Chair and Founding Chairman
Paul Desmarais jr
Luis Almagro Lemes
David M. Cote
Luis Alberto Moreno
Duarte M. Miranda
Luis Almagro Lemes
Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS)
Luis Almagro Lemes was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States on March 18, 2015, with the unanimous support of 33 of 34 member states, and one abstention. Upon taking leadership of the OAS, he announced that one of the central themes of his mandate will be ìmore rights for more people,î and that he would work to bring the Organization closer to the new realities in the Hemisphere and contribute to ensuring more democracy, security and prosperity for all.
A career diplomat, Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to March 1, 2015, and has extensive regional and international experience. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014.
His time at the head of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterized by activism in defense of human and civil rights at the regional and global level, the insertion of Uruguay into non-traditional markets, the diversification of these markets, and the strengthening of the image of Uruguay as a democratic, fair, tolerant, and diverse society, with ever increasing rights for more Uruguayans.
As Foreign Minister for President JosÈ MujÌca, he defined several emblematic initiatives that put the small South American country on the global map, from receiving former prisoners from Guantanamo, to welcoming dozens of Syrian families who had been victims of the country¥s conflict, to building support in the United Nations so that, beginning in 2016, Uruguay will become part of the Security Council.
Moreover, Uruguay has maintained its presence in Haiti to ensure the continuity of the process of reconstruction in the country following the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Knowledgeable about the new regional alignments, Almagro was an active participant in the consolidation of UNASUR and CELAC and as member of the special UNASUR delegation to Venezuela in 2014 he was recognized as an advocate of dialogue between the government and the opposition to stop the violence at that moment.
As a consensus builder in the region and at the same time a driver of new initiatives, during his term at the head of the country¥s diplomacy, he achieved the long-desired entry of citrus products into the United States, a key market for the sector, while moving forward with bilateral cooperation programs in areas of scientific-technical innovation.
For its part, Uruguay developed specific programs of cooperation for development with Bolivia, Paraguay, and several African nations in the context of the vision of international solidarity that characterized the term of the former Foreign Minister.
The candidate for Secretary General of the OAS was also Ambassador to China for five years, after occupying senior diplomatic posts in the Foreign Ministry of his country, and in the Embassies of Uruguay in Germany and Iran.
In 2014 Foreign Policy magazine named him a Leading Global Thinker, one of ten decision-makers in the region granted this international distinction.
Almagro, a lawyer by profession, is married and has seven children. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English and French.
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Mr. Beatty is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Mr. Beatty was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Mr. Beatty grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative and in 1979 he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue in 1984, Solicitor General in 1985, National Defence in 1986, Health and Welfare in 1989, Communications in 1991, and Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Beatty joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. He was a Honourary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario. He wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. From 1995 - 1999, Mr. Beatty was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Mr. Beatty has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, is a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Council. In 2008, Mr. Beatty was named Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology. In 2012, Mr. Beatty became a member of the Board of Directors of Mitsui Canada.
Deputy Minister, Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF), Québec
Rector, University of Montréal
Guy Breton has been named the Université de Montréal’s 11th rector. A professor at the Faculty of Medicine and radiologist by training, he has been teaching at the Université de Montréal since 1979. He has held a number of positions, including Department Director and Executive Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Guy Breton has played a key role in the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) project, serving as Vice President of the Société d’implantation du CHUM (SICHUM) and Director of Planning for CHUM 2010. In 2009, he received the Albert-Jutras Prize from the Association des radiologistes du Québec, an organization where he served as secretary and president for 17 years, in recognition of his outstanding career in hospitals and universities.
Governor, Bank of Mexico Show
Agustín Carstens holds a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
From 1980 to 2000 his professional development took place in the financial sector, where he held several posts in the Bank of Mexico such as Director General of Economic Research, Treasurer, and Chief of Staff of the Governor.
In December 2000 he was appointed Undersecretary of the Treasury and Public Credit; appointment he held until August 2003, when he joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Deputy Managing Director.
From the 16th to the 30th of October 2006 he served as the Economic Coordinator of the Transition Team of the President-elect Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.
He was Secretary of the Treasury and Public Credit of the United Mexican States from December 2006 to December 2009.
He was appointed by President Felipe Calderón Governor of Banco de Mexico as of January 1, 2010.
President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Sir Suma Chakrabarti, born in 1959 in West Bengal, India, is the sixth President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The Bank’s Board of Governors elected Sir Suma as President of the EBRD for the next four years, from July 3, 2012. He replaces Thomas Mirow, the President since 2008.
Sir Suma has extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform.
Most recently he held the position of Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, from 2002, he headed the UK’s Department for International Development -- formerly the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) -- where he worked closely with economies undergoing substantial reform in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa. Sir Suma is notable for playing a key role developing the UK's successful Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe and worked with the European Commission in improving its programmes in the Middle East and North Africa.
Sir Suma also worked in the late 1990s in the UK Treasury, where he was responsible for UK public expenditure, and in the early 2000s in the Cabinet Office, where he led on cross-departmental strategic issues and subsequently the management of the Cabinet agenda.
After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, Sir Suma took a Masters in Development Economics at the University of Sussex. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia, and Bucharest’s University of Economic studies.
David M. Cote
Executive Chairman, Honeywell
Dave Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a $40 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. He was elected president, CEO, and a member of Honeywell's Board in February 2002, and named chairman of the Board on July 1, 2002.
During Cote's dozen years of leadership at Honeywell, the company has delivered strong growth in sales, earnings per share, segment profit, cash flow, and a total shareowner return of 400%. Honeywell has great positions in good industries and technologies that address some of the world’s toughest challenges such as safety and security, clean energy generation, energy efficiency, customer productivity, and globalization. More than 50 percent of the company’s sales are outside the U.S, and the company’s more than 131,000 employees, including 22,000 scientists and engineers, are focused on developing innovative products and solutions that help Honeywell’s customers – and their customers – improve performance and productivity.
Cote was elected in March 2014 as a Class B director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to represent the interests of the public. In 2012-13 Cote served as a founding member of the steering committee of the Campaign to Fix Debt, a bi-partisan effort to build support for a comprehensive U.S. debt reduction plan. Cote was named Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable (BRT) in 2011 and chairs its Energy and Environment Committee. In 2010, Cote was named by President Barack Obama to serve on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. Cote was named co-chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum by President Obama in 2009, and has served on the Forum since July 2005.
In 2014, Cote was selected for the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, which recognizes dedicated community leaders who have accomplished remarkable achievements through honesty, hard work, self-reliance and perseverance over adversity. Also in 2014, Cote was named Institutional Investor’s Best CEO in the Capital Good/Industrial – Electrical Equipment & Multi-Industry category. In 2013, Cote was named CEO of the Year by Chief Executive, recognized as one of the World’s Best CEOs by Barron’s, presented the Australian Association’s Award for Excellence, and named one of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by StemConnectors.org. He received the Asia Society's Global Leadership Award and the Peter G. Peterson Award for Business Statesmanship from the Committee for Economic Development in 2012, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International in 2011. Cote also received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in 2007.
Cote earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire, and, in 2011, the University presented him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2009, Cote was made an honorary professor at the Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China. In 2001, Cote received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University.
Founding President, Notre Europe; Former President, European Commission
Jacques Delors was president of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995. Among the landmark developments of his presidency were the successful 1992 Single Market program and the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty of European Union, furthering political, economic and monetary integration.
In 1996, Delors founded the research institute Notre Europe. In May 2000, he was appointed president of the CERC (Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale) until July 2009.
Delors started his career at the Banque de France in 1945, where he worked until 1962 and was a member of the Economic and Social Council. He became head of the social affairs department of the General Planning Committee until 1969 before being appointed General Secretary for Permanent Training and Social Promotion (1969-1973).
He was a member of Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas's cabinet (1969-1972), then associate professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine (1974-1979) and director of the research centre 'Work and Society'. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1979 and chaired the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee until May 1981. He served as France's Minister of Economics and Finance (1981-1984); Mayor of Clichy (1983-1984); and as chairman of UNESCO's International Commission on Education for the 21st century (1992-1996).
He has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions : Prix Jean Monnet (1988), Prix Louis Weiss (1989), Prix Prince des Asturies (1989), Prix Charlemagne (1992), Prix Carlos V (1995), Prix Erasme(1997), Prix de l'économie mondiale (2006). He received the Nijmegen Medal of Peace in the Netherlands in March 2010.
Chair of the Board of Directors, HEC Montréal; Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM); and President, Consultative and Strategic Orientation Board, Conference of Mont
Since it was founded in 1996, Ms. Hélène Desmarais has been Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montreal (CEIM), the largest and one of Canada’s most successful technology incubators-accelerators. The CEIM, as an integrate component of the sciences, technology and innovation ecosystem in Canada, has made significant contributions, in the last 20 years, in concert with others to translate innovation into application across key sectors of the Canadian economy to address sector-based challenges and opportunies. The CEIM has catalyzed the development of many thriving Canadian enterprises and also world-class enterprises. She holds directorships in a number of companies and organizations in both the public and private sectors and has led initiatives in the areas of economics, post-secondary education and healthcare.
Ms. Desmarais has been Independent Director of Christian Dior SE since 2012 and President of the company’s Nominating and Compensation Committee since 2015. Christian Dior SE is the world’s largest luxury holding and is the first shareholder of LVMH. Christian Dior SE is listed on Euronext Paris and in the CAC40 Index. Ms. Desmarais is Director of Garda World Security Corporation, since 2006. She is a Member of the Company’s Audit Committee and is also a Member of the Nominating, Compensation and Governance Committee. Garda is a Canadian-based multi-national company ranking among the world’s largest security services providers.
Ms. Desmarais chaired, from its launching in 1990, Gestion Bio-Capital, the first and leading venture capital fund specializing in the start-up and development of biotechnology enterprises. She served on its Audit Committee, its Compensation Committee, its Science Committee and on its Investment Committee until the sale of the Fund, in 2001. Gestion Bio-Capital played a key role in the start-up of twenty biotech companies and the IPOs of ten of them, and today remains one of the most important and effective biotech venture funds ever created in Canada. Ms. Desmarais also sat on the Investment Committee of Hydro-Québec CapiTech – Innovation Fund, one of the leading venture capital funds specializing in the development of new promising energy technologies. Ms. Desmarais serves as Chairwoman Founder of Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (SDEVM), since 1998, which became PME-Mtl centre-ville in 2015, and of the Société d’Investissement Jeunesse (SIJ), a public body which she privatized and has chaired since 1999. Both organizations have micro finance funds that have supported hundreds promising start-ups and entrepreneurs, over the last 18 years.
Ms. Desmarais has also served Canada by participating in the study and formulation of public policy options with the following organizations: the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal as its Chairman and Independent Director, the Canadian think tank C.D. Howe Institute as an Independent Director and Chair of its Quebec Regional Committee and its Canadian regional committees, and, also the Quebec think tank Montreal Economic Institute as its Chair. Since it was founded in 1995, Ms. Desmarais has served the International Economic Forum of the Americas as a Governor and the President of its Steering Committee. This forum has developped into one of the preeminent economic forums in the world with an annual event in Montreal, in Toronto, in Miami and in Paris. Ms. Desmarais is regularly published in a variety of newspapers and journals. Her articles treat the economic challenges facing her society.
Hélène Desmarais has also served Montreal universities particularly HEC Montréal for the last 30 years. As early as in 1988, she is actively involved in enhancing the international visibility of HEC Montréal, and sets out a strategic plan aiming to turn the institution into a major French-speaking business school with a trilingual curriculum. As a result, HEC Montréal becomes the first post-secondary educational institution in North America enabling students to acquire business management training in three languages. She also sets up, in 1990, an International Advisory Board for the school, on which she has served for 26 years as Deputy Chair. In 2003, Hélène Desmarais is the first woman in the 97-year history of HEC Montréal to be elected Chair of the Board of Administration.
Ms. Desmarais holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from HEC Montreal, a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from St. Francis Xavier University in 2009, a Doctor honoris causa from Université de Lyon in France in 2009, the Order of Merit of the Université de Montréal in 2007 and the Medal of Honour of the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal in 2009. She was named Grande Montréalaise (economic sector), Académie des grands montréalais and la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain in 2010 and received the Prix entrepreneurship of Conseil du Patronat du Québec in 2010. She was recipient of the Order of Canada, Chancellery of Honours, in 2009, and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medals in 2002 and in 2012. She became Officer of the National Order of Québec in 2013.
Paul Desmarais jr
Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation of Canada (PCC); and Chair, Board of Governors, Conference of Montreal
Mr. Desmarais is Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation and Executive Co-Chairman of Power Financial. He joined Power in 1981 and assumed the position of Vice-President the following year. In 1984, he led the creation of Power Financial to consolidate Power’s major financial holdings, as well as Pargesa Holding SA, under a single corporate entity. Mr. Desmarais served as Vice-President of Power Financial from 1984 to 1986, as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1986 to 1989, as Executive Vice-Chairman from 1989 to 1990, as Executive Chairman from 1990 to 2005, as Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008 and as Executive Co-Chairman from 2008 until today. He also served as Vice-Chairman of Power Corporation from 1991 to 1996. He was named Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation in 1996.
After Power Financial and the Frère Group of Belgium took control of Pargesa in 1990, Mr. Desmarais moved to Europe from 1991 to 1994, to develop the partnership with the Frère Group and to restructure the Pargesa group. From 1982 to 1990, he was a member of the Management Committee of Pargesa, in 1991, Executive Vice-Chairman and then Executive Chairman of the Committee; in 2003, he was appointed Co-Chief Executive Officer and in 2013 named Chairman of the Board. He has been a Director of Pargesa since 1992.
He is a director of many Power group companies in North America, including Power Financial, Great-West Lifeco, Great-West Life, Great-West Life & Annuity, London Life, Canada Life Financial, Canada Life, Putnam Investments, IGM Financial, Investors Group and Mackenzie. In Europe, he is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, and a director of Total, Lafarge and SGS.
Mr. Desmarais is Chairman of the Board of Governors of The International Economic Forum of the Americas (Canada), a Trustee of The Brookings Institution, a Co-Chair of the Brookings International Advisory Council and a member of the Brookings Executive Committee (Washington), a member of The Business Council (United States) and Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is also active on a number of philanthropic advisory councils.
In 1994, he received the Insigne d’Officier de l’Ordre de la Couronne of Belgium. In 2005, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and he received the Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of International Business. In 2009, he was named an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and in 2012, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in France. He holds a number of honorary doctorates.
He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), France.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Suzanne Fortier has served as Principal and Vice-chancellor of McGill University since September 2013. Prior to her appointment as Principal, Professor Fortier was President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) from 2006 to 2013, and held the position of Vice-Principal (Academic) from 2000 to 2005 and Vice-Principal (Research) from 1995 to 2000 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where she was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and in the School of Computing.
A native of St-Timothée, Québec, Professor Fortier graduated from McGill with a BSc (1972) and a PhD in Crystallography (1976). Her research work has focused in the development of mathematical and artificial intelligence methodologies for protein structure determination. She has also made contributions to the development of novel techniques in crystallographic data mining to gain new insights from the large structural databases.
She has received the Clara Benson Award for distinguished contributions to chemistry by a woman (1997), the Entrepreneurship Award from Communications and Information Technology Ontario (1997), the Queen's University Distinguished Service Award (2005), honorary doctorates from Thompson Rivers and Carleton Universities, as well as the University of Glasgow (2006, 2014, and 2015 respectively) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She is an officer of France’s National Order of Merit, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was named a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2015).
Professor Fortier is currently a member and Vice-Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), and is a member of the International Jury of France’s Investissements d’Avenir IDEX/I-SITE 2014; the Canadian Business-Higher Education Roundtable. In 2016 she was appointed to the Canadian Federal Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth as well as the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). She also serves on the Board of Directors of Montreal International; the Conference Board of Canada, Universities Canada and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. She has served as a member of several boards and councils, including the federal government's Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Steering Committee of the Networks of Centres of Excellence, the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress, and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Born on May 8th, 1950, in Tampico, Mexico, Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts.
As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.
Chairman, North Island; and Co-Founder, Silver Lake
Glenn Hutchins is a co-founder of Silver Lake. He is chairman of the board of SunGard Data Systems, Inc. as well as a director of both AT&T and NASDAQ OMX. He is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and vice chairman of The Brookings Institution. Mr. Hutchins is a director of the Harvard Management Company, which is responsible for the Harvard University endowment, and co-chairman of the University’s capital campaign. He is an owner and member of the Executive Committee of the Boston Celtics basketball team. He is also a board member of the Center for American Progress, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Economics Club of New York as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Mr. Hutchins served President Clinton in both the transition and the White House as a special advisor on economic and health-care policy. Mr. Hutchins holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Hutchins and his wife, Debbie, founded the Hutchins Family Foundation which, among other projects, has supported the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, which is chaired by Mr. Hutchins; the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at The Brookings Institution; and the Chronic Fatigue Initiative, which conducts basic research into the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Secretary General, International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF)
Michaëlle Jean was elected Secretary General of la Francophonie on November 30th 2014 at the 15th Summit of la Francophonie in Dakar, Senegal.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1957, she immigrated to Canada in 1968 with her parents, one of thousands of families fleeing the dictatorial regime of François Duvalier. Emigration and the pain of being uprooted become part of her experience.
Quebec becomes her new homeland. At the Université de Montréal, after a Bachelor of Arts in modern literature and languages (Italian and Spanish), she completes her Master's in Comparative Literature and teaches Italian language and literature. Three scholarships allow her to pursue her studies at the University of Perugia, the University of Florence, and the Catholic University of Milan. Ms. Jean is fluent in five languages: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Creole, and she reads Portuguese.
Concurrent to her studies, Ms. Jean works for 10 years building a wide network of emergency shelters for battered women and their children, throughout Quebec and in other Canadian provinces.
From 1988 to 2005, Michaëlle Jean enjoys an outstanding career as a journalist, presenter and news anchor for the Canadian public broadcasting corporation, Radio-Canada in French, and the English network CBC Newsworld. Her accomplishments in journalism earn her numerous awards. The Quebec National Assembly and the Assemblée internationale des parlementaires de langue française highlight her outstanding merit by naming her to the Ordre des Chevaliers de La Pléiade. The City of Montréal and the Ministère de l’Immigration et des relations avec les citoyens du Québec also make her an Honorary citizen.
She also takes part in documentary films produced by her husband, filmmaker, essayist and philosopher Jean-Daniel Lafond: "A State of Blackness: Aimé Césaire’s Way", "Tropic North", "Haiti in All Our Dreams", and "Last Call for Cuba", all of which earned awards in Canada, and internationally.
The couple has a daughter: Marie-Éden.
On September 27, 2005, Michaëlle Jean becomes the 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean crisscrosses Canada's provinces and territories tirelessly. From coast to coast to coast, she nurtures dialogue and solidarity, encouraging field initiatives from civil society, stimulating constructive synergies, advocating for the disadvantaged, paying special attention to youth. Canadians everywhere ask to see her, as she dedicates more time to meet and encounter her fellow citizens, to hear and be heard, to build bridges and to further the creation of pan-Canadian action networks.
As Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces, she maintains a strong presence among them. She travels to Afghanistan to salute their valour, and attends with compassion to the families of those killed in action, and the wounded.
Governor General Michaëlle Jean puts Canada's international profile at the core of her actions with as much passion. Over the five years of her mandate, she led some forty missions and State visits abroad: in Afghanistan, China, ten African countries, nine countries of the Americas, and over ten European countries.
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean holds the following official titles: Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada (C.P.), Companion of the Order of Canada (C.C.), Commander of the Order of Military Merit (C.M.M.), Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (C.O.M.) and the Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.).
On July 13, 2011, France elevates Ms. Jean to the dignified rank of the Grand Cross, the highest distinction granted by the order of the Legion of Honour, in recognition of "her acute awareness of the rights and freedoms that she defends on all fronts", her "deep sense of solidarity", "her unwavering courage to fight the injustices of this world", her " strong connection with France" and her "eminent contribution to Franco-Canadian friendship".
The memory of her roots never leaves her. On January 12, 2010, a terrible earthquake devastates the country of her birth, taking 300,000 lives. The outpouring of solidarity from Canada is unprecedented. In October 2010, her mandate as Governor General coming to an end, she agrees without hesitation to serve until October 2014 as UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti. She devotes all her energy and all her powers of persuasion to support the post-earthquake reconstruction efforts and the will of Haitian men and women to end dependency on foreign aid.
Michaëlle Jean is convinced that youth is a force and a hope for every country. That is why she cofounded with her husband the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, whose programs serve to inspire and empower, through the arts and culture, at-risk youth in Canada; means through which she furthers the mission of solidarity and civic responsibility that has always directed her life.
In 2012, Michaëlle Jean agrees to serve as Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, the largest bilingual French and English campus in the world. She promotes a major program of partnership, joint supervision (cotutelle) and joint graduation (co-diplomation) with other universities of the Francophonie dedicated to building capacity, knowledge and professionalization.
Michaëlle Jean is a vocal proponent of the Francophonie, as she showed when she filled with vibrancy and great rigour the role of Grand Témoin de la Francophonie at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, following a request by the Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, in 2010.
In 2009, Michaëlle Jean is awarded the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Canada Award for her outstanding contribution in advancing gender equality.
The same year, she receives the Board of Governors Recognition Achievement Award from the National Quality Institute for her contribution to the quality of life of Canadians, and humanity.
In 2011, the Universities Fighting World Hunger international network launches the Michaëlle Jean Award granted to students who have made a major contribution to combating hunger in an emergency relief situation.
A number of Canadian and foreign universities have conferred honorary doctorates recognizing her commitments and accomplishments.
Global Chair, Dentons
Joe Andrew is the Global Chair of Dentons. An accomplished and highly regarded corporate lawyer, Joe may be best known for his role as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the US from 1999-2001. As Global Chair of Dentons, Joe works closely with the Global Chief Executive and the firm's leadership team on Dentons' business strategy. He represents Dentons with clients around the world, key strategic partners, business and government leaders and other external groups. For more than 20 years, Joe has practiced corporate law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions of regulated companies. In addition, because he served as chair of the DNC, Joe is well-suited to his role as an advisor to companies and organizations on the policy issues associated with large-scale transactions. Best known as a negotiator, Joe has led teams that have negotiated major contracts, merged or acquired companies, formed joint ventures and founded new companies. Since joining Dentons in 2004, he has been involved in negotiating deals worth in excess of US$100 billion, including numerous Fortune 500 mergers in the health care and insurance areas.
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Chair of the Board, Investissement Québec; President, International Cooperative Alliance
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from 2008 to 2016, Monique F. Leroux is the President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the founder and Chair of the International Summit of Cooperatives.
She is also Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec, Chair of the Quebec Economic and Innovation Council, appointed by the Quebec Government in 2016 and a member of The Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, created in February 2017.
She is also chair of the Board of Governors of the Society for the Celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Metropolis 2017. She serves as an independent Board member of global companies such as Bell (BCE), Couche-tard (ATD), Michelin (ML-France), Crédit Mutuel/CIC as well as S&P Global.
Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. She also holds honorary doctorates and awards from eight Canadian universities.
Chairman of the Board, ENGIE
Gérard Mestrallet is a graduate of the French engineering school, École Polytechnique, and of École Nationale d’Administration. Having held various positions at the Treasury Department and on the staff of the Minister of Economy and Finance (Jacques Delors), Gérard Mestrallet joined Compagnie Financière de SUEZ in 1984. In 1986 he was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of industrial affairs. In 1991 he was named Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique. In 1995, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de SUEZ. Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) when SUEZ merged with Gaz de France on July 2008. Since May 3 2016, he is Chairman of the Board of ENGIE and Chairman of the Board of SUEZ.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Canada; and Chair of the Board, CIBC
Mr. Manley is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He was first elected to Parliament in 1988, and re-elected three times. From 1993 to 2003 he was a Minister in the governments of Jean Chrétien, serving in the portfolios of Industry, Foreign Affairs and Finance, in addition to being Deputy Prime Minister. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Manley was named Chair of a Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism, serving as counterpart to Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. In recognition of the role he played following 9/11, TIME Canada named him “2001 Newsmaker of the Year”. After a 16-year career in politics, Mr. Manley returned to the private sector in 2004. From 2004 to 2009 he served as Counsel to McCarthy Tétrault LLP, a leading Canadian law firm. In that capacity he provided strategic advice in matters relating to public affairs, including trade, telecommunications, security and finance. Since leaving government, Mr. Manley has continued to be active in public policy, as a media commentator, speaker and adviser to government. In 2003, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty asked him to lead a review of the province’s electricity sector. In 2005, he co-chaired the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America for the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank based in New York City. In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Mr. Manley to chair an Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan.
Luis Alberto Moreno
President, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October 2005. As President of the Bank, Moreno also chairs the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), both institutions of the IDB Group.
Among the principal achievements under President Moreno’s leadership of the IDB is the Ninth General Capital Increase, the largest expansion of resources in the institution’s history. Since coming to the Bank, Moreno has pursued an ambitious agenda of reforms to modernize internal administration and project management with emphasis on the evaluation of results. The IDB has also multiplied its strategic partnerships with public and private entities, in order to leverage its resources and achieve greater development impact.
Before joining the Bank, Moreno served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States for seven years. Diplomatic relations between Washington and Bogotá strengthened notably during his tenure, leading to substantial bilateral assistance programs that supported a major transformation in security and economic development in Colombia.
In his country, Moreno had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors. He served as Minister of Economic Development, President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, and manager of social investment policies, including the housing strategy for low-income families. In the private sector, he advised major Colombian companies and foreign investors, and was executive producer of a leading television news program.
Moreno has received numerous distinctions awarded by governments and private entities, including Colombia's highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá, the King of Spain Prize for journalistic excellence, and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service.
Moreno holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from Florida Atlantic University in 1975, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1977. For his achievements in the field of journalism, in 1990 Harvard University awarded him a Neiman Fellowship to pursue specialized studies and research at that institution.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF
Mr Louis Morisset assumed the position of President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers (“AMF”) on July 2, 2013.
Since joining the AMF in May 2006, Me Morisset has served as Superintendent, Securities Markets. In this position, he was in charge of enforcing the laws and numerous regulations pertaining, in particular, to public offerings by companies and mutual funds, the continuous disclosures that these entities are required to provide and their governance, take-over bids and issuer bids, the creation and marketing of derivatives, and market operations. He was also in charge of supervising the Québec activities of exchanges and clearing houses, including those of the Montréal Exchange and the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC), as well as those of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).
Over the years, Me Morisset also assumed other responsibilities, such as market structures and derivatives markets in 2009 and, in 2012, public affairs, communications and the development and implementation of financial education initiatives.
Me Morisset has played a key role in numerous major operational, public policy and regulatory issues at the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). He led discussions by the AMF on the role of boards of directors facing unsolicited take-over bids, which led to the publication of an important consultation in March 2013. In 2011 and 2012, he directed the work which resulted in the AMF’s approval of the acquisition of TMX Group, CDS and Alpha by the Maple Group.
On the international scene, Me Morisset represents the AMF on the board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and has been instrumental in IOSCO initiatives over the past several years. He co-chaired IOSCO’s special task force charged with examining the role of securities regulators in respect of systemic risk following the 2007-2008 financial crisis and was elected to serve two consecutive terms as chair of the Monitoring Group mandated to supervise the implementation and application of the IOSCO Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information.
Prior to joining the AMF, Me Morisset was a partner at the law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP, where he acquired extensive experience in Canada, the U.S. and Europe in securities law, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Me Morisset is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations, Finance Montréal, the financial services cluster of Québec, and the Montreal Institute of Structured Finance and Derivatives. He is also a member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC).
Me Morisset graduated in law from the University of Montréal in 1995 and was called to the Bar of the Province of Québec in 1996.
Founding Chairman, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA)
Gil Rémillard holds degrees in Philosophy (1965), Politics and Economics (1968) and has a doctoral degree in Law (1972). He has worked in the fields of teaching, private law and politics.
Upon returning from Europe in 1973, where he completed his Ph.D., Mr. Rémillard began teaching constitutional and administrative law at Laval University’s Faculty of Law and practiced law at the Chouinard, Rémillard, Bussière & Robinson law firm. During this time, he also acted as advisor to the Québec and Ottawa governments on reforming administrative bodies. In 1983, he became a special constitutional advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and an advisor to the United Nations Canadian delegation in New York. He has appeared before all levels of the Canadian court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1981 to 1985, he chaired the Québec Constitutional Conferences, which numbered Prime Ministers Trudeau and Mulroney, as well as Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (former Secretary-General of the United Nations).
On December 2, 1985, Mr. Rémillard was elected as the member for the Québec City riding of Jean-Talon; 10 days later, he was sworn in as a Member of Premier Robert Bourassa’s Liberal government. Within that government, he held several positions, being successively Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of International Relations, Minister of Public Security, and Minister of Justice. As Québec’s Minister of Justice for nearly six years, Mr. Rémillard was responsible for the implementation of the new Civil Code of Québec, which came into effect January 1, 1994. In 1990, he presided over the creation of the Human Rights Tribunal of Québec and, in 1992, convened a major Justice Summit, which resulted in the creation of the Prix de la justice Award that, each year, recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals who have worked to ensure and promote the quality, universality and accessibility of justice.
As Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Rémillard headed the negotiations which led to the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, in 1987 and 1992 respectively. While not officially part of the Canadian Constitution, these two agreements had a considerable impact on Canadian federalism, primarily because the Parliament of Canada recognized the “Quebec nation” and the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged the principles of cooperative federalism.
In January 1994, Mr. Rémillard left the political arena. Starting on February 1, 1994 and for the next 22 years, he taught at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ÉNAP), where he lectured on administrative and international law and gave a course on the principles and issues involved in public administration (February 1994 – April 2016). He also served as counsel to the law firm Dentons Canada LLP. In 1995, along with his wife Marie DuPont and his son Nicholas Rémillard, he founded the International Economic Forum of the Americas which annually presents the Conference of Montreal in June, the Toronto Global Forum in September and the World Strategic Forum in April in Miami. These forums are intended to promote understanding of the major issues involved in economic globalization.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Rémillard was an advisor to the governments of the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria concerning the reform of their Civil Codes, as part of the preparation for their entry into the European Union.
From 2008 to 2012, he acted as a negotiator for the Québec Government and Secretary General of the Québec-France Mutual Recognition Agreement that establishes equivalency of professional qualifications for many trades and professions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. Rémillard is the President and publisher of the economic magazine FORCES. He is also the author of several books and articles, among them Le fédéralisme canadien, Volumes I and II, and has edited a number of collections, including Global Economy: The Foundation for the Next Era of Growth, published in 2014.
In 1992, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Aix-Marseille University, France. In 1994, he was awarded the Mérite du Barreau by the Québec Bar for his assistance in creating the new Civil Code of Québec. In 2001, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and, in 2002, was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2004, he received the Ordre national du Québec and, that same year, was made a Knight of France’s Légion d’honneur by French President Jacques Chirac. In May 2007, he was granted the honorary title of Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the France-Canada Institute’s Samuel de Champlain prize. That same year, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University named him Alumnus of the Year and established a fund in his name, and that of his wife, Marie DuPont, to help children with learning disabilities. In January 2014, Mr. Rémillard was elected President of the Légion d’honneur Members’ Association, Montréal chapter. In October 2016, he was made an Officer of France's Légion d'honneur by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
A dyslexic himself, Mr. Rémillard devotes his philanthropic efforts to a variety of organizations that help children with learning disabilities. He serves on a number of Boards of Directors, among them that of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, co-chaired by Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, and John Ralston Saul, that helps welcome new citizens and integrate them into Canadian life.
Duarte M. Miranda
Secretary, Board of Governors, Conference of Montreal
Duarte Miranda retired from RBC Financial Group where, as Vice-President, Global Trade Finance, he had global responsibility for RBC Global Services’ international trade finance activities. A career banker, he spent close to 35 years within RBC Financial Group where he held various executive and senior management positions, both in Canada and abroad. He has also been involved with and contributed to a number of Business and Trade associations engaged in the support and development of businesses, always in a spirit of sharing his knowledge and expertise. He has sat on the board of directors of several of them. He has also supported and cooperated with different humanitarian and cultural non-profit organizations.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Deputy Minister for international Trade, Canada
Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, Mr. Sargent was an associate deputy minister at Finance Canada and the department’s senior representative to the G7, the G20 and to the Financial Stability Board of the G20, between November 2014 and October 2016. Before working with Finance Canada, Mr. Sargent served as an associate deputy minister at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Previously, Mr. Sargent worked at the Privy Council Office for five years where he was responsible for advising the Prime Minister on range of economic and social issues, and was Assistant Secretary to several Cabinet committees. Before moving to Privy Council Office, Mr. Sargent held various positions in Finance Canada in the areas of macroeconomics and financial markets.
Mr. Sargent grew up in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. He has a B.A. in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Manchester, a Master's degree in Economics from Western University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia. He is married with two children and lives in Ottawa.
President, The Brookings Institution
Strobe Talbott is president of the Brookings Institution. Educated at Yale and Oxford, he was a foreign-affairs reporter and columnist for Time magazine for 21 years, then Deputy Secretary of State in the Clinton administration. He chairs the Foreign Affairs Policy Board of the Statement Department. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and chair of the American Ditchley Foundation. He has written or co-authored a dozen books on international relations.