Board of Directors

Richard Savard

Richard Savard

Chairman of the Board; Chair, Audit Committee

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.

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).

Jacques Caron

Jacques Caron

Chief Executive Officer

With a degree in finance from Université Laval obtained in 1987, Jacques Caron essentially built a career in management in the Quebec public service. He worked for more than 25 years at the Ministère des Finances du Québec, mainly in the areas of budget preparation, the creation of governmental organizations, and accounting reform, helping to spearhead two major reforms for the government of Quebec. Beginning in 2010, he collaborated closely in work aiming to implement the Generations Fund and to update the Balanced Budget Act.

From June 2013 to November 2017, he held the position of associate secretary for public infrastructure at the Treasury Board Secretariat, tasked with planning and monitoring public investments in infrastructure and supervising the development of the oversight required to ensure optimal governance of public investments and infrastructure projects.

In November 2017, he was appointed chief executive officer of the Quebec government shared services centre (CSPQ), his initiation as an agency head.

Since March 21, 2019, he has been a member of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Sépaq. Mr. Caron is renowned for his rigour and his knowledge of the public sector. He also sits on the governing council of the Institut de la gestion financière de Québec (Quebec financial management institute) (IGF Québec).

Nicolas Bisson

Nicolas Bisson

Member, Audit Committee

Nicolas Bisson completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Université Laval in 2005. He is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés (Quebec CPA order) and holds the title of auditor, which bestows the full right to public practice.

Since 2005, Mr. Bisson has been working at the Groupe RDL Québec inc. accounting firm, a member of Groupe RDL, a network of independent accounting firms operating in Quebec. He has been a partner since 2007, and in addition to finance, his main areas of expertise are certification, consulting services, and management.

He is also a founding member of Décagone inc. a venture capital firm working in the Quebec City region and composed of professionals from different sectors of activity with the goal of providing human and financial capital.

From 2001 to 2005, he worked as an internal controller for a financial services firm with the title of group savings representative.

Marie A. Dumontier

Marie A. Dumontier

Chair, Human Resources Committee; Member, Ethics Committee

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

Observer, Human Resources Committee and Information Technology 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, and he is accredited by the Institut des administrateurs de sociétés as a company director (IAS A.).

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 FLOOR13, formely called 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. From 2014 to 2017, he has been co-president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, Québec chapter. He is now a member 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, the Canadian Society of Association Executives, Québec chapter, and Heritage Maritime Canada. 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.

Ashley Iserhoff

Ashley Iserhoff

Member, Board of Directors

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.

Suzie O'Bomsawin

Suzie O'Bomsawin

Member, Audit Committee, Governance and Ethics Committee, Human Resources Committee and Information Technology Committee

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). In addition, in 2018-2019, she began her university certification in corporate governance at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval.

A member of the Waban-Aki Nation, she works as director of the Ndakina Office 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.

A resident of the Odanak community, she is also very involved in an array of organizations dedicated to First Nations interests. For example, she was the spokesperson of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Youth Network from August 2011 to August 2015. She also chairs the board of directors of the Odanak Historical Society, an umbrella organization for the Musée des Abénakis. In addition, she is a member of the Quebec Native Women agency and helps to organize various cultural events in her community.

Nicole Perrault

Nicole Perrault

Chair, Information Technology Committee; Member, Governance and Ethics Committee; Member, Human Resources Committee

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.

Ms. Perrault practiced her profession for almost 17 years and then took up another challenge in the political sphere as part of the cabinet of the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife of Quebec from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, she was recruited by the managers of L. Fournier et fils inc. for the position of development project manager and in 2014, as director of public relations and communications. Since January 2018, she has worked as a self-employed project management and public relations consultant offering her consulting services to public, parapublic, and private organizations in the Val-d’Or region.

Ms. Perrault has sat on a number of boards of directors of organizations committed to socio-economic development in the Val-d’Or region. She was also a founding member and administrator of Maison de soins palliatifs de la Source Gabriel, a palliative care centre, in Val-d’Or. Since April 2015, she has presided the new steering and economic investment committee of the Vallée-de-l’Or RCM.

Khatéré Talaï

Khatéré Talaï

Chair, Governance and Ethics Committee

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, and was 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 this university alumni association as Director of Development.

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