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Jean-Marc Léger appointed Chairman of the board of directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for 2013-2014

Montréal, October 23, 2013 – On the occasion of its annual meeting held today, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is pleased to announce that Jean-Marc Léger, President of Leger – The Research Intelligence Group, has been appointed Chairman of its board of directors for 2013-2014. Mr. Léger, who was the board’s Vice-Chairman for the past year, takes over from Luc Sabbatini, President of Bell Media Sales.  

“I am very proud to accept the chairmanship of the Board of Trade for 2013-2014,” said Mr. Léger. “I am joining a long line of entrepreneurs who have built a highly credible, influential organization through positions and initiatives for the benefit of Montréal’s business community. Montréal is one of North America’s important centres of attraction for the business world. Major projects are multiplying in a political and economic climate that sometimes sees unexpected change. Given the context, we need to be more vigilant than ever to ensure that our city can adapt to a constantly changing business environment and stay focused on the lifeblood of its economy.”

A prominent figure in the Montréal business world and a talented communicator, Jean-Marc Léger has solid and wide-ranging experience in the strategic analysis of the behaviour of Quebecers, Canadians and Americans. His extensive knowledge of major trends has captivated audiences at over 500 speaking opportunities here and in the United States.

Jean-Marc Léger is the President of Leger ‒ The Research Intelligence Group, the largest Canadian-owned research and polling firm, with 10 offices and over 600 employees. The company’s tremendous research expertise has made it one of the firms most consulted by business leaders, the political class and the media. 

Under his management, the company has kept growing in recent years, through new acquisitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. Mr. Léger is President of the largest market research association in the world, the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research (WIN), which brings together the largest independent research firms from 77 countries.

Jean-Marc Léger is very active in his industry and has been a board member for a number of organizations in the field of communications, including the TVA Group and Le Devoir. He is also Chairman of the board of the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Publicité Club de Montréal and is a board member for the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand and the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship.

As Chairman of the board for 2013-2014, and then as Retiring Chair of the board the following year, Mr. Léger will play a strategic role in the senior management of the Board of Trade and will ensure an increased presence at its activities. Throughout this period, he will also sit on the Board of Trade’s executive committee.

The following members make up the board for 2013-2014:

Chairman of the board:

Jean-Marc Léger*
Leger ‒ The Research Intelligence Group

Retiring Chair of the board:

Luc Sabbatini*
Bell Media Sales


Kim Thomassin*
Managing Partner, Québec Region
McCarthy Tétrault


Alain Côté, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D*
Managing Partner, Quebec Region
Deloitte s.e.n.c.r.l.

Raymond Bachant
President, North America
Bombardier Transportation

Normand Lebeau
Mandrake Vézina Lebeau

David Bensadoun
Aldo Global Retail
& Aldo Product Services
Aldo Group

Michel Leblanc*
President and CEO
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal


Nathalie Bernier, FCPA, CPA
Managing Partner

Tony Loffreda
Regional Vice President,
Commercial Financial Services, Western Quebec
RBC Royal Bank

Vincent Brie
Director, Strategy
and Principal

Isabelle Marcoux  
Chair of the Board
TC Transcontinental

Eva Carissimi
President & Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Limited

Madeleine Paquin*
President and CEO
Logistec Corporation

Alexandra Corbeil
Senior Consultant
Brio Conseils 
Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal

Pierre Pomerleau, Eng., MBA
President and CEO
Pomerleau Inc.

Andrew Christopoulos
President and CEO
Conan Foods Inc.

Gilbert Rozon*
President Founder
Just For Laughs Group

Robert Dépatie
President & CEO
Quebecor Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc.

Javier San Juan*
President and CEO
L’Oréal Canada

Pierre-Luc Desgagné
Vice President ‒ Public and Government Affairs

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

Suzanne Fortier
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Professor of Chemistry
McGill University

Christophe Guy, Eng., PhD, MACG, O.Q.
Chief Executive Officer
Polytechnique Montréal

Martine Turcotte
Vice Chair, Québec


 * Member of the executive committee


Biographies and photos of board members can be found on the Board of Trade’s website.

About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000 members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.




Michelle LLambias Meunier
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4042

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