Our trustees are known and respected for their high-level expertise and business acumen. They are visionary leaders committed to taking Cominar to new heights.
Alban D'Amours, CM, GOQ, LH, Fellow Adm.A.
Trustee (since 2009) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees 1234
Alban D’Amours is a professor of economics at the Université de Sherbrooke, whose PhD work focused on monetary policy, public finance and econometrics.
Earlier in his career, Dr. D’Amours held various positions in the Quebec civil service, including Associate Deputy Minister of Energy and Deputy Minister of Revenue. In 1988, he joined the Confédération des Caisses Desjardins, where he held a series of management roles. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Desjardins Group from 2000 to 2008. He is currently Honorary President of the Confédération Internationale des Banques Populaires and a member of the boards of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation and GenePOC. He is also a former member of the board of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and a past chair of the board of the Université de Sherbrooke, Télé-Université (UQ) and the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec.
Luc Bachand holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal and an MBA from Concordia University. He is a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a certified director of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.
Mr. Bachand joined BMO Financial Group in 1983 where he held several positions within the Capital Markets group over a period of more than 20 years. From 2006 until his retirement in 2016, he served as Vice-Chairman and Head of BMO Capital Markets in Quebec. He currently sits on the boards of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, HEC Montréal, the Mental Illness Foundation, the Institute of Corporate Directors – Quebec Chapter and the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation. He is also a past director of the Montreal Exchange Group, the Investment Dealers Association (Quebec Section) and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.
For over 45 years, Paul Campbell has held numerous senior leadership positions with several large and complex real estate organizations, including Kingsett, SITQ, 20 Vic, Bentall, Revenue Properties, Maron Properties, Oxford, Campeau Corporation, Trilea and Bramalea.
Backed by leading real estate experience in Canada and abroad in the office and retail segments, Mr. Campbell’s impressive track record includes a number of successful ventures and major development projects in Europe, Russia, India, China, the U.S. and Canada. He has also played a key role in diversifying various portfolios in targeted urban centres.
Mr. Campbell has a long history of involvement with the real estate community and was awarded the NAIOP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for his outstanding contributions to the industry. He is a graduate of the Directors College of McMaster University and has served on the Board of Directors of the following public companies including the Boards of the Quartier International de Montreal, the Diabetic Childrens Foundation of Montreal, Clublink Corp (TWC Enterprises), Pan Pacific Retail Properties (USA), Revenue Properties Ltd, White Rose Nurseries Ltd and Campeau Corporation.
Sylvain Cossette, B.C.L., L.L.M.
President and Chief Executive Officer / Trustee (since January 2018)
Sylvain Cossette is President and Chief Executive Officer of the REIT since January 2018. He has been President and Chief Operating Officer since February 2016. Previously he has been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since August 2012.
Claude Dussault holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Université Laval and is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
From 2001 until 2007, Mr. Dussault was President and Chief Executive Officer of Intact Financial Corporation (formerly ING Canada). He is currently President of ACVA Investing Corporation, a private investment company. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Intact Financial Corporation and a board member and human resources committee chair for Metro. He has been a UNICEF Canada director since 2011. Previous board appointments include Université Laval, ING Bank of Canada, IPC Financial and Equisure Financial Network.
Heather C. Kirk has over 20 years of diverse real estate capital markets experience and a deep understanding of the Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust sector. Her diverse experience in the Canadian REIT industry includes investment analysis, capital raising, strategic advisory, mergers, asset sales and acquisitions, as well as direct ownership. Ms. Kirk led BMO Capital Market’s Canadian Real Estate Equity research team as Managing Director from 2013 to 2018, covering mid to large capitalization REITs. Prior to joining BMO, Ms. Kirk spent 11 years with National Bank Financial in REIT equity research and real estate investment banking, advising REIT management teams and boards of trustees. In 2012, Ms. Kirk was ranked number two Overall Stock Picker in Canada and number two Real Estate Investment Trust Industry Stock Picker in the StarMine Analyst Awards. Ms. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and is a CFA Charter holder.
Johanne M. Lépine, FCIP, ICD.D
Trustee (since 2013) and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee 23
Johanne Lépine is a fellow chartered insurance professional, a certified insurance broker and a director certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ms. Lépine has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Aon Parizeau since 2002 and Senior Vice-President and Regional Director, Eastern Canada, of Aon Reed Stenhouse since 2011. She is responsible for the company’s insurance brokerage and risk management operations for Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Ms. Lépine has been a member of Aon Reed Stenhouse’s Canadian executive committee and Senior Vice-President and Chair of the Board of Aon Reed Stenhouse since 2015. She served on the board of La Senza Corporation from 2005 to 2007. She is also a director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation and the Marie-Vincent Foundation.
Michel Théroux, FCPA, FCA
Trustee (since 2015) and chair of the audit committee 13
Michel Théroux holds a degree in commerce and accounting from HEC Montréal. He became a chartered accountant in 1972 and obtained his FCA designation in 2004.
For 25 years, Mr.Théroux occupied a number of management-level positions in a wide variety of sectors, including real estate management, retail and taxation. He has also taught taxation at HEC Montréal and accounting at Polytechnique Montréal. In 1998, he joined the Bureau of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and, in 2000, was appointed to OCAQ’s executive committee and to the head of the finance committee. In 2003, he became the Vice-Chair of the OCAQ’s board and the Chair two years later. Two appointments followed: one to the OCAQ’s government relations committee and the other to the board of the Foundation of Quebec Chartered Accountants. He served on the executive of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), later CPA Canada, from 2010 to 2016. In 2014, he accepted a directorship at Optimum Group.
René Tremblay has spent more than 35 years in the global real estate industry, primarily in the shopping centre sector, and has extensive experience as a senior corporate executive. He started out in the retail industry before occupying management positions with several prominent real estate players, including the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Ivanhoé Cambridge, SITQ and Campeau Corporation. More recently, he served as the chair of Taubman Asia, the Asian arm of Taubman Centers, a leader in the shopping centre industry listed on the NYSE.
His career highlights have included driving Taubman’s shopping centre expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, diversifying CDPQ’s investments outside of North America and expanding various real estate portfolios in 14 countries in the U.S., European, Russian, Chinese and South American markets.
Mr. Tremblay holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has given back to the real estate and shopping century industries, as well as multiple community endeavours, through his involvement with a number of organizations.