Chair of the Board, IAS-Québec
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 $30 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.
Executive Area President, East Gallagher
Nathalie joined the Optimum Talent team in March 2021 and has been the Regional Executive President since July 2021. In her new role, she will support the growth and expand the presence of Gallagher and the region's business practices by helping to foster a culture of engagement and professional growth.
She has a history of involvement with executives and board members of public and private companies as well as crown corporations for all governance, leadership development, and executive recruiting matters.
Recognized as a leading player in Quebec in the executive recruiting industry, she has received a number of awards and distinctions underscoring her entrepreneurship and, in 2001 and 2007, she received the Prix Jeune Entrepreneure du Québec et Entrepreneure Moyenne Entreprise and the Arista award in 2009. She was named “Indispensible Woman in Human Resources” by Premières en Affaires magazine in 2012. She is also a sought-after columnist and speaker who has been regularly read and heard in Quebec’s business forums, including the newspaper Les Affaires for over 15 years.
Governance, leadership and talent development, and diversity are central to her areas of interest and expertise. From 2006 to 2016, she was involved with Quebec’s Institute of Corporate Directors, where she served as Chair and then as Co-Chair of the Board. Today, she serves as Governor. She is a faculty member at McGill University for the Directors Education Program, where she teaches CEO Evaluation and Succession Planning. She also sits on the boards of Innergex (TSE: INE), Sphère Média Inc., and a number of advisory committees.
Nathalie Francisci is a marketing graduate from the Université de Paris 11 and has a Master’s in human resources from the Institut de Gestion sociale in Paris. She holds both the CHRP and ICD.D accreditations.
Past chair of the Board, IAS-Québec
Ms. Bertrand is an advisor in corporate governance and risk management and a corporate director. She is a member of a number of public and private company boards including the Board of Directors of National Bank of Canada, PSP Investments, Metro inc. and Gildan Activewear Inc. She is also the Chair of the board of directors of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)(Quebec Chapter) and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of McGill University. From 2016 to 2017, she was Strategic Advisor and Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and, prior to that she was Vice-President, Real Estate Services, Legal Services and General Counsel at CBC/Radio-Canada, where she also chaired the National Crisis Management Committee and the board of directors of ARTV, a specialty channel. Until 2009, she was a partner of Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg LLP, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, and served on the firm’s National Management Committee. She was named as Advocatus emeritus (Ad. E.) in 2007 by the Québec Bar in recognition for her exceptional contribution to the legal profession. Ms. Bertrand holds a Law degree (B.C.L.) with high distinction from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Risk Management from New York University (Stern School of Business).
Vice-President ICD-Quebec / Head of Québec Investment Banking, TD Securities
Executive Vice-President, Chief Human Resources Officer & Legal Affairs, Gildan Activewear Inc.
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
Chairman of the board of directors, National Bank of Canada
Jean Houde has served as Chairman of the Board of National Bank of Canada since April 2014. He has also served as Vice-Chair and as member of the board of directors of Université Laval since February 2021, as member of the board of directors of the Institut du Québec since May 2020 and as member of the board of trustees and the Audit Committee of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since September 2019. He served as Chairman of the Board of Energir Inc. from December 2011 to November 2020 and as member of the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee, which he chaired from 2012 to December 2017. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Chair of the board of directors of Finance Montréal, Québec’s financial cluster, and, from 2012 to 2014, as Vice-Chair of the board of directors of JOA Groupe Holding and member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees. In 2010 and until January 2011, he was a business development advisor with the accounting firm Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche LLP. He was Deputy Minister of Finance of Quebec from 2005 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Investissement Québec. From 1990 to 2003, Jean Houde held various positions at the Bank, including Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, Senior Vice-President, Retail Banking, and Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, a position he held when he left. He has a law degree and an MBA from Université Laval. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Jean Houde is a member of the Québec Bar, which awarded him the title of Advocatus Emeritus.
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 30 years of experience in consulting and management in finance and information technology. From 2006 to 2016, she was Vice-President, Internal Audit and Enterprise Risks. Since her arrival at CGI in 1985, Ms. Rancourt held increasingly senior positions in consulting, strategy and information technology, business development, project management and corporate functions in a multinational environment. Prior to her arrival at CGI, Ms. Rancourt began her career as an auditor and worked in operations, finance and accounting in distribution, retail and financial industries.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal and an ICD.D designation from the Institue of Corporate Directors. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA). Ms. Rancourt sits also on the board of directors of WSP and iA Financial group.
Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
CEO, Anges Québec
Geneviève Tanguay has more than 20 years of experience in Investment and has participated in the completion of numerous transactions in several innovative sectors, particularly in Life Sciences. She was Director of Investments at the Fonds de Solidarité from 2008 to 2017, the largest Quebec network for development and venture capital investment in Quebec. In August 2018, Geneviève was appointed head of corporate development at Biron Groupe Santé and in October 2020, Geneviève became the first woman to hold the position of CEO of Anges Québec.
Her various functions have enabled him to sit on several boards of directors of private companies and to invest in the strategy and development of these companies. Very involved in her community, Geneviève has sat on several boards of directors of non-profit organizations, including that of the prestigious Institute of Directors of Companies I.A.S. Finally, she has been a Member of the Board of Directors of VIA Rail since August 2017 and, among others, a Member of the Audit Committee and of the Stakeholder Relations Committee.
Geneviève holds a bachelor's degree in finance from HEC Montréal.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Caisse de depôt et placement du Québec