Born in Saint Lambert on August 28, 1946, Louis Michel Gratton studied Economics at Collège Sainte Marie, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree. He went on to earn an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business of the University of Western Ontario.

A specialist in corporate finance, he worked for more than 25 years for financial institutions before founding, in 1994, Brome Financial Corporation over which he presided until 2007. He has completed several management and consultation mandates for various companies since then, as well as pursuing a writing career.

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Very involved in his community, Mr. Gratton was the Mayor of Saint Lambert (1981-1986), as well as Prefect of the Champlain Regional County Municipality (RCM) (1983-1986). During this same period, he also served as member of the executive committee of the South Shore Transport Commission (now the Réseau de transport de Longueuil). In 1992, he was a member of the Task Force on Greater Montreal, which produced the Pichette Report in 1993. He was President of the Montreal Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) for three years, in addition to sitting on the board of directors of Moisson Rive-Sud, the second largest food bank in Quebec. For a period of four years, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Development Corporation of Saint Lambert.