Board of Directors

The Corporation acts under the direction of a Board of Directors that brings together industry- related and independent members (non related to the insurance industry).

The current Board of Directors has nine members, including five who must meet the normal criteria of independence.

Chairman of the Board

ROBERT DESLANDES

President
Robert Deslandes Consulting

Robert Deslandes is a Chartered Professional Accountant.  He has acted as a consultant since 2008, managing financial, administrative and operational activities on behalf of public and private companies.  He also provides consulting services to companies in the process of start-up, expansion or recapitalization.

Mr. Deslandes has extensive management experience, having held several management positions in manufacturing, distribution and service companies.  He was Vice-President, Finance, at Lassonde Industries Inc.  (2005 – 2007), RCR International Inc.  (1996 to 1997), Forminco Inc.  (1994 – 1996), and Supradur Corporation – Jannock Group (1984 – 1994).  He also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of De La Rue Cash Systems Inc., a Canadian subsidiary of the world’s largest producer of security paper (1997 – 2004).

Mr.  Deslandes has been a member of the Board of Directors of AFS Interculture Canada from  2004 to 2021, serving as Chairman from 2006 to 2020.

Trained in accounting at HEC Montréal, Robert Deslandes also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Accounting (DESS) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Université du Québec à Montréal.  He is a member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec (CPA).

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors :  May 1, 2006
  • Chairman of the Board: 2014 to present
Directors

MARIE CLAUDE PELLETIER

Joining us from the corporate sector, Marie-Claude Pelletier is a specialist in the fields of prevention and sustainable health development in businesses.

During her career, she has worked for Provigo, the Desjardins Group, Capsana and Groupe entreprise en santé. She is President of global-watch.com, which she founded in 2017.

A skilled communicator, she has over 400 conferences, training sessions, publications and media interviews on mental health, prevention,  well-being and workplace productivity to her credit. Ms. Pelletier has successfully planned and implemented several ambitious and innovative projects in the field of workplace health in Quebec and internationally. In particular, she has established Global-Watch.com, an international collaborative platform of good practices in physical and psychological health at work, fueled by science and promising practices from around the world.

Ms. Pelletier holds an Executive MBA degree from McGill University and HEC. She is a graduate-level lecturer in organizational health at the University of Sherbrooke.

Ms. Pelletier is also a Certified Corporate Director. 

Appointed to the Board of Directors: April 26, 2018

  • Member of the Audit Committee

JEAN-FRANÇOIS MONGEAU, RPA
Manager, Retirement Programs – North America

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

Jean-François Mongeau has acquired solid expertise in the management of benefit programs, pensions and human resources. He has been with Louisiana-Pacific Corporation since 2005, and since July 2022 has held the position of Manager, Retirement Programs – North America. In addition, he has served as Vice President, Investments and Administration, for Le Groupe Dextor Lée, a private investment management firm (2006-2019).

He previously worked as Director, Retirement and Benefits, at the Laurentian Bank of Canada (2002 – 2005), Counselor, Compensation at BCE Corporate Services (2001 – 2002) and at various positions with Standard Life (1989 – 2001).

Jean-François Mongeau has completed several training courses related to his fields of practice. These include Key Governance Principles for Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations, jointly offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto; Retirement Plan Associate from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans – Dalhousie University; the Canadian Securities Course of the Canadian Securities Institute; the Canadian Investment Funds Course of the IFSE Institute – Investment Funds Institute of Canada; as well as Fundamentals of Life and Health Insurance (1st level) at the Life Management Institute – LOMA.

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors: May 1, 2010
  • Member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee  (Chairperson)
  • Member of the Audit Committee

SYLVAIN PARÉ
Senior Vice President, Group Insurance
UV Insurance

Sylvain Paré, actuary, has been Senior Vice-President, Group Insurance, at UV Insurance since 2010. He has spent the greater part of his career in group insurance, as Director and later as Vice-President, Group Insurance at International Assurance (1997 to 2010); as actuarial analyst at Optimum Reassurance (1995 to 1997); and as deputy director at La Solidarité (1990 to 1995).

Mr. Paré sits on several life and health insurance industry committees, including working groups of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (BSc) at Laval University. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) and the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors : May 1, 2008
  • Member of the Processes, Terms and Conditions of Pooling Committee

LUC PILON

Luc Pilon – Freelancer – Corporate Controller

Luc Pilon is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He is now a consultant who works as a Corporate Controller. He has over 25 years of experience in financial disclosure, international accounting standards and information technology. He has also worked in finance management and personnel management in the manufacturing sector.

Before working as a Freelancer, he worked for Cascades (2007 – 2011) and Logistec (2011 – 2018). Mr. Pilon is also Vice-President and Treasurer on the Board of Directors of AFS Interculture Canada.

He completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.A.A.) at HEC Montréal and is a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants (CPA, CA auditor).

  • Appointment to the Board of Directors: March 1, 2015
  • Member of the Audit Committee (Chair)
  • Member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee

JACQUES PARENT

Ex Senior Vice President, Actuarial & Underwriting, Group Insurance, IA Financial Group

Actuary, Jacques Parent was Senior Vice President, Actuarial & Underwriting, Group Insurance at IA Financial Group before his retirement. He was responsible for pricing and for the growth of operations in this area. He joined IA Financial Group in 1983 and held various positions in research and development, actuarial services, pricing, administration and sales.

Mr. Parent is also Secretary-Treasurer of Maison Jean Lapointe’s board, a non-profit organization offering treatment and rehabilitation services to alcoholics, drug addicts and problem gamblers.

Jacques Parent completed a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (B.Sc.) at Laval University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA) and of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) as well as a Certified Director (ICD.D, ASC).

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors: January 30, 2014
  • Member of the Processes, Terms and Conditions of Pooling Committee (Chair)
  • Member of the Audit Committee

MARIE-CLAUDE TELLIER

Director, Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Montreal Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation

Marie-Claude Tellier has been Director, Major Gifts and Planned Giving, at the Montreal Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation since January 2015. After a career spanning some 20 years in corporate law and governance, including 15 years at the National Bank of Canada (1988 to 2000 and 2007 to 2009), she worked as a non-profit management consultant.

Me Tellier has served on numerous boards of directors since 2003, including those of the University Institute of Geriatrics of Montreal and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. She also chaired the board of La Maison Marguerite de Montréal, in addition to being a director for several years.

She completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History at the Université de Montréal and obtained a graduate degree in Administrative Sciences from HEC Montréal. Me Tellier has also completed additional training on governance and corporate social responsibility.

She is a member of the Quebec Bar.

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors : May 1, 2017
  • Member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee
  • Member of the Processes, Terms and Conditions of Pooling Committee

RICHARD FECTEAU

Senior director  Group Insurance Pricing

For nearly 30 years, Mr. Fecteau has worked in the actuarial and group insurance pricing department of La Capitale. He held the position of Department head, later becoming Senior Director and finally Vice-President, Actuarial – Group Insurance. He now assumes the role of senior director of group insurance pricing nationally at Beneva.

Mr. Fecteau has been a member of the board of directors of the Fondation du Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City from 2011 to 2020. He also served as a director of the Canadian Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation (2012-2015).

Mr. Fecteau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FICA).

  • Appointed to the Corporation’s Board of Directors on December 14, 2018
  • Member of the Processes, Terms and Conditions of Pooling Committee

Robert Ouellet

Robert Ouellet – Group Underwriting Director at Sun Life

Robert Ouellet is the Group Underwriting Director at Sun Life, a position he has held since October 2016.

Mr. Ouellet has worked his entire career in group benefits. Over the years, he has taken on responsibilities ranging from underwriting and business development to consulting services. His various positions have allowed him to develop substantial expertise. He has extensive knowledge of the market and the challenges it faces.

Mr. Ouellet completed a bachelor’s degree in pure mathematics at the Université de Sherbrooke. He has also completed several training courses relating to his areas of expertise, including the one needed to obtain a group benefits advisor’s licence. He also received the title of Group Benefits Associate (GBA) as part of the CEBS program.

  • Nomination to the Board of Directors of the Corporation: January 1, 2020
  • Member of the Processes, Terms and Conditions of Pooling Committee
General Manager

PIERRE HAMEL

General Manager, directiongenerale@mutualisation.ca

Pierre Hamel is the General Manager of the Quebec Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation. As actuary, he has devoted his career to the fields of insurance, reinsurance and investment management in Quebec and in Europe. He was Senior Vice President, Life Reinsurance at Arch Re Europe (2012 – 2015); Senior Supervisor of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (2009 – 2012); and held various executive positions within the Optimum Group and its subsidiaries (1991 – 2009).

Mr. Hamel has served as a director in more than 20 companies, organizations and associations, including several in the financial sector. He currently sits on the boards of the Kaleido Foundation and an Insurance corporation in France. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec.

Pierre Hamel holds a degree in Actuarial Sciences from Laval University (B.Sc.) and is an associate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (ACIA) and the Society of Actuaries (ASA), as well as a Certified Director (ICD.D, ASC).