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They chose Campus Montréal

They are consummate professionals and distinguished leaders. They are company presidents or senior executives in major parapublic institutions. The majority are graduates of HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal or Université de Montréal. Some are nearing the end of a successful career, while some are building theirs or have just started out. No matter what stage they are at, they all have one common denominator: they made Campus Montréal their choice.

The Honourable Louise Arbour

President & Chief Executive Officer
International Crisis Group

Louise Arbour is counsel for Borden Ladner Gervais, Canada’s oldest and largest law firm, which provides services to a diverse national and international clientele. In 2009, she became president and CEO of the International Crisis Group, a position she held for five years. Prior to that, she served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008.

A Canadian national, Ms. Arbour began an academic career in 1974 at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto. In December 1987 she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, and in 1990 to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 1995, as Commisioner of an inquiry into the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario she produced a report which accelerated the move towards modern institutions specifically designed to meet the security and programming needs of women inmates.

In 1996, Ms. Arbour was appointed by the Security Council of the United Nations as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. After three years as Prosecutor, she resigned to take up an appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Arbour has received 39 honorary degrees and is affiliated with many distinguished professional societies and organisations. In 2009, she became a member of the Advisory Board for the 2011 World Bank Development Report: ‘Conflict, Security and Development’; in 2010, she joined the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security; and in April 2011, became a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

Ms. Arbour is a Companion of the Order of Canada (2007) and a Grande Officière de l’Ordre national du Quebec (2009). She is the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award (2000) and the French Legion of Honour (2010). Alongside former President of Brazil Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, Ms. Arbour received the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe in March 2011.

Louise Arbour was born in Montreal, Quebec and has three children.

Hélène Desmarais

Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board of Administration
Centre d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal (CEIM)

Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board of Administration of the Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM) since 1996, Ms. Hélène Desmarais holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from HEC Montréal. CEIM is a business incubator, with an emphasis on startups as well as the development of innovative IT, multimedia, industrial technology and biotech companies. CEIM supports the emergence of viable, innovative and successful companies from those sectors which are an economic priority for the Greater Metropolitan Area of Montreal and the province of Quebec.

In 2003, Ms. Desmarais was appointed first female President of HEC’s Board of Administration, to which she had been named in 1999. She is Co-President and founder of the International Advisory Board of HEC Montréal (1990), is chair of the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine Advisory Committee (2006), is chair of the advisory board of the Consultative Committee of the Hospital Centre of the Université de Montréal (CHUM) (2008), is President of the Advisory Board and member of the Board of Governors of the Conference of Montreal (International Economic Forum of the Americas, 1995), is President of the Board of Administration of The Montreal Economic Institute (2007) where she has held a seat since 2002, is Chair of the Canadian Joint Regional Committees of the C.D. Howe Institute since 2006. She is founder and Chair of the Board of Administration and of the Entrepreneurial Development Committee of the Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (SDEVM) since 1998. She is both Chair of the Board of Administration and of the Financial Assistance Committee of the SDEVM’s Société d’Investissement Jeunesse (SIJ) Loan Guarantee Program.  She was President of the Board of Directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, was on its Board from 2002-2009 and has sat on its Executive Committee since 2005. She has been Deputy Chair of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Chair and founder of its Fondation since 2008.  She chaired a commission formed by the Province of Quebec to study the healthcare industry (1997).

Ms. Desmarais also sits on the following Boards of administrations : Garda World Security Corporation (2006); C.D. Howe Institute (2005); the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (2005); of the IRCM – The Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (2005), of Génome Québec (2002), of VAL-CHUM — Société de valorisation des recherches du CHUM (2004). She is a member of the Conseil des partenaires de l’innovation (CIP), which falls under the aegis of Quebec’s Ministry of Développement économique, Innovation et Exportation (2006), of the City of Montreal Economic Orientation Committee (2005), of the advisory board of Biotechnology Research Iinstitute, National Research Council of Canada (1998−2001) and of the Investment Committee, Hydro-Quebec CapiTech – Innovation Fund (2001−2004).

Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2002; Order of Merit, Université de Montréal 2007; Medal of Honour, Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal 2009; Doctor of Laws honoris causa, St. Francis Xavier University 2009; Order of Canada, Chancellery of Honours 2009; Prix entrepreneurship of Conseil du Patronat du Québec 2010; Grande Montréalaise (economic sector), Académie des grands montréalais and la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain 2010.

Geoff Molson

President and CEO
Club de hockey Canadiens Inc., Bell Center and evenko.

Mr. Molson is the President and CEO of the Club de hockey Canadiens Inc., evenko, l’Équipe Spectra and the Bell Center.

Mr. Molson most recently served as Vice-President of Marketing for Molson in Canada, where he played a strategic role in the development of company brands and in strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders.

He has worked for Molson in various other roles in the US and Canada, including positions at Molson USA such as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, and Vice‑President of Quality and Distributor Development.  Geoff currently represents MCBC as Ambassador, representing the Molson Family in key strategic areas of the business.

In addition to the Molson family foundation to support philanthropic initiatives across Canada, Mr. Molson also serves on the board of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, and is active in many key community initiatives across Canada.

On June 3rd, 2015 Geoff Molson was named Chairman of the Board of the de Molson Coors Brewing Company.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of CHC Group, Res Publica and a member of the Board of Governors of the National Hockey League.

Michael Sabia

President and CEO
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Caisse since March 2009, Michael Sabia is responsible for the strategic direction of the institution and determines the necessary course of action to fulfill its mission. He also chairs the Executive Committee.

Before joining the Caisse, Mr. Sabia was with BCE, holding such positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International. From 1993 to 1999, he occupied various roles with Canadian National Railway, including Chief Financial Officer. He spent the preceding decade working as senior official in the Government of Canada.

Mr. Sabia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics from the University of Toronto and holds graduate degrees in economics and politics from Yale University.

Mr. Sabia is a member of the governing council of Finance Montréal. He was also a member of the North American Competitiveness Council from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Sabia has been very active in the community over the past few years; some of his endeavours have notably included serving as the Honorary Chairman of the Bal du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, chairing the fundraising campaign for Maison Saint- Gabriel and co-chairing the campaign for the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation. In 2006, he co-chaired the campaign for Centraide du Grand Montréal.

Thierry Vandal

Axium Infrastructure US

For more than thirty years, Thierry Vandal was active in the energy sector (oil, gas, hydroelectricity) and petrochemical industry. He was CEO of Hydro-Québec from April 2005 to May 2015.  Since the summer of 2015, he is the President of Axium Infrastructure US Inc., an independent portfolio management firm that invests in core infrastructure assets in the U.S., in New York.

Mr. Vandal holds an MBA from HEC Montréal  and an engineering degree from Polytechnique Montréal. In 2007, the Université de Montréal awarded him an honorary doctorate to underscore his outstanding professional contribution to the energy sector.

Mr. Vandal is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Royal Bank of Canada and Veresen inc. He also sits on the boards of HEC Montréal and McGill University.

Mr. Marc-André Blanchard

Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations

Mrs. Hélène Brisebois

SDK et associés

Mrs. Louise Roy

Chancellor and Chair of the Board,
Université de Montréal

Mr. Claude Chagnon

Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon

Mr. Louis R. Chênevert

Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
United Technologies Building

Mrs. Anik Shooner


Mr. Pierre Dufour

Senior Executive Vice-President
Air Liquide

Mr. Robert Dutton

Corporate Director

Mr. Jean Gaulin

Corporate Director

Mr. Serge Gendron

Groupe AGF inc.

Mr. François-Charles Sirois

President and Chief Executive Officer
Telesystem Ltée

Mr. Louis Vachon

President and Chief Executive Officer
Banque Nationale du Canada

Mrs. Christiane Germain

Groupe Germain Hospitalité Inc.

Mr. Luc Villeneuve

Corporate Director
Former President
Deloitte Quebec

Mr. Amir Karim

Business Development Les Industries Polykar Inc.

Mr. Jean Lamarre

Lamarre Consultants

Maître Pierre Langlois

McCarthy Tétrault

Mrs. Monique Leroux

International Co-operative Alliance

Mr. Paul Lévesque

Chief Marketing Officer, US Primary Care Marketing

Mr. Pierre Pomerleau

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Monique Jérôme-Forget

Special Advisor
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Mr. Jacques Parisien

Corporate Director

Mrs. Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire

Chair of the Board of Directors
Polytechnique Montréal

Mr. René Goulet

Fondation J. A. DeSève

Mr. René Beaudry

Normandin Beaudry, Actuaires conseil inc.

Mr. Louis-Philippe Maurice

PDG et Co-fondateur

Christophe Guy

ing., Ph. D., FACG, C.M., O.Q.
Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnique Montréal

Christophe Guy, ing., Ph. D., FACG, C.M., O.Q.
Chief Executive Offier, Polytechnique Montréal

Christophe Guy holds a bachelor degree and a doctorate in chemical engineering. He is Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnique Montréal (  Polytechnique Montréal is one of the largest engineering schools or faculties in Canada with more than 7200 students and an annual budget (excluding research) of more than 130 M$. Polytechnique offers degrees in a wide range of engineering fields, from the engineer diploma to the Ph.D.  With more than 70 M$ per year in research funding, Polytechnique is one of the top Canadian universities active in engineering research especially in collaboration with industry.

An ardent proponent of technology transfer, Prof. Guy has supported the start-up and development of Québec firms emerging from university research and is the author of eight invention patents. He is a co-founder of Odotech inc. – twice Top Ten Clean Tech Company in Canada and spin-off of Polytechnique – with his former student Thierry Pagé, present CEO. He has also been a member of the board of a public medical devices company, also a spin-off of Polytechnique.

Prof. Guy is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ). He also sits on the boards of many other organizations, including the Quebec Universities Presidents Conference, the Montreal Science Centre Foundation and Angus Techno-Park.

As a professor, researcher and expert in environmental and chemical engineering, Prof. Guy has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has supervised 37 doctoral and master’s students. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and an Officer of the Ordre National du Québec.

Guy Breton

M.D., FRCPC Rector, Université de Montréal

Guy Breton, M.D., FRCPC
Rector of the Université de Montréal

Guy Breton became the eleventh rector of the Université de Montréal in June 2010. A radiologist by training, he has taught at the UdeM Faculty of Medicine since 1979. Dr. Breton has worked in both university administration and the healthcare sector. At UdeM, he has served as director of the Department of Radiology, Radio-Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, executive vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine and executive vice-rector of the university. At the same time, he held a variety of strategic and operational roles at Saint-Luc Hospital and the CHUM. He played a decisive role in the CHUM project as vice-president of the Société d’implantation du CHUM (SICHUM) and director of planning for CHUM 2010. He was also behind the creation of several research funds sponsored by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ). Dr. Breton has also contributed to the collective development of his profession, in particular as chairman of the Association des radiologistes du Québec and the Canadian Heads of Academic Radiology.

In 2009, the French-Canadian Radiology Society (SCFR) awarded Guy Breton the Albert-Jutras Prize for his remarkable career in the hospital and university sectors. The same organization acknowledged his exemplary work by naming him SCFR Personality of the Year for 2011. Dr. Breton sits on the boards of directors of many organizations.

Michel Patry

Director, HEC Montréal

Michel Patry, Director, HEC Montréal
Full Professor, HEC Montréal

Holder of a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in Business Administration (M. Sc.) from HEC Montréal, Michel Patry is currently Full professor at the Institut d’économie appliquée of HEC Montréal and Director of HEC Montréal, a major international business school.

In Canada and abroad Mr. Patry sits on several Boards such as HEC Montréal (, University of Montréal ( Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (, Finance Montréal, Revue Gestion, Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (, Collège André-Grasset, Committee on Issues in Management Education, AACSB International (, Global Foundation for Management Education ( and International Accreditation Advisory Board of the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

In the past, Mr. Patry has served in other administrative capacities at HEC Montréal, as Associate Director – Academic Affairs and Strategic Planning; Director of the Doctoral Program and Director of Research; and activities outside of HEC Montréal, more specifically as President and CEO of the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), an important research, liaison and transfert center dedicated to the improvement of organizations’ and markets’ efficiency and competitiveness; Director of the Romanian-Canadian MBA Program, Director of the Joint Ph.D. in Administration Program offered by the four Montreal universities, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Société canadienne de science économique.

Michel Patry is an expert in the economics of organizations and regulation. At the moment, his teaching and research deal with the economic analysis of organizations, the economics and strategic analysis of outsourcing and P3, the economic analysis of regulation, as well as the economics of IT and e-commerce.

Professor Patry has published over a hundred research documents of scientific and professional nature, articles in academic and professional publications, book sections, monographs, research reports, etc., as well as many transfer and public education articles. He has supervised and participated in the supervision of close to a hundred students in Business Administration, Economics and IT postgraduate programs. He also serves as a consultant to many private and public organizations.