Philippe Couillard is the Premier of Quebec as the leader of the provincial Liberals. He led the Liberals to a majority government in the April 7, 2014 election, ousting the incumbent Parti Quebecois.
Before entering politics, Couillard had a successful career in medicine. He holds a degree in Medicine, as well as a certification in neurosurgery.
He has served as the Head of the Neurology Departments in both Montreal (Hopital Saint-Luc) and Sherbrooke, and also spent four years practising in Saudi Arabia.
He left his post in Sherbrooke in 2003 when he ran in his first election and won. That year, he was named the Minister of Health and Social Services. One of his major accomplishments as Minister was earning a $4.2 billion increase in the provincial health budget. He also oversaw the opening of 100 new health and social service centres, and announced construction on two new university hospitals at U de M and McGill.
Couillard also targeted unions, reducing the number of local accreditations in the health sector in the province.
From 1999 to 2003, Couillard represented Canada on the board of directors for the Société de Neurochirurgie de Langue Française. From 2000 to 2003, Couillard sat on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Board and Committee of Public Affairs and Policy Research.
Prior to re-entering politics in 2012, Couillard was a partner at Persistence Capital Partners, a private equity investment fund focused on funding both public and private health care initiatives. He also served as chair of the Canadian Rx&D Health Research Foundation.
Couillard is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council, and has been recognized by the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, World Health Executive Forum, Canadian Council for Tobacco Control and the Entretiens Jacques-Cartier.