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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 - 560 KB) 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 Théâtre du Rideau Vert and the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) as well as others in England.

Catherine Dagenais – Director

Director

  • Appointed on June 20, 2018, for a five-year term (Order-in-Council 828-2018)

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Société des alcools du Québec

 

Holder of an executive MBA (McGill-HEC Montréal) and a bachelor’s in business administration – marketing option, Catherine Dagenais has solid experience in sales network management. After joining the SAQ as a district manager in 2000, she quickly came to be recognized for her passion for retailing, marked interest in new technology and vision of a better-performing company.

 

It was in 2008 that Ms. Dagenais was appointed Vice-President, Sales Network Operations. In 2014, she became Vice-President, Retail Strategy and Customer Experience. As such, she spearheaded a major organizational transformation that resulted in the creation of an omnichannel customer experience, including the Click, Purchase, Pick Up service and SAQ Inspire. In 2017, Ms. Dagenais was named Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, a position in which she led more than 6,000 persons, namely all employees working in sales, merchandising, supply chain, real estate development and sustainable development.

 

Known for her energy, dedication and human approach, Ms. Dagenais is a unifying leader focused on reaching ambitious goals. Her skill at building promising business partnerships and maximizing growth and profitability enable her to drive the company’s performance while also maintaining a high standard of customer service.

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

 

Ecommerce Acquisition Manager

  • DAVIDsTEA

 

Lecturer

  • HEC Montréal, MBA program

 

Holding a bachelor of commerce 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 and ecommerce, she has worked at Reitmans Canada, Aeroplan, Marketel, L’Oréal and Biron Groupe Santé. Ms. Arzoumanian is currently a ecommerce acquisition manager at DAVIDsTEA and an MBA-level lecturer at HEC Montréal. She is also a co-founder of Virtual Armenia, a social enterprise that matches up the services of talented young individuals in Armenia with professionals around the world who require virtual administrative support.
           

Lyne Bouchard – Chair of the Governance, Ethics and Communications Committee
  • Appointed on July 14, 2015, for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 673-2015)
  • Independent member


Vice Rector, Human Ressources

  • 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 currently holds the position of vice-principal of human resources and associate professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval. She also teaches at the Collège des administrateurs.

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, an associate professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval as well as deputy minister for the Direction générale des services à l’organisation of the Quebec Justice Department.

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

 

Executive Vice-président

  • WhiteHaven Inc.

 

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 25 years now, Mr. Bruneau is currently executive vice-president of the WhiteHaven Inc. securities firm. During his career, he has also worked in corporate financing and private banking 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, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Montreal 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 the Fondation de l’École internationale Guy-Drummond.

 

Denis Chamberland – Director
  • Appointed on February 7, 2018m for a two-year term (Order-in-Council 82-2018)
  • Independent member

 

Corporate Director 

 

The holder of a degree in business administration from HEC Montréal and fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, Denis Chamberland has also earned a certificate from the Quebec chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, qualifying him for the title Administrateur de sociétés certifié. During his career, he has worked at Ricardo Media inc. as chief executive office, where he put his brand development expertise to use. Gifted with a strong entrepreneurial bent, Mr. Chamberland also founded an accounting firm, Chamberland Hodge, focused on providing support services to entrepreneurs, where he was co-CEO.

More recently, he has been chairman of the board of Théâtre La Licorne and a director of La Tablée des Chefs and the Richter Charitable Foundation. Mr. Chamberland is currently a member of the board of governors of HEC Montréal and of the board of directors of the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation, where he chairs the investment committee.

 

Nicole Diamond-Gélinas – Director
  • Appointed on November 30, 2011, for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 1216-2011)
  • Renewal on January 17, 2017, for a tow-year term (Order-in-Council 23-2017)
  • 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.

 

Ms. Diamond-Gélinas 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 audit committee of the Port of Trois-Rivières. Ms. Diamond-Gélinas was also a member of several boards of directors including those of National Bank and National Bank Life Insurance Company, whose conduct review and corporate governance committee she chairs.

René Leprohon - Chair of the Audit Committee
  • Appointed on February 7, 2018, for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 82-2018)
  • Independent member

 

Corporate Director

 

A member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, the Institute of Internal Auditors (Quebec chapter) and the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada), René Leprohon holds a bachelor’s in business administration from HEC Montréal and a risk management certificate (CMC) from the Insurance Institute of Canada. A retired KPMG partner, he headed the firm’s internal audit and corporate risk management practice for more than a dozen years. In the course of his career, Mr. Leprohon has also held executive positions at TD Meloche Monnex (today TD Insurance) and EY, where he, among other things, had the opportunity to develop expertise in human resources, change management, internal control, corporate reengineering, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning. Over the years, he has been part or a member of many boards of directors, audit committees and other governance committees of publicly traded companies, government corporations and not-for-profit organizations. He continues to hold a seat on the board of directors of the Institute of Internal Auditors (Montreal chapter), where he also serves as chairman of the audit committee.

 

Hélène Lévesque – Chair of the Business Practices Committee
  • 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. Ms. Martel is also a member of the board of directors of Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.

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 founder and president 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 other things. 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 Smart Employee Benefits Inc., Wi2Wi Corporation, Le Château and Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Montréal. Mr. Pesner was previously a member of the boards of KPMG, DAVIDsTEA Inc., Richmont Mines Inc., and  Well.ca.

Michael L. Vineberg – Director
  • Appointed on February 7, 2018, for a three-year term (Order-in-Council 82-2018)
  • Independent member

 

President and Chief Operating Officer

  • Alasko Foods Inc.

 

Professor

HEC Montréal and Executive Education HEC Montréal

 

Holder of a bachelor’s in arts, economics and management from McGill University and an MBA from HEC Montréal, Michael Vineberg has also earned a certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors, qualifying him for the title Administrateur de sociétés certifié (IAS.A). Mr. Vineberg currently serves as president and chief operating office of Alasko Foods Inc. An experienced executive, Mr. Vineberg has specialized in the conception and implementation of transformation, growth and value creation strategies. In the course of his career, he has held many senior management positions, including corporate turnaround partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Mr. Vineberg currently sits on the boards of directors of Alasko Foods Inc. and JEM Workshop Inc.