Bell celebrates the life and legacy of telecommunications pioneer Jean de Grandpré

MONTREAL, August 3, 2022 /CNW/ – The Bell team mourns the loss of Jean de Grandpré, former CEO of Bell Canada and founder of BCE, who died last weekend at the age of 100. Mr. de Grandpré helped transform the telecommunications industry into Canadaand an important leader in the business community.

“I am saddened by the passing of Mr. de Grandpré who was a great role model and inspiration to me and to many of us in the telecommunications industry,” said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell. “On behalf of the entire Bell team, I offer our deepest condolences to family, friends and all those who had the great privilege of knowing him.

Joining Bell in 1966 as General Counsel, Mr. de Grandpré held increasingly senior positions within the company, becoming Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1976. and playing a key role in the creation of Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) in 1983. He guided Bell through a transformative period in its history that included the launch of mobile phone services, the introduction of fiber optic technology and the rise of personal computers.

Recognized for his mentorship of future Bell leaders, Mr. de Grandpré often said, “It’s the people who make the company”. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor Emeritus of McGill university, life member of the Canadian Bar Association and member of the Barreau du Québec. His biography, The Legacy of a Giant, was published in 2019.

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