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Friends Virtual Forum – March 30th at 7pm (EST)

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Jean-Pierre Raymond’s presentation will focus on the extraordinary legacy of one family of engineers in Canada, the Chaussegros de Léry Family. This family lineage includes 16 descendants that were military engineers that served in the First World War of which four became generals.

A two-part presentation, Part 1 will focus on the King’s Engineer Michel Chartier de Lotbinière, born in Québec City 300 years ago in 1723. He was the son-in-law of the Chief Engineer of Canada, Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros de Léry who arrived in Canada in 1716 and was in charge of the construction of numerous public works which included the Quebec City and Montreal ramparts and Fort Chambly.

This is a story of an accomplished family who dedicated themselves for hundreds of years to extraordinary engineering accomplishments in the building of Canada and in support of Canadian military missions. Though not well known outside engineering circles they are inextricably linked to our Canadian military history.

Jean-Pierre Raymond, is a retired professional engineer who graduated from École Polytechnique of Montréal in 1977. Jean-Pierre’s engineering career focused on working in the heavy industry sectors of pulp and paper, aluminium smelting and mining. Jean-Pierre’s work brought him to work in four Canadian provinces, two American states, India, South Africa, France and the United Kingdom. Jean-Pierre’s second passion is an interest in history, particularly the contribution of French Canadian engineers who have helped build Canada.


March 30, 2023

7pm - 8pm (EST)

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