Cyril Gagnon

2020
Schulich Leader

Université Laval
Engineering
Program

High School: Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf

Nominated by Dominique Rochefort

Montréal, QC

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Dr. Maya Angelou

What is a little known fact about you?

I love sailing. From tiny optimists to big 40 feet monohulls, every sailboat sparks my interest and curiosity. The intricacy behind the technical skills required and the action inherent to this sport makes it one that callenges both the body and mind - a combination I am quite fond of.

Why do you make a great Schulich Leader?

My ability to expand my knowledge and capabilites combined with my eagerness to act as the binding agent in a team - through leading by example to foster an environment in which people are inclined to participate, and directing support towards members who need it most - are strenghts that, in my opinion, make me a great Schulich Leader. However tense the atmosphere of a team may be, people can count on my creative thinking to bring an aura of calm, focus and even humour, often much needed when exploring uncharted territories.