Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Marie-France Gagnon

Business law lawyer
 

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon S.E.N.C.R.L./s.r.l.

Pascal de Guise is a Partner in the Blakes Capital Markets and Corporate & Commercial groups.

With over 20 years of experience with M&A and corporate finance, Pascal advises the Firm’s clients on capital markets, venture capital, growth equity and private equity on matters ranging from private placements, fund formation, public offerings and going-private transactions to plans of arrangement, take-over bids, private M&A transactions, governance and compliance.

Pascal is a member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association’s (CVCA) Private Capital Model Committee and Fund Formation Model Committee. He also sits on the board of the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. (See Linkedin profil)

VICE PRESIDENTS

Head of Canada
Ivanhoé Cambridge

Annie Houle is a Senior Director in CDPQ’s Québec private equity team. In this role, she is involved in all areas of the investment process and post-investment management, and has led transactions in subordinated debt and equity involving mid-to-large cap Québec-based companies. She also sits on portfolio company Boards of Directors.

Prior to joining CDPQ in 2017, Ms. Houle worked for more than 15 years in global banking, covering a range of industries. She spent most of these years at HSBC Bank Canada, where she built the global banking team and department in Montréal. She originated, structured and negotiated several international financing transactions involving bank and bond financing, project finance and public equity, in addition to being involved in all other relevant corporate banking services.

Ms. Houle earned her Bachelor’s Degree with honours in Economics from Université de Montréal and an MSc. in International Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. She is also a member de l’Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agréés du Québec (CPA, CGA) and is a CFA charterholder. (See Linkedin profil)

Partner, Global Transportation & Services Practice Leader | Canada Market Leader
Oliver Wyman

Patrick Lortie is a Partner in Oliver Wyman based in Montreal. He leads its Transportation & Services Practice in the Americas and is a member of the firm’s Global Leadership Council.

Patrick is also Oliver Wyman’s Market Leader for Canada.

Over the past two decades, Patrick has advised Boards and Executive Teams on a global basis in the transportation industry. He has led assignments with leading airlines, railroads, equipment manufacturers, postal and courier companies and service providers. He works with firms in both the private and public sectors.

Patrick is a recognized expert in strategy, operations, and organizational transformations. He specializes in designing growth strategies and bringing those strategies to life through large-scale transformations.

In addition, Patrick has supported several transactions on medium to large assets in the transportation industry (e.g., rail, maritime, aerospace, transportation services and parcel delivery industries) on behalf of major global Private Equity firms and large Sovereign Wealth Funds globally.

Patrick sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Club of Montréal, and is a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Northwestern University Transportation Center, a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution serving the transportation industry.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Patrick worked for regional airlines in France and Argentina, and for Virgin Trains, a leading passenger train operator in the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and a M.B.A. in finance, marketing, and organizational behavior from the Kellogg School of Management. He is fluent in French and English. (See Linkedin profil)

Vice-Chair and Managing Partner, Quebec & Eastern Canada Region
PwC Canada

Nochane Rousseau is the Managing Partner of the Quebec region of PwC Canada and, as such, is a member of the Canadian Extended Leadership Team. He has 25 years of experience in the following areas: accounting, internal controls, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, tax and finance.

Nochane is a market-driven leader who has developed and maintained strong relationships with industry stakeholders and influencers in the Quebec market. Previously, he was part of the Quebec Leadership Team, as leader of the Energy, Utilities, Mining, Metals and Industrial Products (ESPMI) group for Quebec. He was also PwC's mining sector leader for Quebec and a member of the Canadian Leadership Teams of the ESPMI group and the mining sector.

Nochane holds a bachelor's degree in business administration (with honours) and an advanced studies diploma (DES) in accounting (with honours) from Laval University.

Nochane obtained the Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 1999 and received the prestigious CPA Fellow (FCPA) designation in March 2020.
(See Linkedin profil)

TREASURER

Partner, Strategy & Transactions
EY

Fany Boucher is a Partner in the Transaction Advisory Services group working in the Montréal office where she also the private equity and venture capital industry leader. She specializes in both buy-side and sell-side due diligence.
Fany has led the overall due diligence process—from multi-billion dollar cross-border transactions to small and medium entity buy-outs and minority transactions. Fany works in M&A since 2003. Fany’s experiences include deals in technology and traditional industries. 
Before re-joining the EY family in the Montréal office, Fany worked in due diligence for another Big 4 accounting firm and for the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, a labour-sponsored private equity fund. From 2005 to 2008, Fany worked for EY in transactions in the Silicon Valley (California) with a short-term assignment in their Paris office. Prior, she spent two years in CGI’s corporate finance department, working on valuations, acquisitions, divestitures and financial modeling. She started her career at Arthur Andersen. 
Fany received her Honours in Accounting and Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University (Douglas Mellor award), and is a member of the Québec Order of Chartered Accountants. She is also a Chartered Business Valuator in Canada. She is fluent in English and French, with basic Italian knowledge.
Fany is a board member of Réseau Capital and the Canadian Club. She is a mentor to McGill MBA students and she is a founder and treasurer of a charity running event. (See Linkedin profil)

PRESIDENT EX OFFICIO

Chief Client Officer
Deloitte

As Chief Client Officer, Marc leads Canada and Chile’s client and industry agenda, driving the go-to-market strategy and encompassing programs. Marc is part of the Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm and committed to delivering Deloitte’s vision.  Marc chairs Canada’s Clients & Industries Management Committee that includes industry, large and priority clients, voice of the client, thought leadership and market positioning, relationships, and key market platforms. Together, with a group of the firm’s senior market-facing partners, Marc is focused on extending Deloitte’s impressive position of market leadership.

Beforehand, Marc served as Managing Partner for the Quebec Region. During his 4 year-term, Deloitte consolidated its position as a true market leader by developing new services and innovative solutions to better serve our clients while finding ways to further engage our people and offer them new experiences.

He also previously served as chief of staff for the Office of the Managing Partner and Chief Executive (MP&CE) of Deloitte Canada. In this role, he assumed a broad range of responsibilities to help the MP&CE and executive team lead the firm.

Marc has also served as chairman of the board for the Deloitte Foundation. He is known for bringing his determination, attention to detail, and leadership to everything he undertakes, helping his teams consistently deliver exceptional results.

He has 25 years of experience providing audit and consulting services to a diverse client base in both the manufacturing industry and the technology, media, and telecommunications industry. He has extensive experience in major corporate transactions and public filings (IPOs; prospectuses; and takeover bids and information circulars in the context of mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations).

Current community involvement:
Governor of the Fondation de Recherche en Administration de l’Université de Sherbrooke

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DIRECTORS

Managing Director, Investment Banking 
National Bank Financial Inc.

Partner
Miller Thomson LLP

Managing Director, Corporate Banking Québec
Scotia Bank

Director, Corporate Credit
TD Securities

Frédéric Brunet is currently Director, Credit Origination, TD Securities, TD Bank Financial Group.  In this capacity, he is responsible for the structuring and origination of a portfolio of corporate clients in the Québec market.

Mr. Brunet holds a bachelor of business administration (Finance) from HEC Montréal and a Master of science (M.Sc.) in Finance from Université de Sherbrooke. Mr. Brunet has over 15 years of experience in banking/finance. During the course of his career, he has covered a diverse portfolio of corporate clients, and has assisted major Québec based corporations in structuring financings in, among others, food and beverage, aerospace, consumer retail, IT, and manufacturing sectors.

Mr. Brunet has been an active member of the Board of Directors of The Canadian Club of Montreal since 2022.
(See Linkedin profile)

Head of Investment Banking and Co-Head of Capital Markets
Desjardins Capital Markets

SVP Controller and Tax
BCE, Bell 

Thierry Chaumont was appointed Senior Vice-President Controller and Tax of BCE and Bell Canada in April 2014. He leads a cross functional team that  ensures all external regulatory requirements are being met, effectiveness of control environment (SOx), day to day accounting and the development of the 3 year strategic plan with the end goal focused on supporting Bell’s industry-leading capital investment in broadband networks and service innovation, and sustainable dividend growth for BCE shareholders.
Mr. Chaumont joined BCE in 2001 as Associate Director, Finance following his departure from Price Waterhouse Coopers where he had served for 5 years in Audit and M&A.
Mr. Chaumont is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA, CA) of Canada and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mr. Chaumont holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC).
(See Linkedin profile)

Senior Portfolio Manager
RBC Wealth Management - Dominion Securities

Jean-François Dion, CFA, is vice president and portfolio manager with the Bruce Kent Group, Canada’s largest private client discretionary portfolio management group at RBC Dominion Securities. As a Partner in the Group, Jean-François is in charge of Investment Strategy, Research and Portfolio Implementation. Before joining the Bruce Kent Group, Jean-François was Head of Equity Portfolio Management at RBC Dominion Securities, where he led a Toronto-based team of equity specialists and portfolio managers. His team was responsible for advising over 1700 portfolio managers and investment advisors across Canada on wide-ranging investment topics and ideas for Canadian, U.S. and international markets, as well as managing equity mandates directly. Jean-François holds a B.Comm from Concordia University and is a CFA Charterholder. (See Linkedin profile)

Managing Partner, Montréal Office
Borden Ladner Gervais

Regional Managing Partner – Québec Region
KPMG LLP

Managing Director & Co-Head
BMO Capital Markets, Quebec

Annie is a Managing Director in Investment & Corporate Banking at BMO Capital Markets. She acts as a relationship manager and advisor for several large Quebec-based companies in various sectors and she is responsible for the coverage of Quebec based financial sponsors and pension funds. In her role at BMO Capital Markets, Annie has completed several financial advisory mandates and mergers & acquisitions transactions as well as equity and debt financings. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets in 2004, Annie worked in the Assurance & Advisory Group of Deloitte.
Annie sits on the board of directors of Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine which aims to provide children and mothers with one of the highest levels of health care in the world.
Annie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) degree from McGill University. She also studied at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. Annie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a CFA Charterholder. (See Linkedin profile)

Managing Director - Quebec Region
Accenture Technology

Martine is the Montreal Office Managing Director for Montreal as well as the SAP Transformation Lead for Resources clients in Accenture Canada. Martine has more than 23 years of experience in project delivery and client account management. Focused on achieving technological advancements in the business community, Martine infuses innovation in the New IT offerings for her clients at Accenture. (See Linkedin profile)

President
Talsom

Olivier Laquinte is President of Talsom, a consulting firm specializing in digital transformation whose mission is to create a positive impact through people, innovation and technology. Olivier has over 20 years of experience in the digital transformation space, either as a consultant, entrepreneur, project and program manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree from HEC Montréal and a master's degree in project management from ESG-UQAM. He is also spokesperson and co-founder of the Regroupement des Firmes de Services Professionnelles Indépendantes whose objective is to promote entrepreneurship in the knowledge economy industry.

In 2019, Olivier received the MGP Career Award of the PMI-Montreal's Élixir 2019, which rewards excellence in project management in Quebec. The MGP Career Award recognizes the professional career of a graduate of the Master's degree in Project Management at UQAM. He is also the editor in chief of the Tech Radar, an annual report for business leaders seeking to understand how to transform their organization in the digital world.
(See Linkedin profile)

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Partner
McCarthy Tétrault

Partner, Corporate Group
Stikeman Elliott S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.

Amelie Metivier is a partner in the Corporate Group in Montréal. Her practice over the past 15 years has been focused on securities, capital markets and public mergers and acquisitions.

Vice-President | Business Development | Group Benefits
Sun Life

As Vice-President, Business Development, Sophie Ouellet is responsible for our sales and service team across Canada. Sophie also works with our Clients and their advisors to ensure our strategic direction is aligned with the needs of the Canadian marketplace and we are delivering service that is unrivalled for its innovation, quality and value.
Since joining Sun Life in 2011, Sophie has held a number of key roles within the Group Benefits Business Development team, including Regional Vice-President (RVP) for the Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region and leader of the National Accounts Strategic Plan. Prior to joining Sun Life Sophie held various positions in Health and Benefits at Aon Hewitt.
Sophie holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Laval University and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
(See Linkedin profile)

Vice-President and Sector Lead, Transportation and Urban Mobility
NATIONAL Public Relations

With an in-depth knowledge of public affairs issues and extensive media experience, Edith Rochette helps her clients communicate with decision-makers, the public and stakeholders. Her expertise in the management of issues related to new projects, particularly in the transport sector, helps implement effective consultation strategies and rally public acceptability. With her experience and knowledge of various stakeholders, she assists companies in enhancing their profile and manages their reputation by implementing crisis prevention and crisis management plans.

A journalist by training, Edith has worked for a variety of publications and as a political staffer. With more than 20 years of experience in communications, she currently serves as a consultant specializing in public affairs and transportation issues management. Edith sits on the boards of directors of the Club de trafic de Montréal and the Canadian Club, where she serves on the conference committee and the communications committee. She is also a member of the transportation committee of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec. (See Linkedin profile)

Partner | Co-Lead, Private Equity
Fasken

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Major Partner
Commanditaires de saison
Media partner
Governors