The Corporation believes in the importance of good corporate governance and the central role played by directors in the governance process.
Power Financial’s Board of Directors is composed of seasoned professionals who bring their diverse experience to the table. This balance of skills and competencies results in the prudent, conservative oversight that has enabled the Corporation to deliver attractive long-term shareholder returns.
Mr. Bibeau has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beauward Shopping Centres Ltd., a privately owned company that develops, leases, and operates real estate properties, a position he has held since 1996.
He graduated from Bishop’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Mr. Bibeau is a director of IGM Financial, Investors Group and Mackenzie. Prior to that, he held directorships at Great-West Lifeco, Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life Financial and Canada Life.
Mr. Bibeau is very involved and supportive of many local charities especially those related to cancer and children’s care. A lifelong tennis enthusiast, he joined the board of directors of Tennis Canada in 2010.
Mr. Desmarais is Executive Co-Chairman of Power Financial and Deputy Chairman, President, and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation. Prior to joining Power Corporation in 1983, he was Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice of Canada and an institutional investment counsellor at Richardson Greenshields Securities Ltd.
He is a director of many Power Financial group companies in North America, including 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. He is also a director of Power Corporation. He is director and Vice-Chairman of Pargesa in Europe.
Over the years, cultural, health, and other not-for-profit organizations in Montréal have benefitted from his contributions, involvement, and dedication. He has played key roles in a number of fundraising campaigns, including those of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Heart Institute, Leucan, the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Centraide of Greater Montreal. He is Chairman of the Fondation Baxter & Alma Ricard, a member of the Chairman’s International Advisory Council of the Americas Society, Honorary Chairman of the Canada China Business Council, and a member of several China-based organizations.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and received honorary doctorates from Concordia University, Université de Montréal and McGill University. In 2003, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and, in 2009, an Officer of the National Order of Québec.
Mr. Desmarais is Executive Co-Chairman of Power Financial and Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation. 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 Corporation, 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, LafargeHolcim 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, 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 of The Business Council of Canada. 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.
Mr. Doer is Senior Business Advisor to the law firm Dentons Canada LLP since 2016. Previously, he served as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2015. He served as the 20th Premier of Manitoba from 1999 until 2009. He was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in 1986 and during his tenure also served as Minister of Urban Affairs and as Minister of Crown Investments. From 1979 to 1986, Mr. Doer was the President of the Manitoba Government Employees’ Association.
Mr. Doer is also a director of Power Corporation, Great-West Lifeco and IGM Financial.
He serves as volunteer Co-Chair of the Wilson Centre’s Canada Institute, a non-partisan public policy forum focused on Canada-United States relations. In 2010, Mr. Doer became a Member of the Order of Manitoba and, in 2011, he received a distinguished diplomatic service award from the World Affairs Council.
Mr. Frère is the Managing Director of Frère-Bourgeois, a financial group based in Belgium, which he joined in 1972. He served as Managing Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, a Belgium-based holding company with a portfolio of industrial investments, from 1993 until 2012, when he was appointed Chairman of the Board.
He is Vice-Chairman of Pargesa and has been a director of the company since 1992. He has been Chairman of the Board of Loverval Finance SA (formerly Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille) since1998. He is a director of ERBE. He served on the Board of Electrabel S.A., Pernod Ricard and Lafarge SA.
He serves as Regent of the National Bank of Belgium and as an Honorary Consul for France. Mr. Frère was educated in Switzerland.
He is a director of the Fonds Charles-Albert Frère, an organization dedicated to helping children in difficulty as well as underprivileged adults. It comprises four non-profit organizations, which receive regular, substantial donations from the family to help fund their programs: Hippocrène, a centre that provides treatment for young people with physical, mental, or social disabilities through “equestrian therapy”; the Charles-Albert Frère Psychotherapy Hospital, a day-centre that welcomes young children with severe mental difficulties; Éclaircie (Ray of sunshine), which offers in-home treatment and assistance to children with serious or terminal conditions and provides support for their caregivers; and Echoline, an association that offers medical and psychological pre- and post-natal care at home for women from particularly disadvantaged backgrounds.
Mr. Graham is Vice-Chairman and a director of Wittington Investments, Limited, an investment management company and the principal holding company of the Weston-Loblaw Group. From 2000 to 2014, he was President of Wittington Investments. Prior to joining Wittington, he held senior positions in Canada and the U.K. with National Bank Financial Inc. (formerly Lévesque Beaubien Geoffrion Inc.), a Montréal-based investment dealer.
Mr. Graham serves on the boards of Power Corporation as well as Graymont Limited, Brown Thomas Group Limited, Holt Renfrew & Co., Limited, and Selfridges & Co. Ltd. He was a director of President’s Choice Bank from 1999 to 2015, of which he served as Chairman from 1999 to 2014. He also served on the boards of George Weston Limited from 1996 to 2016 and of Loblaw Companies Limited from 1999 to 2015.
Mr. Graham is Chairman of the Ontario Arts Foundation and of the Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Foundation. He is also currently a Board Member of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and Luminato.
Mr. Graham is a member of the Business Council of Canada and the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO). He is also Honorary Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Canada. In 1998, he was awarded the Government of Ontario Volunteer Service Award. In June 2007, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brock University.
Mr. Jackson is Senior Counsel at the Canadian law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He joined the firm in 1972, became a partner in 1980 and its Chairman from 1995 to 2001.
Mr. Jackson is also a director of Power Corporation, Great-West Lifeco, Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life Financial and Canada Life. He also served as a director of a number of public and private corporations, including Investors Group from 1991 to 2001. He is recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance by numerous independent assessment organizations.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Mr. Orr was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Power Financial in 2005. He also serves as a Director of Power Corporation and is a Director and Chairman of a number of Power Financial subsidiaries, including 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.
Mr. Orr was President and Chief Executive Officer of IGM Financial Inc. from 2001 until 2005. Prior to joining IGM Financial, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BMO Nesbitt Burns and Vice-Chair, Investment Banking Group, Bank of Montreal. Mr. Orr had been with BMO Nesbitt Burns since 1981.
Mr. Orr is active in a number of community and business organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts — Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.
Since 2003, Ms. Roy has been an invited Fellow at CIRANO, the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations and was nominated Chair of the Board in 2012. She was the President of the Conseil des arts de Montréal from 2006 to 2012. She serves as a director of Intact Financial Corporation, Montréal International, the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the Université de Montréal, where she has acted as Chancellor and Chair of the Board since 2007.
Over the course of her career, she has held a number of senior executive positions, including Senior Vice-President of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), President and Chief Executive Officer of Télémedia Communications Inc., Executive Vice-President of Air France, Senior Vice-President and a director of the Laurentian Bank of Canada and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Urban Community Transport Commission (MUCTC). She was a director of Videotron Ltée and Domtar Corporation. She has worked in various capacities with the Québec Department of Transport.
Ms. Roy earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Université de Montréal. She holds a master's degree (M.Sc.) from and has completed doctoral studies in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. She has participated in several fundraising campaigns, notably for the Université de Montréal and diverse cultural organizations. For her outstanding achievements in the economic, social, and political fields, she has received numerous awards and distinctions, including Concordia University’s Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration Award of Distinction in 1988, the Université de Montreal's Edouard Montpetit Medal in 1992, the Public Policy Forum’s Award of Distinction in 1994, and the Federated Press Award of Excellence in 2003. In 2009, she was named Officer of the National Order of Québec and in 2012, Officer of the Order of Canada.
Mr. Royer is a director of several Power Financial group companies in North America, including Great-West Lifeco, Great-West Life, Great-West Life & Annuity, London Life, Canada Life Financial, Canada Life and Putnam Investments.
From 1996 to 2008, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar Corporation, a Montréal-based pulp and paper company. His vision and leadership helped instil renewed vigour into the company. He also played a key role in the development of Bombardier Inc. during his tenure as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 1986 to 1996, transforming it into a Canadian centre of excellence in the transportation equipment industry. Mr. Royer currently serves as Chairman of the board of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and as a member of the International Advisory Board of École des hautes études commerciales (HEC) of Montréal.
Mr. Royer holds Bachelor of Civil Law, Master of Commerce, and Master of Accountancy degrees from Université de Sherbrooke. He also received honorary doctorates from Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal (École Polytechnique) and Université Laval. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec and a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Commandeur de l’Ordre de Léopold II (Belgium), and an Officer of the National Order of Québec.
Mr. Ryan is a company director. He was Managing Director, Global Head of Regulatory Strategy and Policy of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (“J.P. Morgan”), a global financial services firm, until 2014. He is a director of Power Corporation, Great-West Lifeco, Great-West Life, Great-West Life & Annuity, London Life, Canada Life Financial and Canada Life, having previously served as a director of Power Financial and Power Corporation from 2011 to 2013 and of Lifeco and some of its subsidiaries from 2010 to 2013. He is Chairman of the board of Santander Holdings U.S.A., Inc., Santander Bank, N.A. and Banco Santander International. He has served as a director of Markit Group Limited and of Lloyds Banking Group.
From 2008 to 2013, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”), a trade association representing 680 global financial market participants. Prior to joining SIFMA, Mr. Ryan held a number of senior appointments with J.P. Morgan from 1993 to 2008, including Vice-Chairman, Financial Institutions and Governments, and Managing Director.
He was a private sector member of the Global Markets Advisory Committee for the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) from 2007 to 2011. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Ryan was a member of the U.S.-Japan Private Sector/Government Commission with responsibility for Corporate Restructuring and the NPL workout and, from 2000 to 2004, he served as a board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee at KorAm Bank in Seoul, Korea.
Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Ryan was the Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he served as the principal manager of the savings and loan cleanup that involved closing approximately 700 insolvent institutions, improving capital bases, and selling over $300 billion of assets.
Mr. Ryan is a graduate of Villanova University and the American University Law School. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970.
Dr. Szathmáry was named President Emeritus of the University of Manitoba in 2008. She received the title of Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology in 2014. She was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 1996 to 2008, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of McMaster University in Hamilton from 1994 to 1996, and, before that, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Western Ontario in London (now Western University). Dr. Szathmáry is a director of Power Corporation as well as of several Power Financial group companies in North America, including Great-West Lifeco, Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life Financial and Canada Life.
Dr. Szathmáry is a distinguished scholar, teacher, scientist, and administrator. She is involved in the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Board. As well, she is a member of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Board of Governors of McMaster University. Dr. Szathmáry has also served as a director of numerous educational, research, and philanthropic not-for-profit organizations, including the St. Boniface General Hospital, the Manitoba Museum Foundation, the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, and the Board of Governors of the University of the Arctic.
Dr. Szathmáry received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. In addition to receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in Manitoba, she has been awarded seven honorary doctorates in recognition of her research and contribution to higher education. Dr. Szathmáry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba. In 2015, she was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.