Created in 2002 as the first international chapter of the prestigious Financial Women's Association of New York (FWA), an association of women in finance founded in 1956 on Wall Street, the AFFQ is today an independent organization bringing together almost 700 members.
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About AFFQ

We often mistakenly believe that the most powerful and meaningful words in finance-related vocabulary are masculine, or that they have masculine connotations (Ambition, Success, Growth). But that isn’t the case; they’re actually feminine.. Our idea was simple and efficient: we relied on the strength of these feminine words to emphasize the value and importance of women within the financial world. This offensive has a double objective: On the one hand, it aims to position the AFFQ as an essential and dynamic leader as regards the professional success of women in finance, from the beginning to the end of their careers. And on the other hand, addressing the financial milieu specifically, it aims to highlight the fact that women are a factor in the success of the world of finance as a whole.

For its members, the AFFQ is an established, dynamic network offering tools and development opportunities to further their careers and success both at home and abroad. We act as a catalyst for talent, bringing together and encouraging highly skilled women. We do this by supporting the appointment of qualified women to boards of directors of large public and private organizations, developing services such as our mentoring program, and strongly promoting networking among our members by offering activities tailored to their interests and encouraging women to actively contribute to the economic growth of Québec.

For the business community, the AFFQ offers a pool of talent and specialized expertise to organizations seeking to hire women who are financial administrators and experienced professionals.

For governments and the media, the AFFQ is an invaluable reference tool providing access to the views of high-level women in finance on issues surrounding the economy and finance in Québec.

Our members
AFFQ members are professional women who work in financial institutions, accounting or legal firms, large corporations or consulting firms. With a focus on promoting the next generation, the Association also welcomes young, ambitious professional women enthusiastic about furthering their careers. All of our members are leaders in their own right, sharing a high level of financial expertise and a desire to get involved.


Governance

The AFFQ follows governance principles and practices that reflect competence, integrity and rigour. This applies to all levels of management of the Association, from the Board of Directors and Executive Committee to the management team and staff. 

The members of the Board of Directors as well as our permanent staff all have many years of experience and have been selected based on the relevance of their backgrounds and the added value their skills and respective networks bring to the Association and its members. AFFQ board members are elected for mandates of two years.


Board of Directors

President

Dana Ades-Landy, ICD.D

Chef de la direction Québec
Fondation des maladies du coeur et de l'AVC dana.ades@gmail.com

Vice-président

Hélène Jacques, MBA, ASC

Administratrice de sociétés et consultante stratégique
Solutions EPCC helenejacques123@gmail.com

Secretary

Jessica Syms

Avocate et Médiatrice
Langlois avocats jessica.syms@langlois.ca

Treasurer

Miriam Pozza, MBA, CPA, CA, EEE

Associée, Leader, Transactions - Québec
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP miriam.pozza@ca.pwc.com

Gouvernance

Manon Roy, CPA, CA, CA-EJC, CFF

Présidente
La Société juricomptable inc. mroy@societejuricomptable.com

Administratrice

Manon Beaulieu, FSA, FICA

Vice-présidente
Optimum Actuaires & Conseillers inc.
mbeaulieu@optimum-act.ca

Director

Anne Duprat, MBA, CPA auditeur CA, CFA, CIA

Directrice, Audit interne
Gildan
aduprat@gildan.com

Administrator

Caroline Émond, MBA, CPA, CA

Vice-présidente, Gouvernance financière, budget et administration
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
cemond@cdpq.com

Administrator

Lily Germain

Associée
Gascon & associés S.E.N.C.R.L.
Lilygermain@videotron.ca

Administrator

Caroline Goulian, CPA, CA

Directrice performance financière
Reitmans Canada Ltée
mmsmith101@sympatico.ca

Administrator

Guylaine Labbé, MBA

Vice-présidente régionale, Planification financière, Planification de retraite - Québec
RBC Banque Royale
guylaine.labbe@rbc.com

Director

Françoise Lyon, Adm.A

Présidente et associée directrice
DGC Capital
f.lyon@telemedia.ca

Director

Lynn McDonald, MBA, CFA

Présidente et Fondatrice
La Boutik Virtuelle inc.
lynnc.mcdonald@gmail.com

Director

Manon Normandeau, B.A.A.

Vice-présidente de marché, Groupe Entreprises CIBC.
CIBC
manon.normandeau@cibc.com

Administrator

Julie Pépin, CPA, CA, CA-EJC, CFI

Vice-présidente, Fonctions de supervision et de soutien
Bureau de la surveillance du Mouvement Desjardins
julie.y.pepin@desjardins.com

Administratrice

Murielle Sand, B.Com., CRM, FPAA, RF

Vice-présidente principale | Relations d’affaires & communications
Marsh Canada Limitée
murielle.sand@marsh.com

Executive Committee

President

Dana Ades-Landy, ICD.D

Chef de la direction Québec
Fondation des maladies du coeur et de l'AVC
dana.ades@gmail.com

Vice-président

Hélène Jacques, MBA, ASC

Administratrice de sociétés et consultante stratégique
Solutions EPCC
helenejacques123@gmail.com

Secretary

Jessica Syms

Avocate et Médiatrice
Langlois avocats
jessica.syms@langlois.ca

Treasurer

Miriam Pozza, MBA, CPA, CA, EEE

Associée, Leader, Transactions - Québec
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
miriam.pozza@ca.pwc.com

Gouvernance

Manon Roy, CPA, CA, CA-EJC, CFF

Présidente
La Société juricomptable inc.
mroy@societejuricomptable.com

Permanent Staff

Martine Cantin

Directrice générale
Association des femmes en finance du Québec
mcantin@affq.org

Patricia Hanna

Coordonnatrice
AFFQ
phanna@affq.org

AFFQ WORKING COMMITTEES

The various AFFQ working committees all contribute to the Association's reputation and success by carrying out the mandates assigned to them. The committees meet monthly, collaborating closely with the AFFQ management team and regularly reporting on their progress to the Board of Directors. 

If you are interested in volunteering on one of our committees, we invite you to contact a member of the Association staff.



MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE

The Membership and Member Services Committee is co-chaired by one board member and ia member of the AFFQ. The committee is comprised of volunteer members. It is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Directors on the following issues:

  • Strategies to adopt to maintain and increase membership;
  • Management and monitoring of the membership process;
  • Organization of specific activities to recruit and build loyalty among AFFQ members.


The Membership And Member Services Committee is responsible for guiding new members and deploying the recruitment activities put forward by the Board.

The Member Services Committee, which is responsible for presenting the advantages that the AFFQ offers members and non-members, notably serves as an advisory committee for various large-scale projects that have an impact on many other Association initiatives.

From time to time, this committee may be called upon to approve content and conduct preliminary work and discussions before recommendations are presented to the Executive Committee.


Committee Chairs

Chantal Joyal, MBA

Directrice Solutions de financement services aux entreprises
Banque Nationale du Canada

Lucie Pellerin, CPA, CA

Associée
Talinko - Recherche de talents

Members

Marie-Josée Sylvestre, CPA, CA

Directeur principal, Opérations et comptabilité des placements stratégiques
Intact Corporation financière

Brigitte Brabant, Pl.Fin.

Conseillère en sécurité financière
Cabinet d'Assurance Banque Nationale

Delphine Coiteux, CRIA

Courtier
Aon, Groupes Services financiers

Audrey Cadre, B.A.A.

Associate, Corporate Sales and Structuring
BMO Capital Markets

Viviane Dorval, CFA, CBV, MBA

Présidente
Le Groupe Diapason inc.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ADVANCEMENT

The Professional Development and Advancement Committee is responsible for planning stimulating, innovating and highly relevant events with an aim to:

  • expand and enhance members' knowledge and professional skills;
  • inform members about the latest finance industry trends and best business practices;
  • increase members' professional, personal and relational aptitudes to help them expand their horizons and better manage their careers.

Committee Chairs

Lynn McDonald, MBA, CFA

Présidente et Fondatrice
La Boutik Virtuelle inc.

Manon Normandeau, B.A.A.

Vice-présidente de marché, Groupe Entreprises CIBC.
CIBC

Members

Audrey Gibeault, CPA-CA, M. FISC.

Avocate
Lavery, de Billy S.E.N.C.R.L.

Maryse Pineault

Directrice principale des opérations d'encadrement de la distribution
Autorité des marchés financiers

Andréanne Simard, M.Sc. - Finance

Vice-présidente, Financement corporatif
Desjardins Marché des capitaux

Andreanne Forget, M. Sc.

Première conseillère, Ventes, acquisitions et financement d'entreprises, Transactions
PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance

Manon Beaulieu, FSA, FICA

Vice-présidente
Optimum Actuaires & Conseillers inc.

Katell Burot, CPA, CA

Cofondatrice
Carrément Tarte

Stéphanie Destrempes

Avocate
Lavery, de Billy, s.e.n.c.r.l.

Chanèle Dumontier, CPA, CA

Conseillère en gestion des risques
Hydro-Québec

Radosveta Ilieva, Adm.A, CISA, CRISC

Chef d'équipe, Conformité TI et conseillère stratégique sénior
Loto-Québec

Amélie Jacques

Conseillère
Richter Groupe Conseil Inc.

Sharon Lennon

Directrice principale – Assurances corporatives Région de l'Est
La Garantie, compagnie d'assurance de l'Amérique du Nord

Anne-Marie Piette, CPA, CA

Conseillère en investissement
Développement international Desjardins

SPECIAL EVENTS

This committee is primarily responsible for planning special events that provide our members with an international perspective of the world of finance.

The Special Events Committee also organizes group trips in Quebec, Canada and the U.S.


Committee Chairs

Françoise Lyon, Adm.A

Présidente et associée directrice
DGC Capital

WOMEN ON BOARDS

As its name suggests, the Women on Boards Committee promotes and supports the selection of accomplished professional women to sit as board members of private, public and parapublic companies and organizations, including in the government sector. As part of its mandate, this committee: 

  • strives to increase the number of women who sit on boards of directors;
  • acts as a liaison to promote the appointment of women to boards of directors;
  • supports the integration of these women on boards of directors; 
  • facilitates access to governance training programs; 
  • facilitates access to networks of decision makers and influencers.


In fulfilling its mission to promote the talent and expertise of women as company board members, the AFFQ has developed solid partnerships with major players in the industry, such as the Institute of Corporate Directors, Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, Financial Women's Association of New York, and Bénévoles d'affaires organization.


Committee Chairs

Anne Duprat, MBA, CPA auditeur CA, CFA, CIA

Directrice, Audit interne
Gildan

Hélène Jacques, MBA, ASC

Administratrice de sociétés et consultante stratégique
Solutions EPCC

Members

Nathalie Dubé

Avocate, Associée
Langlois Avocats

Kadiatou Sow

Avocate
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

Laurie McQueen

Avocate
Karambatsos Avocats

Caroline Goulian, CPA, CA

Directrice performance financière
Reitmans Canada Ltée

Caroline Émond, MBA, CPA, CA

Vice-présidente, Gouvernance financière, budget et administration
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Sophie Latendresse, CPA(USA)

Directrice, Conseils et transactions
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Céline Pillet, CIA, CFSA

Directrice en chef de l'audit interne
Investissements PSP

Miriam Pozza, MBA, CPA, CA, EEE

Associée, Leader, Transactions - Québec
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

LES TALENTUEUSES GALA

The Gala Les Talentueuses Committee is responsible for organizing the annual AFFQ recognition evening. This high-profile event, attended annually by more than 600 guests, recognizes and celebrates excellence among our members and the next generation of women in finance.


Committee Chairs

Linda El Ghordaf, MBA, FRM

Directrice principale, Services-conseils Gestion des risques
KPMG

Lily Germain

Associée
Gascon & associés S.E.N.C.R.L.

Members

Yifan Song

Investment Banking Analyst
RBC Capital Markets

Asma Abdiche

Auditrice interne, Services consultatifs - Risques
EY

Anne-Marie Hébert

Avocate
Langlois avocats

Smaranda Mihalachi

Avocate
Miller Thomson sencrl

Rachel Missout, MSC

Vice-présidente, Services aux entreprises
BMO Banque de Montréal

Geneviève Pellerin Lemonde, M.Sc.

Directrice principale - Services-Conseils, Gestion des risques financiers
KPMG MSLP

Thi Minh Tran, CPA, CA, CBV

Directrice conseil
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

MENTORING

The AFFQ Mentoring Program Committee supports members in their professional development and career advancement. It is responsible for promoting and deploying the Mentoring Program and for making recommendations to the board of directors regarding alliances and projects to support members in their development.
 
This committee is notably responsible for the following:
 
Recruiting mentors for the program; 
Soliciting applications from potential mentorees; 
Pairing mentors and mentorees;
Organizing orientation meetings and training sessions;
Monitoring the dyads and mentor-mentoree relationship to ensure that the program is meeting its objectives. 

Committee Chairs

Caroline Émond, MBA, CPA, CA

Vice-présidente, Gouvernance financière, budget et administration
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Guylaine Labbé, MBA

Vice-présidente régionale, Planification financière, Planification de retraite - Québec
RBC Banque Royale

Members

Marie-Jasmine Cantin Obando

Associée, Courtier immobilier
Bender & Associés

Stéphanie Desrosiers, CFA

Directrice principale, Stratégie et gestion de portefeuille - Placements privés
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Jasmine Adhami

Conseillère juridique principale
Cogeco Connexion

Daphné Guerci

Directeur principal, Centre d'accès à l'information, Gestion des données
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Katell Burot, CPA, CA

Cofondatrice
Carrément Tarte

Michelle Leduc, MBA

Présidente
Les Résidences distinction

Louise Myrand, B.Com.

Vice-présidente, politiques gestion du risque de crédit et Chef, Lutte contre le blanchiment d'argent
BDC

Marie-Andrée Faucher, CPA, CA

Directrice, Comptabilité et Activités de prêts
Banque de développement du Canada

Chanel Damphousse, M.Sc. Finance

Associée principale
MacKinnon, Bennett & Co.

Lucie Rousseau, MBA

Coach exécutif
Unix Coaching

Radosveta Ilieva, Adm.A, CISA, CRISC

Chef d'équipe, Conformité TI et conseillère stratégique sénior
Loto-Québec

VISIBILITY

The Visibility Committee  aims to increase awareness of the AFFQ and its members in order to promote the socio-economic advancement of the inspired and inspiring women working in the finance industry and related sectors.
The committee’s mission is to ensure the business community recognizes the strengths of our network. We do this by helping our members progress in their careers, by drawing attention to these women and their many talents, and by encouraging the next generation. We also focus on communicating AFFQ activities and the advantages of an AFFQ membership: networking, mentoring, training and the development of specialized expertise. Finally, we publicize and strive to increase the number of women on boards of directors and in senior management positions. 

 

 

Committee Chairs

Caroline Goulian, CPA, CA

Directrice performance financière
Reitmans Canada Ltée

Murielle Sand, B.Com., CRM, FPAA, RF

Vice-présidente principale | Relations d’affaires & communications
Marsh Canada Limitée

Members

Déborah Cherenfant

Entrepreneure
Compagnie F - Entrepreneuriat féminin

Sophie Buu, B.A.A.

Vice-présidente, Administration
CTI Capital Valeurs Mobilières inc.

Régine Gardès, M.Sc., IMPM

Directrice des services linguistiques
Fasken Martineau

Catherine Moreau, B.A.A.

Conseillère, Services corporatifs
CN

Esther Pagé, MBA

Stratège Web, Première directrice ventes et marketing
Plogg

QUÉBEC CITY

The Québec City Committee is responsible for promoting the professional advancement of women in finance in Québec City. To this end, the committee:

  • organizes various professional development and networking activities in the Québec City area;
  • establishes links with other women's associations in Québec City; 
  • recruits new members;
  • promotes the AFFQ.

Committee Chairs

Claudia Gagnon, B.A.A., Pl. Fin.

Banquier privé senior
Banque Nationale du Canada

Christiane LeBel, CPA, CA

Directrice principale - Performance financière, Capital et Trésorerie, Secteur Assurance de dommages
Mouvement Desjardins

Members

Maryse Pineault

Directrice principale des opérations d'encadrement de la distribution
Autorité des marchés financiers

Marie-Jasmine Cantin Obando

Associée, Courtier immobilier
Bender & Associés

Viviane Dorval, CFA, CBV, MBA

Présidente
Le Groupe Diapason inc.

Nathalie Dubé

Avocate, Associée
Langlois Avocats

Mélissa Gilbert

Vice-présidente, Finances et TI
Norda Stelo

Nathaly Labbé, CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT

Vice-présidente Finances, TI et Approvisionnement
Norda Stelo

Hélène Morency

Avocate associée
Morency société d'avocats sencrl

Geneviève Noël

Directrice principale, Audit et Certification
Gestion Deloitte s.e.c.

Dany-France Rhéaume, CPA, CA

Première directrice, Certification
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.



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The AFFQ benefits greatly from the support it receives from the following partners. We warmly thank these partners for the invaluable help they provide in enabling us to fulfil our mission, realize our ambitions and conduct our activities.


Desjardins Group welcomes the contribution of women in finance and we believe the next generation of women in this field deserves our full support and cooperation. We are proud to partner with the Association des femmes en finance du Québec at their annual gala, where we will be awarding two Desjardins Career Scholarships to students based on their academic achievements and community involvement. We want to help these young women as they prepare for a promising career. At Desjardins, we believe that promoting gender equality in key positions helps build a better society


Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, we contributed more than $104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $69 million and $35 million in sponsorships. Learn more at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.



PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE

In addition to benefiting from the constructive contribution of the Board of Directors and each committee, Dana Ades Landy, Chair of the AFFQ, also relies on the sound advice provided by the President's Circle, particularly in matters concerning the Association's development and orientation. True ambassadors of the AFFQ, the women who form the President's Circle enrich the organization with their vision and network of contacts.


National Bank of Canada is an integrated provider of financial services to retail, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. It operates in three business segments: Personal and Commercial, Wealth Management and Financial Markets. National Bank offers a complete range of services: banking and investment solutions, securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management.

National Bank is the leading bank in Quebec and the partner of choice for small and medium-sized enterprises. It is also the sixth largest bank in Canada with branches in almost every province. Clients in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world are served through a network of representative offices, subsidiaries and partnerships. Its head office is located in Montreal and its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

National Bank is proud to be associated with the Association of Québec Women in Finance as a partner of the annual “Les Talentueuses” award ceremony, which highlights the achievements of professional women in the finance sector. By supporting the AQWF, National Bank is helping shine the spotlight on Quebec women who stand out through their exceptional performance in their sector of activity and their valuable contribution to the community.


Scotiabank is proud to partner with the Association for Quebec Women in Finance. Similar to the AFFQ, Scotiabank is committed to promoting the Advancement of Women (AoW).  The AoW initiative supports our commitment to being a global employer of choice. The initiative assists us in making positive strides in the representation of women at all levels of our organization. Scotiabank was awarded the prestigious Catalyst Award in recognition of our successful AoW initiative and our innovative approach to recruit, develop, and advance Scotiabank women in Quebec, and around the world. And the bottom line supports our initiative; Companies with Diverse leadership teams, with more women, have been found to have higher ROI and higher shareholder value. At Scotiabank, advancing women isn't a women's issue, it's a business imperative.