I have the honour to present Dr. Pierre Bois, President of the Medical Research Council of Canada.
Dr. Bois was born at Oka, Quebec. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from L'Universite Laval in 1948 and attended L'Universite de Montreal where he received his M.D. in 1953 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine in 1957 under Dr. Hans Selye. Following a year as a Fellow of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, Dr. Bois was named Assistant Professor in the Department of Histology and Embryology at the University of Ottawa. In 1960 he joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University in Montreal where he was Assistant and then Associate Professor until 1964, when he became Professor and Head of Anatomy, a position he held for six years prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty.
As an investigator Dr. Bois studied the endocrinology of stress and the function of mast cells and has contributed over a hundred publications to the scientific literature. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Bois served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at L'Universite de Montreal for eleven years. Under his leadership, research grew and the undergraduate medical curriculum underwent many changes. He presided over a difficult transitional period in Canadian Medicine and won the respect and admiration of students and faculty.
During his tenure as Dean, Dr. Bois provided national leadership through the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, the research community and many professional and Government appointments.
Since 1981 he has been President of the Medical Research Council of Canada where his leadership is evident in the Medical Research Council five-year plan and the growing financial support of Government.
Dr. Bois is both a scholar and leader of Canadian Medicine.
Madam Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate, that you confer upon Pierre Bois the Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa).