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Martine Turcotte to chair the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal’s board of directors for 2015-2016

Montréal, November 19, 2015 – Following its annual meeting today, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is pleased to announce the appointment of Martine Turcotte, Vice Chair, Québec, at Bell, as Chair of its board of directors for 2015-2016. Ms. Turcotte, who was the board’s First Vice-Chair during the past year, succeeds Kim Thomassin, Managing Partner, Québec, McCarthy Tétrault.

“I am honoured to serve as Chair of the Board of Trade for 2015-2016, and look forward to working hand in hand with my fellow directors and the Board of Trade team,” said Martine Turcotte, the new Chair of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “There will undoubtedly be many challenges in the year ahead and I am eager to tackle them, building on the excellent work of Retiring Chair Kim Thomassin over the past year.”

“The Board of Trade plays an essential role in Québec’s economy, and we will continue to work hard to defend our members’ interests,” Ms. Turcotte said. “We will be at the heart of efforts to stimulate our city’s economic growth and the prosperity of local businesses.”

As Chair for 2015-2016, and then as Retiring Chair the following year, Ms. Turcotte will play a strategic role with Board of Trade senior management and be a constant presence at activities. During this period, she will also sit on the Board of Trade’s executive committee.

As Vice Chair, Québec, at Bell, Martine Turcotte drives the company’s business, government and community investment initiatives across Québec. Ms. Turcotte, who assumed her current role in July 2011, is an accomplished manager who, over the course of more than 20 years at Bell, has achieved a great deal in strategic, legal and regulatory matters.

In 1999, Ms. Turcotte was the first woman to be appointed Chief Legal Officer for Bell and the youngest person to join the senior management team. Ms. Turcotte is a member of the boards of governors of McGill University and Montréal en Lumière and a member of the boards of directors of Empire/Sobeys and CIBC. She is also Chair of Théâtre Espace Go.

Martine Turcotte received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian General Counsel Awards in 2005. She was also named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2008. She was named Advocatus Emeritus by the Barreau du Québec in 2009 for her professional excellence and successful career.

The following are the members of the board of directors for 2015-2016:

Chair of the board:
Martine Turcotte, Ad. E., B.C.L., LL.B., MBA*
Vice Chair, Québec

First vice-chair of the board:
Pierre Pomerleau, ing, MBA*
President and CEO, Pomerleau Inc.

Retiring chair of the board:
Kim Thomassin*
Managing Partner, Québec Region
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Alain Côté, ICD.D, FCPA, FCA*
Deloitte LLP

Stéphane Achard
Senior Executive Vice-President
and General Manager
Business, Card and Payment Services
Desjardins Group

George Alexopoulos
Vice-President of Sales and Marketing
Belden Inc.

Nathalie Bernier, FCPA, FCA
Senior Vice President, Strategic and Business Planning and Chief Financial Officer
PSP Investments

Michèle Boisvert
Executive Vice-President
Business Outreach
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Gabriel Bran Lopez
President, Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal
Founding President, Youth Fusion
Co-founder, FIRST Robotics Quebec

Eva Carissimi
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Limited

Pierre-Luc Desgagné* 
Vice President – Corporate Affairs
and Secretary General

Pierre Dion
President and CEO
Quebecor Inc.



* Members of the executive committee

Mélanie Dunn*
President and CEO
Vision7 Quebec

Sean Finn
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services
and Chief Legal Officer

Éric Fournier
Partner and Executive Producer
Moment Factory

Anne-Marie Hubert, FCPA, FCA, LLD
Managing Partner, Advisory Services

Normand Lebeau
Mandrake Vézina Lebeau

Michel Leblanc
President and CEO
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Tony Loffreda, CPA (Illinois)*
Regional Vice President
Commercial Financial Services, Western Quebec
RBC Royal Bank

Michel Patry
Director, HEC Montréal
Full Professor, HEC Montréal

Mario Rigante
Senior Vice-President, Quebec Division
Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking
BMO Bank of Montreal

Gilbert Rozon*
President Founder
Just For Laughs Group

Alan Shepard
President and Vice-Chancellor
Concordia University 

Claude Séguin
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development
and Strategic Investments
CGI Inc.

Marie-Hélène Sicard
Senior Vice President
Corporate Services for all of Canada
Sodexo Canada Ltd.


Board member bios and photos can be found on the Board of Trade website.

About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of over 7,000 members. Its mission is to be the voice of Montréal’s business community and to promote the city’s prosperity. It is involved in key areas of economic development, advocating a philosophy of action based on engagement, credibility, proactivity, collaboration, and innovation. The Board of Trade also offers a range of specialized services to individuals and to businesses of all sizes to support them in their growth at home and abroad.

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Guillaume Bérubé
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Phone: 514 871-4000, extension 4042

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