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Board of Directors

Members

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 also sits as a member of the board of directors and is chair of the environment, safety, and health and security committee at the Quebec Port Authority.

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).

Vincent Bernier

Vincent Bernier

Member, governance and ethics committee; member, human resources committee

Vincent Bernier completed a bachelor's degree in public communication and political science at Université Laval in 1992.

In 2007, he founded and since then has served as CEO of Groupe Bemesa Inc., a firm offering coaching and mentoring services to emerging and innovative companies.

Mr. Bernier has worked for several large corporations and organizations, including the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec and Le Club de Hockey Les Nordiques de Québec. He has also held the position of director of sales and head of U.S. and international market development for the Société du Centre des congrès de Québec.

For many years, Mr. Bernier has been actively involved in various organizations representing the interests of commercial, industrial, and service companies, particularly at the international level. For example, he was director of the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada, Quebec section, from 2003 to 2013. Among other things, he has been in charge of several France/Quebec economic missions and has chaired the Gala d'excellence en Affaires on six occasions. Since 2019, he has been chair of the Canada-Europe Economic Chamber (Quebec) after serving as vice-chair and director for three years. He is also a member of the board of directors of Ducks Unlimited Canada.

A nature and fishing enthusiast since his early childhood, Mr. Bernier loves being in the forest with his friends and family. He has had the opportunity to visit many of Sépaq's establishments and national parks for more than 30 years.

Nicolas Bisson

Nicolas Bisson

Chair, Information Technology Committee; 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, Audit 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. Ms. Dumontier is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Quebec order of engineers) and is an accredited director, as designated by the Institute of Corporate Directors (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.

For several decades, Ms. Dumontier has pursued numerous outdoor recreational activities in Quebec and around the world, including canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Louise Lacoursière

Louise Lacoursière

Observer on the Human Resources Committee

Louise Lacoursière completed studies in tourism at Collège LaSalle and in communications at Université Laval. She is a member of the Association des communicateurs municipaux du Québec.

Since 2018, Ms. Lacoursière has been a communications and tourism development advisor for the Municipality of La Pocatière. She began her career as head of the tourism division at the Centre local de développement (CLD) of Kamouraska and then worked at the Association touristique régionale (ATR) of Bas-Saint-Laurent as head of communications.

From 2005 to 2017, Ms. Lacoursière was a municipal councillor at the Municipality of La Pocatière, where she was, among other things, responsible for the human resources committee, family issues, and files with a tourism component.

Since mid-December 2020, Ms. Lacoursière has been one of the ambassadors of Camps de l'Everest, which has enabled her to become more involved in the community and to give back to her fellow citizens. Camps de l'Everest is an annual event that allows people to promote healthy lifestyle habits by completing a challenge while collecting donations for various selected organizations.

Marie-Christine Lambert

Marie-Christine Lambert

Member, governance and ethics committee; member, Information Technology Committee

Marie-Christine Lambert completed a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology in the cooperative program at Université de Sherbrooke in 2013. She then earned a master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology at Université Laval, where she moved directly to the PhD level in 2016. She will obtain her PhD in 2021. Marie-Christine has participated in a number of provincial and international conferences where she has presented her research results, winning prizes for best presentation at several of them.

In 2019, Ms. Lambert obtained a teaching contract at Collège Ellis teaching biology and microbiology to nursing students. Since 2020, she has been working for GuardRx as the person tasked with implementing COVID-19 diagnostic laboratories and training technicians.

Ms. Lambert has been involved in the association of graduate students of the regenerative medicine division of the Centre de recherche CHU de Québec - Université Laval, an association she co-founded and chaired in 2018-2019. She also volunteers at Expo-Science, promoting science for youth and Girls and Science Day. In addition, she acts as a mentor on the Academos platform, which connects young people with mentors who have a job that interests them so that they can learn more about the mentors' position and career path.

Since her youth, Ms. Lambert has enjoyed the outdoors through activities such as camping, hiking, biking, running, and swimming. She takes advantage of the Mont-Mégantic Dark Sky Reserve to satisfy her curiosity for astronomy. She has often pursued these leisure activities in provincial and federal national parks.

Suzie O'Bomsawin

Suzie O'Bomsawin

Chair, Governance and Ethics Committee; Member, Audit 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 2020, she completed her university certification in corporate governance (ASC) at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval.

A member of the W8banaki 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. Since June 2019, she has been a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee of the Canadian Impact Assessment Agency.

Simon Picard

Simon Picard

Member, human resources committee; member, Information Technology Committee

Simon Picard holds a Bachelor of Laws (1998) from Université Laval and also completed a Master of Laws (2000) on Inuit land rights under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 2001.

A member of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Mr. Picard has been a lawyer with the Huron-Wendat Nation Council since 2001. He has held the position of Director of Legal Services since 2009. He practices mainly in the fields of constitutional law, public law, and Indigenous law. Since 2015, he has also been a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Université Laval, where he teaches law relating to Indigenous peoples.

Mr. Picard is President of the Quebec Bar Committee on Law Relating to Indigenous Peoples. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Caisse Desjardins de Wendake.

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