Armand Caron, who has a bachelor of arts and a master’s degree in French studies from Université Laval, worked in post-secondary education for over 30 years.
He began his career in 1973 as a French teacher at the Collège Jésus-Marie, which is now the Université de Moncton, Shippagan Campus. He then became director of student services, director of instructional services, and then vice-president of the Shippagan Campus from 1990 to 2005. In that capacity, he oversaw the establishment of the Coastal Zones Research Institute, the Centre international d'apprentissage du français, and the addition of a number of buildings on the campus. After working in the university sector, he took on the role of Editor and General Manager of the francophone daily newspaper L’Acadie Nouvelle from 2005 to 2009.
Active in a number of causes, committees, and fundraising campaigns, Mr. Caron has served on numerous boards, including on the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, the Fondation communautaire de la Péninsule acadienne, the Société d'Aide au développement des collectivités, the Association des universités du troisième âge du Nouveau-Brunswick, the Acadian Peninsula Book Fair, and he was the first chair of the board of governors of the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick. He was the founding president of the Véloroute de la Péninsule acadienne, where he still sits as a special member. He is also a highly regarded member of several other committees, including Revitalisation Shippagan, the committee for the new Shippagan-Lamèque bridge, and the Richelieu Club.
Mr. Caron has been recognized many times for both his professional and volunteer work and received, among other honours, the Gilbert Finn Award from the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, the honorary title of Administrator Emeritus from the Université de Moncton, the Ordre du bénévolat of the Town of Shippagan, and the Richelieu International President’s medal for his contribution to the community, to the Francophonie, and to the French language.
Armand Caron is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for his exceptional contribution in the field of education, to his community, to the local Francophonie, and for his remarkable qualities as a leader and unifier who has greatly contributed to the advancement of New Brunswick.