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Robert Tessier

Chairman of the Board

Robert Tessier has been Chairman of CDPQ’s Board of Directors since 2009. Prior to his appointment to CDPQ, he held the position of President and CEO and then Chairman of the Board of Gaz Métro (now Énergir). He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GEC Alstom Canada and Marine Industries Limited. In the public sector, he was a senior civil servant within the Government of Québec, as Secretary of the Conseil du trésor, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Executive Vice-President of the Société générale de financement du Québec. He was also Vice-President and Secretary General of Université du Québec.

Mr. Tessier is also actively involved in various Boards of Directors. In the business world, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Green Mountain Power and Chair of the Independent Review Committee of Investors Group Funds. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of CGI Group, AXA Canada (now Intact Assurance), the Conseil du patronat du Québec and the Conference Board of Canada. In philanthropy, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal and sits on the Board of the Institute of Corporate Directors—Québec Chapter. He also sat on the Boards of Centraide of Greater Montréal, the Foundation of Greater Montréal and the Montreal Heart Institute.

In 2018, Mr. Tessier was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors as well as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Appointment date

  • March 5, 2009


  • Governance and Ethics
  • Human Resources