In his role as CEO and excellence facilitator, Louis Lemay has helped to position his firm as a leader in the built environment field, in Canada and abroad.
He was a finalist of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, while Lemay has been ranked among Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. In 2016, World Architecture magazine ranked the firm in the 79th spot of its top 100 architectural practices worldwide. Deeply involved in the Canadian business community, Louis is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and a member of the board of directors of the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec, where he currently serves as president of the Économie Verte committee.
Since 2013, Louis has applied his determination and vision to the purchase of select architecture and design firms to augment and broaden Lemay’s service offering. In recent years, Louis’ work has been honoured with a myriad of awards and acknowledgments. In 2002, the firm was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture, while in 2012, it received the Best of Canada Award for Interiors and the Award of Merit from Canadian Architect magazine. Also in 2012, Lemay won top prize at an international competition involving the design of a fortress city in Constantine, Algeria. With a growing roster of design and sustainable projects in countries including the USA, Costa Rica, Algeria, India, and China, Louis Lemay is now applying himself to establishing a truly international practice.
He is also very involved in the community. Among the causes he supports are the Fondation Yvon Lamarre, which operates adapted residences for people with a physical or intellectual disability, and the Fondation David Chiasson, where he is chairman of the board of directors. The latter runs the Clinique Nouveau Départ, a rehabilitation centre for addiction, as well as a private treatment centre offering specialized services for people with an addiction. He has been a board member for the Montreal Metropolitan YMCA, an advisory committee member for the Canadian Red Cross, Quebec, chairman of both the Sainte-Marie revitalization committee and the Sainte-Marie investment company and host of two charity events for the Fondation Ressources-Jeunesse.