The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) congratulates Michel de la Chenelière, chairman of the museum's board, on receiving a doctorate honoris causa from McGill University, presented at convocation on June 4. The highest distinction awarded by a university, this honorary title recognizes his profound commitment to society and his unfailing efforts to improve the lives of others through philanthropy and the arts. The Museum is delighted with this recognition of the exceptional involvement of a great philanthropist.
Speaking to McGill's recent education graduates, Michel de la Chenelière affirmed his unwavering commitment to their future profession: "Study and education are essential to success and the betterment of society. Today, my main occupation is promoting visual arts education and art therapy at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts." He exhorted the young graduates to "never forget the essential impact of education through arts on a child’s development."
From left to right: Michel de la Chenelière, chair of the MMFA board of trustees; and the Honourable Michael A. Meighen, McGill University Chancellor. Photo: Owen Egan