Board of directors

The FSI is governed by a board of directors composed of experienced professionals from the financial, university, and business communities in Quebec, who share their expertise towards the achievement of the organization’s mission and objectives, in the best interest of its stakeholders.

The FSI board members exercise their duties as administrators in a personal capacity. Their opinions are their own and do not engage the responsibility of the entities that employ them.

Milla Craig

President of the Board

Founder and President, Millani

Milla Craig has more than 15 years’ experience in the securities industry. In her current role, Ms. Craig shares her unique expertise, vision and pragmatic approach in sustainable development, reporting, and responsible investment by offering consulting services, workshops, and conferences. In addition to having co-founded the Finance and Sustainability Initiative, Ms. Craig was selected to join the 2013 Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) Financial Sector review. She is also the Montreal co-chair of the International Women’s Forum’s Water Initiative. Ms. Craig holds a degree in administration as well as the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) designation.

Amr Addas

Vice-President and Leader on Stakeholder Relations

Adjunct Professor, Concordia University

Amr Addas is an Adjunct Professor at the John Molson School of Business and the Goodman Institute, Concordia University, and a member of the Core Faculty for the Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate (SIPC) program. In addition, Amr has taught at McGill University and Sherbrooke University. He is also a Research Associate and responsible for industry relations for the Desjardins Chair in Sustainable Investing at Sherbrooke University. In his capacity as a financial consultant, Amr works with financial advisors and portfolio managers, offering portfolio construction services and newsletters, as well as heading portfolio construction at WealhKernel, a UK-based robo-advisor. Amr is also involved in a number of volunteer sustainable investing activities, including being a member of Finance Montréal’s Working Group on Sustainable Investing. Amr obtained his MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1995 and his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo in 1991. Amr is an active member of the CFA Institute.

Anne-Josée Laquerre

Vice-President and Leader on Governance and Strategy

Director, Social Purpose and Corporate Sustainability, Aimia Inc

Anne-Josée Laquerre has over twenty years of experience in corporate communications and corporate social responsibility in large public corporations including Bombardier Aerospace, Noranda, Domtar and Merck Frosst. She is Director, Social Purpose and Corporate Sustainability at Aimia since 2012. Anne-Josée helps companies focus efforts, reduce risks and promote growth, competitiveness and profitability, while finding innovative ways to create social and environmental value. Under her leadership, Aimia adopted a roadmap that helped simplify, focus, grow and align global efforts, leading to the company being listed on Corporate Knights’ 2016 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. An accredited public relations professional, she holds a Master of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal. She has also completed an Executive Education class at Harvard Business School: Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance.

Jennifer Bent

Senior Associate, Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited

Jennifer is a Senior Associate at Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited and has over 15 years of experience in investment management. She is a registered portfolio manager and advises both institutional and private clients on investment strategy, investment policy and portfolio management. Jennifer’s clients include private and public foundations, not-for-profit organizations, pension funds, and families in Canada and the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and is a CFA charterholder. In addition to her role on the Board of the Finance Sustainability Initiative, Jennifer is active in the community serving on not-for-profit boards and committees.

François Boutin-Dufresne

Economist and Strategist

François Boutin-Dufresne has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of international finance. In his current role, he combines his expertise in public policy, economics, and international finance and participates, among other things, in writing the daily global strategy notes where he identifies and dives into global economic and political themes that may impact global asset markets.Over the past years, he has published several articles about global economics and finance for various publications, including lengthy interview with former Chief Economist of the World Bank entitled Trajectories of the world economy. Mr. Boutin-Dufresne holds a Master’s in economics.

Thomas Estinès

Analyst, Groupe Investissement Responsable inc.

Thomas Estinès has over 5 years experience in corporate social responsibility and in responsible investment. He contributed to the reduction of the environmental footprint of an industrial site and on its stakeholders integration. Now, he analyses environmental, social and governance issues that public companies face. He also acts as a consultant for large organizations on behalf of the GIR. M.Estinès holds an MBA and a Master in Environmental Management.

Laure Fouin

Secretary

Business Law Associate at McCarthy Tétrault

Laure Fouin practices corporate law, with an emphasis on Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Securities Regulation and Investment Products, Structured Finance, Securitization and Financial Derivatives, Fintech and Private Equity at the Montréal office of McCarty Tétrault. In addition to her undergraduate studies in law and bar courses, Laure holds a master degree (research) in business law and a master degree (professional) in banking and financial law from Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II and a Masters of Laws from McGill University. She is currently studying derivatives regulation in the doctoral program at McGill University.

Stephanie Hamilton

Chair of the Communication Committee

Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

Stephanie Hamilton is a sustainability professional with more than twenty years of experience working as a management consultant.  She supports clients in a variety of industry sectors in the development of sustainability strategy and corporate social responsibility reporting.  An engineer by training, Ms. Hamilton promotes sustainability-thinking in all aspects of a business and is keen to help companies transition to a low-carbon economy.

Solène Hanquier

Sustainable Development Advisor, Desjardins Group

Solène Hanquier is a corporate social responsibility advisor with more than 5 years’ experience in the field. In her current role, Ms. Hanquier contributes to the development of the company’s strategies and proposes sustainable business practices, related among others, to climate change and portfolio decarbonization. She’s responsible for Desjardins’ reporting to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) and contributes to its extra-financial annual report. Ms Hanquier holds a Masters in Environmental Management, a 2nd cycle microprogram diploma in Environmental Verification and a Bachelor in Accounting.

Gildas Poissonnier

Treasurer

Senior Manager, Sustainability, Deloitte

Gildas Poissonnier is leading Deloitte’s sustainability team in Quebec. In this capacity, Mr. Poissonnier has been assisting, for over 8 years, companies or organizations with their sustainability strategy, environmental management and social impacts. In particular, he has served several financial institutions regarding their approach to responsible investment and has supported a group of stakeholders from the financial sector in defining their positioning in this area. On top of his MBA degree from HEC Montreal, he also followed the ESG Analytics for Financial Professionals course from the Centre of Responsible Banking & Finance at S t. Andrews, in Scotland.

Thibaut Millet

Partner, National Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

Thibaut Millet is a Partner in EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability practice. He has 18 years of experience in providing advisory and assurance services to leading Canadian and international clients in the field of climate change and sustainability. He has led over 50 sustainability engagements, in a variety of sectors for public and private organization, including leaders from the financial industry in the field of sustainability and ESG integration.

Anne Quintal

Chair of the Membership Committee

Portfolio manager and sustainable investment professional

Anne Quintal has more than twenty years of experience as a portfolio manager. She has worked for two major pension funds in Montreal and her expertise has led her to concentrate on sustainable investment.  Ms. Quintal joined FSI to help raise awareness among members of the financial community on the importance of integrating ESG issues in all investment decisions.  After completing her master degree in economics, Ms. Quintal obtained the CFA designation. Ms. Quintal is also a graduate of the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) and also holds the ASC designation from Collège des Administrateurs de Sociétés

 

Stéphane Villemain

Senior manager, Responsible Investment, PSP Investments

Stephane contributes to the integration of ESG factors in the activities of PSP Investments (public markets, real estate, private equity, infrastructure, natural resources and private debt). He provides advice on ESG related matters, develops portfolio analysis and tools for integrating ESG factors into investment decisions, and participates in corporate engagement and industry collaborative initiatives.

Before joining PSP, Stephane worked as a management consultant focused on sustainability and climate change topics.

Our committees

The FSI gratefully acknowledges the contribution of its many active members in carrying out its activities.

Steering Committee for the FSI-PRI Scholarship for Best Research on Responsible Investment

  • Stéphane Villemain
  • Marie-Claude Provost
  • Philippe Bélanger
  • Évelyne Clermont

Steering Committee for the FSI Competition for Best Sustainability Report

  • Marie-Josée Privyk
  • Amr Addas
  • Anne-France Bolay
  • Solène Hanquier
  • Anne-Josée Laquerre
  • Sandy Rose

Governance Committee

  • Laure Fouin
  • Jennifer Bent
  • Anne-Josée Laquerre

Strategy Committee

  • Anne-Josée Laquerre
  • Thibaut Millet
  • Stéphane Villemain

Steering Committee for the FSI Programming

  • Stephanie Hamilton
  • Amr Addas

Membership Committee

  • Anne Quintal
  • Milla Craig

Sponsorships Committee

  • Milla Craig
  • Solène Hanquier

Communications Committee

  • Stephanie Hamilton
  • Thomas Estinès
  • Stephanie Shumsky
  • Nicole Wilson
  • Karen Vanthyune

 

Other ad hoc committees are created to carry out specific mandates.

If you would like to actively participate in the FSI’s activities by joining one of its committees, contact us at info@ifd-fsi.org.