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.
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.
Michèle Boisvert is Executive Vice-President, Business Outreach of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). She oversees all of CDPQ’s entrepreneurial initiatives and ensures that CDPQ is present in all regions of Québec, in support of the investment teams. She sits on the Executive Committee.
Having joined CDPQ in 2012, she held the position of Executive Vice-President, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications until 2015. An economist by training, she pursued a career in journalism for more than 25 years. She first worked at Radio-Canada before joining La Presse in 2002, where she covered economic news as a reporter, then as an editorialist and as a columnist. In 2007, she was named director of La Presse Affaires, the business section. She also delivered a daily economic segment on Radio-Canada radio for seven years. In addition to her role at CDPQ, Ms. Boisvert is an adjunct professor at HEC Montréal.
Michèle Boisvert is President of the Fondation de la Place des Arts. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Université de Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and the Fondation de l’Entrepreneurship.
In January 2016, Hubert Bolduc was appointed President and CEO of Montréal International, an organization whose mission is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and strategic talent to Greater Montréal.
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.
Julie Boucher was appointed Senior Director – Communications and Public and Government Affairs at Hydro-Québec in March 2019. In this capacity, she is responsible for establishing an integrated approach to Hydro-Québec’s relations with its stakeholders in Québec and Canada, as well as in the company’s U.S. export markets. Her team includes specialists in government and Indigenous relations, public affairs, traditional and social media, and internal communications.
Ms. Boucher joined Hydro-Québec in 2007 as a media spokesperson and went on to hold various management positions in communications, government affairs and community relations. Previously, she was a journalist for TQS and Radio-Canada television for seven years.
Ms. Boucher holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of WaterPower Canada (formerly the Canadian Hydropower Association).
François is the Partner in charge of our International Tax Practice for Eastern Canada, including the National Capital region, Montreal and the province of Québec as well as the Atlantic region, and as such, leads up a group of more than 60 professionals providing services in International Tax, Transfer Pricing and US corporate tax. With more than 20 years of experience in dealing with various international tax issues, François specializes in advising Canadian-based multinationals on international taxation issues. He also serves as Canadian tax advisor to a number of foreign multinationals.
His expertise in international taxation includes the engineering of tax efficient international corporate structures, international mergers and acquisitions, international financing structures, transfer pricing, global earning strategies as well as issues associated with the transfer of technology and cost-sharing agreements.
François tutored international tax at the graduate diploma level at McGill University, University of Montreal and University of Sherbrooke and often speaks on international taxation related issues at seminars sponsored by his firm and other renowned organizations. He was also member of the Board of Directors of Place des Arts. Mr. Chagnon was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1985.
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.
Éric Dequenne was appointed Vice-President, International Affairs at Investissement Québec in April 2017.
In addition to his undergraduate and graduate education in international relations, Mr. Dequenne has 25 years of experience in international affairs.
He joined Investissement Québec’s International Affairs Division in 1999 as a project manager and then spent several years as a Montréal-based business developer responsible for the U.S. In 2004, he was appointed as the first director of Investissement Québec’s New York office with a mandate to prospect for new investments. In that capacity, he developed solid business relationships with technology companies on the U.S. east coast as well as with the New York City financial community.
In 2007 he was promoted to the position of Director, Europe in the International Affairs Division. In 2010, Investissement Québec’s senior management asked him to establish and lead the new International Subsidiaries Department, which he managed until 2017 while also overseeing the operations of the International Affairs Division from August 20, 2015 to April 14, 2016. He also served as acting Vice-President, International Affairs from January 1, 2017 to April 18, 2017.
Prior to joining Investissement Québec, Mr. Dequenne was the General Manager of Corporation de développement international du centre du Québec, an organization that promotes international trade among small and medium-sized businesses in central Québec. He also served as the Director of International Sales for Orthofab, a manufacturer of medical devices, and Novax Modular Group, one of Canada’s largest manufacturers of kitchen cabinets. Mr. Dequenne sits on the boards of directors of the Société du parc industriel et portuaire de Bécancour, the Montréal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR) and Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada and is a jury member for the Premio Venezia awards, which recognize individuals, companies and institutions that contribute to strong business relations between Canada and Italy.
Most of Mr. Descôteaux’s career has been with Desjardins Group during his 25 years with the organization.
Mr. Descôteaux is Chair, since almost 10 years, of Desjardins Group’s Asset/Liability Committee and also sits on Desjardins Group’s committees on credit, finance and risk management, and disclosure.
Mr. Descôteaux is also in charge of funding activities for Desjardins Group. Over the past few years, he has given presentations around the world to increase Desjardins Group’s visibility among institutional investors. Today, over $40 billion has been refinanced on national and international markets in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Descôteaux has worked at a number of financial institutions in Montreal, including Laurentian Bank and Société Générale Group.
Jacques Descôteaux holds a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics from Fordham University in New York City. He interned in corporate finance on Wall Street at Prudential Bache. Mr. Descôteaux has also completed courses at the Canadian Securities Institute, including the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers Course.
Prior to joining MedicAlert Foundation Canada as Chief Executive Officer in June 2018, Françoise was Vice-President, Business development and Partnerships at Export Development Canada (EDC). Mrs. Faverjon-Fortin joined EDC's insurance group in 1990 and assumed positions of increasing responsibility in underwriting, business development and senior leadership both regionally and at head office.
Before assuming her current role, she was EDC's VP & Chief Underwriter - Insurance (Contract, Bonding & Political Risks); National Vice-President, Infrastructure and Environment and Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario. Overall, Mrs. Faverjon-Fortin has worked in the field of international trade finance and investment for thirty years.
She also worked for the Conference Board of Canada and for the World Trade Institute of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Mrs. Faverjon-Fortin graduated with honors from the State University of New York and holds an MBA in International Finance. She also holds a BAA Marketing from Université Laval.
Carolina was hired by ABB in Canada in 2013 and brings 20 years of experience in developing and executing successful public relations, communications, outreach and brand positioning strategies for leaders in business, philanthropy and public affairs, locally and nationally. She has advised and collaborated on public communication campaigns with stakeholders, agencies and media, taken business ideas from concept to product as well as acted as corporate Board director for finance sector and national organisations.
Carolina has spent the last four years working with ABB, one of the world’s largest industrial manufacturer and engineering companies, responsible for public affairs and corporate communications. Reporting to the Vice President ABB Group for Global Public Affairs and responsible for strategic curation of events and engagement in public and industry thought leadership forums.
In 2014, created a first national executive industry event for ABB in Canada bringing together over 100 CEOs and senior corporate leaders in the power and industrial sectors of Canada to discuss the Canada Energy Landscape with Ambassador of Canada to the United States, His Excellency Gary Doer in Calgary September 9-11, 2014.
In addition, she has served on various private, community and non-profit Boards and committees throughout her career and takes pride in giving back as a mentor and active member of her community.
She is a member of the Bar of Quebec with a law degree from University of Montreal.
Carolina holds a Bachelor of Political Science-International Relations from Concordia University. She has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors program from Desautels-Rotman program.
Recognized in Montreal by the Women in Finance Association of Quebec for contributing to the advancement of women in leadership in 2008.
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 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 member of the Strategic Action Comittee of the C2MTL business conference, and a Board member of the Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at UQAM. He has also served 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).
Etienne Massicotte is a respected legal advisor to business leaders in Montréal and has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers Global: The Worlds’ Leading Lawyers and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the areas of banking & finance and of infrastructure in Canada. He advises clients primarily in respect of financial services and M&A matters.
Etienne Massicotte has been involved in a wide range of complex transactions related to project infrastructure, real estate, asset-backed, acquisition and syndicated financings as well as debt restructurings. He has also advised purchasers and vendors in connection with acquisition, merger and restructuring transactions.
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.
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.