A first female director general in 149 years at the Polytechnique

A first woman general director in 149 years at Polytechnique


Engineer Maud Cohen was named director general of Polytechnique Montréal on Wednesday. She thus becomes the first woman in 149 years to hold this position in the history of this university specializing in engineering. 

“I am honored by the trust placed in me, Maud Cohen said in a statement. Polytechnique Montréal is an organization that has a profound impact, because it has the power to transform society through the quality of the education it offers its students.”

This is a return to the sources for the main interested party who graduated from the Polytechnique 26 years ago.

Since 2014, Maud Cohen has been president and general manager of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. From 2009 to 2012, Maud Cohen was president of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. She then held the same position for the National Council of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in 2013 and 2014.

“Maud Cohen impressed the consultation committee and the members of the board of directors by her varied experience in management and philanthropy, and also by the leadership she has demonstrated throughout her career, indicated the chairman of the board of directors of the École Polytechnique, Pierre Lassonde. She has what it takes to rally the community around a unifying and promising vision that will allow Polytechnique to pursue its quest for excellence in teaching and research.”