Jacques Parizeau was an economist, politician, and a professor. He was born August 9, 1930, and died on June 1, 2015 in Montréal.

Parizeau studied at Collège Stanislas, École des Hautes études Commerciales (HEC), and the Institut d’études politiques and the Faculté de droit of Paris and holds a PhD in economics from London School of Economics. He taught at HEC from 1955 to 1976 and from 1985 to 1989, where he was director of the the Institut d’économie appliquée from 1973 to 1975.

He had a long career in politics. From 1976 to 1984, he was Quebec’s Minister of Finance. In 1994, he became Premier of Quebec and remained in office until 1996.

Over the course of his career, he sat on the board of directors for the Société générale de financement, the Caisse de dépôt et placement, the Société d’exploitation minière and the Régie de l’assurance-dépôts. Among his many accomplishments, he played a key role in the creation of the SGF, CDPQ and the Quebec Pension Plan.