Entrepreneur and philanthropist Frantz Saintellemy is named Chancellor of Université de Montréal

Frantz Saintellemy

Frantz Saintellemy

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UdeM’s new Chancellor, entrepreneur Frantz Saintellemy, wants to reach out to young people.

Frantz Saintellemy has been appointed Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Université de Montréal. His begins today, October 1, and will end in May 2025.. He succeeds Louis Roquet, who has occupied the position since 2018. Mr. Saintellemy, a member of the university’s Board of Directors for the past four years, is a multipreneur with a number of IT innovations and patents to his credit, as well as a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. He is President and Chief Operating Officer of LeddarTech Inc., and co-founder and chair of Groupe 3737, an innovation hub and promoter of minority entrepreneurship in Montréal's Saint-Michel neighbourhood.

An inspirational journey

Frantz Saintellemy emigrated to Quebec from Haiti at the age of 8. After completing his cégep studies here, he left Quebec to pursue university studies in electrical engineering and innovation in Boston at Northeastern University and then MIT. It was there that he embarked on an international career in microprocessors and software. He later completed a joint McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA.

In 2012, he returned to Quebec and co-founded, with wife Vickie Joseph, Groupe 3737, an innovation hub dedicated to supporting minority entrepreneurs. To date, Groupe 3737’s mentoring and entrepreneurship support programs have helped 100 businesses develop and 1000 entrepreneurs realize their vision.

Frantz Saintellemy in a nutshell

  • An engaged, influential businessman with an international career in microprocessors, artificial intelligence and information technology.
  • A first-generation university graduate who believes education and sport can be springboards for everyone.
  • Believes education and academe are the most powerful levers for social evolution.


"This appointment is a tremendous honour for me. If, in the coming years, my presence as Chancellor of this great French-speaking university, Université de Montréal, helps inspire young people to persevere and pursue higher education, not only will the honour be all the greater, but I will have accomplished my mission as Chancellor.”

                   - Frantz Saintellemy, 14th Chancellor of Université de Montréal

About Université de Montréal

With its two affiliated schools – Polytechnique Montréal (engineering) and HEC Montréal (business) – Université de Montréal is one of the world's top universities, ranked 73rd by Times Higher Education. Founded in 1878, UdeM today has over 70,000 students and 2,300 professors, making it one of the largest universities in Canada. Its students are drawn to its deep roots in cosmopolitan Montreal and its tenacious dedication to its international mission. umontreal.ca/en

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