Jean Coutu at the press conference announcing Jean Coutu Group’s

association with Metro (2017)
Photo credit : Jean Coutu archives


Jean Coutu acknowledges the major role played by his alma mater, which trained him as a pharmacist, and has a deep interest in helping a new generation of pharmacist researchers and professionals mature in an environment at the leading edge of the latest scientific advances. Through the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu, he made a major donation to the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal, which will help make it one of Canada’s most productive and prestigious research centres.

I owed a lot to my university for turning me into a pharmacist.

Jean Coutu

Marcelle Coutu and Jean Coutu at the inauguration of the Marcelle-Coutu and Jean-Coutu pavilions of Université de Montréal (2005)
Photo credit : Université de Montréal


In 2018, Jean Coutu brought his company into a new era to ensure its continued growth and competitiveness. The Jean Coutu Group’s association with METRO will create a major new Québec company. By joining forces, these two organizations have become Canada’s leading food and pharmaceutical retailer. Throughout its history and its many transformations, Jean Coutu Group has always honoured its neighbourhood values and bonds with several generations of Quebecers, in the interests of promoting health and well-being.