by Sheldon Levy
President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University
In office
August 1, 2005 – October 31, 2007
Preceded by Frederick Lowy
Succeeded by Michael Di Grappa (interim)
Personal details
Born 1941
Quebec, Quebec
Spouse(s) Nicole Lajeunesse
Children Marc, France, Pascale, Francois, Christine and Nathalie
Alma mater École polytechnique de Montréal, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Claude Lajeunesse (born 1941) is a Canadian who is the president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, appointed to that post on Nov. 30, 2007.[1]

He is the former President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University.


Claude Lajeunesse was born in Quebec City, received a Master of Science degree in 1967 in Nuclear Engineering and a PhD in 1969. He is a member of the boards of TD Meloche Monnex, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, the Montreal Board of Trade, and the Canadian Liver Foundation, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

From 1995 until August 2005, Lajeunesse was President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University. Prior to his appointment as President of Ryerson University, he was CEO of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. He was appointed to serve a 5-year term as the president and vice-chancellor of Concordia University in Montreal beginning August 1, 2005, however, due to conflicts with the Concordia Board of Governors he left that post on October 31, 2007.[2]

Criticism and public perception[edit]

Lajeunesse has been criticized for "corporatization"[3] of the universities he has headed by emphasizing part-time labor, raising tuition fees,[4] and union busting.[5]

At both Ryerson and Concordia, Lajeunesse made the controversial first step of giving himself a 50% pay raise, and increases of 20-50% for his immediate entourage.[6] Lajeunesse defended his actions stating that the pay increase brought parity with other universities in Canada. Unions were critical of the move, however, as their membership had gone without wage increases for 5 years and the university's offer of a 2.5% increase did not address parity or even the cost of living increase.[3] Union members were also required to give up job security while Lajeunesse and the administration retained theirs.



  1. ^ Aerospace Association appoints new CEO Archived June 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ News@Concordia: Claude Lajeunesse steps down as President of Concordia University Archived September 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Curran, Peggy (April 16, 2007), "Concordia Incorporated", The Montreal Gazette, archived from the original on October 26, 2012 
  4. ^ Valiante, Giuseppe, Lajeunesse says students agree to increased tuition, archived from the original on February 23, 2007 
  5. ^ Curran, Peggy (February 15, 2007), "Union protests against $35,000 stipend", The Montreal Gazette 
  6. ^ Don, McHoull (August 14, 2006), Raking it in, archived from the original on 2007-09-27 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Terry Grier
President and Vice-Chancellor of Ryerson University
Succeeded by
Sheldon Levy
Preceded by
Frederick Lowy
President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University
Succeeded by
Judith Woodsworth
Preceded by
Peter Boag
President and Chief Executive Office, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
Nov. 30, 2007
Succeeded by