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Guy Saint-Pierre

Guy Saint-Pierre retired as chairman of the board for Royal Bank of Canada February 27, 2004, a position he held since his appointment on August 1, 2001.

Mr. Saint-Pierre retired as chairman of the board for the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., a position he held between May 1996 and May 2002. From January 1989, Mr. Saint-Pierre was president and chief executive officer of the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Mr. Saint-Pierre began his career as an officer in the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers at Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick, in 1959. From 1964 to 1966 he was Registrar of the Corporation of Engineers of Québec, then vice-president of Acres Québec until 1970. He was elected to the Québec National Assembly in April 1970. He served for two years as Minister of Education and from 1972 to 1976 as Minister of Industry and Commerce. In 1977, Mr. Saint-Pierre joined John Labatt Ltd. as assistant to the president. The next year he was appointed president and general manager of Ogilvie Mills Ltd. Becoming president and chief executive officer in 1980.

Guy Saint-Pierre serves on the boards of Alcan Inc. and the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and is a member of the Advisory boards of Kenmar-Nihon Global Asset Management and Pioneer.

Mr. Saint-Pierre graduated from Laval University with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1957. An Athlone Scholar, he obtained an M.Sc. from the University of London in 1959 and holds a D.I.C. from the Imperial College of Science and Technology.

Mr. Saint-Pierre holds honourary degrees from Concordia University, Laval University, École des Hautes Études Commerciales of the University of Montréal, Sherbrooke University, the University of Ottawa and le Collège militaire Royal de Saint-Jean. He has been awarded the Sir John Kennedy Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada and Gold Medal from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. He is a companion of the Order of Canada. Mr. Saint-Pierre is past chairman of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, the Conference Board of Canada and The Business Council on National Issues.

Mr. Saint-Pierre and his wife, Francine Garneau, live in Montréal. They have three children.