Student community service award renamed for outstanding supporter

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015

Marcel Côté Leadership Plaque

With over three years of success under its belt, the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Global and Community Engagement (CGCE) is proud to announce the renaming of its Leadership in Community Service Award to honour the late Marcel Côté, a great man and a source of inspiration to all at the centre.

This award was launched in 2014 to honour an outstanding student who has demonstrated leadership excellence in the development and/or implementation of a service project or program. It recognizes a significant contribution to the community through leadership and involvement during the academic year.

The award now bears the name of a man with a vision, a builder and a great leader. Marcel Côté was a founding partner of SECOR Consulting, now part of KPMG. He held a BSc in physics from the University of Ottawa, a MSc in economics from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and a fellowship with the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Marcel Côté was active with a number of community organizations, including the Compagnie de danse Marie Chouinard and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. His tremendous dedication to our university, his passion for community engagement and his contributions to Quebec, and Montreal in particular, will remain etched in our memories.

Marcel Côté was an enthusiastic volunteer who generously gave of his time, expertise and wisdom to the University of Ottawa. He strongly believed that serving others was an integral part of the student experience. In addition, he was a valued member of the CGCE’s International Advisory Board until he passed away in 2014.  

In honour of this entrepreneur and in recognition of his community service, achievements and leadership, this month, the CGCE will inaugurate the newly named Marcel Coté Leadership in Community Service Award.  The winner will be announced in the coming weeks.

Learn more about this award.

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