Pierre Karl Péladeau
After serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor from 1999 to 2013, Pierre Karl Péladeau returned to that position on February 16, 2017 and also became President and CEO of Quebecor Sports and Entertainment Group.
At a young age, Pierre Karl Péladeau showed a keen interest in business and in Quebecor, the company founded by his father in 1965. He took the helm of Quebecor subsidiaries starting in 1985 and oversaw a series of acquisitions that would play a decisive role in the future of the family business. In 2000, as President and CEO of Quebecor, he initiated a decisive change in course, the acquisition of Videotron Group and TVA, making Quebecor a major player in the new economy in Canada.
In 2014, Pierre Karl Péladeau left the corporate world to enter politics. He ran as the Parti Québécois candidate in Saint-Jérôme riding and was elected to Québec’s National Assembly in April 2014. He became the party’s leader on May 15, 2015 and served as Leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly until May 2, 2016.
Pierre Karl Péladeau has chaired numerous boards of directors, including LA LA LA Human Steps (1994-2004), the Fondation de l'entrepreneurship (2011-2014), Hydro-Québec (2013-2014) and Quebecor Media (2013-2014). He has also been a member of the board of directors of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (2007-2010) and the Fondation Lionel-Groulx (2012-2014). In line with his longstanding commitment to preserving and promoting Québec culture, in 2008 he launched Éléphant: The memory of Québec cinema, a major philanthropic project dedicated to digitizing, restoring and making accessible Québec’s cinematic heritage. Today, he is President of the Fondation Chopin-Péladeau, a private family foundation named after his parents, Raymonde Chopin and Pierre Péladeau.
Pierre Karl Péladeau received the Québec National Assembly’s Medal of Honour in 2005 and was named a Chevalier of the Ordre de la Pléiade in 2013.