Headed by our President and CEO, our Management Committee is composed of seven seasoned managers—three women and four men. Discover their profiles.
A man of action, Pierre Gabriel Côté makes our clients’ satisfaction one of our organization’s highest priorities. Excellent listening skills, a proactive stance and quality service are the pillars of our client-based approach for this astute businessman, who headed up several large manufacturing companies before taking the helm of Investissement Québec in 2014.
Mr. Côté was appointed President and CEO of Investissement Québec in December, 2014.
A management consultant since 2012, he has experience running large 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 served on numerous boards of directors. Until recently, he was a director of D-Box, Dessau, Centre for Commercialization of Innovation for Manufacturers and Fondation de la Maison Michel-Sarrazin. He has also 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.
The coordinator of all our operating activities and a seasoned manager, Yves Lafrance uses his vast knowledge to ensure that our clients have access to the services that best suit their needs, no matter what their point of contact is with our organization.
Mr. Lafrance has served as Executive Vice-President, Mandate Management and Government Programs since December 2016.
From March 2015 to December 2016, he held the position of Executive Vice-President, Operations and Client Strategies and, from 2011 to 2015, he was Senior Vice-President, Financing Mandates.
Mr. Lafrance, who has a bachelor’s degree in administration (finance) from Université Laval, served from 2002 to 2007 as Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Corporations and Economic Projects within the Ministère des Finances du Québec. In that role, he oversaw economic development projects, supervised the activities of government corporations and played an advisory role regarding major investments, strategic plans and financial objectives.
He was also Regional Director at Investissement Québec from 1998 to 2002 and Senior Portfolio Manager at Société de développement industriel from 1991 to 1998.
As a high-level financier, with a wealth of experience in banking, Mr. Settano applies both discipline and vision in monitoring Investissement Québec’s financial governance and profitability.
Christian Settano was appointed Executive Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Affairs in February 2017.
With more than 18 years of experience in finance, he had previously served as Vice President Finance – Retail and Commercial Banking at Laurentian Bank of Canada since 2012. In that position, he was responsible for strategic planning for the business line, financial control, and financial budgeting and analysis, among other things; he also acted as chief financial officer of LBC Financial Services. From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Settano held the positions of chief financial officer, division financial manager and controller at the Montréal and New York offices of Société Générale.
Mr. Settano holds a bachelor of business administration degree and a graduate diploma in accounting from HEC Montréal and is a member of Québec’s order of CPAs. He started his career at Ernst & Young.
Recognized for her leadership and expertise, Ms. Pinsonnault aims to catalyze the growth of businesses that will become tomorrow’s leaders and position our organization as a vital player in venture capital. As co-leader of Investissement Québec’s Innovative Manufacturing Initiative, which was launched in 2016, she also works to energize Québec’s manufacturing industry.
Ms. Pinsonnault was appointed Vice-President, Venture Capital, Innovation and Innovative Manufacturing in January 2017, after serving as Vice-President, Venture Capital, Investment Funds and Tax Measures for two years.
From 2011 to 2015, she was Vice-President, Investment Funds, Business Immigration and Mandates at Investissement Québec. Before then, she had been Vice-President, Subsidiaries since March 2010, following a three-year stint as Director, Corporate Initiatives, Policies and Products in the Credit and Risk Management Division.
With an MBA in International Business and Export Management from the City University Business School in London, England, Ms. Pinsonnault was named CEO of FIER Partners LP when the $180-million investment fund was created in 2005.
From 2002 to 2004, she was Senior Portfolio Manager at Investissement Québec. Previously, from 1996 to 2001, she was Manager, Structured Finance at CAE Electronics, where she oversaw project financing, investment and risk management, primarily outside Canada. She has also held other executive positions at Scotiabank, Export Development Canada and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.
With his recognized expertise in accounting and financial management, Yves Bourque keeps a close watch on risk management at Investissement Québec. He also directs process reviews within the organization, giving priority to efficient, high-quality customer service.
Yves Bourque was appointed Vice-President, Risk Management at Investissement Québec in April 2015. From 2011 to 2015, he was Senior Vice-President, Investment Support and Management, a position he had also held at Société générale de financement du Québec from 2005 until SGF merged with Investissement Québec.
A member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec since 1987, Mr. Bourque has 30 years of experience in accounting and financial management. Over the years, he has played a vital role in the start-up and management of high-growth companies.
Mr. Bourque launched his career at Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, where he quickly rose to become Director, Certification, a position he held from 1989 to 1994. Subsequently, he was Director, Finance and Administrative Services for Consortium UBI Inc. from 1994 to 1997 and Vice-President, Finance and Secretary General at Connexim, a limited partnership, until 2005.
A strong advocate of teamwork and collaboration, Mirabel Paquette is known for her superb organizational skills and business acumen. She is an excellent ambassador dedicated to promoting our service offerings and broadening our reach with our clients and partners.
Mirabel Paquette was appointed Vice-President, Public Affairs and Marketing at Investissement Québec in January 2017, after serving as Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs from 2015 to 2017.
Ms. Paquette has over 18 years of experience in marketing and communications, including over 14 years in the legal field. During her career, she served as Director, Operations and Event Management and Director, Marketing and Communications at Stikeman Elliott.
Very active in the business community, Ms. Paquette is on the board of the HEC Montréal Foundation. Since October 2015, she has also sat on the board and the executive committee of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ). She was a member of the board of Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal from 2004 to 2012 and the chair of Réseau HEC Montréal from 2006 to 2007.
Ms. Paquette has a bachelor’s degree in management from HEC Montréal.
Recognized for her ability to build and manage results-oriented teams, Marie Zakaïb is proficient at developing and implementing human resources strategies in changing environments.
Marie Zakaïb was named Vice-President, Talent, Culture and Corporate Communications in March 2017. Prior to joining Investissement Québec, she worked for 30 years at TD Bank Group, where she served as Vice-President of Corporate Human Resources and Employee Relations for the Group’s business divisions from 2014 to 2017.
Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business administration (finance) from Université du Québec à Montréal, Ms. Zakaïb began her career as a Commercial Accounts Manager with TD Canada Trust in 1987, before she developed an interest in human resources and industrial relations.
Starting out as an Advisor, she held the post of Human Resources Director until 2004. She quickly climbed the corporate ranks to become Senior Director of Human Resources at TD Insurance and later Vice-President of Human Resources, Corporate Functions and Labour Relations, from 2006 to 2014. Her responsibilities in that role included transformation and change management projects.