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Christiane and Jean-Yves Germain named among 5 Grands Québécois 2019 by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec

Montreal, January 22, 2019 - We are pleased to announce that Christiane and Jean-Yves Germain will be inducted into the Académie des Grands Québécois on April 12, 2019 for their exceptional economic contribution to the Quebec City region. Three other personalities from the cultural, social and health sectors will also be inducted. Over the past 30 years, 111 Grands Québécois and Québécoise have been honoured by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec (CCIQ).

"It is a great honour to receive this award, I am touched," said Christiane Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels, "like this award, our company originated in Quebec City 30 years ago, and although we now operate in seven Canadian provinces, Quebec City will always have a special place for us," she continued. "It is indeed a great honour to be included among these distinguished Quebecers," added Jean-Yves Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels, "recognition in the economic sector warms our hearts because we have succeeded in creating and expanding our business while remaining Quebec-owned and maintaining one of our head offices in Quebec City, which is a great source of pride for us," he concluded.

The 31st Gala des Grands Québécois will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Manège Militaire in Quebec City. For more information on this prestigious event, visit

About the Académie des Grands Québécois

The Académie des Grands Québécois was created in 1989 by the CCIQ. This honorary institution recognizes every year the exceptional merits of Quebecers who performed brilliantly in the cultural, economic, social or health sectors.

About Christiane Germain

Christiane Germain is the co-founder and co-President of Group Germain Hotels. Dynamic, tenacious and inventive, her entrepreneurial qualities have been honored on several occasions by Canada’s business people and by the tourism community. After over 30 years in the industry, Christiane is especially proud to be able to offer career opportunities to people who share the values of the Group Germain Hotels family. Committed to the economic vitality of the country, Christiane strongly supports the development of Canadian talent particularly through the local procurement policy implemented by the Group. In addition to presiding over a growing business, Christiane Germain is chair of the board of directors of the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec and is involved in supporting numerous charities.

About Jean-Yves Germain

Trained at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec, Jean-Yves is co-founder and co-President of Group Germain Hotels. Gifted with a keen business sense, he is in charge of development, orchestrates financing, and supervises the construction of all the hotels. Jean-Yves began his career in the restaurant industry. It was where he first tried his hand at raising capital. Since then, he has mastered the structuring of investment funds and financial strategies for the company’s hotel developments. Group Germain Hotels, whose finances he runs, is ranked among the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada thanks to its economic and financial health. Alongside his career as an hotelier, Jean-Yves is president of Casot ltée, a company based in Québec City that owns and operates a number of commercial and residential properties. He is also chair of the board of directors of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and is dedicated to several charities in the community.

About Group Germain Hotels

Group Germain Hotels is a Canadian family-run business that owns and operates Le Germain Hotels, Alt and Alt+ Hotels across Canada. Ranked as one of Canada’s best-managed companies, the business is known for its exceptional hospitality philosophy and the unique style that characterizes its hotels. Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018, Group Germain Hotels has achieved its ambitious goal of having 20 hotels by 2020, the 1250-employee company’s ultimate goal is now to become the first independent, truly pan-Canadian hotel group.

France Savard
Senior coordinator public relations
Group Germain Hotels