McGill University has awarded an honorary doctorate degree to CGI President and Chief Executive Officer George D. Schindler. The degree, conferred during an October 21 ceremony, is the Montreal, Quebec-based university’s highest honor.

George has served as our President and CEO since October 2016. He joined CGI through the acquisition of American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS) in 2004 and has held numerous leadership positions across operations, including President of CGI Federal from 2006 to 2011 and President of our U.S. business from 2011 to 2015.

He led our global operations as President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2015 through his appointment as CEO. Under his leadership, our professionals around the world partner with clients to lead, innovate and deliver on the transformational power of technology in a digitally connected world.

George was one of four people McGill University honored as “highly talented and engaged individuals who serve as an inspiration for our community of students, professors, researchers and staff.”

“This year’s honorary doctorate recipients are being awarded to exceptional leaders in their respective fields, who also embody McGill’s vision and values, and have made outstanding contributions to the betterment of society,” said Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.

Founded in 1821, McGill University is Canada’s top-ranked medical doctoral university and is consistently ranked among the top universities both nationally and internationally. A world-renowned institution with research activities spanning three campuses, McGill attracts students from more than 150 countries—its 12,800 international students making up 31% of the student body.

McGill awards honorary doctorates “in recognition of a lifetime of scholarly, scientific or artistic achievement, or for exceptional contribution to the public good through professional or philanthropic activity.” Members of the university community submit nominations, which are reviewed by a committee that then makes recommendations to the McGill University Senate.