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Isabelle Courville

  • Member of the Governance and Ethics Committee

Ms. Courville is a corporate director and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada. She is an engineer and attorney by training and has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications, IT and energy sectors. Ms. Courville was President of Hydro-Québec Distribution from 2011 to 2013 and Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie from 2007 to 2011. She served as President of Bell Canada’s Enterprise business segment from 2003 to 2006 and as President and CEO of Bell Nordiq Group from 2001 to 2003.

In addition to her role as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada, Ms. Courville is a member of the Board of Directors of Gecina S.A, Veolia Environment S.A. and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited. She is also a director of the Institute of Corporate Directors (national and Quebec Chapter) and of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP). She is a former director of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, École Polytechnique de Montréal and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. She is also a former member of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Advisory Council. Ms. Courville graduated with a degree in Engineering Physics from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and holds a civil law degree from McGill University. In 2012, Ms. Courville was selected amongst Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She is a three-time recipient of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, granted by the Women’s Executive Network. In 2007, she received the McGill Management Achievement Award for her contribution to the business world and community involvement. In 2010, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec awarded her the Prix Hommage for her exceptional contribution to the engineering profession.