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Claude Lajeunesse
Canadian academic administrator

Claude Lajeunesse

Claude Lajeunesse
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Intro Canadian academic administrator
Is Academic Academic administrator
From Canada
Field Education
Gender male
Birth 1941, Quebec City, Canada
Age 82 years
Polytechnique Montréal
Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada  
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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.

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.

Criticism and public perception

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

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. 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. Union members were also required to give up job security while Lajeunesse and the administration retained theirs.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 18 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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