Board of Directors

Jean-Guy Desjardins

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Guy Desjardins is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Capital, which he founded in 2003.

After working as a financial analyst and portfolio manager for a life insurance company, Mr. Desjardins co-founded TAL Global Asset Management in 1972 and was its principal shareholder until its purchase by a financial institution in 2001.

Mr. Desjardins is a member of the Board of Directors of the Société de Services Financiers Fonds FMOQ, HEC Montréal, DJM Capital Inc., and the SPACQ Foundation.

Mr. Desjardins also supports a variety of community and social programs, in particular as a member of the Council of Governors of Centraide of Greater Montréal. Additionally, he sits on the Investment Committee of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Mr. Desjardins graduated from Collège Mont-Saint-Louis in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1969, he earned his L.Sc.Comm. (Finance) from HEC Montréal. Mr. Desjardins is also a CFA Charterholder. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2014 and, in 2015, received the CFA Institute Award for Excellence, the highest and most prestigious distinction bestowed by the CFA Institute.

David R. Shaw

David R. Shaw is Non-Executive Chairman of LHH Knightsbridge, a national human resource firm and Chairman of Axsium Group. Mr. Shaw was, prior to acting for LHH Knightsbridge, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. Prior to founding Knightsbridge in 2001, Mr. Shaw was President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi Cola Canada Beverages from 1996 to 1999.

Mr. Shaw is the former chairman of the North York General Hospital Foundation. He currently sits on the board of directors of Axsium Group, Mother Parker’s Tea & Coffee Inc, Waterloo Brewing Ltd and Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc.

Geoff Beattie

Geoff Beattie is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Generation Capital and Chairman of Relay Ventures. In addition, Mr. Beattie is a director of Baker Hughes Company and Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and retired in 2017 from his position as director of the Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Beattie is a member of General Atlantic’s Executive Advisory Board.

Mr. Beattie served as Chief Executive Officer of The Woodbridge Company Limited and Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters from 1998 to 2013. He was also the Chairman of CTV Globemedia from 2004 to 2010. Prior to joining Woodbridge, Mr. Beattie was a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm Torys LLP, and was a Vice President at Wood Gundy from 1987 to 1990.

Mr. Beattie received a law degree (JD) from the University of Western Ontario in 1984.

Mr. Beattie is the Chairman of the Prosperity Institute at the Rotman Business School at the University of Toronto and a director of the Sports Hall of Fame.

France Margaret Bélanger

France Margaret Bélanger is President, Sports and Entertainment of CH Group, Quebec’s premier sports and entertainment organization which includes the Montreal Canadiens, the Laval Rocket, Evenko and L’Équipe Spectra Inc. Ms. Bélanger joined the organization in 2013 as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, and was appointed Executive Vice-President & Chief Commercial Officer in January 2017, until August 2021, when she was appointed President, Sports & Entertainment, after acquiring extensive merger and acquisition experience from her 18 years at the law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP, where she became a partner in 2003.

Ms. Bélanger serves as an NHL Alternate Governor for the Montreal Canadiens, and in 2020, she was chosen by Commissioner Bettman to sit on the NHL Executive Inclusion Council. Furthermore, Ms. Bélanger is currently an External Partnership Board member of Raymond Chabot Grand Thornton and a Member of the Advisory Committee of Groupe Maurice.

Ms. Bélanger holds a civil law degree from the University of Ottawa (cum laude) and an Executive MBA (EMBA) from McGill-HEC Montréal. Ms. Bélanger is a member of the Québec Bar.

Réal Bellemare

Réal Bellemare is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and member of the management committee of the Desjardins Group.

Mr. Bellemare joined Desjardins Group in 2009 as Vice President, Corporate Banking and Capital Market Risk and Special Assignments before being named Executive Vice President (Chief Risk Officer) Risk Management in 2011, Senior Vice President, Risk Management in 2012, Executive Vice President, Operations and Performance in 2013 and Executive Vice President of Finance, Treasury and Administration and Chief Financial Officer in 2016.

Before joining Desjardins, he served as Regional Director (Québec), Group Risk Management, Commercial Credit & Special Loans at a major Canadian bank. Mr. Bellemare started his banking career in 1990, primarily in the area of commercial banking.

Mr. Bellemare has a BBA in Finance and an MBA from HEC Montréal. He sits on the board of directors of the Fondation jeunes en tête since 2004 and on the board of directors of the Université de Montréal since 2019.

Gary Collins

Gary Collins is a senior advisor at Lazard Ltd., a global investment bank. In addition, Mr. Collins is a director Rogers Sugar Ltd. and DRI Healthcare Trust. Mr. Collins has previously served as a director on the boards of Catalyst Paper Corporation, Chorus Aviation Inc., D-Box Technologies Inc., Liquor Stores North America and Stuart Olson.

Moreover, he has served on numerous audit committees in the past 16 years. Mr. Collins performed top management duties including as the President of Coastal Contacts Inc. and prior to that, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Airways.

He has also been a member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly and served as Minister of Finance.

Lucie Martel

Lucie Martel is a corporate director. She retired from Intact Financial Corporation in December 2021, where she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since September 2011. Previously, Ms. Martel was a Senior Vice President at AXA Canada, which was acquired by Intact Financial Corporation in September 2011. She has more than 30 years of experience in strategic management of human resources and labour relations, with corporations including Laurentian Bank (where she was Vice President, Human Resources Management and Development), Direct Film and Uniroyal. 

Ms. Martel is a director, a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Directors of Alithya Group Inc. and a director and the Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. 

Ms. Martel holds a Bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Université de Montréal and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Guy Masson

Guy Masson retired from Stikeman Elliott LLP in March 2021, where he practiced law for over 40 years, including as Head of the Tax Group from 2000 to 2010. Mr. Masson was a senior counsel and retired partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP at the time of his retirement.

Mr. Masson is also the founder and President of RGM Legal Inc. where he has been practicing law since retiring from Stikeman Elliott LLP. Mr. Masson’s main practice areas continue to be corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, tax structuring, domestic and international tax and estate planning and tax dispute resolutions for corporate, institutional and private clients.

Mr. Masson is a member and former President of the Association de planification fiscale et financière, a former founding member of the Tax Symposium Committee for Québec senior tax practitioners, a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a Gouverneur de la Fondation du Barreau du Québec.

Mr. Masson holds a law degree from Université de Montréal and he is a member of the Québec Bar.

Jean C. Monty

Jean C. Monty began his career at Bell Canada in 1974 and held numerous positions within the BCE group. He joined Nortel Networks Corporation in October 1992 as President and Chief Operating Officer before being nominated President and Chief Executive Officer in March 1993. On April 24, 2002, Mr. Monty, then Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE Inc.), retired after a 28-year career. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Bombardier Inc. from 1998 until 2017 and Alcatel-Lucent S.A. from December 2008 until January 2016, as well as its Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. From January 2016 to June 2018, Mr. Monty served on the Board of Directors of Nokia Corporation and he was also a member of its Personnel Committee. Mr. Monty is a member of the Board of Directors of DJM Capital. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of HEC Montréal. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for his contribution to business, public interests and community affairs. In recognition of these achievements, he was elected Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year for 1997. In addition, he was inducted into the Académie des Grands Montréalais.

Mr. Monty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Collège Sainte-Marie of Montréal, a Master’s degree of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master’s degree of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Francois Olivier

François Olivier is a corporate director. He recently retired from Transcontinental Inc. in December 2021, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer since 2008. After joining the Printing Sector of TC Transcontinental in 1993, he rose through the ranks to ultimately take on the role of President of the Information Products Printing Sector, and then becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2007. Through the years, Mr. Olivier consolidated the Canadian printing industry and transformed the company by diversifying its assets into flexible packaging with strategic acquisitions. Under his leadership, TC Transcontinental has become Canada’s largest printer, a leader in flexible packaging in North America, and a Canadian leader in its specialty media segments. Prior to joining TC Transcontinental, François Olivier worked as General Manager of Canada Packers. 

Mr. Olivier is a member of the board of directors of CAE Inc. and a member of its audit committee and governance committee. He also serves as a governor of Portage, a Canadian non-profit organization helping people suffering from substance-abuse related problems overcome their dependencies. 

Mr. Olivier holds a B.Sc. degree from McGill University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. 

Jean Raby

Jean Raby is a Partner of Astorg, a pan-European private equity firm, which he joined in May 2022. Prior to joining Astorg, he was Co-CEO of Odyssey Acquisition S.A., a special purpose acquisition company, which was listed on Euronext Amsterdam in July 2021 and combined with Benevolent AI (artificial intelligence driven drug discovery platform) in April 2022, following which he joined the board of directors of the combined entity. He is also a non-executive director of AerCap Holdings N.V., an industry-leading aircraft leasing company listed on the NYSE. Previously, Mr. Raby was CEO of Natixis Investment Managers (global asset management) and Head of Asset and Wealth Management of Natixis from February 2017 to April 2021. He was also a director of SNC Lavalin Inc. from November 2015 to May 2021, as well as Chief Financial Officer of SFR Group (telecommunications operator) from May to November 2016. Prior to his role at SFR Group, Mr. Raby served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Legal Officer of Alcatel-Lucent S.A. (telecommunications equipment) from September 2013 to February 2016.

Mr. Raby spent the majority of his career at Goldman Sachs, which he joined in 1996 in Paris in the Investment Banking Division. He was subsequently named Managing Director in 2002, Partner in 2004, and became Co-Head (then sole Head) of the division for France, Belgium and Luxembourg at Goldman Sachs, in 2006. He started his career in 1989 as a corporate lawyer with the US law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and then, Paris.

Mr. Raby holds a law degree from Université Laval, a master’s degree in philosophy in international relations from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and a master’s degree in law from Harvard Law School. Mr. Raby is also a (retired) member of the New York State Bar Association.

Norman M. Steinberg

Norman M. Steinberg is Vice Chair of BFL Canada since July 2019, where he also sits on the board of directors and chairs its Governance Committee. Mr. Steinberg was Chair Emeritus of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP from April 2017 to July 2019. In addition, Mr. Steinberg is Co-Chair and a director of Dorel Industries Inc. and chairs its Governance Committee, is a director of ATCO Ltd. and a member of its Corporate Governance Nomination, Compensation and Succession Committee, Senior Advisor to Persistence Capital Partners, Vice Chair and former Chair of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Co-Chair of Women in Governance’s board of directors, director of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum and its former Canadian Co-Chair, Strategic Advisor to Voyager Metals Inc., Vice Chair of the Advisory board of Alexa Translations, and Senior Advisor of Teneo.

In the period from 2005 to 2017, Mr. Steinberg served as Co-Chair and then Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and as Global Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright.

Mr. Steinberg holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University.