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Marc-André Blanchard

Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global

and Global Head of Sustainability


As Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global and Global Head of Sustainability, Mr. Blanchard is responsible for coordinating CDPQ’s international operations. He oversees CDPQ’s international offices, ensuring the organization’s positioning as an investment partner of choice. He also supports the international growth and development of Québec companies. In addition, he oversees the organization’s sustainability orientations and activities, supports engagement and value creation within portfolio companies and leads CDPQ’s strategy to integrate ESG factors into all investment activities. He sits on the Executive and Investment-Risk Committees.

Before joining CDPQ in September 2020, he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York from 2016 to 2020. From 2017 to 2020, he sat on Canada’s North American Free Trade Agreement Council. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s leading law firms.

In addition to a Bachelor of Laws from Université de Montréal, Mr. Blanchard holds an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in International Affairs, both from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He was called to the Québec Bar in 1992.


Marc-André Blanchard is deeply committed to better aligning capital with sustainable development,  serving as co-chair of several organizations, including the Investor Leadership Network (ILN) and the Consortium on Mobilizing Private Capital with the U.S. Treasury Department. He co-chairs several task forces, including the Task Forces on Blended Finance and Multilateral Development Banks of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD). He also co-chairs the 2024 B20/G20 Infrastructure Task Force under Brazil’s Presidency.

He sits on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Sustainable Markets Initiative, which was launched by His Majesty King Charles III, where he also Chairs the Blended Finance Task Force. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Foundation, which supports the UN in finding solutions to ensure a better future for the planet. He is a director of MILA, one of the largest artificial intelligence research institutes in the world, of Invest in Canada, of The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace, and Security, Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Chancellor of Université de Montréal and a member of the Advisory Council of the Canada‑India Business Council.