Exactly How Accurate is Maclean's?

An Open Letter to Maclean’s Magazine: Measuring Schmoozo or Quality Ottawa –

On Friday, December 3, 1999, at a regular luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, Richard Bertrand, Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa http://www.uottawa.ca/splash-1.html, will issue a challenge to Maclean’s Magazine on their annual ranking of universities. Mr. Bertrand will take a critical look at the ranking and point out how the University of Ottawa stands in a class of its own.

“I am delighted that Mr. Bertrand has chosen the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa meeting to release his letter.” said President of the Club John Callan. “We are proud of the prominence of our Club, resulting from our members’ deep commitment to service in the community. It is precisely this type of event that adds distinction to our Club.”

Mr. Bertrand is a respected Venture Catalyst who serves on the Boards of several important organizations in the National Capital region.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is celebrating 82 years of active fundraising and community involvement as a non-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, and with over $600,000 returned to the local community each year, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. One of the 8 000 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917 at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa.

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For information call Hassa Mirchandani at 238.6300 or Krystyna Rudko at 226.4162

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa meeting will be held in the Adam Room of the Chateau Laurier Hotel on Friday, December 3, 1999, commencing at 12:30. Mr. Bertrand will speak at approximately 1:20 p.m.

Richard Bertrand, B.Sc., MBA Venture Catalyst Richard Bertrand, a Venture Catalyst, is President of IThink Inc., providing strategic business advice and marketing consulting to industry. He is Chairman of the Board of The IT Department Inc., and consulting advisor to Array Developments, Technica Software Corporation, Northwood Goescience as well as to a number of other companies in the Ottawa region. He sits on the Board of a number of private organizations.

Richard Bertrand was born in Hull, Quebec and grew up in Montreal. He graduated from McGill University where he received his B.Sc. He then went on to become an officer in Canada’s Armed Forces. In 1985, Mr. Bertrand received his MBA from the University of Ottawa. Richard Bertrand has been a resident of the Ottawa region since 1968 when he arrived in the Nation’s Capital after serving a tour in Cyprus with Canada’s UN Peacekeeping Force.

Since then he has held a number of senior positions in the cable television industry, then as a partner in ECI, Executive Consultants, a strategic communications/government relations consulting firm, and more recently in the high tech industry as Vice President-Marketing for SHI Systemhouse, Canada’s largest full service systems integration company.

He became a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa in 1981, and was Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board from 1991 to 1997 and Vice Chair of that Board. Mr. Bertrand is now Chair of the Board of the University of Ottawa. In his capacity as Chair of the Board of the University, Richard Bertrand also serves on the Board of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Faculty of Administration. Mr. Bertrand was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group in 1995 and held that position until 1997. In addition, he was the founding Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the creation of the Institute for Mental Health Research.

In July 1998, Mr. Bertrand joined the Board of Directors of the CS Co-op, one of the largest Credit Unions in Canada.