Our board consists of 15 members, including the President and CEO of Investissement Québec (an ex-officio member). Our board members come from the industrial, financial and legal communities, the venture capital industry and the social economy sector.
Monique F. Leroux serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec and chaired the Québec government’s Advisory Council on the Economy and Innovation. She is also a member of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders and the co-chair of the B7 Summit in Canada.
Ms. Leroux is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors (F.ICD) and an independent director of Bell (BCE), Couche-Tard (ATD), Michelin (ML) and S&P Global (SPGI). She also acts as Strategic Advisor at Fiera Capital, Deputy Chairman (Canada) of the Trilateral Commission and member of the Board of Directors of Lallemand, a privately owned company with a presence in more than 40 countries. She will be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2018.
She served as Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada, from March 2008 to April 2016. Under her leadership, Desjardins significantly grew its Canadian activities while ranking among the five strongest financial institutions in the world, according to Bloomberg. Prior to taking on this important role, Ms. Leroux served as Chief Financial Officer of Desjardins Group, Senior Vice-President at RBC, Chief Operating Officer at Quebecor Inc., and Partner at Ernst and Young (EY) in Canada.
From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Leroux was also President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), a global organization representing over 2.5 million enterprises and generating over $3,000 billion in revenue in more than 100 countries.
Ms. Leroux was Co-Chair of the B20 SME Cross-thematic Group (2017) and chaired the High Level Contact Group of the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB). She also represented the Canadian business group at the B7 Summit in Berlin, and took part in the G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women as well as the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Germany.
She is co-chair of the B20 SMEs Cross-thematic Group (Germany), chair of the High Level Contact Group of the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB) and vice-president (Canada) of the Trilateral Commission. In 2015, Ms. Leroux was asked to represent the Canadian business group at the B7 Summit in Berlin, and took part in the G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women as well as the G20 Leaders’ Summit.
Ms. Leroux has received a number of honours, including being named a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur (France). She is also a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award (United States) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, as well as a Fellow of the same order. In addition, she holds honorary doctorates from eight Canadian universities. She was recently made an “honorary citizen” of the city of Lévis in recognition of her exceptional economic and societal contribution.
Ms. Leroux lends her time to a host of not-for-profit organizations and is particularly dedicated to education and youth. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Governor General of Canada’s Rideau Hall Foundation and was president of the 2013 Canada Games (in Sherbrooke).
Mr. Côté was appointed President and CEO of Investissement Québec in December 2014.
A management consultant since 2012, he has experience running North American and international companies. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fibrek from 2008 to 2012, President of Bombardier Aerospace’s Business Aircraft division from 2006 to 2008 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Lantic Sugar from 2001 to 2005. In addition, he held a variety of management positions in the forestry industry for nearly 20 years.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Côté has sat on the boards of numerous organizations, including D-Box, the Centre for Commercialization of Innovation for Manufacturers and Fondation de la Maison Michel-Sarrazin. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Conseil du patronat du Québec since April 2017 and has supported the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie since 2010.
Mr. Côté has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval and completed a training program at the McGill Executive Institute
Anne Bourhis was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in October 2014.
Since 1999, Ms. Bourhis has worked as a professor specializing in recruitment and staff selection at the business school’s Department of Human Resources Management. Prior to that, she was a professor at Université Laval.
A sought-after speaker, Ms. Bourhis received the 2008 HEC Montréal prize for excellence in teaching. She is the author of two award-winning books, including the manual Recrutement et sélection du personnel (2007, 2012), which won the Ministre de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport Award in 2008.
Ms. Bourhis holds a business degree from the EDHEC Business School in France, an M.Sc. degree in human resource management from HEC Montréal and a Ph.D. in business administration (organizational behaviour) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. Since September 2017, she has been a member of the Héma-Québec Board of Directors.
Claudine Roy was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in February 2015.
Ms. Roy has been the President and CEO of Gestion immobilière Gaspé since 1990 and the owner of Auberge sous les arbres since 2014. She is also the founder and President of Traversées de la Gaspésie. Until 2015, she owned the Brise-Bise bistro in Gaspé, which she started in 1986.
Ms. Roy sits on the board of numerous corporations and organizations, including IQ FIER, Ressources Québec, Caisse populaire Desjardins Baie-de-Gaspé, the Association des restaurateurs du Québec and the Ordre national du Québec.
A business figure who is well known for her contributions to Québec society, she has served as President of the Corporation de développement des Fêtes de Gaspé and the driving force behind the growing international reputation of the Grande Traversée de la Gaspésie. She was awarded the TELUS Community Excellence Award in 2013 and the Award for Excellence in Tourism, one of the Grands prix du tourisme de la Gaspésie. A Chevalière de l'Ordre national du Québec, she is considered by her peers to be one of Québec’s 100 most influential women.
Ms. Roy holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Ottawa and a certificate in education from Université du Québec à Rimouski. She also holds corporate governance certification from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés at Université Laval.
Daniel Cadoret was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in December 2017.
From 1991 to 2017, Daniel Cadoret was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he specialized in business financing. He was also the City Leader of the Québec City office from 1998 to 2015. Over his career, he has advised many companies in the areas of financing transactions, sales, acquisitions and business valuation.
Mr. Cadoret has held a variety of positions with committees and boards of directors over his career, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators from 1987 to 1993 (Chairman in 1992-1993) and of the Board of Directors of PwC Canada from 2001 to 2009 (Chair of the Partners Affairs Committee from 2005 to 2007). He currently sits on the boards of Norbec Group (Chair of the Audit Committee), Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches (Chair of the Audit Committee) and Institut Mallet pour l’avancement de la culture philanthropique. He is also Chair of the ethics committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.
Mr. Cadoret is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (FCPA, FCA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (FEEE). He graduated in business administration from Université Laval and holds ASC certification from the Collège des administrateurs des sociétés.
Geneviève Morin was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in October 2014.
Ms. Morin has served as Chief Investment Officer for Fondaction CSN, the trade union confederation’s development fund for cooperation and employment, since December 2011. She previously held the posts of Administration and Finance Coordinator and Chief Financial and Corporate Development Officer for the same organization.
Before joining Fondaction in 1996, she held various positions with Desjardins Group, including Senior Credit Advisor, Senior Development Advisor and Management Training Officer. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Filaction, the Canadian Venture Capital Association and Réseau Capital, where she served as Co-President from 2010 to 2012.
Ms. Morin has an MBA in Finance from HEC Montréal and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Concordia University. She has also completed training as a securities dealer.
Jean Landry was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in March 2015.
From 1981 to 2004, Mr. Landry held several management posts at Desjardins General Insurance and served as President of Desjardins Trust. He began his career as an auditor with large accounting firms and later went on to teach at HEC Montréal, the Insurance Institute of Canada and Université Laval.
Mr. Landry worked as a consultant to the Association des courtiers et agents immobiliers du Québec from 2006 to 2010. He has also served on several boards of directors. He now sits on the board the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec and the Fonds d’assurance-responsabilité professionnelle of the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
A member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA, CA), Mr. Landry is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and received his master’s degree in commercial sciences from Université de Sherbrooke. He also holds certification in corporate governance from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés at Université Laval.
Louise Sanscartier joined the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in January 2013.
Ms. Sanscartier, a governance consultant and corporate director, was a senior partner at management consulting firm Interis Consulting Inc. for seven years and then a partner with BDO Canada from 2013 to 2015. She has over 35 years of experience in the financial sector and has completed a variety of mandates abroad as a governance consultant. From 1984 to 2003, she was a member of the management team at Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec, where she held various positions including Vice-President, Corporate and Technological Development.
Ms. Sanscartier is a founding member of the Cercle des administrateurs de sociétés certifiés (2008) and has been a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors since 2005. She chairs the boards of directors of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec’s professional liability fund and Femmessor Québec. She is also a member of the FERIQUE Funds independent review committee and an instructor for a module of the Governance program of the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés.
Ms. Sanscartier has a post-MBA degree in strategic management and change management as well as a master’s degree in project management from Université du Québec à Montréal. She also holds corporate director certification from Université Laval’s Collège des administrateurs de sociétés.
Lynda Durand was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in December 2017.
Since 1997, Ms. Durand has been President and Co-owner of O.S.T.A.R. Productions Inc., which produces television programs, series and documentaries as well as corporate videos.
Ms. Durand graduated in law from Université de Sherbrooke in 1983 and was Legal Attaché and Deputy Prothonotary at the Sherbrooke courthouse from 1984 to 1985. From 1986 to 1990, she practised law with the firm Cuerrier, Hébert, Durand, avocats. During the same period, she taught negotiation at the École du Barreau du Québec and Université de Sherbrooke.
From 1990 to 1997, Ms. Durand was Vice-President of Québec’s Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, where she was responsible for four departments: Legal Services, Communications, Human Resources and Material Resources. During that period, she also chaired the diversion committee, whose work led to the creation of the Commission des lésions professionnelles, the appeals tribunal for occupational accidents. Since 2014, she has been a certified corporate director, having studied at Université Laval’s Collège des administrateurs de sociétés.
Madeleine Féquière was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in October 2014.
With over 25 years of experience, Ms. Féquière is a specialist in risk management and operations associated with business credit, in improving credit conditions and in global trade. She has worked on several continents in various sectors of the economy.
Since 2008, she has been Director and Corporate Credit Chief for Domtar’s worldwide operations. Between 2000 and 2008, she was Senior Director, Global Credit, of AbitibiBowater Corp. She previously served as Assistant Vice-President, Global Credit, at Teleglobe Canada (1998–2000), International Credit Manager for Microsoft/Softimage (1996–1998), National Credit Manager for Invensys Canada (1993–1998) and Regional Credit Manager at Archer Daniels Midland (1985–1992).
Recognized for her leadership and ability to develop and manage complex international business strategies, Ms. Féquière serves on the boards of public, governmental and non-profit organizations. She is President of the board of École supérieure de ballet du Québec and also sits on the board of the Québec Culture Capital Fund.
Ms. Féquière holds a Mini-MBA from McGill Executive Institute, a certificate in finance and credit from HEC/CIC and a BA from Concordia University, and has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education program.
Marie-France Poulin was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in December 2017.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in business administration (marketing) from Université Laval, Ms. Poulin started her career at Maax in 1987 as Plant Manager. She then held the positions of Vice-President of Marketing and R&D, from 1990 to 1993, and Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. In 1997, she was named Senior Vice-President and then Senior Vice-President of Sales, from 2002 to 2004.
Since 2004, she has been Vice-President of Camada Group, a private equity firm specializing in business and real estate investments. In 2007, she founded Kalia Inc., a company that designs and manufactures bathroom and kitchen accessories, where she is a partner and Vice-President of Marketing. Her extensive experience has enabled her to build a large business network and gain expertise in strategic planning, marketing, governance and human resources. A graduate of the Université Laval’s Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, Ms. Poulin also sits on a number of boards of directors.
Monette Malewski was appointed to the Board
of Directors of Investissement Québec in
Ms. Malewski has been the owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of M Bacal Group since 1998. Recognized today as one of the industry’s top insurance advisors, she was named one of Canada’s 50 Women of Influence in the life insurance industry by the Insurance & Investment Journal.
Ms. Malewski has held the positions of Assistant Executive Director of YM-YWHA Montréal Jewish Community Centres (1989–1992), Executive Director of the Association of Jewish Day Schools (1981–1989) and President of the Federation of Teachers of Jewish Schools of Montréal
She recently went back to school and now proudly bears the Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) title.
A businesswoman, activist and renowned philanthropist, she has received numerous awards and honours during her career, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Association of Québec Women in Finance “Inspiration – Andrée Corriveau” Award. She also received an honorary degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The President of the Board of Directors of IQ Immigrants Investisseurs since 2013, Ms. Malewski is Director of several other organizations, including Anges Québec Capital, the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Montréal Relève.
Nadine Girault was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in October 2014.
As a senior manager with over 25 years of experience in a wide range of business environments, Nadine Girault has held many strategic positions during her career. Since 2014, she has acted as a strategy, leadership and business development consultant for a variety of organizations.
Previously, Ms. Girault held a number of vice-president positions at Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Groupe Boutique Jacob Inc., BMO Financial Group and Desjardins Financial Security, in Toronto. She also spent some 10 years at the Royal Bank of Canada, where she held several senior management positions.
Ms. Girault is very active in the community and has served on the board of directors of public, paragovernmental and non-profit organizations. She currently sits on the Board of the École supérieure de ballet du Québec and chairs its Governance, Ethics and Legal Affairs Committee, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the IWF. Ms. Girault also sits on the board of trustees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and is a member of the Diversity 50 Committee of the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC).
Ms. Girault holds an MBA in financial services from Université du Québec à Montréal and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal. She holds corporate director certification (ASC) from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés and has received the Leadership Award from the AFFQ (Association of Quebec Women in Finance).
Nicolas Duvernois has been a member of Investissement Québec’s Board of Directors since December 2017.
Mr. Duvernois founded Pur Vodka in 2006, two years after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in political science at Université de Montréal. His company produces the first ultra-premium vodka made in Québec and has earned worldwide acclaim.
As a speaker, author and blogger—but first and foremost, an entrepreneur at heart—Mr. Duvernois is very involved with young entrepreneurs. In 2016, he cofounded Adopt Inc., an organization that gives a helping hand to the next generation of business leaders by pairing them with successful entrepreneurs. Since 2016, he has also served as spokesperson for the Association des clubs entrepreneurs étudiants du Québec (ACEE) and as a coach at the École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce. In January 2017, he was appointed President of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM).
Normand Provost was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in December 2017.
Mr. Provost spent 35 years at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), where he held a number of positions. He joined the Caisse in 1980 as an Account Manager and was then Senior Director, Medium-sized Companies from 1985 to 1990. He was later named Senior Director and Vice-President, National Private Investments.
In 1995, he was appointed President of Capital d’Amérique CDPQ Inc. In 2003, he returned to the CDPQ as Executive Vice-President, Private Equity and Infrastructure, a position he held until 2014. He was appointed Director of Québec Operations and Chief Operations Officer in 2009, after which he served as Assistant to the President from 2014 to 2015.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in business administration (finance) from HEC Montréal, Mr. Provost is a member of the Board of Directors of Quebecor and Director of the Fondation de l’Entrepreneurship. He also sits on the Supervisory Board and Compensation and Human Resources Committee of Keolis Group. Since March 2015, Mr. Provost has been a member of Desjardins Financial Security’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee.