Board of Directors 2020-2021

Luc Bisaillon, MBA

RBC 

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Luc Bisaillon (BBA HEC Montréal 1981, MBA 1993 Concordia U, and ASC 2012) is Managing Director, Corporate Client Group since 2015 and with the team since 2013.

Corporate Client Group typically works with private companies with sales over $100 million that require sophisticated financial structures.

He currently manages a team of 5 with a portfolio of companies in distribution, manufacturing, construction, transportation and services, many of which are also subsidiaries of foreign companies.

Luc is involved in the community and currently serves as Chair for the Quebec Swimming Federation and Chair of the Quebec MBA Association.

His Certified Corporate Director training program at Université Laval provides him with robust knowledge in board governance.

Nicolas Boily, MBA

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

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A partner since 2007, Nicolas Boily has been working in business recovery and restructuring at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for 20 years.

He has a diverse background in recovery and other areas thanks to the various roles he played prior to joining the Recovery and Reorganization Group. His assurance experience at RCGT, in financial analysis and corporate financing, as well as his experience as Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Operations for two private companies, led him to develop the versatility and flexibility, which are highly prized in recovery and consulting.

Nicolas is also a skilled negotiator and communicator and a valued speaker on Canada’s insolvency system, warning signs of troubled businesses and the impact of tax havens.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from HEC Montréal and a Bachelor of Administration from Université de Sherbrooke.

He is a member of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Partnership Board and the Recovery and Reorganization Group’s Management Committee. 

He has been a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec since 1995. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) and holds a license issued by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) as well as being a Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT).

MARC DUCHARME, MBA

Fasken

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After more than a decade at the helm of firm operations, he speaks from experience when he says that there is always a solution to the most complex business challenges.

Whether he’s leading firm strategy or speaking with a client, Marc ensures the experience is both positive and effective. He sets the tone for Fasken’s firm culture; listening to people, earning results and leading change to advance the firm.

Marc has an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors. His diverse career experience includes managing a large unionized textile plant, working in the USA dealing with finance and strategic M&A for a German manufacturing company, and COO of another large Canadian law firm.
 

Michel Khouday, MBA

SAJO

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Chair of the Executive Committee. A graduate of Harvard and MIT, Michel Khouday, Eng., M.Ing., PMP, Adm.A., MBA, PhD, Doctor of Engineering, has held important administrative and technical positions at the provincial and national levels in the areas of governance, administration, engineering and management. He has a very broad network of contacts that can benefit any organization.

Cynthia Lemme, MBA

BMO

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Cynthia Lemme MBA is Managing Director, Corporate & Commercial for the United States. She received her MBA from McGill University. In her role as Managing Director, she ensures the objectives of BMO’s risk appetite in meeting its business goals.

Jean-Pierre Sanchez, MBA

Banque Scotia

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Jean Pierre Sanchez has been Vice-President, Laval and North District at Scotiabank since February 2018. He has been with Scotiabank since 2001, having begun his career as an asset management specialist. He went on to hold management positions including Branch Manager at the Verdun, Lasalle and Scotia Tower Montreal Main Branch, which earned the Award of Distinction under his leadership. He subsequently became Director Regional Banking for the Quebec Region and Eastern Ontario. His passion for people, coaching and results has allowed him to forge strong partnerships.

Jean Pierre is a graduate of the École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He also graduated from the School of Management Sciences at Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG) with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), and holds the title of CPA-CMA. He is highly involved in the community with various organizations including Centraide of Greater Montreal where he was Scotiabank Campaign Chair from 2013 to 2016.

Saran Sow, MBA

E-Migration Consulting

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Saran Sow is a certified Canadian immigration consultant and owner of E-Migration Consulting, a Canadian Immigration Consulting firm. Prior to launching her consulting firm, she worked for several years for the government of Quebec, in various project manager roles. She holds an MBA from Laval University.

Kathleen St-Pierre, MBA

Deloitte

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Kathleen St-Pierre is a partner at Deloitte’s Human Capital practice, for the Montreal office, where she is responsible for Quebec practice of Organizational Transformation and Workforce Transformation. She has over 20 years of experience in strategic management, including strategy planning and execution, change management and organizational alignment and leadership, as well as organizational transformation. 
 
Throughout her career, Kathleen has worked for leading consulting firms and has supported medium and large companies from a variety of industries, including financial services and manufacturing, distribution and retailing, both nationally and internationally. She actively works with her clients on the work, workforce and workplace development, all of which are fast-evolving areas.
 
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and an MBA from HEC Montréal. She is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec.

Charles Beaudoin, MBA

Gestias

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PRESIDENT AND CEO

Charles Beaudoin co-founded Gestias in 1995 and is its President and CEO. He has over 25 years of management and consulting experience. Before founding Gestias, Charles already had a proven track record as Executive Director, Human Resources and Financial Resources, Material and Information Resources for a professional body and a major association in the Quebec health community. Previously, he also served as a Director of Human Resources for two health organizations.
His experience in the business community and extensive knowledge of the non-profit community give him special insight into the realities facing Gestias clients. His achievements and contribution to the development of many NPO activities make him a highly prized resource.
A multidisciplinary manager, he is known for his diligence, analytical acumen, knack for swiftly understand core issues, and ability to pinpoint the decisive strategic focus areas for an organization’s growth. He tackles all challenges with equal vigor. Under his leadership, the Gestias team of qualified managers, driven by a creative spirit and deep dedication to customer service, helps NPOs rise to the challenges that lie before them today.
Charles holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Relations and has distinguished himself in the areas of auditing and management. He has been a member of the Ordre des conseillers en relations industrielles since 1987, and a member of AMBAQ since 1994.

cbeaudoin@gestias.qc.ca
514 282-2732

Dominique Vézina, CFA, MBA

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

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Dominique Vézina has been active in the world of finance for over 20 years. She started out her career as an actuarial analyst in 1995 with the insurance company Industrial Alliance. Soon thereafter, she shifted to a position in trading and portfolio management at the same institution. In 2008, she was promoted Director, General Fund Portfolio Management.
 In 2011, she joined the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec as Vice-President, Risk Management, Fixed Income and Active Overlay Strategies. Her various duties included portfolio monitoring and construction, transactional analysis and investment committees. On a daily basis, she was responsible for advancing the risk culture on the portfolio management and risk teams. In November 2016, she accepted a new challenge, still in the risk division, as Advisor and Vice-President, Risk Management, Stock Markets. In June 2018 she took on further duties as the manager of the Transactional Risk team.

Dominique holds a degree in Actuarial Science from Université Laval in Quebec City. She earned her title of CFA in 2000. She also holds an International Executive MBA in Financial Services, Insurance and Investment from Vlerick Business School in Belgium, the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland and HEC de l’Université de Montréal. In 2010, she earned the Toastmasters titles of Competent Communicator and Competent Manager.

She has served on various boards of directors over the course of her career, including those of CFA Québec for six years. She is Vice-President of the Association des MBA du Québec. From 2014 to 2019, Dominique has been a mentor under the Mentoring Program of the Association des femmes en finance. She views the program as an inspiring model enabling both mentors and mentees to share information on their experiences in a context that helps them develop to their full potential.

Last but not least, she is a representative of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to the Advancement Board of Université Laval’s Faculty of Business Administration.

Dana Ades-Landy, MBA

National Bank of Canada

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Ms. Dana Ades-Landy recently returned to the National Bank of Canada to work in the Special Loans Group which she had run for over 7 years in her previous time at this institution. Just prior to this Dana was Chief Executive Officer of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (Quebec) since 2016.Ms. Ades-Landy has more than 25 years of experience as an executive in the banking industry, including roles as Regional Vice-President, Quebec & Eastern Ontario, Commercial Banking at Scotiabank from 2013 to 2016.

Ms. Ades-Landy serves as director and Chair of the Audit Committee of first Lion Holdings, parent company of BFL Canada Risk and Insurance Inc. She is also a director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, director of Innovaderm and most recently joined the Board of LEXOP. Dana is the Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee of the Quebec Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, as well she teaches a course in Finance and International Banking to graduating students in Finance at John Molson School of Business.

Ms. Ades-Landy is the past Chair/President of the Financial Women’s Association of Quebec, a role she held for 6 years, she was the Chair and a board member of Advisory Board of John Molson School of Business, and the Old Brewery Mission. Ms. Ades-Landy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology & Immunology from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance/Accounting from Concordia University as well as being a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program. Ms. Ades-Landy was awarded the Top 100 Women in Canada in both 2007 and 2009.

Myriam Crevier, MBA

SYRUS Reputation

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Myriam has 15 years of experience in reputation management acquired essentially in public relations firms. Over the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to collaborate on highly strategic projects for both private and public sector clients, both nationally and internationally.


The holder of an MBA, she has a deep understanding of the workings of strategic communications, driven by a strong business acumen. Her expertise includes strategic planning, external and internal communications, risk, issue and crisis management, media and stakeholder relations, event coordination, and spokesperson training.

Her passion for public relations is complemented by her commitment to several Montreal organizations. In addition to serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Children’s Museum, she also sits on the Board of Directors of the Association des MBA du Québec. She furthermore is a speaker at the Institute of Management Leadership and a business coach at the Foundation Montréal inc.
 

Caroline Jodoin, MBA

Norton Rose Fulbright

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Caroline Jodoin advises small, medium and large companies on all aspects of employment and labour law. She also represents them before various administrative tribunals in such matters as dismissals, occupational health and safety, and the interpretation and application of collective agreements. She has extensive experience in human rights issues, and has participated in a variety of significant certification mandates. 

Mtre. Jodoin also assists employers in the daily management of their labour or employment relations.

Within the firm, Mtre. Jodoin is a member of the Students Committee and the Women in Norton Rose (WiN) network. In partnership with the University of Sherbrooke, she acts as a mentor for the organization Pro Bono Students Canada.

Bernard Labelle, MBA

CGI

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In January 2020, Bernard Labelle was appointed to serve as CGI’s Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for overseeing the company’s human resources strategy, including talent management, leadership development, organizational design, compensation and benefits, and HR technology roadmap. In this role, Bernard is a member of CGI’s Executive Management Committee, which oversees the implementation of the company’s enterprise-wide strategy.

The CHRO appointment follows Bernard’s seven-year tenure as Senior Vice-President of Global Human Resources and the Leadership Institute. In this role, Bernard led CGI’s global human resources operations, including its HR business partners, centers of expertise, shared services and Leadership Institute. During this time, Bernard and his team drove forward major enhancements, including the harmonization of HR activities across CGI to improve the experience of leaders and professionals and to drive greater efficiencies throughout operations. This included the implementation of a global HR management platform, bringing together various systems and processes into one self-service tool. 

A champion of fostering and promoting CGI’s unique culture, Bernard operates through the company’s philosophy of shared leadership, empowering his global network of HR professionals to take a consultative approach in helping the business transform and achieve relevant outcomes. This mindset comes from Bernard’s consulting background, whereby he joined CGI in 1997 as Director of Consulting Services and became Vice-President of Consulting Services that the same year. 

From 2008 to 2013, Bernard served as Senior Vice-President of CGI’s Quebec City business unit, collaborating with commercial and government clients across this metro market to help them transform through CGI’s end-to-end capabilities and industry and technology expertise. Prior joining CGI, Bernard worked in the areas of healthcare, university teaching and management consulting.

Bernard holds a Master of Business Administration in Management from Université Laval and is a Certified Corporate Director (ASC). He has garnered a number of awards and honours throughout his career. In 2011, he received the Hermès Award from Université Laval’s Faculty of Business Administration. He also was honored as a Le Soleil/Radio-Canada Lauréat de Québec.

In 2013, he received the Gloire de l’Escolle medal from Université Laval at the Prix des Grands diplômés ceremony. In addition, he was recognized as one of 40 leaders by the Association des MBA du Québec in commemoration of the Association’s 40th anniversary.

In 2018, Bernard received a CGI Builders Award for his contribution to the growth and success of the company.

Élyse Lemay, MBA

Canada Life

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Élyse Lemay began her career at a major Montreal law firm specializing in securities law. She then joined the legal department of a leading financial services organization where she practised law for more than 22 years and held a management position for more than 5 years. In addition to her law degree from Université de Montréal, she holds an MBA from Concordia University (John Molson School of Business).

Over the years, Elyse has gained extensive expertise in the regulatory framework for both individual and group financial products and services. She has written numerous articles in insurance and pension plans and is a frequent speaker.

In March 2016, she joined Canada Life where she now holds the position of Vice-President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Québec. She is also responsible for Quebec related regulatory affairs     for the corporate group. Since June 2017, she has been a member of the Investment Products Advisory Committee set up by the Autorité des marchés financiers.

Marie-Chantale Lortie, MBA

Business Develpement Bank of Canada

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Marie-Chantale Lortie, MBA is Head of Partnerships for Québec at BDC. She obtained her MBA from HEC Montreal. She has worked in the financial sector for over 20 years and works in the development of partnerships and strategic alliances in the field of entrepreneurship. Before joining BDC, she worked with the federal government, in the international field with FAO and at Bell Canada.

Benoit-Mykolas Savignac, MBA

EY

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Consultant with years of experience leading cross-functional teams to deliver on time / on budget business and IT transformations in the banking sector. Excels in leading strategic workstreams, coaching people, collaborating across departments & advising management to reach their goals.

Geneviève St-Cyr Larkin, MBA

McCarthy Tétrault

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Geneviève St-Cyr Larkin is an associate in the Litigation Group of McCarthy Tétrault. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, banking litigation, securities litigation, regulatory compliance. She completed a MBA at Université de Sherbrooke.