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Governance

Management endeavours to run the company transparently and effectively. To ensure this is the case, the SAQ has established strict corporate governance rules.

  

Main self-governance tools

Board of Directors

Our directors are appointed by the Quebec government. Together with senior management, they define the government corporation’s strategic directions.

Ombudsman

The Ombudsman reports to the SAQ’s Board of Directors and its Governance and Ethics Committee.

 

Learn more about the SAQ Ombudsman.

Code of Ethics and Conduct

The SAQ’s Code of Ethics and Conduct for Employees (PDF - 4.4 MB) is a complementary tool that guides employees in their actions and helps them make the best possible decisions in every situation.

Director Profiles

Johanne Brunet – Chair of the Board of Directors

Director

  • Appointed on August 7, 2007, for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 623-2007)
  • Renewal on November 30, 2011, for a three-year term (Order in Council 1216-2011)
  • Appointed Chair of the Board of Directors on August 19, 2015, for a five-year term (Order-in-Council 725-2015)
  • Independent member (Order-in-Council 1219-2011)

 

Associate Professor

  • Department of Marketing, HEC Montréal


A member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, Johanne Brunet has a doctorate in industrial and business studies from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom) and an MBA in marketing and international management from HEC Montréal. She also holds a certificate in corporate governance from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval, qualifying her for the title Administratice de sociétés certifiée. Ms. Brunet received the 1999 Action femmes d’affaires award from the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and was a finalist for the 2013 Business Professor of the Year award conferred by the renowned weekly The Economist. She worked as head of external production and acquisitions at Société Radio-Canada before becoming Senior Vice-President at TV5-Amériques. She also holds a seat on the boards of the daily Le Devoir, the Théâtre du Rideau Vert and the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) as well as others in England.

Alain Brunet – Director

  • Appointed November 20, 2013, for a five-year term (Order-in-Council 1204-2013)


Chief Executive Officer

  • SAQ

 

Holding a master’s degree in business administration (MBA McGill–HEC Montréal) and a certificate in corporate governance from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval, qualifying him for the title Administrateur de sociétés certifié, Alain Brunet has extensive experience in managing sales network operations. After joining the SAQ in 1981, he climbed through the ranks before being appointed Vice-President, Sales, in 2002 and Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008. As the head of four divisions (Procurement and Merchandising, Real Estate and Engineering, Logistics and Distribution, and Sales) with a combined workforce of more than 6,000, his main mandate was to integrate and optimize the company’s entire supply chain.

 

Among other accomplishments, Mr. Brunet originated numerous initiatives aimed at delivering innovative products and services, such as the popular taste tags, to customers. Renowned and appreciated for his leadership skills, he has a proven ability to rally and motivate teams of managers and employees as well as business partners around shared objectives and specific strategies. At the same time, he has manifested his enthusiasm for the retail trade by leading sessions of the SAQ–HEC Montréal Program in Retail Management, which is preparing the industry’s next generation of executives and officers.

Nora Arzoumanian – Director
  • Appointed on October 26, 2016 for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 930-2016)
  • Independent member

 

Holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and an MBA from HEC Montréal, Nora Arzoumanian has also earned certificates in public relations and international business from McGill University. Specializing in the development and management of high-performance digital marketing campaigns, she worked as a digital marketing and ecommerce specialist at Reitmans Canada, Aeroplan, Marketel and L’Oréal. Ms. Arzoumanian is also a co-founder of Virtual Armenia, a social enterprise that matches up the services of young talented individuals residing in Armenia with professionals around the world who require virtual administrative support.
           

Danièle Bergeron – Chair of the Business Practices Committee
  • Appointed on June 27, 2012 for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 685-2012)
  • Independent member

 

Chief Operating Officer

  • SAIL Outdoors Inc.

 

Holding a master’s degree in business administration (EMBA McGill–HEC Montréal) and a certificate in corporate governance from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval, qualifying her for the title Administratice de sociétés certifiée, Danièle Bergeron works in the retail sector as Chief Operating Officer at SAIL Outdoors Inc. From 1981 to 2006, she worked in merchandising and contributed to the success of La Maison Ogilvy, where she was Executive Vice-President, Retail Division. She then joined Boutique Jacob as Vice-President, Products. In 2008, she developed and carried out the acquisition of a large Canadian retailer. From 2011 to 2014, she was President of the furniture retailer Mobilia, where her duties included preparing for the family succession. She is a member of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec and the Cercle Omer DeSerres.
           

Lyne Bouchard – Director
  • Appointed on August 19, 2015, for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 673-2015)
  • Independent member


Associate Professor

  • Université Laval

 

In addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Université Laval and a doctorate in administrative science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Lyne Bouchard is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter, qualifying her for the title Administratrice de sociétés certifiée. Ms. Bouchard is currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval as well as director of the Observatoire en gouvernance des technologies de l’information at the Carré des affaires FSA ULaval - Banque Nationale.


After beginning her career as a professor-researcher at Université Laval. Ms. Bouchard worked in the private sector, where she held various positions at LGS, Informission, Gartner, Montréal International and Fujitsu Canada/DMR. Her duties have included serving as a chief executive officer, executive coach, strategist, architect and advisor on reorganization and organizational change. Ms. Bouchard has also been vice-principal of the Longueuil campus and vice-principal of information technology at the Université de Sherbrooke as well as deputy minister for the Direction générale des services à l’organisation of the Quebec Department of Justice.

Marc G. Bruneau – Director
  • Appointed on June 17, 2015, for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 539-2015)
  • Independent member

 

Holding a bachelor’s in finance from HEC Montréal, Marc G. Bruneau also holds a certificate in corporate governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter, qualifying him for the title Administrateur de sociétés certifié. He currently works at Alternative Capital Group Inc. as partner responsible for syndication. Active in the finance field for more than 20 years now, Mr. Bruneau has worked for major financial institutions and private wealth management firms.

 

Recipient of the 2002 Hommage bénévolat-Québec award, he has served as a director of Société des loteries du Québec, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, Kids for Kids and the McCord Museum. In addition, he was chairman of the board of directors of the Sommet du Millénaire de Montréal from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Bruneau is currently a member of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Montreal and of the Fondation de l’École internationale Guy-Drummond.

Nicole Diamond-Gélinas – Director
  • Appointed on November 30, 2011, for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 1216-2011)
  • Independent member


President

  • Aspasie Inc.
  • Plastifil Inc.
  • Trois-Rivières Ford Lincoln Inc.

 

Holding a bachelor’s in education and an administration degree from Université Laval, Nicole Diamond-Gélinas has been president of Aspasie Inc., a family-owned manufacturer of colour merchandising solutions, since 1976. She is also President of Plastifil Inc., a family-owned manufacturer specializing in plastic extrusion and injection, pre-printing and printing, and President of Trois-Rivières Ford Lincoln Inc. In addition, she has a sound knowledge of management. She also holds a certificate in corporate governance from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval, qualifying her for the title Administratice de sociétés certifiée. She serves on the board of directors and the audit committee of the Port of Trois-Rivières. Ms. Diamond-Gélinas was also a member of the board of directors of National Bank Life Insurance Company and chair of its conduct review and corporate governance committee.

Thierry Dorval – Chair of the Governance, Ethics and Communications Committee
  • Appointed on June 25, 2013, to a four-year term (Order-in-Council 760-2013)
  • Independent member

 

Partner

  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

 

Thierry Dorval holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Law degrees from Université Laval as well as an MBA from the University of Oxford. He was awarded a doctorate in law by the University of Ottawa in 2007 for his thesis on governance. He is a partner at the Norton Rose Fulbright Canada law firm, where he specializes in mergers, business acquisitions and dispositions and heads its governance and directors’ liability team. He is a founding member of the Quebec chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on its board of directors as well as on the board of directors of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Société d'Investissement Jeunesse. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in national and international journals and is the author of the book Governance of Publicly Listed Corporations published by LexisNexis Butterworths now in its second edition.

Sylvain Lafrance – Director

Director

  • Appointed on June 27, 2012 for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 685-2012)
  • Independent member


Adjunct Professor and Director

  • Media and Management Centre, HEC Montréal


After studying at Ottawa University and the Centre de formation des journalistes de Paris, Sylvain Lafrance obtained a master’s degree in public administration from the École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP) and, in 1978, began working as a journalist at Radio-Canada. He subsequently became Vice-President, French Radio, of the crown corporation in 1998 and Senior Vice-President for all French-language services in 2005. He also chaired the board of directors of ARTV from 2002 to 2010 and represented Canada on the board of TV5Monde. He is currently an adjunct professor and director of HEC Montréal’s Media and Management Centre. He chairs the board of the Quebec Film and Television Council and holds seats on the boards of directors of D-BOX Technologies, Attraction Media and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Hélène Lévesque – Director
  • Appointed on May 27, 2015, for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 539-2015)
  • Independent member


Corporate Director

 

Hélène Lévesque holds a Licentiate in Laws degree and a master’s in business administration from Université de Sherbrooke. She has more than 30 years’ experience as general counsel at various large and medium-sized corporations. In the course of her career, she has worked for Experlead Corporation, Transcontinental Inc., Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., Quebecor Printing Canada,  Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Cambior Inc., Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, Atlantic Video and Sound Center Ltd. and Nouveler Inc. Over the years, Ms. Lévesque has developed an interest and expertise in the field of private and venture capital investment. She was a member of the board of directors of the Société générale de financement du Québec (SGF) and was selected to hold a seat of the board of directors of the new structure of Investissement Québec (IQ), born of the merger of the SGF and IQ.

Lucie Martel – Chair of the Human Resources Committee

Director

  • Appointed on January 19 , 2011, for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 23-2011)
  • Renewal on May 27, 2015, for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 438-2015)
  • Independent member


Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Intact Financial Corporation

 

With a degree in industrial relations from the Université de Montréal, Lucie Martel has been Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Intact Financial Corporation since September 2011. In her current position, she is responsible for developing human resources strategies, policies and programs. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, at AXA Canada. She has more than 30 years’ experience in strategic management of human resources and labour relations at companies including Laurentian Bank, where she was Vice-President, Human Resources Management and Development, Direct Film and Uniroyal.

Michael Pesner – Director
  • Appointed on October 26, 2016, for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 930-2016)
  • Independent member


President and founder

  • Hermitage Canada Finance Inc.

 

Holding bachelor degrees from McGill University in commerce (accounting and finance) and Concordia University in arts, Michael Pesner is the president and founder of Hermitage Canada Finance Inc. Specializing in financial advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and corporate finance, Mr. Pesner has acted as a financial advisor in the successful refinancing of several large corporations. During his career, he has worked as a partner at KPMG, Thorne Ernst & Whinney and Peat Marwick Thorne, among others. Mr. Pesner is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants Canada, the Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agréés du Québec, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and the Association québécoise d’insolvabilité. He also sits on the boards of Richmont Mines Inc., Quest Rare Minerals Ltd., Le Château Inc., Alexandria Minerals Corp.,  Well.ca and Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Montréal et Montérégie. Mr. Pesner was previously a member of the boards of KPMG and DAVIDsTEA Inc.

Jean-Marie Toulouse – Director
  • Appointed on August 7, 2007, for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 623-2007)
  • Renewal on November 30, 2011, for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 1216-2011)
  • Renewal on May 27, 2015, for a two-year term (Order-in-Council 438-2015)
  • Independent member


Emeritus professor

  • HEC Montréal

 

Jean-Marie Toulouse, holder of a PhD in social psychology from the Université de Montréal and Postdoctoral Fellow in business administration at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is an emeritus professor at HEC Montréal, where he taught business strategy and entrepreneurship and held various administrative positions, including that of Director for nearly 12 years. Mr. Toulouse also holds a certificate in corporate governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter, qualifying him for the title Administrateur de sociétés certifié. He has published several books and many articles in the leading journals in his field and in top trade publications. During his career, he has held a seat on several boards of directors. He is an officer of the Ordre national du Québec and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.