Richard Savard completed a bachelor's degree in forest engineering at Université Laval. He also studied business administration at Université du Québec à Rimouski. Mr. Savard has been a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Quebec order of engineers) since 1980.
Recently retired from Québec's senior public service, he served as deputy minister at the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (department of forests, wildlife, and parks) from 2014 to 2016; as deputy minister at the Ministère des Ressources naturelles (department of natural resources) from 2012 to 2013; and as associate deputy minister - forestry at the same department from 2009 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2014. He was closely involved in designing and implementing the new Québec Forest Regime and is a past member of the board of directors of Hydro-Québec. He has been involved in several files related to natural resources, at the Québec, Canada, and international levels.
Before joining the ranks of government, he was deputy director of the Conférence régionale des élus du Bas-Saint-Laurent (regional conference of elected officials in the Bas-St-Laurent area), from 2000 to 2009, and CEO of the Bas-Saint-Laurent Model Forest, from 1992 to 2000. It was in these organizations that he became familiar with wildlife management.
Mr. Savard began his career in the forest resources management sector, initially as a technical manager at the Société d’exploitation des ressources de la Mitis (Mitis resources development corporation), then as deputy director and head of technical services for the Syndicat des producteurs de bois du Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence lumber producers union).
A graduate in engineering from Université Laval and member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Quebec association of professional engineers), Mr. MacKay is also a graduate of Université Laval’s Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (corporate administrator’s college).
He had a first successful career in consulting engineering, for 17 years, during which time he participated in the creation of one of Québec’s major engineering firms. Subsequently, he went into the manufacturing sector as a business owner. His career led him to all continents where he developed a number of projects and networks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.
He worked at the Société d’habitation du Québec from 2007 to 2013, managing the agency with its $1.1 billion budget. He became as its president and CEO of this organization in 2010. Subsequently, he served as a manager and vice-president at the Régie du bâtiment du Québec until his appointment to the board of directors and as president and CEO of Sépaq, on June 30, 2015.
In addition to having been involved in numerous organizations of a professional, social and charitable nature, he has served on more than 25 boards of directors of international companies, foundations, SMEs, organizations and institutions, including Forpan (a subsidiary of Uniboard Canada), Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus de Québec, the Jean Lapointe Foundation, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Grands Ballets canadiens, and the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie du Québec métropolitain. He currently serves on the board of directors of Centre CASA.
A member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec as a Fellow and a graduate in Business Administration from Université Laval, Carole Boisvert also holds university certification in corporate governance from the College of corporate directors, Université Laval, designating her as a certified corporate director (CCD).
Through many years of experience, Ms. Boisvert acquired in-depth knowledge about different government entities.
From 2004 to 2010, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance and Financial Controller at the Ministère des Finances du Québec. The Financial Controller is responsible for government accounting, the integrity of the government accounting system and the reliability of financial data stored in this system. The Financial Controller produces, for the Minister of Finance, the government’s consolidated financial statements, public accounts and a variety of other government financial reports. As a chartered accountant, she signed the financial statements produced for the Minister. For the government, this signature is a sure sign of the reliability of the financial information revealed in their financial statements.
From 1991 to 2004, Ms. Boisvert held various positions in government departments and agencies. She was Director of the Planning Branch for Programs and Budgets at the Ministère du Revenu. She also served as an Audit Officer for the Auditor General of Québec. From 1988 to 1991, Ms. Boisvert worked for the Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche accounting firm.
Marie A. Dumontier completed a bachelor's and a master's degree in chemical engineering at Université de Sherbrooke. She also completed a management development diploma at Ivey Business School of Western University in Ontario. She is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Quebec order of engineers) and is accredited by the Institute of Corporate Directors as an accredited director (ICD.D).
She began her career in the environmental sector, first as project manager for Lavalin Inc. then as an environmental engineer for Domtar Inc. She subsequently held positions as corporate director for environment, health, and safety for James Maclaren Industries Inc., Noranda Forest Inc., Nexfor Inc., and Fraser Papers Inc. She also worked at Natural Resources Canada as deputy director of the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.
President of MDCI, she has been working since 2012 as a consultant, mainly in environmental risk management and sustainable development management for manufacturing companies, sector associations, research centres, and government departments.
Ms. Dumontier is a past member of the board of directors of the Centre de formation en entreprise et récupération Outaouais (Outaouais business training and recovery centre) and past chair of the board of directors of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada. She is currently a member of the board of directors of KBF Foundation Canada as well as of Regroupement QuébecOiseaux, a non-profit organization, where she previously has chair the governance committee.
John C. Dunn completed a Bachelor of Arts in political science at Acadia University (Nova Scotia) and a certificate from the management training program at McGill University.
He began his career in the hotel industry as director of sales and marketing for Hôtel La Citadelle, then at the Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel for Ramada Canada Ltd. Subsequently, he was director of the international market for the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montreal convention centre corporation), then director of sales and marketing at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain. From 1999 to 2007, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Atlific Hotels & Resorts, managing the business plans of the 32 pan-Canadian institutions that are part of many chains, such as Marriott, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Starwood Hotels. From 2007 to 2009, he was senior vice-president for Tourism Montreal, a private, not-for-profit organization that brings together more than 750 members and partners from the Montréal tourism industry and aims to promote Montréal as a tourist destination to foreign clienteles.
Since 2010, he has served as president of Dunn Consulting Services Inc., a firm specializing in supporting companies in activities related to the travel, tourism, hospitality, and event sectors.
Mr. Dunn has been a member of many boards of directors. He is co-president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, Québec chapter and a member of the board of directors of Heritage Maritime Canada and of the board of directors of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. He was previously a member of the board of directors of several companies in the industry, such as the Hotel Association of Canada, the Destination Marketing Association of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Association Executives, Québec chapter. He also chaired the advisory committee on the rail link between Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport and downtown Montréal in addition to acting as an advisor at the Canadian Tourism Commission.
After studying public administration at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Ashley Iserhoff served his second term as Deputy Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees and as Vice Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority. Since April 2015, Mr. Iserhoff has been the Director of Health and Social Development for the Cree Nation of Mistissini.
A member of the Cree Nation of Mistissini and resident of Mistissini, Mr. Iserhoff is also involved in many organizations affecting Cree society. He was a member of the Hunting Fishing, Trapping Coordination Committee, which was created when the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) was signed, and of the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment (JBACE), which was established to advise federal and provincial governments on the adoption of policies, laws, regulations or measures that could affect the environment or Cree society. Since April 2015, he assumed the position of Director of Health and Social Development of the Cree Nation of Mistissini.
Mr. Iserhoff was Chairman of the Board of the Eeyou Communications Network, which is a non-profit telecommunications corporation that provides broadband carrier services for the Cree communities of Eeyou Istchee and municipalities of the Baie-James region.
He sat on number of committees within the Cree Regional Authority, such as the Working Group on Addressing Poverty, the Cree Nation Governance Working Group, and the Judicial Advisory Committee which oversees the implementation on the agreement on Justice for the Crees, which links the Québec government and the Grand Council of the Crees.
In September, 2011, Mr. Iserhoff was honoured by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and was a recipient of a prize at the “Native American 40 Under 40 Awards” which annually highlights the success of 40 Amerindian leaders under 40 years of age who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication in their businesses and aboriginal communities. The NCAIED is the largest and oldest American organization for the promotion and economic and businesses development of indigenous societies.
Mr. Iserhoff is President of the Cree Nation Bears Hockey Club which oversees the Bantam BB and Midget AA teams.
Holder of an integrated bachelor’s in economics and politics (2007) from Université Laval, Suzie O’Bomsawin also holds a master’s degree in business administration (international development – 2010).
A member of the Waban-Aki Nation, she works as director of the Ndakinna Office (department of territorial consultations) of the Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation located in Wôlinak. Her previous positions included training sector coordinator and aboriginal affairs advisor at the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
As a resident of Odanak, she is also very involved in different organizations devoted to First Nations interests. For instance, she was the spokesperson of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Youth Network from August 2011 to August 2015 and she currently sits on the board of directors of the Odanak Historical Society (Musée des Abénakis). She is also a member of the M8wwa Committee (Youth Committee of Odanak) and of the Quebec Native Women's Association.
Nicole Perrault holds a Bachelor of Law (1985) and a diploma in notarial law from Université Laval (1986). In 2002, she completed training in project management at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
Madame Perrault pursued her profession for nearly 17 years before taking on another challenge at the political level in the office of the Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife between 2003 and 2007. In 2007, she was recruited by the heads of L. Fournier et fils Inc. and of Développements DSF to take charge of the companies’ housing projects. Since February 2014, she has had new duties in the management team of L. Fournier et fils Inc., as Director, Public Relations and Communications.
Madame Perrault is an active member of her community, having served on several boards of directors of organizations with a socio-economic vocation in the Val-d’Or region. She was also a founding member and administrator of Val-d’Or’s Maison de la Source Gabriel, a palliative care institution. Since 2015, she has chaired the new orientation and economic investment committee of the La Vallée-de-l’Or regional county municipality (MRC).
In addition to a Master's degree in Small and Medium-sized Business Management (1992) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (1989) from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Ms. Talaï also earned a college diploma in Economic and Social Sciences (1984) from the Académie de Paris.
Ms. Talaï, a Management Officer for the Development Fund of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, has also act as a project manager for the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi alumni association, as a consultant for the implementation of an organizational model and employee development at Rio Tinto Alcan and is a Corporate and Community Services advisor at Cégep de Saint-Félicien.
She sat on the board of directors of the student cooperative of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi as president, and on the board of directors of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi alumni association as Director of Development.
Sign up for Sépaq emails to be the first to find out about our promotions, news and special offers.