Board and committees

Board of directors

Bâtirente comprises three categories of members. The board of directors includes eleven members elected at the annual meeting. Five come from groups, four seats are reserved for the CSN and two independent members are appointed by the board. The by-laws aim at ensuring the presence on the board of an array of competencies and qualities required for the sound governance of the corporation, whose first mandate is to ensure the conduct of a retirement system.

The officers of the corporation are the Chair, the Vice-chair, the Secretary and the Chief Executive Officer of Bâtirente and Treasurer. The person elected as Treasurer of the CSN is one of the four representatives of the latter and serves as the Chair of the board. The Chief Executive Officer of Bâtirente has a non-voting seat on the board of directors.

Members of the Board of Directors

Yvan Duceppe

Yvan Duceppe

Chair, Governance Committee Member and Investment and Extrafinancial Risks Committee Member

Yvan Duceppe was elected to the CSN treasury in January 2021 at its 66th Congress. A long-time activist, he was elected to the treasury of the CSN’s Fédération des professionnèles in 2000. Mr. Duceppe graduated from the École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal in Business Administration, with a concentration in Public Accounting and Finance. In addition, he holds the professional title of CPA. Since 1991, he has held the position of Finance and Administration Advisor at MCE Conseils. He has sat since 2007 as an external member of the Board of Directors on Bâtirente’s audit committee before becoming it’s Chair in 2021.

Nathalie Arguin

Nathalie Arguin

Vice-Chair, Governance Committee Member

The Chair of the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP) – CSN, Nathalie Arguin was appointed to the Bâtirente Board Directors in June 2011 by the Executive Committee of the CSN and was reelected as a board member at the 2018 annual meeting. She is a member of the Extrafinancial Risks Management Committee and of the Governance Committee. Through her responsibilities within the FEESP-CSN, she was involved in the establishment of the Bâtirente sectoral retirement plan for organizations in the community, associative, non-profit and local development sector. Since 2007, as an active member of the FEESP CSN, she has also been taking part in the work of various committees. From 1996 to 2009, she was a member of the Executive Committee of her base union, the Syndicat des employées et employés de la Société des casinos du Québec – CSN, of which she has been a member since its creation in 1995.

Normand Brouillet

Normand Brouillet

Secretary, Investment and Extrafinancial Risks Committee Member

An Economist by training, Normand Brouillet held several positions within the CSN between 1976 and 2009, including Assistant to the CSN Executive Committee, Union Advisor with the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP-CSN) and with the Fédération des travailleuses et des travailleurs du papier et de la forêt (FTPF-CSN), as well as Co-ordinator and Senior Negotiator for major rounds of public sector collective bargaining. Mr. Brouillet has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Coopérative des techniciens ambulanciers de la Montérégie (CETAM) since 2001. He also sits on the Board of Directors and on the Executive and Human Resources Committee of SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc., as well as on the Board of Directors of SSQ, Mutual Management Corporation. A CSN delegate to the 2007 Kenya World Social Forum, he subsequently worked on the committee that organized the first Québec Social Forum, also held in 2007. Mr. Brouillet was appointed to the Bâtirente Board of Directors in 2010 and was reelected as a board member at the 2018 annual meeting.

Daniel Simard

Daniel Simard

Chief Executive Officer, Non-voting Ex-officio Member of the Board of Directors and Committees

A member of Bâtirente’s Board of Directors since its establishment in 1988, Daniel Simard has been ensuring its general co-ordination since January 1995. From 1978 to 1995, he worked within the CSN in areas of collective bargaining, benefit plans and labour court representation. A Labour Relations graduate of the Université de Montréal, he is a Group-Annuity Advisor registered with the Autorité des marchés financiers du Québec. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment from 2006 to 2015. He represents the CSN on the International Trade Union Confederations’ Committee on Workers’ Capital. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of SSQ Life Insurance Inc. from 1994 to 2005, where he was called upon to chair both the Audit Committee and the Ethics Committee.

Néjia Chehidi

Néjia Chehidi

Board Member, Member Services Committee Member

Néjia Chehidi was reelected as a Board Member at the 2020 annual meeting. President of her base union, the Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs de l’hôtel Le Reine Elizabeth – CSN, Ms. Chehidi has been locally responsible for their retirement plan since 2005. She is also a member of the Comité des avantages sociaux de la Fédération du commerce-CSN and member of the Comité interculturel of the CSN.

Christian Cyr

Christian Cyr

Board Member, Member Services Committee Member and Audit Committee Member

Christian Cyr is coordinator of the Comité intersectoriel du secteur privé of the CSN. Become union representative with the CSN in 1998, Mr. Cyr worked with resource sector unions, manufacturing, food processing and trade. He was a director of Question Retraite and sits on the Board of MCE Councils since 2012. Mr. Cyr was reelected as a Board Member at the 2019 annual meeting.

Robert Gariépy

Robert Gariépy

Board Member, Audit Committee Member

Robert Gariépy has been involved since 2004 in the Syndicat Multi-Marques Laval Dist-CSN (Canada Bread-Grupo Bimbo) as a delegate. He has also been Secretary of the Executive since 2010 and a Bâtirente Group Representative since 2012. Mr. Gariépy was elected as a Board Member at the 2018 annual meeting.

Nicolas Docquier

Nicolas Docquier

Board Member, Investment and Extrafinancial Risks Committee Member

Nicolas Docquier is delegate of the Syndicat national des employés du papier Candiac. He has been involved at various levels in his organization for almost 7 years. He has been a member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee and has been a trainer since 2015. Mr. Docquier was elected as a Board Member at the 2019 annual meeting for a first term.

Pierre Leduc

Pierre Leduc

Board Member, Member Services Committee Member and Governance Committee Member

Since 1985, Pierre Leduc has carried out several functions in the Syndicat national des produits chimiques de Valleyfield (CSN) including the position of Bâtirente Group Representative. He was reelected as a Board Member at the 2019 annual meeting.

Hélène Jacques

Hélène Jacques

Board Member, Investment and Extrafinancial Risks Committee Member

Hélène Jacques is a corporate director and strategic consultant with over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, including institutional investment. She has held several strategic management positions at Mouvement Desjardins and at la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. A Certified Corporate Director (Administratrice de société certifiée (ASC)) and Chartered Director (C. Dir.), Ms. Jacques has more than 10 years of board experience, including as President and Treasurer. She is currently a member of Æquo’s Board of Directors and a member of the Special Committee on Derivatives Regulation for the TMX Group. Holder of an MBA from HEC Montréal, she is pursuing graduate studies on climate change.

Benoit Théorêt

Benoit Théorêt

Board Member, Member Services Committee Member

Benoit Théorêt is secretary of the Syndicat de Câbles d’acier de Pointe-Claire (CSN) and is responsible for its retirement plan. He has been active within the Executive Committee of the union since 2003. He was reelected as a Board Member at the 2020 annual meeting.

Michel Valiquette

Michel Valiquette

Board Member, Audit Committee Member

As Fédération du commerce Treasurer (FC-CSN) since 2011, Michel Valiquette is also policy leader for the tourism sector. Highlights of his 33 years of experience in the tourist industry include becoming the first president of the Hilton Laval (CSN) union at the time of its creation in 1991. Mr. Valiquette’s career path has included participation in 9 hotel industry negotiations—6 as union president and 3 as the Fédération du commerce policy leader. He was also a member of the CSN’s Financial Supervisory Committee. At the 2020 CSN Annual General Meeting, Mr. Valiquette was elected to his first term on the Board of Directors.

External committee members

Guy A. Coulombe

Guy A. Coulombe

Audit Committee Member

Guy A. Coulombe received a bachelor’s degree in accounting sciences in 1991. He has extensive experience in providing professional services such as the development of financing solutions, financial and organizational analysis, drafting of business plans, and corporate and policy interventions, including advisory services for collective agreement negotiations. Since 2010, he has been a finance and administration consultant at MCE Conseils. In 2021, he accepted the role of external member of the board of directors of Bâtirente.

Richard Fortier

Richard Fortier

Member Services Committee Member and Investment and Extrafinancial Risks Committee Member

Richard Fortier is an experienced manager who worked for over 40 years in companies administering every type of group savings plans. A trained actuary, he is also a CFA charterholder and a graduate from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Recently retired, he is contributing as a director or a committee member to four enterprises whose mission is closely linked to customer service. In the course of his career, he held a great variety of positions, including that of chief executive of a major Québec insurance company. He has been sharing his expertise with Bâtirente as an external member of the board of directors since 2014.

Committee Mandates

Over the past few years, Bâtirente specified new terms of reference for fiduciary duties that foster sound risk management, service development and profitability. Internal governance rules ensure that all committees always include at least one group representative. The goal of committees is to make Bâtirente’s Board of Directors more efficient and to facilitate in-depth discussions. Committees have the power to make recommendations.

The Investment and Extrafinancial Risks Management Committee monitors and reviews investment policies, management mandates and optimization strategies for diversified fund asset allocation. It regularly monitors managers’ financial operations, management mandates and performances, assessing the relevance of the investment fund mix and the introduction of new asset categories or of new management mandates. It also assures the Board of Directors of the updating of the Lignes directrices sur la gestion des risques extrafinanciers, monitors the conformity of the exercise of voting rights, assesses ESG performance in investment activities and checks the quality of Bâtirente’s performance reporting.

The Audit Committee assures the Board of Directors of a presentation of financial information that faithfully reflects activities and operating results, of the adequacy and efficiency of the controls implemented by management, and of the efficacious, efficient and economical conduct of business.

The Member Services Committee assures the Board of Directors of the relevance and the quality of the services offered and of the adequacy and the appropriateness of information, reviews the fee and service policy, conducts studies on member needs, supports the development of training policies for group agents and reviews the main contracts.

The Governance Committee assesses the operation of the Board and of the committees, makes recommendations to improve their efficiency, and has been given mandates including the development of a rule on ethics and professional conduct and the monitoring of its application.

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