About CFA Montreal

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
  • 2,900 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

We are committed to promoting the highest standards of ethics and professional excellence, enhancing and raising awareness of the CFA® designation, contributing to investor knowledge and providing services and events that further the development of our members' expertise and careers.

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 167,000 investment experts in 164 markets. 

2020-2021 Board of directors

President
CARL ROBERT, CFA
PSP Investments
1st Vice-President



CFA Societies Canada Board Member
ODRÉE DUCHARME, CFA
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
2nd Vice-President
SALIM LAAROUSSI, CFA
Banque Nationale
Treasurer
THOMAS GAGNÉ, CFA
Desjardins
Secretary
SHAHENDA EL GINDI, CFA
CN Investment Division
Director
JEAN-BASTIEN AUGER, CFA
PSP Investments
Director
Lise Estelle Brault, CFA
Autorité des marchés financiers
Director
MICHEL CHARRON, CFA
PBI Conseillers en actuariat
Director
Tamara Close, CFA
Close Group Consulting
Director
JULIE DUCHARME, CFA
PH&N
Director
LUDOVIC DUMAS, CFA
Claridge Inc.
Director
SANDY POIRÉ, CFA
CN Investment Division
Past President
FREDERICK CHENEL, CFA
Fiera Capital
Honorary President
SOPHIE PALMER, CFA
Jarislowsky Fraser

STRATEGIC COMMITTEES

Audit Committee

Chair: Thomas Gagné, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Lise Estelle Brault, CFA | Michel Charron, CFA | Salim Laaroussi, 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

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Tamara Close, CFA | Julie Ducharme, CFA | Shahenda El Gindi, 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.

Human Resources Committee

Chair: Frederick Chenel, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Jean-Bastien Auger, CFA | Odrée Ducharme, CFA | Salim Laaroussi, CFA | Carl Robert, CFA

The Human Resources Committee helps the Board of Directors fulfill its duties as an employer, particularly with regard to hiring, assessment, total compensation and succession planning for senior management and other employees. It contributes to the development and awareness of the organization’s employer brand.

Strategic Planning Committee

Chair: Odrée Ducharme, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Jean-Bastien Auger, CFA | Julie Ducharme, CFA | Ludovic Dumas, 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.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES

Member Services

Professional Development Committee

Chair: Ludovic Dumas, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Philippe Hébert, CFA

This committee supports our members’ professional development activities by ensuring that the CFA exam prep program is aligned with candidates’ needs.

Programming and Events Committee

Chair: Michel Charron, CFA | Vice-Chair: Nissrine Marouk, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS  

Frederick Chenel, CFA | Tamara Close, CFA | Ralph Daghfal, CFA | Éric Fontaine, CFA | Jean-François Fortin, CFA | Stéphane Gagnon, CFA | Jean-Paul Giacometti, CFA | Yusuke Khan, CFA | Andrew Kost, CFA, | Mathieu Pineau-Pelletier, CFA | Sam Reda, CFA | Miville Tremblay, CFA | Carl Robert, 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: Julie-Andrée Côté, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS  

Jean-Bastien Auger, CFA | Richard Babineau, CFA | Brian Cyr, CFA | Daniel Conti, CFA | Pierre Czyzowicz, CFA | Julie Ducharme, CFA | Patrick Fontaine | Philippe Masin, CFA | Edmund Piro, CFA | Catherine Lévesque-Roussel, CFA | Marjorie Skolnik, CFA | Nicolas St-Onge

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

Candidate Services

University Relations Committee

Chair: Danielle Filistin, CFA | Vice-Chair: Alexis Pouliot-Deschamps, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS  

Guillaume Gagnier, CFA | Mengwei Gao, CFA  | Pascal Karel Matte, CFA | Omar Mourad, CFA | Valeria Ursu, CFA | Sukyong Yang, CFA | Clara 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.

Industry Services

Diversity Committee

Chair: Ioana Circo, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Adriana Arrillaga, CFA | Lucy Chher, CFA | Laura Cohen, CFA | Shahenda El Gindi, CFA | Sophie Palmer, CFA | Sandy Poiré, CFA | Virginie Séguin-Dalpé, CFA | Kelly Trihey, CFA

This committee’s goal is to promote diversity and support the professional development of women and members of visible minorities who are studying or working in finance. It aims to raise awareness of the CFA designation among these groups by organizing education and outreach activities and by providing diverse role models for success in the field of finance.

ESG Committee

Chair: Tamara Close, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Vincent Beaulieu, CFA | Michel Charron, CFA | Ralph Daghfal, CFA  | Maya Kabbara, CFA  | Maria Maisuradze, CFA | Anne-Marie Monette | Marie-Josée Privyk, CFA  |  Michael Pultrone, CFA | Kenny Tang, CFA

The ESG Committee monitors environmental, social and governance issues in the industry and organizes training for members to acquire related knowledge and skills.

Fintech Committee

Chair: Lise Estelle Brault, CFA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS  

Frédéric Béland, CFA | Francis Belhumeur, CFA | Jonathan Bérubé, CFA | Jonathan Lépine, CFA | Georges Moraitis, CFA | Philippe Schingh-Massé, CFA 

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

OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS 

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.

PRESENTER

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As of December 31, 2018, it held CA309.5 billion in net assets. As one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt.

GOLD PARTNERSHIP

Desjardins Global Asset Management

Desjardins Global Asset Management

As the portfolio manager of one of the largest cooperative financial groups in the world, Desjardins Global Asset Management 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 Desjardins Global Asset Management 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.

Finance Montreal

Finance Montreal

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 C$169.8 billion of net assets as at March 31, 2020. It manages a diversified global portfolio composed 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 Canada’s federal Public Service, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, PSP Investments has its principal business office in Montréal and offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.

SILVER PARTNERSHIP

Fiera Capital

Fiera Capital

Fiera Capital is a leading independent global asset management firm with approximately C$171.0 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2020. The Company provides institutional, retail and private wealth clients with access to full-service integrated money management solutions across traditional and alternative asset classes. Fiera Capital’s depth of expertise, diversified investment platform and commitment to delivering outstanding service are core to its mission of being at the forefront of investment management science to create sustainable wealth for clients. Fiera Capital trades under the ticker FSZ on the Toronto Stock Exchange

BRONZE PARTNERSHIP

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 over $14.6 billion of assets under management and 93 ETFs listed on major Canadian stock exchanges.