Montreal's International Forum

Pierre Marc Johnson

Chairman of the Board, CORIM
Counsel, Lavery
Former Premier of Québec
Biography

Pierre Marc Johnson is counsel and acts as lead counsel and strategic advisor to international partnerships during trade negotiations with respect to investments, new information technologies, the biomedical and entertainment sectors, and financial products.

Former Premier of Quebec, lawyer, and physician, Mr. Johnson is known for his expertise in the fields of international trade, negotiation, international partnerships, environmental law, health law, and public policy. He also has extensive experience in international negotiations for the United Nations on environmental and development issues.

Since 2009, he has acted as chief negotiator for the Government of Quebec in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA) as well as in the softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the United States.

Mr. Johnson has advised the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an international organization created by Canada, Mexico, and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). In 2003, he chaired a similar effort for the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Co-author of The Environment and NAFTA — Understanding and Implementing the New Continental Law, published by Island Press, and of Beyond Trade: The Case for a Broadened International Governance Agenda, he has also penned numerous essays andarticles on international trade, globalization, and the environment. Hisexpertise and experience enable him to act as counsel for both domestic and foreign governments and institutions, to participate in the proceedings of advisory committees, and to speak on the phenomenon and impact of globalization.

Mr. Johnson has served as a director or member of advisory committees for some twenty major corporations. He currently serves on the board of directors of companies in the biopharmaceutical, motion picture, and mining industries.

Mr. Johnson holds honorary doctorates from Université Claude Bernard Lyon I, France, and Université de Montréal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, recipient of the Grand Croix of the Ordre de la Pléiade, and Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He has also been recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the field of international arbitration in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada directory (Woodward/White).

In March 2016, he joined the Board of Directors of CORIM (Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal) and he became Chairman of the Board in December 2017.

André Beaulieu

Senior Vice-President, Corporate Services, BCE
Biography

Since 2011, as Senior Vice President, Wholesale at Bell Canada, André Beaulieu leads a business unit that generates over $1 billion revenues through a sales force in Canada and abroad that serves more than 700 telecommunication companies in 180 countries.

Since joining Bell in 2007, André held a variety of management positions at Bell, including Vice President, Corporate Strategy, SVP Corporate Services, including Security and Realty Services, and chief procurement officer and SVP value creation. André is also President of BCE Nexxia, which owns the Bell network in the U.S.

Before joining Bell, André held various management positions with Bain and Company in Boston and Paris, and at A.T. Kearney in Paris and Monitor Group in Toronto. André has also worked with the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada and with the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

Born in Rimouski, André received both his BA (Honours) and his B.C.L/LL.B from Montréal's McGill University. An active member of the community, he sits on the boards of Equitas, and the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. He is also a co-founder of the Banff forum. 

Sophie Bergeron

Managing Director, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium (RTIT) and Diamonds
Biography

Sophie Bergeron was appointed Managing Director, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium (RTIT) and Diamonds, in October 2022. With a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, Ms. Bergeron began her career in Northern Quebec over twenty (20) years ago and has held various engineering and management positions throughout the Americas, from Nunavik in Northern Quebec to the Santa Cruz Province in Southern Argentina. Back in Quebec since December 2017, she was general manager of a mining complex before joining Rio Tinto, in 2020.

Throughout her career, she has consistently focused on leveraging her technical and continuous improvement skills for health and safety. She obtained her Six Sigma certification and a certificate in Business Optimization from the University of Melbourne in Australia. She also served as a board member of the Québec Mining Association in 2018 and 2019, and currently serves on the NYSE Board of Directors as a non-executive director.

Ms. Bergeron is a passionate manager with a commitment to Health, Safety, Environment, Communities, Innovation and Value Creation, she is proud to contribute to a sustainable and responsible mining industry with Rio Tinto as Managing Director, RTIT and Diamonds and to bring her vision to foster a collaborative and responsible environment.

Hubert Bolduc

President, Investissement Québec International
Biography

In September 2019, Hubert Bolduc was appointed President of Investissement Québec International. 

Prior his appointment, M. Bolduc was President and CEO of Montréal International, an organization whose mission is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and strategic talent to Greater Montréal, since January 2016.

Before becoming the head of Montréal International, Mr. Bolduc worked as an international affairs manager in charge of Benelux and as Project Manager, Europe and the Middle East, for Investissement Québec, gaining valuable experience in attracting foreign investment.

From 2004 to 2012, he was Vice-President, Communications and Public Relations, at Cascades before being appointed to the senior public service position of Deputy Secretary General, Government Communications, Ministère du conseil exécutif, a position he held until 2014. He also worked as an advisor for public relations firm NATIONAL from 1998 to 2000 and as a press attaché to the Québec Premier from 2001 to 2003.

Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal, a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Stirling in Scotland, and an MBA from HEC Montréal, Hubert Bolduc began his career as a spokesperson for CHUM (the University of Montréal hospital centre) and a Communications lecturer at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Mr. Bolduc has served as Chairman of the Board of Jour de la Terre and Chairman of the Board of Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Fondation de l’Entrepreneurship du Québec. He also sat on the Board of Directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal, Fondation de l’UQAM and Forces Avenir.

He has been presented with the Prix Reconnaissance award by Université du Québec à Montréal and the Prix Relève d’excellence award, Large Business category, by Réseau HEC Montréal. Mr. Bolduc also made Marketing Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in 2001.

Jean-Yves Bourgeois

Executive Vice-President, Business Services, Desjardins Group
Biography

Jean-Yves has more than 25 years of experience in the investment and corporate banking sector. Jean-Yves joined Desjardins in 2010 and currently serves as Executive Vice-President, Business Services. Before joining Desjardins, Jean-Yves held different senior positions with Canadian and Global financial institutions where he led and executed numerous financing transactions and advisory mandates in Canada and internationally. Over time, Jean-Yves has developed a keen interest for start up and fast growing enterprises and has provided support to many entrepreneurs in their ventures, either in terms of financing or advisory services. Jean-Yves has an MBA from McGill University and is a member of the Board of Directors of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Ani Castonguay

Executive Vice-President, Communications and Chief Brand Officer, CDPQ
Biography

Ani Castonguay, Executive Vice-President, Communications and Chief Brand Officer, is responsible for optimizing CDPQ’s positioning in all aspects of its business. She oversees internal and external communications, business development and philanthropic activities, as well as global brand management.

Ms. Castonguay’s career at CDPQ began in 2009 as a Director, then Vice-President, in the Office of the President and Chief Executive Officer, before leading the Public Affairs department. Throughout her career, she has worked for large public and private organizations, recognized both nationally and internationally. First at Bombardier, and later at BCE, she was actively involved in the communications surrounding several major files, developing solid expertise in crisis management and change management in complex environments. She notably played a key role in the strategic communications associated with BCE’s proposed privatization in 2007–2008.

She holds a Bachelor of Communications from Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master of International Communications from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Castonguay sits on the Boards of Directors of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture and Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In 2020, she was a recipient of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award from WXN. A clear and compelling communicator, Ani also hosts public events involving many leaders from the Montreal business community.

Bernard Colas

Partner, Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky
Biography

Bernard Colas has over 28 years of experience in international trade law acquired in Montreal, London and Paris advising companies operating at an international level, as well as foreign governments.

Before co-establishing  Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, he practiced law with large business firms in Montreal and Paris, and has worked as a legal advisor to the International Federation of Producers of Phonograms and Videograms (IFPI) (London) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (Paris).

He also is a consultant to foreign governments. He acted as a specialist in commercial law in projects funded by CIDA related to the accession of Lithuania and Algeria to the World Trade Organization (WTO),  as mission leader for projects financed by the World Bank for the drafting of laws on telecommunications and postal services in Togo, the Comoros and Mauritania.

Marie-Josée Desrochers

President and CEO, Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal
Biography

Marie-Josée Desrochers is the President and CEO of the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal. With over twenty years of management experience in arts and culture, she has held executive roles with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, actively taking part in the organization’s growth and the implementation of new initiatives, successively leading the Marketing-Communications and the Artistic Planning and Operations’ departments, before being appointed Chief Operating Officer from 2015 to 2019. Actively involved in her field, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and of the Conseil des relations internationals de Montréal (CORIM). She also sat on the Board of Orchestras Canada, was President of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal’s Pedagogical Orientation Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Conseil québécois de la musique. She holds a Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from McGill University-HEC Montréal.

Graham Fox

Biography

Mathieu Gaudreault

Manager Public Affairs – Quebec and Francophone communities, CN
Biography

Mathieu Gaudreault has been Director of Public Affairs for Quebec and Francophone Communities for Canadian National since 2021. He previously held the position of spokesperson for the Société des alcools du Québec from 2018 to 2021. Prior to that, he held a number of positions in various ministerial offices in the Quebec government from 2007 to 2018, notably with the Ministère de Transports de la Mobilité durable et de l'Électrification des transports; the Ministère des Forêts de la Faune et des Parcs; and the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation. Mathieu Gaudreault holds a degree in political science from Université Laval.

Anne-Marie Hubert, C.M., FCPA, FCA, LL. D

Managing partner, East of Canada, EY
Biography

Anne-Marie Hubert, Québec Managing Partner, is known for promoting growth in people and organizations she is involved with.

She has a track record of helping clients successfully re-think business models to create more solid foundations for growth and long-term competitive advantage, while managing underperformance risk.

Having been a member of the EY Global Advisory Council and of EY Canada’s Executive Committee, Anne-Marie has a reputation for disrupting the status quo to make it easier for our people to provide quality services and positively impact our economy and communities.

Pierre Lemonde

President and CEO, MCFR
Biography

Pierre Lemonde is a lawyer who has more than 20 years of experience in the management of entities involved in international matters and in the organization of conferences, workshops and seminars on global topics. He has also been involved for more than ten years in the editing of world economics publications and the counselling of private companies and public/parapublic bodies on management issues, strategic planning and international law. He has most notably been active as International Vice-President of Manufacturers and Exporters of Quebec (MEQ); President and Editor of the international magazine World Economic Affairs; Managing Director of Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche International; and Vice-President of the International Economic Law Society of Canada. 

Mr. Lemonde is a graduate in law from the Université de Montréal (LLB); in international administration from the École nationale d’administration publique (Graduate Diploma); in human resources management from McGill University (Certificate); in psychology from the Université de Montréal (B.Sc., M.Ps.); and in psychoanalysis from the Université de Paris (Diploma of Advanced Studies).

Mr. Lemonde is a member of the Barreau du Québec (Bar of the Province of Quebec). He is also a Board member of the Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at UQAM and a member of the Advisory Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (Quebec Chapter). He has also served as a member of the Strategic Action Comittee of the C2MTL business conference and on the Board of Directors of many organizations including the Montreal Millennium Summit; the World Trade Centre of Montreal; the International Economic Law Society of Canada; and the Conseil québécois pour l’Amérique Latine (Quebec Council for Latin America).

Kerlande Mibel

President-Founder, The International Black Economic Forum
President, Zwart Communication
Biography

She is the founding president of the International Black Economic Forum, which is the recipient of Startup Canada's 2018 Regional and National Award for Entrepreneurial Support. IBEF aims to be a laboratory for economic innovation in order to accelerate wealth creation in black communities.

Kerlande started and manages Zwart communication, a communication agency that specializes in multicultural marketing with institutions as main clients (City of Montréal, Société d'Habitation et de développement de Montréal, Canal +, Femmessor, etc). She is interested in issues relative to economic development, international development, gender equality and social innovation.

Prior to that, she was a political advisor in the Office of the Mayor of Montréal for social development, social economy and youth issues. She worked for more than ten years in economic development, employability and women's entrepreneurship. Among other things, she created and managed marketing programs for women entrepreneurs and developed partnerships for the creation of the Investissement Femmes Montréal fund, which became Femmessor Montréal. Since 2008, she has been teaching Business Start-Up and Consulting Sales programs for several school boards. She has also been a columnist for Canal Argent's PME en action and a blogger for the Huffington Post and Infopresse.

Committed, she has served on the National Executive Council of a major party in Québec; served two terms as president of the Jeune Chambre de commerce haïtienne and on the board of the Regroupement des Jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec. She has served on the Board of Directors of CECI, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. She was also a member of the Forum jeunesse de l'île de Montréal and of the Women's Committee of the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal. Co-founder of the Fondation de l'Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal and of Groupe de Réflexion et d'Action pour une Haïti Nouvelle (Grahn-Monde), she was an administrator of one and is a member of the coordinating committee of the other. She was a member of two advisory committees on diversity and on the economic development of the territory of the city of Montréal. Currently, she is an administrator on TOHU's board of directors as well as the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (CORIM). And, she is also a visionary and Quebec’s chair for The Prosperity Project, a pan-Canadian organization.

Kerlande Mibel holds a graduate degree (DESS) in Organizational Management from Université Laval, after completing a Bachelor's degree in Communication at UQAM.

Kerlande Mibel speaks three languages and was born in Haiti.

"Like Goethe, Kerlande Mibel believes that daring is the key to genius. So let's dare! »

Carine Michel

Partner, Deloitte
Biography

Stéphane Paquet

President and Chief Executive Officer, Montréal International
Biography

Stéphane Paquet was appointed Vice President, Investment Greater Montréal, in January 2016. In that capacity, he has been responsible for the team of professionals who bring in and support foreign companies in Greater Montréal.

In September 2017, Mr. Paquet’s duties expanded and he has been overseeing the attraction and retention of international organizations in his newly created position as Vice President, Foreign Investments & International Organizations.

Since January 2020, Stéphane Paquet is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal International.

Before joining Montréal International, Mr. Paquet was appointed Québec Delegate General in London for two years.

From 1991 to 2001, he worked as a reporter, copy editor and assignment editor for broadcasting company Radio-Canada. He then switched to print, working at first for the daily Le Soleil in Québec City and then La Presse in Montréal. While at La Presse, he was in charge of the newspaper’s Business section for two years and also coordinated the internship program for young journalists.

He became Deputy Editor and Editor in Chief of Les Affaires Group in September 2010. As such, he was in charge of the Les Affaires newspaper, A+ personal finance magazine and LesAffaires.com website in addition to actively participating in strategic discussions concerning the entire Group.

A recipient of a fellowship in the Young Leaders Program of the U.S. State Department, Stéphane Paquet has a Graduate Diploma in World Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s degree in Communications from Université du Québec à Montréal. He was also a lecturer at Université de Montréal and at the University of Regina.

Mr. Paquet and his partner are fathers of two children.

Julie Pottier

Senior Vice-President Small Business, Partnership and Head of Insurance, Export Development Canada
Biography

Senior Vice-President Small Business, Partnership and Head of Insurance, Julie Pottier’s mandate is at the core of how EDC serves Canadian companies as they grow their businesses internationally. 

Ms. Pottier oversees teams that deliver a wide range of services for every segment of EDC’s customer portolio, from small businesses only beginning their exporting journey, to those larger and established exporters seeking to take their next step toward international growth. Her responsibilities include small business sales, the insurance underwriting teams and working capital solutions, customer care, banking channels and strategic alliances. 

In addition to serving EDC’s mandate to grow Canadian exports, these teams have played a vital role in supporting our customers and partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to provide many critical services as Canada builds back toward economic recovery. 

Since joining EDC in 1992, Ms. Pottier has held a variety of leadership positions, and played a key role in a major system transformation within the organization. In addition to leading EDC’s national business development team, she has also served as Regional Underwriting Director, leading teams responsible for providing insurance, bonding and financing solutions to Quebec customers, and has led teams been a leader player in negotiating a number of EDC’s major strategic alliances.

Pierre Pyun

Vice-President, Government Affairs, Bombardier
Biography

Pierre Seïn Pyun was appointed Vice President, Government Affairs in October 2011. As such, he leads government relations activities in Canada for Bombardier Inc.
A lawyer by training, Pierre has significant background in international trade, having served with the Canadian federal government from 1998 to 2011. Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Pyun managed sector practices and developed and implemented global commercial strategies for the Canadian government in Ottawa. Furthermore, he worked at Canadian diplomatic posts in China from 2001-2009, including as a Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.
Mr. Pyun holds degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University and completed a Certificate in International Commerce at the University of Montreal. He is fluent in English, French, Mandarin and Korean.
Pierre serves on the board of directors of a number of associations, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and the Canada China Business Council.

Robert Racine

Vice-president, Executive Search, Gallagher
Biography

Robert Racine has been in executive search since 2000. He co-founded Kenniff & Racine inc. in 2003. His considerable experience of both the public and private sectors, his knowledge of change management in the context of mergers, acquisitions and disinvestment in publicly-traded companies add important value to his professional work on behalf of his clients as well as with candidates. His practice concentrates on the following fields: communications, telecommunications, manufacturing, finance, services, engineering, associations and community groups. Since August 2018, he is Vice-president, Executive Search & Recruitment Solutions, at Optimum Talent.

As a member of the Board of Directors and the executive committee of the Greater Montréal Board of Trade from 2005 to 2007, of the Boards of Directors of Stationnement de Montréal from 2005 to 2010, of the Société de vélo en libre-service (Bixi) from 2009 to 2010, of the Quebec Arthritis Society since 2005, of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) since 2007 and of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR) since 2011, he has worked with many non-profit organisations over the years, not only in the healthcare and cultural fields but with business groups as well. 

Robert holds a degree in communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of public and governmental affairs as well as in financial communications. He gained this experience not only in Canada but abroad. Through his expertise in corporate affairs and organisational structures, he has built a solid professional reputation and a considerable business network. 

Between 1978 and 1999, he worked for the following organisations: Alcan, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Financial Group), Canada Post Corporation, Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons, SNC and SNC-Lavalin.

Robert is fluent in French and English, both oral and written.

Érik J. Ryan

Executive Vice-President, Strategy, Marketing and External Relations
AtkinsRéalis
Biography

Erik Ryan holds a B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University (1987) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School (1995). 

Mr. Ryan joins Alcan Inc. in September 2002 as Director, Strategic Management Support. He is part of the Pechiney acquisition team, and is later co-leader of the Alcan-Pechiney Integration Leadership Team in Paris. In the fall of 2004, he becomes Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development, for Alcan Packaging Global Beauty sector. In January 2005, Mr. Ryan is appointed Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, for Alcan Primary Metal Group. 

In 2007, Regional Industrial Diversification and an aerospace and nuclear alloys casting plant are added to his responsibilities, as he becomes Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations and Communications. Erik Ryan first became involved with the Board of Trade in 2002 through the strategic analysis committee on economic development before joining the board of directors and then, its executive committee. He is appointed Chairman of the board of Directors, November 2009. 

Prior to joining Rio Tinto Alcan, Mr. Ryan was Secretary General of the Sommet de Montréal 2002, in charge of designing and conducting this foundational event created to identify the strategic priorities and initiatives critical to the new City of Montréal. Between 1995 and 2001, following his studies in Boston, Mr. Ryan worked as a consultant for Monitor Company, a Boston consultancy. 

Between 1995 and 1997, he headed its Paris office. Between 1989 and 1993, he was political advisor to Gérald Tremblay, then Minister of Industry, Trade, and Technology. At that time, Mr. Ryan contributed to the design and deployment of the industrial cluster strategy, and to negotiating the social contract.

Jennifer Welsh

Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security;
Director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS)
Biography

Professor Jennifer M. Welsh is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She was previously Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and Professor in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she co-founded the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. From 2013-2016, she served as the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on the Responsibility to Protect.

Professor Welsh is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and articles on humanitarian intervention, the evolution of the notion of the ‘responsibility to protect’ in international society, the UN Security Council, and Canadian foreign policy. Her most recent books include The Return of History: Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st century (2016), which was based on her CBC Massey Lectures, and The Responsibility to Prevent: Overcoming the Challenges of Atrocity Prevention (2015). She was a former recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and a Trudeau Fellowship, and from 2014-2019 has directed a five-year European Research Council-funded project called “The Individualisation of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law and Politics of Armed Conflict”. She is also a frequent media commentator on international affairs and Canadian foreign policy.

Professor Welsh sits on the editorial boards of the journals Global Responsibility to Protect, International Journal, and Ethics and International Affairs, and on the Advisory Boards of the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. She has a BA from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Oxford (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar).