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Board of directors and committees

The board of directors has eleven members. Five are elected by group representatives at the annual meeting, pursuant to a call for nominations. Four directors are appointed by the Executive Committee of the CSN and two are appointed by the previously mentioned nine members. The person elected as Treasurer of the CSN has always been one of the four CSN appointed members and has always served as Chair of the board. Finally, the Chief Executive Officer of Bâtirente has a non-voting seat on the board of directors. Board members have
three-year terms that are staggered to maintain continuity. The officers of the corporation are: the Chair, the Vice-chair, the Secretary and the Chief Executive Officer of Bâtirente, who also
serves as Treasurer.


Members of the Board of Directors

Pierre Patry
Investment Committee and Governance Committee Member

Pierre Patry has been Treasurer of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) since 2004. He was previously and successively President of the Syndicat des enseignantes et enseignants du collège de Saint-Félicien and Secretary-Treasurer of the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec. He completed his Master’s degree in Mathematics at the Université de Montréal and has been teaching at the Saint-Félicien CEGEP since 1984. As Treasurer of the CSN, he is responsible for the various social economy, socially responsible finance and corporate social responsibility files. He is in charge of co-ordinating the work between the CSN and the various economic intervention institutions that it created. He is a member of the Board of Directors of MCE Conseils and Filaction, of which he is the President, and of Fondaction, of which he is the Secretary-Treasurer.


Nathalie Arguin
Extrafinancial Risk management Committee and Governance Committee Member

The Secretary General of the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics - CSN, Nathalie Arguin was appointed to the Bâtirente Board Directors in June 2011 by the Executive Committee of the CSN. 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
Member of the Extrafinancial Risks Management Committee and of the Audit Committee

An Economist by training, Normand Brouillet held several positions within the CSN between1976 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.


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 is a member of the Board of Directors of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. 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.


Léopold Beaulieu 

Board Member
Extrafinancial Risks Management Committee Member

Léopold Beaulieu has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Fondaction, le Fonds de développement de la CSN pour la coopération et l’emploi, since its inception in 1996. Treasurer of the CSN from 1976 to 1996, he was instrumental in the creation of several of the CSN’s economic intervention tools, such as the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins, MCE Conseils, Bâtirente and Fondaction. The first Chair of the Comité Bâtirente, he remained at the helm of the Board for ten years, and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 1987. He is President of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Information on Community Enterprises (CIRIEC-Canada) and Vice-President of CIRIEC International. A member of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec Council of Representatives, Group Caisses, he is also Secretary of the Fondation pour l’éducation à la coopération and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec.


Louise Charette

Board Member and Investment Committee Member until October 2016

An Economist by training, Ms. Charette is an experienced pension fund manager. She was Manager, Administration of Assets, at Alcan Inc. from 1990 to 2007. She had previously held various positions with Gestion Placements Desjardins and, in the 1980’s, with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Since 2008, Ms. Charette has been consulting with various organizations in the areas of portfolio management and governance. Louise Charette was elected as a Board Member at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation in June 2016. Ms. Charette has resigned his position on the Board and the Investment Committee following his appointment as Chief Investment in the Bâtirente team in October 2016.


Néjia Chehidi

Board Member
Member of the Member Services Committee

Néjia Chehidi was elected as a Board member by group representatives at the 2011 annual meeting and reelected in june 2014. She has since become a member of the Member Services Committee. The President of her base union, the Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs de 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 Fringe Benefits Committee of the Fédération du commerce – CSN. 

Christian Cyr
Board 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. Christian Cyr was elected as a Board Member at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation in June 2016.

Serge Fournier
Board Member
Audit Committee Member

Serge Fournier has been responsible for the Benefits Committee and Treasurer of the Fédération du commerce CSN since 1998, after being Treasurer of the Conseil central de la CSN de Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches. He was an active member of the Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des Épiciers-unis Metro Richelieu (Québec) for twenty years, of which he was in turn President and Vice-President. He was involved for many years in the work of the Comité de retraite syndical and the Comité des assurances of his union. Member group representatives elected him in 2014 at the Board of Directors.


René Gélinas

Board Member
Investment Committee Member

René Gélinas is president of the syndicat national des travailleurs et travailleuses des pâtes et carton de Jonquière. For 10 years, he has been involved with the CSN in the administration of insurance plans and group RRSPs. René Gélinas was reelected as a Board member at the 2016 annual meeting.


Pierre Leduc

Board Member
Member Services Committee Member

Pierre Leduc has carried out several functions in the Syndicat national des produits chimiques de Valleyfield (CSN) since 1985 and has been a Group Bâtirente Agent since 2010. He was reelected as a Board member at the 2016 annual meeting.


Benoit Théorêt
Board Member
Member Services Committee Member

Benoit Théorêt is president of the Syndicat de Câbles d'acier de Pointe-Claire (CSN) since 2007, and has been responsible for its retirement plan since the same year. He has been active within the Executive Committee of the union since 2003. Member group representatives elected him in 2014 at the Board of Directors.

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 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.

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.

The Extrafinancial Risks Management Committee 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.


Yvan Duceppe
Audit Committee Member

Yvan Duceppe graduated from the École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal in Business Administration specializing in Public Accounting and Finance. In 1991, he joined MCE Conseils as Finance and Administration Advisor. As such, he plays a role in interventions regarding corporate financial situations and turnarounds, business plan development and work co-operative development. A member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, he has been sharing his expertise with Bâtirente as an Audit Committee external member since 2007.


Richard Fortier
Member Services Committee Member and Investment 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 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.