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Robert Letendre

Letendre, Robert

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Robert Letendre has graduated in philosophy (MA-71) and in psychology (BSc-73).

At the end of his university studies, he joined the Department of External Affairs in 1973. After serving the head of the United States, Consular Affairs and French Africa, he was appointed in Paris as third secretary and chief of staff of Ambassador Gérard Pelletier. Candidate in the federal election of May 1979, he was defeated and soon joined the cabinet of the Minister of Federal-Provincial Relations, the Honorable Bill Jarvis. In the summer of 2001, he was assigned to Kinshasa in the DRC as first secretary and consul. Returning to Canada in 1983, he became, in Septembre 1984, Director of the Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Monique Vézina. He accompanies her in his various ministerial positions until December 1988.

He then left the federal government to join the public service of the City of Montreal, first as an advisor to international affairs and then as a government relations officer. During this period he became a member of the corporation of the Center for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), then a member of the Board of Directors. He became President in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he was Director of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal and Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Pierre Bourque.


On leave from the City of Montreal, he was General Manager of Development and Peace (Caritas Canada) from May 2001 to April 2004. He returned to the Ville de Montréal public service to become Director of External Relations from 2004 to 2007 and then he retired. He has served on several boards, including the Biosphere Foundation, CORIM and the Greater Montreal Chapter of the United Nations Association of Canada. He has been a member of GREDIC since February 2016.

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