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Robert Tessier

Chairman of the Board

Robert Tessier has an extensive background as a corporate director and senior executive in both the private and the public sector. Before being appointed Chairman of the Board of CDPQ, he worked with Gaz Métro (now Énergir), first as President and Chief Executive Officer as well as Chairman of the Board. His past positions have included President and Chief Executive Officer of Marine Industries Limited and Alstom Canada. In the public sector, he spent several years as a senior civil servant with the Gouvernement du Québec in such roles as Secretary of the Conseil du trésor, Québec’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Executive Vice President of the Société générale de financement du Québec.

Mr. Tessier is Chair of the Investors Group Funds Independent Review Committee. He is also Chairman of the Board of Green Mountain Power and 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 – Quebec Chapter. He has sat on several boards, including those of CGI Group, AXA Canada, Centraide of Greater Montréal, the Conseil du patronat du Québec, the Conference Board of Canada, the Foundation of Greater Montreal and the Montreal Heart Institute.

Appointment date

  • March 5, 2009


  • Governance and Ethics
  • Human Resources