Montréal International announces a board of directors near gender parity

April 22, 2021

At the 25th Annual General Meeting, which brought together some 350 partners, clients and contributors virtually, Montréal International (MI) filed its 2020 Activity Report and announced a board of directors near gender parity, following the appointment of three new female directors from Greater Montréal’s business community.

The new directors are:

  • Manon Genest, Founding Partner, General Manager, Montréal Office, TACT Conseil
  • Elaine Morissette, Vice-President, Commercial Banking, Specialty Groups, National Bank of Canada
  • Danielle Nguyen, Plant Manager, Kraft Heinz

Manon Genest, Elaine Morissette et Danielle Nguyen

“With this adjustment, 40% of our board members are now women. This is a record for us, and a sign that we are certainly moving toward parity. We are proud to empower women and bring people with different backgrounds on the team so we can leverage their talent, skills and experience,” stated Jean Laurin, President of the Board of Directors, Montréal International. “MI employees, known for their agility and excellent work, are representative of this diversity as 58% are women and 40% were born outside Canada.”

On hand for the event were Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.

Serving Greater Montréal for the past 25 years

Montréal International also seized the opportunity to mark 25 years of service and reiterate its commitment to support the growth of the 82 municipalities that make up the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.

“For the past 25 years, we have been able to draw on the support of a committed and motivated community, led by our partners. We would like to extend our thanks not only to the 200 private companies that support our mission every day, but also to our public partners who have just renewed their financial support for the next three years,” said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO, Montréal International. “Our business ecosystem remains strong and united. As we plan the economic recovery, I urge all key players in the business community and all Montrealers to pull together and show the world how great our city really is.”

Click here to read Montréal International’s 2020 Activity Report.

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Makeup of the Board of Directors

Montréal International also reappointed 8 members to its Board of Directors, which is now made up of the following individuals (N=New, R=Reappointed, *members’ whose mandate was renewed in 2020 until 2022): 

Leaders of the Board of Directors

  • Jean Laurin, President of the Board of Directors, Montréal International and President and Managing Director, Québec, Avison Young *
  • Éric Bédard, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montréal International, and Managing Partner, Québec Region, Fasken*
  • Anne-Marie Hubert, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Montréal International and Managing Partner, Québec, EY (R)
  • Stéphane Paquet, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montréal International

Private Sector Representatives

  • Francis Baillet, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft (R)
  • Hubert Bolduc, President, Investissement Québec International (R)
  • Pierre Cardin, Senior Vice-President, Head of Public Affairs, Airbus*
  • Alain Denis, Senior Vice-President Investments – Venture Capital, Fonds de solidarité FTQ (R)
  • Magda Fusaro, Rector, Université du Québec à Montréal*
  • Claude Gagnon, President, BMO Financial Group, Québec*
  • Manon Genest, Founding Partner, General Manager, Montréal Office, TACT Conseil (N)
  • Stéphanie Grandperret, Chief Operating Officer, NewCities*
  • Mario Lapierre, Senior Vice-President, Direct Sales and Distribution, Desjardins*
  • Frédéric Martel, Chief Investment Officer, Claridge (R)
  • Elaine Morissette, Vice-President, Commercial Banking, Specialty Groups, National Bank of Canada (N)
  • Danielle Nguyen, Plant Manager, Kraft Heinz (N)
  • Pierre Piché, Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada*
  • Pierre Pilote, Managing Partner, Gowling WLG (R)
  • Jean-François Prince, MBA, CFA, Regional Vice-President, Business Financial Services Québec, RBC Royal Bank, Royal Bank of Canada*
  • Élise Proulx, Executive Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications and Chief of Staff, Ivanhoé Cambridge (R)
  • Philippe Rainville, President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal (R)

Public Sector Representatives

  • Richard Deschamps, City Councillor, City of Montréal, LaSalle Borough*
  • Julie Ethier, Director, Développement économique de l’agglomération de Longueuil
  • Guy Pilon, Mayor, City of Vaudreuil-Dorion*
  • Valérie Plante, Mayor, City of Montréal and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal*
  • Luc Rabouin, Executive Committee member of the City of Montréal & Borough mayor of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal*
  • Sylvie Surprenant, Mayor, City of Sainte-Thérèse*
  • Philipe Tomlinson, Mayor of the Borough of Outremont and City Councillor, City of Montréal*
  • Christiane Yoakim, President of the City Council, City of Laval*

Observers

  • Jean-Frédéric Lafaille, Vice-President, Policy and Communications, Canada Economic Development for Québec regions*
  • Manon Lecours, Assistant Deputy Minister, ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation*

Corporate Secretary

  • France Brosseau, Corporate Secretariat and Vice President, International Organizations, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Montréal International
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