A Role Model of Business: Pierre Peladeau

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A role model of business,

Pierre Peladeau


Felipe Munoz

22 March 2009

Is Pierre Peladeau a good role-model for Business Students?

Many of us have heard of Pierre Peladeau, a man who built a multi-billion dollar company from a $1,500 loan. He is one of the most famous entrepreneurs of Quebec history. There is no doubt that he achieved a lot during his life time and there is no doubt that a lot of it was good. He was and is still an icon of Canadian business world. For instance, he was known for donating millions to charities and even visiting dying strangers in Montreal hospitals. However, nothing is perfect and there is always a dark side that, for many people, is unrevealed and unknown. This paper demonstrates that Pierre Peladeau is not a good role model for business students because the bad things he did overshadow the good ones.

First of all, to be able to prove that Peladeau is not a good role-model for business students, we have to understand what a role-model is. The meaning of role-model refers to person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others. True role models are those who possess the qualities that we would like to have and those who have affected us in a way that makes us want to be better people. A person who serves as an example of the values, attitudes, and behaviors associated with a role. For example, a father is a role model for his sons. Role models can also be persons who distinguish themselves in such a way that others admire and want to emulate them. A role model is an inspiration.

Pierre Peladeau was involved in several controversies, the most famous being the anti-Semitic remarks made against the Jewish...