Dr. Philippe Couillard Former Minister of Health (2003-2008) and Premier of Quebec (2014-2018)
Born on June 26, 1957 in Montreal, Philippe Couillard received his medical degree (MD) in 1979 and he completed his specialty training in neurosurgery in 1985 from Université de Montréal. He has also a specialist certificate in neurosurgery from the Collège des médecins du Québec and from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Couillard served as Chief Surgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hôpital Saint- Luc in Montréal from 1989 to 1996. He also co-founded the Dhahran Department of Neurosurgery in Saudi Arabia, where he worked from 1992 to 1996. Upon his return to Canada, he served as professor at Université de Sherbrooke from 1996 to 2003 and Chief Surgeon and Director of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke from 2000 to 2003.
Dr. Couillard was elected as MNA ( member of the National Assembly of Québec )for the Mount Royal riding in 2003 and re-elected in the Jean-Talon riding in 2007. He was appointed Minister of Health and Social Services by premier Charest in 2003, a position he held until 2008.
In 2013, he became the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec. On April 7, 2014, he was elected as MNA in the Roberval riding and became the 31st Premier of Québec. Following the general election held in October 2018, he announced his retirement from politics after 10 years of public service. During his term in office, the state of Québec’s public finances was restored, the economy and employment level grew significantly. During this period of growth, Quebec continued to adress inequalities , while developping innovative public policy in several key areas.