Headed by our President and CEO, our Management Committee is composed of seasoned managers. Discover their profiles.
An effective leader and strong communicator, Guy LeBlanc has a solid grasp of the Québec business environment. His career path bears witness to his commitment to growing businesses, and his know-how and experience in the field position him admirably to carry out Investissement Québec’s important mandate.
Guy LeBlanc was appointed President and CEO of Investissement Québec in April 2019.
A seasoned executive, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for over 35 years. As Managing Partner of the Transaction group in Canada from 2002 to 2006 and Managing Partner of the Montréal Office from 2006 to 2015, he oversaw a team of over 800 professionals and was responsible for adapting the firm’s strategy for the Québec market. An expert in finance, Guy LeBlanc specializes in business transactions (sales and purchases) and business financing.
He has a degree from HEC Montréal, an honorary degree from Université de Montréal and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors; he is also a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (FCPA).
Reputed for his leadership abilities, Guy LeBlanc has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of Canam Group, Goodfood Market Inc., The Lion Electric Co., Groupe Meloche, ATIS Group and Montréal International.
As a seasoned finance professional, Bicha Ngo is recognized for her strategic mind and wealth of transactional experience. A major asset for the Corporation, her role is to identify and support industries and key players in our economy.
Bicha Ngo was named Senior Executive Vice-President, Private Equity in October 2019.
Armed with more than 25 years of experience in the transactional arena, Bicha Ngo began her career at HSBC. For nine years she held the post of Vice-President, Corporate Development at Domtar Inc., where she managed transactions and oversaw the integration of acquired assets in addition to ensuring development of the company’s corporate strategy. She also spearheaded a number of asset sales and acquisitions that contributed to the organization’s transformation. Before joining Domtar, she was a member of the investment bank teams at CIBC World Markets and Merril Lynch.
Bicha Ngo is a CFA and received her finance degree from HEC Montréal.
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 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.
His extensive knowledge of government operations and the business community, together with his solid experience in drawing foreign investment, make Hubert Bolduc a steadfast ally.
In 2019 Hubert Bolduc was appointed President of Investissement Québec International, the Québec government’s foreign investment prospecting and export assistance agency.
Mr. Bolduc was previously a senior Québec civil servant and President and CEO of Montréal International.
He also held the posts of Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, at Cascades from 2004 to 2012 and Advisor to the Québec Premier from 2001 to 2003.
Mr. Bolduc holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Université du Québec à Montréal, a master’s degree in communication from the University of Stirling in Scotland, and an MBA from HEC Montréal. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Beneva, Scale AI and Montréal International.
Recognized for his dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Beauchesne's professional expertise has helped him build a close rapport with entrepreneurs and the business community. With teams covering all regions of Québec, this ensures that financing and support tools can be adapted to the needs of Québec businesses.
Jocelyn Beauchesne held the position of Vice President, Regional Network, before becoming Senior Vice President, Regional Network, in March 2022.
He has 27 years of experience in the financial sector, mainly in corporate financing and real estate portfolio management. Prior to joining Investissement Québec, he held several senior management positions at Desjardins Group between 2005 and 2017. He has also worked for various major financial institutions during his career. With his extensive professional background, he brings invaluable skills and knowledge to entrepreneurs and the business community.
He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in business administration from the Université de Sherbrooke, and is renowned for his enthusiasm and entrepreneurial drive. His frequent involvement in numerous economic activities and public forums demonstrates his commitment to business development.
Mr. Beauchesne has supported several philanthropic organizations over the years and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Québec Games Foundation, which helps young athletes.
Recognized for her ability to build and manage results-oriented teams, Marie Zakaïb is highly skilled at developing and implementing human resource strategies in changing environments.
Marie Zakaïb was Vice-President; Talent, Culture and Corporate Communications prior to becoming Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Internal Communications in August 2019. Before 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, with a specialization in finance, from Université du Québec à Montréal, Marie began her career in 1987 as a Commercial Accounts Manager with TD Canada Trust, before developing a strong interest in human resources and industrial relations.
Starting as an Advisor, she was appointed Human Resources Director, a post she held until 2004. Marie quickly rose 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 change management and transformation projects.
Known for his leadership skills and results-oriented approach, Sylvain Gendron has solid experience in corporate governance as well as business and transactional law, particularly in the finance industry.
Sylvain Gendron was named Senior Vice-President, Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secretary in April 2021.
With over 20 years of experience, including several at the executive level, Sylvain Gendron worked at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) for some 15 years. His has also held positions in the private sector at McCarthy Tétrault and Ogilvy Renault.
Mr. Gendron holds degrees in law and business administration (finance) from Université Laval and is a member of the Barreau du Québec (Québec Bar).
Recognized for her leadership, Ms. Pinsonnault has spent her entire career in the financial and economic development sectors. Her vast knowledge of Québec’s entrepreneurial fabric guides the actions and strategic initiatives of Investissement Québec, making a concrete contribution to the growth of Québec companies.
Sylvie Pinsonnault has worked at Investissement Québec for more than 20 years, where she began as a Senior Portfolio Manager. Prior to being appointed Senior Vice-President, Strategies and Business Solutions, she held several key management positions including Vice-President, Venture Capital, Investment Funds, and Tax Measures, and Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives and Management Committee Advisory Services. In her current role, Ms. Pinsonnault is responsible for formulating the Company’s strategic plan, and for implementing its action plan and strategic initiatives. She is also responsible for the development of business solutions, and she leads all external marketing and communications activities. In 2022, she was further entrusted with management of Investissement Québec – CRIQ, a division responsible for providing technological support and industrial innovation services to Québec businesses. Her current title has since been amended to Senior Vice-President, Strategies, Innovation, and Sustainable Development.
With an MBA in International Business and Export Management from the City University Business School in London, UK, Ms. Pinsonnault previously held executive positions at CAE Electronics, Scotiabank, Export Development Canada, and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.
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