About CFA Montréal

Finance in action

CFA Montréal is a leader in the investment profession. As a proud partner of key players in Montréal's financial world, our association actively contributes to the growth, health and culture of collaboration in this dynamic ecosystem. CFA Montréal is part of the CFA Institute's global network.

Our association is made up of highly talented men and women. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation is the highest distinction in the financial sector. It is recognized worldwide and attests to the rigorous academic background and career path that prepared these professionals to face the most complex challenges and issues in finance and investment management.

  • Tenth largest CFA society in the world
  • 3,200 charterholders
  • More than 2,500 candidates registered for the exams
  • More than 5,000 participants in events each year
  • Ten CFA Institute Excellence Awards since 2013
  • Seventy years in the local community

Our mission

Contribute to the development of our members' skills and career progression and promote their expertise, the CFA® designation and its values of ethics and professional excellence.

Our vision

To be recognized for the expertise and influence of our members in the Montreal finance ecosystem and to represent a community of members committed to their association.

Our values

In addition to the values of ethics and professional excellence associated with the CFA® designation, CFA Montréal has adopted complementary values:

  • respect
  • boldness
  • collegiality
  • collaboration
  • integrity
  • humility

CFA Institute

CFA Institute sets the standards for the practices of investment professionals and administers the CFA® program, which leads to the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. The CFA Institute is made up of more than 170,000 investment experts in 160 markets. 

2022-2023 Board of directors

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
CN Investment Division
PSP Investments
Lise Estelle Brault, CFA
Autorité des marchés financiers
PBI Conseillers en actuariat
Tamara Close, CFA
Close Group Consulting
Julie-Andrée Côté, CFA
Jean-François Tremblay, CFA
Haig Vanlian, CFA
Bloomwest Capital
Past President

CFA Societies Canada Board Member
PSP Investments

CFA Montreal team

Executive Director
Jo-Ann Hajdamacha
Member and Candidate Service Manager
Denise Nimara
Director of Communications
Caroline Soulas
Coordinator — Operations Support
Weldone Chhay


CFA Montreal has set itself ambitious strategic objectives to benefit members, employers, investors and the Montreal financial community. However, it would not be possible for us to achieve our growth and training objectives without the invaluable support of our partners in the Montreal finance industry and business community.

CFA Montreal is grateful for the support of the following partners. We thank them for their vital contribution to the realization of our mission, ambitions and activities.

Contact us at activity@cfamontreal.org if you are interested in being part of our strategic partners.


Audit Committee

Chair: Thomas Gagné, CFA


Lise Estelle Brault, CFA | Michel Charron, CFA | Ludovic Dumas, CFA | Jean-François Tremblay, CFA | Haig Vanlian, CFA | Jessica Younes-Fraiberger, CFA

The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors with its duties and obligations regarding the quality and integrity of the organization’s financial reporting. It also contributes to external audit, internal monitoring, risk management and information security activities.

Governance Committee

Chair: Sandy Poiré, CFA


Lise Estelle Brault, CFA | Odrée Ducharme, CFA | Jean-François Tremblay, CFA | Haig Vanlian, CFA

The Governance Committee supports the Board of Directors in establishing governance based on the principles of efficiency, transparency and accountability. It is responsible for reviewing the structure, composition, mandate, performance and operations of the Board and its committees. Its goal is to ensure the best possible service for members in accordance with the ethical and professional standards of CFA Montréal and the CFA Institute.

Strategic Planning Committee

Chair: Jean-Bastien Auger, CFA


Tamara Close, CFA | Julie-Andrée Côté, CFA  | Julie Ducharme, CFA | Odrée Ducharme, CFA | Sandy Poiré, CFA | Carl Robert, CFA

This committee contributes to the strategic reflection process that underlies the development of the organization’s strategic plan. Once the direction, objectives and development focuses are identified, the committee works with senior management to implement the strategic plan, defining an annual action plan and KPIs.


Programming and Events Committee

Chair: Nissrine Marouk, CFA


Michel Charron, CFA | Ioana Circo, CFA | Ralph Daghfal, CFA | Jean-François Fortin, CFA | Stéphane Gagnon, CFA | Yusuke Khan, CFA | Isabelle Laprise, CFA | Meriem Mehdaoui, CFA | David Pellerin, CFA | Mathieu Pineau-Pelletier, CFA | Sam Reda, CFA | Irena Stefanovska, CFA | Miville Tremblay, CFA 

This committee is responsible for supporting CFA® charterholders in their networking and ongoing training by offering a calendar of targeted activities based on members’ professional development and training needs. It also stays current on developments in the industry to update members on new trends, best practices and matters related to professional conduct.

Mentoring Committee

Chair: Philippe Masin, CFA | Vice-Chairs : Alexander Corneau, CFA, Catherine Lévesque-Roussel, CFA and Sarah Owen, CFA


Jean-Bastien Auger, CFA | Richard Babineau, CFA | Daniel Conti, CFA | Julie-Andrée Côté, CFA | Brian Cyr, CFA | Pierre Czyzowicz, CFA | Patrick Fontaine | Meriem Mehdaoui, CFA | Mathieu St-Jean, CFA |

The Mentoring Committee oversees a unique mentorship program. Participants are matched by the Pairing Committee following a rigorous selection process.

University Relations Committee

Chair: Danielle Filistin, CFA | Vice-chairs : Lédéenne Chapleau, CFA and Mengwei Gao, CFA


Guillaume Gagnier, CFA | Simon Guyard, CFA | Tatiana Hakim, CFA | Jordan Houle, CFA | Melissa La Haye, CFA | Omar Mourad, CFA | Sukyong Yang, CFA | Clara Lanxu Zhang, CFA

The committee establishes and maintains contact with finance professors and student associations from the various Quebec universities. It encourages meetings between students and professionals and promotes the CFA program.

ESG Committee

Chair: Isabelle Laprise, CFA | Vice-Chair :  Ann-Marie Monette


Vincent Beaulieu, CFA | Gary Berdowski, CFA |Patrice Boucher, CFA | Mylène Champagne | Michel Charron, CFA | Tamara Close, CFA | François Crémet, CFA | Ralph Daghfal, CFA  | Charles Fortier, CFA | Julien Laberge | Maria Maisuradze, CFA |  Réjean Nguyen, CFA | Kenny Tang, CFA | Clara Lanxu Zhang, CFA

The ESG Committee monitors relevant industry news and issues with regards to environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration and sustainable investing.  They develop training sessions and educational content for members to acquire and broaden ESG-related knowledge and skills. Occasionally, committee members are invited to contribute to the development of positions on specific ESG issues or initiatives within the investment industry. Members also provide advisory support and knowledge to CFA Montreal with respect to the implementation of internal practices related to environmental, social and governance criteria.

Fintech Committee

Chair: Frédéric Béland, CFA | Vice-chair : Irena Stefanovska, CFA


Mariane Bastien, CFA | Jonathan Bérubé, CFA | Christian Lachaussée, CFA | Jonathan Lépine, CFA | Myriam Senhi, CFA

This committee monitors the industry for developments in financial technology and organizes training to help members gain fintech knowledge and skills.




At CDPQ, we invest constructively to generate sustainable returns over the long term. As a global investment group managing funds for public pension and insurance plans, we work alongside our partners to build enterprises that drive performance and progress. We are active in the major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. As at June 30, 2022, CDPQ’s net assets totalled CAD 391.6 billion. For more information, visit

cdpq.com, follow us on Twitter or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

CDPQ is a registered trademark owned by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and licensed for use by its subsidiaries.


Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM)

Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM)

Established in 1998, Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM) is one of Canada's largest institutional asset managers with in-house expertise in equity, fixed income and real assets (infrastructure, real estate) across a variety of investment vehicles. DGAM strongly believes in the power of expertise and the importance of education. They’re the foundation of our approach, which focuses on accessibility, discipline and innovation.

That’s why DGAM proudly supports the mission of the CFA Society of Montreal and its efforts to advance and promote financial expertise. The excellent work the Society does makes it a major player in promoting Montreal’s financial knowledge. Our presence as a partner of the Society demonstrates our commitment to encouraging high-level knowledge sharing and helping ensure the highest degree of financial expertise in Montreal and throughout Quebec.



In finance, talent is a key ingredient for success. The professionals who hold the CFA ® designation are without question among the most talented in the Montreal financial services industry. They are exemplary ambassadors of our financial market and contribute greatly to the international stature of the city.

When Finance Montréal, Quebec’s financial hub, was created in 2010 by the major local financial institutions with the support of the Quebec government, the leaders who joined together to form it put the promotion of Quebec talent at the heart of its objectives. The partnership between Finance Montréal and CFA Montreal was a natural alliance, and it has continued to grow and flourish ever since. With its 24 Governor Members, 13 Associate Members and almost 100 volunteer professionals, many of whom hold the CFA ® designation, Finance Montréal fosters cooperation among a vast range of financial sector players to oversee the industry’s common interests and raise awareness of the financial specializations found in Montreal.

Finance Montréal and CFA Montreal are part of the same extended family. Together, we will continue to strengthen the financial services industry in Montreal and across Quebec by generating growth in high-value-added activities that are strategic to the sector’s development. To learn more about Finance Montréal, please visit www.finance-montreal.com.

PSP Investments

PSP Investments

PSP Investments is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with approximately C$230.5 billion of net assets as of March 31, 2022. It manages a diversified global portfolio of investments in public financial markets, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and private debt. Established in 1999, PSP Investments manages net contributions to the pension funds of the federal Public Service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force. Headquartered in Ottawa, PSP Investments has its principal business office in Montreal and offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. For more information, visit investpsp.com or follow PSP Investments on Twitter and LinkedIn.




With more than $33 billion in assets under management, Addenda Capital is recognized as a leader in sustainable investing. From climate transition to impact investing to traditional strategies, our multi-asset solutions seek to provide enhanced returns for a clientele that is both institutional and private. At one point, we significantly enriched our investment process by integrating analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Today, we are playing an active role in the shift toward a net-zero economy while staying true to our commitment: serving our clients and generating sustainable wealth for a better future.

BMO Asset Management

BMO Asset Management

BMO Asset Management is focused on helping our clients across Canada meet their investment goals, while also building a more sustainable and secure future for us all. Our clients include institutional investors stewarding large pools of capital, advisors who help clients plan and save for their future and individuals managing their own personal assets. Investing well, in a fast moving and interconnected world, requires both a global perspective and an appreciation of local circumstances. These are strengths you can find at BMO Asset Management. We provide a spectrum of both active and passive capabilities across equities, fixed income, and alternatives. Alongside stand-alone asset class capabilities actively aiming to deliver outperformance, we offer a range of exchange traded funds featuring major benchmark indices, segmented fixed income, factor or rule-based beta, ESG, as well as innovative and active solutions. BMO Asset Management's Exchange Traded Funds (“ETF”) business was launched in 2009 and quickly became the top ETF asset gatherer in Canada, providing over 140 listings and managing over $87.6 billion in assets under management as of August 31, 2021.



Fiera Capital Corporation is an independent asset management firm with a growing global presence.

We deliver customized multi-asset solutions across public and private market asset classes to institutional, financial intermediary and private wealth clients across North America, Europe and key markets in Asia. We strive to be at the forefront of investment-management science and we are passionate about creating sustainable wealth for clients.

At Fiera Capital, we recognize that the investment landscape is constantly evolving. Our teams collaborate and seek to draw on the global industry’s most innovative and diverse offerings to craft strategies that meet the needs of every client, anywhere in the world. We have the ambition to extend our reach globally and the determination to provide the best solutions with excellence.

As a public company, we seek to adhere to the highest governance and risk management standards and operate with transparency and integrity to create value for our customers and our shareholders over the long term.

Fiera Capital trades under the ticker FSZ on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Triasima Portfolio Management

Triasima Portfolio Management

Triasima Portfolio Management is a Canadian investment management firm. It is wholly owned by its employees and directors, and is completely independent from any other company or organization. Triasima serves a select group of institutional and individual clients. The firm is known for its unique Three-Pillar Approach™, which combines fundamental, quantitative, and trend analyses in a rigorous, yet innovative, investment process.


Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. is an innovative financial services company and offers one of the largest suites of exchange traded funds in Canada. The Horizons ETFs product family includes a broadly diversified range of solutions for investors of all experience levels to meet their investment objectives in a variety of market conditions. Horizons ETFs has more than $21 billion of assets under management and 107 ETFs listed on major Canadian stock exchanges.

Optimum Asset Management

Optimum Asset Management

Optimum Asset Management is one of the asset management subsidiaries held by the Optimum Financial Group, a private Canadian financial group with international operations which employs 615 employees across Canada, the United States and in France.

With their wide range of traditional, alternative and innovative solutions, the asset management subsidiaries manage $7.3 billion Canadian dollars globally, as of September 30, 2022, for institutional and private wealth management clients.

RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM)

RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM)

RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) is the asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). and includes money managers PH&N Institutional and BlueBay Asset Management.  RBC GAM provides global investment management services and solutions to institutional, high-net-worth and individual investors.   The RBC GAM group of companies manages approximately $590 billion in assets and has approximately 1,500 employees located across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

We believe that being an active, engaged and responsible owner empowers us to enhance the long-term, sustainable performance of the portfolios we manage. Our 24 investment teams integrate environmental, social and governance factors into their decision-making processes.

In Canada, PH&N Institutional has a long-standing reputation for delivering thoughtful, relevant investment solutions and service to corporations, unions, communities, and not-for-profit organizations, combining PH&N Institutional’ s portfolio management expertise with RBC GAM’s global investment capabilities in all major asset classes.

Trans-Canada Capital Inc.

Trans-Canada Capital Inc.

Trans-Canada Capital (TCC) is an asset management firm specializing in innovative investment strategies for institutional investors. Since 2009, the team has successfully managed the pension assets of Air Canada, one of the largest corporate pension plans in the country. Over the years, we have earned an enviable reputation by generating superior returns through strategies focusing on alpha generation in a rigorous risk-controlled framework. With approximately C$30 billion in assets under management, more than 100 investment professionals based in Montreal and Toronto, and a complete range of alternative solutions, TCC is well positioned to meet the needs of institutional investors seeking steady returns.