Nomination Date: 22/01/2019
A Franco-Ontarian born in the Sudbury area, Robert Coutu is the father of two children. Holder of an MBA at UQAM and an EMBA at the University of Paris-Dauphine, he pursued a career in the private sector for more than 30 years. Mayor of the City of Montreal-Est since 2009, he was also a city councillor from 2005. With energy and dedication he was able to redress a critical economic, environmental and social situation at the time of his accession to the head of the City. Robert Coutu has worked extensively on the economic recovery of the City of Montreal East despite the conversion of the Shell refinery. He is behind the creation of the East Montreal Development Committee (CDEM) and has been involved in various committees of the city and the standing committees of the city of Montreal as Vice-President. He is also involved at the executive level of the Association of Related Cities of the Island of Montreal.