Following a 35 year career in law and business, Maryse Bertrand is a corporate director and an
advisor in risk and governance. Me Bertrand is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of
the ICD (Quebec Chapter) and a director of PSP Investments, Gildan Activewear Inc., Metro Inc
and National Bank of Canada. She chairs or has chaired all of their respective governance
committees. Me Bertrand is also a former director of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec. From 2009 to 2015, she was a member of the senior executive team at CBC/Radio-
Canada, where she also chaired the National Crisis Management Committee and the board of
ArTV, a specialty channel. Until 2009, Me Bertrand was a partner at Davies s.e.n.c.s.r.l where
she specialized in M&A and corporate finance and served on the National Management
Committee. Me Bertrand is a Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of McGill University and the
Vice-Chair of its Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility.
Me Bertrand was named as Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) in 2007 by the Quebec Bar in
recognition of her exceptional contribution to the legal profession. She has a law degree (with
high distinction) from McGill University and a Master in Risk Management from New York
University, Stern School of Business.
Managing Director, Investment Banking, National Bank Financial Inc.
Elaine Barsalou is a Managing Director, Investment Banking, at National Bank Financial and has been a banker for over 20 years.
The various management positions she has held over the years helped her acquire in-depth knowledge of financing, mergers and acquisitions and new issuance (public or private) of equity and debt for large Quebec-based corporations. To date, she acted as financial advisor in a broad spectrum of mandates totaling over $25 billion.
Elaine holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Major in Finance) from McGill University. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute and is a member of the CFA Montreal Association and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). She is also a member of the boards of directors of ICD-Québec and Lemieux-Pilon 4D ART.
Senior Vice President, Talent Management Services, Optimum Talent
Recognized as an industry leader in Quebec, Nathalie focuses on CEO, C-suite and Boards searches for publicly listed corporations, Crowns and large NFP, as well as for Crown and large not-for-profit organizations. She also specializes in corporate governance and acts as an internal advisor within the firm on client governance matters.
Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Nathalie built and ran a successful executive search business, which she sold in 2008. Her success as an entrepreneur has earned her numerous awards and distinctions, including being named one of Quebec’s top women in HR in 2012 by Premières en Affaires magazine. Nathalie is also a columnist for the newspaper Les Affaires and a renowned speaker.
Nathalie’s interests and expertise revolve around governance and diversity. From 2006 to 2016, she served as CEO, and later co-chair, of the board for the Quebec Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She also teaches for the Directors Education Program at McGill University and she currently sits on the board of Innergex (TSE: INE) on the governance committee and the human resources committee, Datsit Sphère Média Inc. (Media entertainment) as the Chair of the Governance and human resources committee.
Nathalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Paris-Sud University and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from IGS-RH Paris. She also holds a CHRP and an ICD.D designation.
Partner, Assurance and Consultancy, PwC Montreal
Chair of the Board of Directors, Canadian Pacific Railway
Isabelle Courville, an engineer and a lawyer by training, is Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Pacific Railway.
Ms. Courville was active for 30 years in the Canadian telecommunications and energy sectors. She served as President of Bell Canada’s Enterprise Group and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Nordiq Group. Following that, Ms. Courville was President of Hydro‐Québec Distribution and was also President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie.
She is currently a board member of SNC-Lavalin, Canadian Pacific Railway and Veolia Environment.
In 2007, Isabelle Courville received the McGill Management Achievement Award for her contribution to the business world and community involvement. In 2012, she was selected amongst Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. In 2010, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec awarded her the Prix Hommage for her exceptional contribution to the engineering profession. In 2017, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montreal.
Partner, Audit, KPMG
Partner, LFB CPA and Corporate Director
Hélène F. Fortin FCPA, FCA, ICD.D-IAS.A completed a Bachelor of Commerce – Finance and Accounting Magna Cum Laude from Concordia University in 1979, and a year later a post graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy Honours List from McGill University. She became a CA in 1982 while working with one of the big CA firms (Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Hélène completed the directors’ education program from the Rotman School of Business and obtained her ICD.D designation in 2006 from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Hélène was awarded the Fellow designation by the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants in 2010 (FCA), and from CPA Québec in 2012 (FCPA).
Member of CPA Quebec, she lectured in Accounting and Auditing during more than 20 years at many universities in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was actively involved from 1982 to 2019 with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CPA Canada): on the Interprovincial Board of Evaluators, and with the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board during which time the 36 international standards of auditing were adopted in Canada from 2006 to 2009.
From 1985 to 1989 Hélène participated in the series of acquisitions of companies that punctuated the growth of Quebecor Inc (TSX QBR.B). She since returned to practicing public accountancy as an audit, assurance and advisory partner now managing her own firm LF&B-CPA inc., assisting clients in various aspects from financing strategies and implementation, reporting, compliance, structuring, acquisitions, accounting, tax, controls and governance. She is actively involved with asset management and financing/funding strategies in her role as trustee/ advisor for large pension plans, estates, and foundations.
Hélène has been serving on boards of directors of large public and private corporations since 2003 which provides her with exposure to the best practices within a wide range of organizations such as: UBS Bank (Canada), Loto Quebec (chair), Institute of Corporate Directors/Quebec, VoiceAge Corporation, Neptune Wellness Solutions (TSX/Nasdaq NEPT), and the federal department audit committees of the Public Service Commission and of Agriculture/Agrifood Canada. Former positions include the following boards: Concordia University, Assuris, TSX listed corporations Bellus Health (BLU) as chair of the audit committee, and Groupe BV (GBV) as chair of the board, CBC Radio-Canada, Hydro-Quebec, Infrastructure Québec as chair, Foundation of Stars and Armand-Frappier/INRS Foundation, federal department audit committee of Canada Economic Development Agency for the Quebec regions.
An member of the Institute of Corporate directors, Hélène is actively involved in enterprise-wide governance as an author, lecturer, and speaker. In 2018, she chaired the Organizing Committee for the Forum OBNL 2018 (Not-for-profit organizations 2018 Forum) held in Montréal. She has continuously been involved in fundraising events for health, arts, children, environment and education organisations. She is a member of 3 private clubs.
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais, S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.
Chairman of the boards of directors, National Bank of Canada and Énergir
Mr. Jean Houde possesses vast experience in the sector of financial and corporate management, acquired during his service at major institutions such as Hydro-Québec, Investissement Québec, the Société Générale de Financement and the National Bank of Canada. He has been the Chairman of the Board of the latter since April 2014 and is also a member of its Review Committee and its Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Houde has also held the Chair of Board of Directors of Énergir Inc. since December 2011. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Finance Montréal from November 2010 to March 2014. He was the Deputy Minister of Finance of Québec from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Houde is also the Chairman of the Board of the Violons du Roy.
Eastern Canada Managing Partner, EY
Chair of the Board of Directors, Yellow Pages
Chairman of the board of directors of Groupe Deschênes Inc.
President, Competia and corporate director
Advises CEOs and their boards of directors on how to avoid strategic blind spots in their strategic and competitive initiatives.
Entrepreneur, trend hunter, speaker (Davos in 2012 on identifying weak signals). Facilitator of strategic workshops on future trends and disruptive industries. Associate Professor, McGill University (Canada). Lecturer at IMD (Switzerland), and in joint programs with MIT (USA), IMB (India) and INSEAD (France), and the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada). Formerly with McKinsey & Company (Canada), CAE (Canada), ING Bank (Netherlands, Poland), GMP-Bouygues (France, UK).
Independent director, member of the Audit Committee, BRP Inc. (TSX:$DOO-Canada, NASDAQ: $DOOO). Independent director, member of the Strategy Committee, member of the Human Resources Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee, Audemars Piguet (Switzerland). Member of the Board of Directors, the Sustainable Development Committee and the Governance Committee, Agropur Cooperative. Member of the Board of Directors, the Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee, Ivanhoé Cambridge. Member of the Board of Directors and of the Audit Committee, Martur (family automotive business, Turkey), representing the IFC (World Bank). Member of the Advisory Board, Ricardo Media (Montreal, Canada). Member of the Advisory Board, Groupe Sélection (developer and operator of retirement homes, Canada). Member of the Advisory Board, LifeScore (Music and Artificial Intelligence, UK). Member of the Board of Directors, ICD-Quebec. Formerly, independent director, Ubisoft Entertainment SA (Euronext: $UBI-France), Zag Bank (Calgary, Canada), and Blockstream (blockchain technologies, Silicon Valley).
Drs and MBA, Nijenrode University, The Netherlands. Speaks French, English, German, Italian, Dutch, and is learning Arabic and Turkish. Airplane pilot (commercial license) and certified flight instructor.
When not flying, Estelle can usually be found on Twitter www.twitter.com/competia.
President and CEO, Pennercorp
Suzanne Rancourt is a corporate director with more than 35 years of business experience, mainly at CGI, one of the world's largest independent IT services and business processes companies. Rancourt was the Vice-President of Internal Audit and Enterprise Risks at CGI from 2006 to 2016. Starting in 1985, Rancourt has held various management positions within CGI, specifically in IT management, consulting and project management. Prior to joining CGI, Rancourt worked in operations, accounting and auditing in the finance, distribution and retail sectors. She is a member of the WSP (TSX: WSP) board of directors where she sits on the audit committee. She is the vice-chair of the Aéroports de Montréal Board of Directors and chair of the Capital Investment and Environmental Committee. She is also a member of the Solmax board of directors and chairs the audit committee.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Caisse de depôt et placement du Québec