Robert Lamontagne, executive director of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, lecturer at the physics department of the Université de Montréal, and member of the CRAQ, is one of the recipient of the grade of Knight from the Order of La Pléiade for 2013 (Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade, in french).
This decoration of international dimensions aims at recognizing the merits of citizens serving the ideals of Francophonie. The grade of Knight of awarded to personalities of the political, social, scientific world for services to the Francophonie. The medal is pinned by M. Jaques Chagnon, president of the National Assembly of Quebec, and vice-president of the Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie.
Since the beginning of his career, Robert Lamontagne has been dedicated to the promotion of scientific culture within the Francophonie. At the Université de Montréal, he favors the teaching of sciences to students not register in physics or astronomy. For his excellence in teaching, he also received two awards from the Université de Montréal. He also has a strong media presence to promote astronomy and sciences in general. Finally, he frequently gives public lectures in science all over Quebec.
About the Order of La Pléiade
La Pléiade, an order of the Francophonie and cultural dialogue created in 1976, aims at recognizing the merits of persons serving the ideals of Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie, in terms of cooperation, solidarity and democracy. The Order of La Pléiade has five grades, in decreasing order of importance: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, and Knight.
The Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF), created in Luxembourg in 1967, gathers the delegates of the 78 sections from parliaments of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The objectives of the AFP are, amongst other, to contribute to the development of Francophonie, to the development of reciprocal knowledge of cultures and civilizations, to favor the cooperation and reinforce solidarity. It also aims at promoting democracy, the state of justice, and the rights of persons, more particularly within the Francophonie. The Quebec section of the APF was founded in 1975, following the initiative of M. Jean-Noël Lavoie, president of the National Assembly of Québec at that time.
The CRAQ congratulates Robert Lamontagne for this prestigious decoration.
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