Ad. E., B.C.L., LL.B., MBA
Chair of the Board, IAS-Québec
As Vice Chair, Québec for BCE Inc. and Bell, Martine Turcotte was responsible until her retirement in January 2020 for driving the company’s business, government and community investment initiatives across Québec.
Appointed to this role in July 2011, Mme. Turcotte was an accomplished leader with more than 30 years of strategic, legal and regulatory career achievements at Bell.
In 1999, Mme. Turcotte was the first woman to be named Chief Legal Officer of Bell and the youngest to join the ranks of the executive team.
Ms. Turcotte is a member of the board of directors of Empire / Sobeys (since 2012) and also chairs their Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is also a board member of CIBC (since 2014) and sits on both the Human Resources and the Corporate Governance Committees. She is also a member of the board of ICD (Québec) and sits on the IT Committee and the Bicentennial Campaign Board as well as on the Faculty Advisory Board of the Faculty of Medecine of McGill University. She was appointed in June 2020 Chairperson of the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission for a 4 year term.
Ms. Turcotte graduated from McGill University with Bachelors in Civil Law and Common Law and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the London Business School.
Her career has earned significant recognition including the first Canadian General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award, the title Advocatus Emeritus from the Québec Bar Association for professional excellence, and induction into the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Hall of Fame after being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women multiple times. She was awarded both the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition of her contributions to Canada.