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Board of Governors

Driven by the desire to see the city excel and regain its momentum, citizens, elected officials and business men and women came together to make the most of Montréal’s 375th anniversary and leave a lasting socioeconomic legacy. Transformative projects are selected by the Board of Governors, a volunteer committee chaired by Monique Leroux, President of International Co-operative Alliance.

An initiative of the Mayor of Montréal, the Board of Governors follows on the recommendations set out in the final section of the report Une métropole prospère et inclusive pour un développement durable presented to the Ville de Montréal in October 2015 by the working committee on metropolis status, chaired by Ms. Leroux.

Monique F. Leroux
International Co-operative Alliance

Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from 2008 to 2016, Monique F. Leroux is the President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the founder and Chair of the International Summit of Cooperatives. She is also Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec and Chair of the Quebec Economic and Innovation Council, appointed by the Quebec Government in 2016. She is Chair of the High Level Contact Group of the European Association of Co-operative Banks, co-chair of the B20 SMEs Cross-thematic Group and chair of the Board of Metropolis 2017. She serves as an independent Board member of global companies such as Bell (BCE), Couche-tard (ATD), Michelin (ML-France), Crédit Mutuel/CIC as well as S&P Global. Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. She holds honorary doctorates and awards from eight Canadian universities.

Denis Coderre
Mayor of Montreal

Mr. Denis Coderre has been elected Mayor of the City of Montreal on November 3rd, 2013. He is also President of the Montreal Metropolitan Community, which includes all the municipalities of the Montreal urban area. Previously, Mr. Coderre has held several ministerial functions and other positions within the Government of Canada, including Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, President of the Queen’s Privy Council, Minister responsible for the Francophony, Secretary of State for Amateur Sport, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Haiti, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. He assumed these functions in his capacity of elected Deputy in the House of Commons from 1997 to 2013, representing the Bourassa County voters (Montreal) who elected him six times. Mr. Coderre is also internationally engaged as in being co-chair of Metropolis as well as Climate Change Ambassador to this Association of cities of more than one million inhabitants; Vice-President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); and Board member of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF). He is also member of the Advisory Committee of Local Authorities to the United Nations (UNACLA). Mr. Coderre has a degree in political science from the University of Montreal and holds an executive MBA from the University of Ottawa. He is married to Mrs. Chantale Renaud and they have two children, Alexandre and Geneviève.

Raymond Bachand
Tourisme Montréal

Strategic Advisor to Norton Rose Fulbright Canada since January 2014, Raymond Bachand is also President of the Institut du Québec, a joint venture of the Conference Board of Canada and HEC Montréal.

Director of Transat and National Bank of Canada, he also acts as Chairman of the Board of Tourisme Montréal.

Liberal member for Outremont elected to the Québec National Assembly (2005-2013), he has served as Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Minister of Tourism, Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Minister of Finance, Minister of Revenue and official opposition spokesperson for finances.

During the past 25 years, Raymond Bachand held various senior positions in the private sector, including as vice-president of Métro-Richelieu and Culinar, and as chairman and CEO of Fonds de solidarité FTQ and SECOR.

Lawyer, he also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Pierre Beaudoin

Pierre Beaudoin is Executive Chairman of the Board of Bombardier Inc., a major supplier of rail equipment, systems and services, and manufacturer of civil aircraft. Appointed to his current position in February 2015, Beaudoin assumed the post of President and CEO in 2008. He was first elected to the Bombardier Board in 2004. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Aerospace, President of Bombardier Business Aircraft and President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Recreational Products. Beaudoin is a board member of Power Corporation of Canada. He studied industrial relations at McGill University in Montréal.

Vincent Bérubé
McKinsey & Compagny

Vincent Bérubé is a Principal associate in the Montréal office of McKinsey & Company. Since joining the firm in 2008, he has mainly helped pension plans as well as institutional institutions and investors develop long-term investment strategies anchored in deep-rooted trends that influence market dynamics. He spearheaded the development of McKinsey’s Thematic Investment Practice.

Mr. Bérubé’s client work has led him to examine the impact of e-commerce, new technologies, and demographic changes on the profitability of companies. He also works with financial institutions to help them adapt their project delivery approach as a means to increase their competitiveness in the digital era.

Mr. Bérubé holds a bachelor’s degree from Université Laval, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in physics.

Hubert Bolduc
Montréal International

Hubert Bolduc is the President and CEO of Montréal International, an organization whose mission is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and strategic talent to Greater Montréal.

Mr. Bolduc began his career as a Spokesperson for the CHUM and a Lecturer in communications at the University of Québec in Montréal. From 1998 to 2000 he was an Advisor at NATIONAL Public Relations, and then went on to become the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of Québec between 2001 and 2003. Later on, from 2004 to 2012, he served as Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs at Cascades, before joining the Québec government as Associate Secretary General for government communications, at the Executive Council where he stayed until 2014. Prior to taking charge of Montréal International, Mr. Bolduc held the position of Director for Benelux at Investissement Québec.

Gabriel Bran Lopez
Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal

Gabriel is the President of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal, the largest youth chamber in the World. He currently sits on the board of Concordia University, the J.A. Bombardier Foundation, and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Gabriel founded Youth Fusion, an award-winning charity that works to lower dropout rates.

Guy Breton
Université de Montréal

Guy Breton has been rector of the Université de Montréal since 2010. A doctor and radiologist, he has served as professor in the Faculty of Medicine since 1979. He held a number of positions at the Université de Montréal in the intervening decades, during which time he also took on leadership roles in professional and academic associations. A bold, forward-thinking manager, he is renowned for his communication skills and his resource mobilization capacities in responding to organizational change. He has received many prestigious awards, including an honorary doctorate from Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University, the Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government and the Albert-Jutras Prize from the Société canadienne-française de radiologie (SCFR).

Stephen Bronfman

Stephen Bronfman is Executive Chairman of Claridge Inc., a privately held company with worldwide interests in real estate, entertainment, and food production. Mr. Bronfman sits on the board of directors of the David Suzuki Foundation, as well as B2Ten, a privately funded, CRA registered, charitable organization operating as a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association. He is also the co-president of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and of The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. His involvement in both business and philanthropic endeavors is extensive in both North America and Israel.

Manon Brouillette

Manon Brouillette has been President and CEO of Videotron, which includes Videotron Business Solutions, Vidéotron Le Superclub, 4Degrees and Fibrenoire, since 2013. With her team of 6,500 talented employees, Manon pursues Videotron’s mission of providing Quebecers with the best possible telecommunications and entertainment experience.

Mrs Brouillette sits on the boards of SFR in Europe, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and the Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation. She is also Executive Vice-Chair of the Quartier de l’innovation in Montréal.

Manon Brouillette graduated from Université Laval with a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing. She received the university’s distinguished alumnus award in 2013. Manon has also completed the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Executive Program.

France Chrétien-Desmarais
Society for the Celebrations of Montreal's 375th Anniversary

After studies in law and economics at the University of Ottawa, France Chrétien Desmarais got involved in numerous companies and charitable organizations in areas as varied as health, sports, arts, education, heritage and support for youth. She is Vice-President and founding member of both the Guy Laliberté Foundation and ONE DROP Foundation, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, the McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors Board, and the Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada. A Member of the Order of Canada, she has also served on the Board of Directors of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch since 1998.

Guy Cormier
Mouvement Desjardins

Guy Cormier has been President and CEO of Desjardins Group since April 2016. Mr. Cormier is passionate about finance and is a graduate of École des hautes études commerciales (HEC Montréal), where he earned both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA. He also taught finance courses there for nearly 8 years.

In 2013, AMBAQ (Quebec’s MBA association) named Mr. Cormier one of the 40 people with a major influence on Quebec businesses. He also was one of the 55 leaders at the 2011 G20 Youth Summit to provide input to managers from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and European Bank. Recently, he was inducted as a Knight of France’s Ordre de la Légion d’honneur for his remarkable career with Desjardins Group.

He was actively involved in a number of community organizations, including the l’Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) financing campaign, the Lakeshore General Hospital foundation and the Maison Victor-Gadbois care centre. In 2016, Mr. Cormier was honorary president of the “La grande séduction” fundraising event for the Fondation du Centre jeunesse de Montréal.

Richard Dufresne
Loblaw Companies Limited

In July 2014, Richard Dufresne was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Loblaw Companies Limited, adding to his existing responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer of George Weston Limited. As the CFO of two strong Canadian organizations, Richard leads all aspects of finance, including investor relations, treasury, tax, audit, and business synergies.    

Richard is a highly respected leader in both retail and finance.  Prior to joining George Weston Limited in 2012, he was CFO at Metro Inc., and has previous experience in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, equity, debt and other types of financings.  He holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, and a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science from Laval University.

Claude Généreux
Power Corporation of Canada

Mr. Généreux has been Executive Vice-President of Power Corporation and Power Financial since 2015.

Prior to joining Power Corporation, he has worked for McKinsey & Company for 28 years and is now Director Emeritus. During his career with the Firm, he focused on serving leading global companies in the Financial Services, Energy and Resources sectors. He helped launch McKinsey’s office in Montréal in 1991 and was also posted in its Paris, Toronto and Stockholm offices.

He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors at McGill University and is a Board member of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and the Loran Scholars Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the joint E-MBA program at McGill and HEC. He has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding and exemplary contributions to his community.

Alain Gignac
Society for the Celebrations of Montreal's 375th Anniversary

Alain Gignac has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and communications management. After receiving his marketing degree from HEC Montréal, he held several positions of strategic importance, particularly with Cossette Communication Group, Marketel/McCann Erickson, Nolin BBDO and TC Transcontinental. Mr. Gignac has earned a reputation for his proven ability to deliver complex projects. Whether the challenges he faces are organizational or marketing-related, he always tackles them with solid strategic capabilities, a thorough understanding of the issues and consumer behaviours, and exceptional creative and innovative spirit.

Eric Lamarre
McKinsey & Compagnie

Eric Lamarre is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and the global leader of its Internet of Things Practice. He joined the firm in 1994. Now based in Montreal, he has also worked in the Toronto and Paris offices. Mr. Lamarre serves North American and global companies in the financial services, advanced industries, and resources sectors. His areas of expertise include large-scale digital/IoT transformations, risk management, business strategy, post-merger management, and productivity improvement programs.

From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Lamarre was the Managing Partner of  McKinsey & Company Canada. Prior to that, he launched and led McKinsey’s global Risk Management Practice. Mr. Lamarre holds a PhD in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University, and a management degree from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris.

He is Vice-President of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation’s Board of Directors, a Director of The Conference Board of Canada, and a member of the McGill Engineering Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Québec Government’s Advisory Council on the Economy and Innovation

Yves Laverdière

Yves Laverdière has devoted his career to the food industry, holding  progressively senior roles over a 37-year career. With a degree in Accounting from the Université Laval in Quebec, he worked for eight years in the finance department at Provigo Distribution Inc. before being promoted to Finance Director. He held numerous positions with the same firm including General Manager of the meat distribution centre, Director of Logistics, and Vice President, Procurement and Merchandising for meat and fish.

Mr. Laverdière joined Sobeys on April 29, 1996 where he served first as Vice President, Procurement and Merchandising for meat. In 2001, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Procurement and Merchandising, supervising all merchandising activities for Sobeys Québec. In 2015, he announced his retirement, but on February 15, 2016, he returned to the company as President of  Sobeys Québec, succeeding Claude Tessier.

Michel Leblanc
Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Michel Leblanc is President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Quebec’s leading private economic development organization. In this position, he is the official spokesperson of the organization, and is responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and monitoring all its operations. With extensive experience in the public and private sectors, Michel Leblanc has an in-depth knowledge of metropolitan issues. A trained economist, he has a clear understanding of economic questions and the challenges facing the business community.

Michel Leblanc received a Bachelor of science in economics in 1987 and a Master of science in economics in 1992 from Université de Montréal. He has been named the 2009 honorary graduate of the Université de Montréal’s Economics Department. In October 2012, he was honoured by the Université de Montréal’s alumni association for his professional achievements.

Michel Leblanc chairs the board of directors of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. He also sits on the boards of directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Foundation, the Institut des troubles d’apprentissage (Institut TA) and C2 Montréal. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Stratégie commune d’intervention pour le Grand Montréal 2013-2015 for francization issues. He is also a member of the Conseil emploi métropole, of the Comité directeur sur la mobilité des personnes et des biens dans la grande région de Montréal (Mobilité Montréal), and of the Steering Committee of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis.

L. Jacques Ménard
BMO Financial Group

L. Jacques Ménard is Chairman of the Board of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec. In this role, he oversees the activities of the Bank of Montreal and its subsidiaries in Quebec, at over 160 branches and over 4,600 employees. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (MBA 1970), Loyola College (B. Comm. Hon. Econ. 1967) and the College Sainte-Marie (BA1966), he holds honorary doctorates from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi of McGill University, Glendon College, York University, University of Montreal, Concordia University and the University of Sherbrooke.

He published in 2008 his first book entitled “If we put it …” and in the wake of this book, he created the Task Force on the retention and academic success that produced the report “Knowledge Is Power “. He later published a book on persistence “Beyond the numbers … a heart” as well as “Success: Go after your dreams.” From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Ménard was the recipient of several awards from the Chamber of Commerce of Montreal, the Public Policy Forum, he was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada and he initiated an extensive study “Create new momentum in Montreal”. In 2013, he was among the eight first members inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Canadian Association of Securities and in 2015 he was the first recipient of the Marcel Côté Award for Leadership in Public Policy Award from Canada’s public policy Forum.

Michael Sabia
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Michael Sabia is President and Chief Executive Officer of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Appointed in 2009, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the fund and the global growth of the organization. Before joining la Caisse, Mr. Sabia was with BCE, holding such positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International. From 1993 to 1999, he occupied various roles with Canadian National Railway, including Chief Financial Officer. He spent the preceding decade working as a senior official in the Government of Canada. Mr. Sabia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics from the University of Toronto and holds graduate degrees in economics and politics from Yale University

Martin Thibodeau
RBC Royal Bank

Martin Thibodeau is responsible for carrying out RBC Royal Bank’s strategic objectives and for managing business priorities in Quebec. He also oversees the implementation of policies and programs that promote the interests of RBC clients, employees and shareholders. Mr. Thibodeau joined RBC in 1989 and has worked primarily in Commercial Financial Services. In recent years, he held a number of senior management positions in various regions of Canada as well as at the National Office. He was appointed to his current position in 2012. Mr. Thibodeau has an MBA from ESG-UQAM and holds the Fellow, Institute of Canadian Bankers designation.

Martine Turcotte

Ms. Turcotte is Vice Chair, Québec of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, responsible for driving the company’s business, government and community investment initiatives across Québec. Ms. Turcotte is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of strategic, legal and regulatory career achievements at Bell. Ms. Turcotte graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor degree in Civil Law and Common Law and holds a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School (UK). Ms. Turcotte is also a Director of Empire Company Ltd. / Sobeys Inc. and CIBC. She is also Chair of the Chamber de Commerce du Montréal Métropolitain and of Théâtre Espace GO Inc. and she is a director of McGill University and Montréal en lumière.

Sandry Vassiade

Sandy Vassiadis is Vice President, Corporate Communications, at Saputo Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montreal and has close to twenty years of experience in the field of communications.

She joined Saputo in 2008. Today, she leads the Corporate Communications Department, as well as investor and media relations, community relations and corporate responsibility.

Sandy has devoted time to various charitable organizations, including more recently to the McCord Museum, as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal where she co-presided the Bal des enfants in 2016 and 2017. Over the years, she has been actively involved in Centraide campaigns and is now a member of the Centraide of Greater Montreal’s Board of Directors.

Cathy Wong
Les YMCA du Québec

A lawyer by training, Cathy Wong is a Youth Development Officer for the YMCA of Québec. Cathy loves Montréal and strongly believes that women and youth of cultural communities must appropriate democratic institutions and participate in the decision-making process. Having chaired the Jeune Conseil de Montréal and the Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal, Cathy is now a member of the Board of Directors for Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec and the Elections Canada Advisory Committee. She is also host and columnist for CIBL and Radio-Canada. Cathy has won many awards for her involvement in the community.

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