Universities Canada board director
Pierre Cossette was appointed rector of Université de Sherbrooke in June 2017.
Pierre Cossette has built a solid management team, combining gender parity with a broad and complementary range of backgrounds and experiences. He has launched a strategic planning process that is driving the university’s development to 2025, based on its unique contribution to Québec and Canada’s society.
Previously, in his role as dean, Dr. Cossette and team strove to improve the medicine and health sciences programming, reposition its research, created new programs, converted the MD program into a digital format, improve the study and workplace environment, and develop its networks and partnerships. Funding for research grew by 34% from 2010 to 2017.
He has taught at Université de Sherbrooke since 1997, served as internal medicine program director from 1998 to 2004, as chief of the CHUS and head of the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMSS) from 2004 to 2010. He was dean of FMSS from 2010 to 2017.
He holds degrees in medicine from Université de Montréal, in internal medicine from the Université de Sherbrooke, and in epidemiology and biostatistics (MSc) from McGill University.
Dr. Cossette is a director on the board of Universities Canada.