Raymond Théberge holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from McGill University. His distinguished career as an educator and academic spans more than 35 years and encompasses a number of important roles with universities, associations, and governments.
Mr. Théberge has proudly served official language minority communities throughout his career, including as a dedicated advocate for Acadian communities. In June 2012, Mr. Théberge was named the ninth President and Vice-Chancellor of the Université de Moncton, the largest francophone university in Canada outside of the province of Quebec. Under his leadership, the university’s first ever strategic plan was implemented, based on extensive consultation and dialogue with the province’s post-secondary, francophone and Acadian communities.
Mr. Théberge held a number of positions in post-secondary teaching, research, and administration between 1985 and 2003, including senior positions at the Université de Saint-Boniface and the Centre d’études franco-canadiennes de l’Ouest. He is the author of more than 100 reports and publications, including three books and one bibliography, covering the themes of education, community, communication, culture, and economics.
Mr. Théberge has also gained extensive experience as a senior executive in the public service. From 2004 to 2005, he was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Bureau de l’éducation française in Manitoba’s Department of Education, Citizenship and Youth. Between 2005 and 2009, he was the Executive Director of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. He then became Assistant Deputy Minister of the French Language, Aboriginal Learning and Research Division in the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Mr. Théberge has also served as Director General of the Société franco-manitobaine, which advocates on behalf of the French-speaking community in Manitoba.
Mr. Théberge’s experience and numerous publications are a testament to his deep understanding of, and passion for, issues affecting minority language communities.