Rémi Marcoux founded Transcontinental Inc. in 1976. He was Chairman of the Board and President and CEO of the Company until 2004. From 2004 to 2012, he was Executive Chairman of the Board, before passing the reins to his daughter Isabelle on February 16, 2012. Since then, he has served on the Board as a director, a position he will hold until March 13, 2024, the date of the Annual Meeting of Shareholders. At the age of 83, he decided not to renew his mandate and to take a well-deserved retirement. In recognition of his entrepreneurial career and his significant contribution to the vision, growth and development of the Corporation in keeping with its values, the Board of Directors has named Mr. Marcoux "Founder Emeritus".
Throughout his life, Mr. Marcoux has supported several causes. Mr. Marcoux acted as co-chairman of the 2006 fundraising campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal. He was a member of the board of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and its Human Resources Committee for a number of years.
Mr. Marcoux is a graduate of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales of the Université of Montréal and received in 2003 an honoris causa honorary degree from this institution. In 2013, Mr. Marcoux was the instigator of the Rémi-Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales. He sits on its advisory committee and contributes, together with Transcontinental, to its financing. In addition, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales has designated its arts management foundation the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management in recognition of his support. Mr. Marcoux is a founding member of the Council of Associate Governors of the Université de Montréal. He has been a member of such council since 2004. Mr. Marcoux was a member of the International Advisory Committee of HEC Montréal from 2004 to 2015. In December 2023, HEC Montréal renamed the De la Gauchetière entrance to its new building in downtown Montréal the Entrée Carmelle‑et‑Rémi‑Marcoux, following an exceptional donation to the university business school in his family's name.
In 2018, Mr. Marcoux was honoured by the Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Québec for his contribution to Québec’s vitality, influence and economic development. The Outstanding Achievement Award FCPA was presented to Mr. Marcoux in 2014, by the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA), in recognition of his numerous professional achievements and his extensive personal commitment. In 2013, he received the Medal of Honour of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation for his generosity, dedication and involvement in the Foundation and, in 2012, he was given the “Prix de carrière” by the Québec Employers Council.
In October 2007, Mr. Marcoux was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his contribution to the vitality of the economic sector and the growth of communities and, in 2008, he was inducted as an Officer of the National Order of Québec.