Trained in business administration at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal and in strategic management at the Centre international de recherche en management, Nicole Ménard also holds an Advanced Executive Program certificate from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Nicole Ménard, an accomplished manager of over four decades built a career at BMO (Bank of Montreal) and held the rank of vice-president for 12 years.
She was first elected to the National Assembly as the member for Laporte riding in the general election of March 26, 2007, and became parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, and Minister of Tourism. She also served as a member of the public finance committee, the economy and labour committee, and the Office of the National Assembly.
Re-elected for a second term as member for Laporte riding in the general election of December 8, 2008, she was appointed by the premier of Québec to the positions of minister of Tourism and minister responsible for the Montérégie region.
At the general election of September 4th, 2012, she was elected for a third term and acted as official Opposition critic for culture and communications; now for the Conseil du trésor. She is also a member of the Committee on Public Finance, in addition to have been named president of the Montérégie Liberal caucus. She is re-elected for a fourth term on April 7th, 2014.
As a woman who is devoted in mind and spirit, Ms. Ménard has always been very actively involved in her community. She was president of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de l’Est de l’Île de Montréal and was in the Top 25 in influence of the Réseau des gens d'affaires de l'Est de l'Île de Montréal in 2004. She also headed many fundraising drives for various community organizations and was founding president of the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation.
A recipient of numerous awards, she received the Orchid award from the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de l’Est de l’île de Montréal in 2006 and the homage of the Montréal YMCA Foundation in 2000.