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

Françoise Lyon, Adm.A

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

Secretary

Lily Germain

Avocate Lilygermain@videotron.ca

Treasurer

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

Gouvernance

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

Présidente
La Société juricomptable inc. mroy@societejuricomptable.com

Board member

Dana Ades-Landy, ICD.D

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

Board member

Manon Beaulieu, FSA, FICA

Directrice, Bureau de la retraite
Polytechnique Montréal
Manon.beaulieu@polymtl.ca

Director

Paul Buron, B.A.A. Comptabilité

Premier vice-président à la gestion des mandats et aux programmes gouvernementaux
Investissement Québec
paul.buron@invest-quebec.com

Administrator

Caroline Émond, CPA, CA, MBA

Vice-présidente, Efficience financière et administrative
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
cemond@cdpq.com

Administrator

Caroline Goulian, CPA, CA

Directrice Finance, TI
SNC-Lavalin
cgoulian@bell.net

Board member

Rachel Missout, M.Sc.

Vice-présidente, Services aux entreprises
BMO Banque de Montréal
rachel.missout@gmail.com

Board member

Manuelle Oudar, LL.B, LL.M, Avocate, Adm.A

Présidente du conseil d'administration et chef de la direction
CNESST
manuelle.oudar@cnesst.gouv.qc.ca

Board member

Lucie Pellerin, CPA, CA

Presidente
Talinko - Recherche de talents
lucie.pellerin@talinko.ca

Administratrice

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

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

Board member

Andréanne Simard, M.Sc. - Finance

Directrice de comptes, Groupe comptes nationaux - Grandes entreprises
Banque Nationale
andreanne.simard@bnc.ca

Board member

Caroline St-Jacques

Vice-présidente, Stratégie Québec
Manuvie
caroline_stjacques@manuvie.com

Administrator

Jessica Syms

Avocate et Médiatrice
Gestion LKD
jessica.syms@langlois.ca

Executive Committee

President

Françoise Lyon, Adm.A

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

Secretary

Lily Germain

Avocate

Lilygermain@videotron.ca

Treasurer

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

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

Carole Tousignant

Adjointe de direction
AFFQ
ctousignant@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

Lucie Pellerin, CPA, CA

Presidente
Talinko - Recherche de talents

Saloua Benkhouya, B.Sc, MBA

Vice-présidente, Services financiers commerciaux
RBC Banque Royale

Members

Marie-Josée Sylvestre, CPA, CA

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

Delphine Coiteux, CRIA

Courtier
Aon

Frédérique Raymond-Paquin, CPA auditrice

Conseillère Contrôle
Hydro-Québec

Myriam Cormier

Analyste - produits spécialisés
Gestion privée Desjardins

Viviane Dorval, CFA, CBV, MBA

Présidente
Le Groupe Diapason inc.

Marie-Josée Fontaine, CPA, CA

Directrice Finances et administration
Oxfam Québec

CERCLES D'ENRICHISSEMENT

he Cercles d’enrichissement committee is responsible for implementing the new co-development and knowledge sharing program initiated by the AFFQ since fall of 2017. The committee is planning six meetings about current issues that aim to improve the professional practices of attendees and help spur them to action.
 
The committee is primarily responsible for the following:
 
Choosing topics for the knowledge sharing meetings;
Planning the knowledge sharing meetings;
Recruiting the meeting moderators and speakers;
Supporting and guiding the moderators;
Hosting the meetings (greeting attendees, introducing moderators, thanking participants, etc.).

Committee Chairs

Sonia Léveillé, CPA, CMA

Directrice, Information financière des filiales
Mouvement Desjardins

Lynn McDonald, MBA, CFA

Présidente et Fondatrice
La Boutik Virtuelle inc.

Members

Josée Patry, FSA, FICA

Associée, Assurance collective
Normandin Beaudry

Anik Duchesne, CPA, CA

Directrice principale, Optimisation et Transformation Finances
Mouvement Desjardins

Vida Guido

Associate, Private Client Group
Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

Rose Marcello, CFA, MBA

Gestionnaire de portefeuille adjoint, Obligations de sociétés
Addenda Capital Inc.

Geneviève Noël, CPA, CA

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

Julie Paquin, B.Sc, MBA

Présidente
Pro Gestion inc

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

Manon Beaulieu, FSA, FICA

Directrice, Bureau de la retraite
Polytechnique Montréal

Katell Burot, CPA, CA

Cofondatrice, CEO, Chef de la direction exécutive
Carrément Tarte inc., Tartes et Quiches gourmandes

Members

Amélie Martel

Spécialiste en actifs financiers
CIBC

Andreanne Forget, M. Sc.

Vice-présidente adjointe, Vente, acquisition et financement d'entreprises
PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance

Michelle Landry

Directrice, Planification financière, Région PVM/CVM
RBC Banque Royale

Valérie Lemieux

Directrice, Global Banking & Markets
HSBC

Anne-Marie Monette

Vice-présidente, Relations clients
Triasima inc.

Marie-Ève Lainez

Coordonnatrice experte en surveillance et contrôle
Autorité des marchés financiers

Virginie Séguin-Dalpé, CFA

Analyste, Investissements Corporatifs
Financière Sun Life

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, M.Sc., CPA, CMA

Conseillère principale, Services-conseils financiers
Richter Groupe Conseil inc.

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

Caroline Émond, CPA, CA, MBA

Vice-présidente, Efficience financière et administrative
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

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

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

Members

Hélène Racine, M.A., ASC, FCPA, FCA

Vice-présidence, Accès à la profession
Ordre des CPA du Québec

Nathalie Dubé

Avocate, Associée
Gestion LKD

Caroline Goulian, CPA, CA

Directrice Finance, TI
SNC-Lavalin

Kadiatou Sow

Associée
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

Laurie McQueen

Avocate
Karambatsos Avocats

Eve Poirier

Avocate au Secrétariat général
Autorité des marchés financiers

Miriam Pozza, MBA, CPA, CA, EEE

Associée, Leader, Transactions - Québec
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

France-Anne Fortin, CPA, CA

Associée, Risques et conformité
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sophie Latendresse, CPA(USA)

Directrice, Conseils et transactions
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Céline Pillet, CIA, CFSA

Directrice en chef de l'audit interne
Investissements PSP

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

Associée, Gestion des risques financiers
KPMG

Lily Germain

Avocate


Members

Katherine Loranger

Avocate
Gestion LKD

Julie Rochette, LL.B.

Vice-présidente et chef de la réglementation
TMX|Bourse de Montréal

Kitanha Toure, CPA, CA, CFA

Gestionnaire d'actifs
Ivanhoé Cambridge

Asma Abdiche, CPA, CGA

Conseillère principale, Audit interne et gestion des risques
KPMG

Rachel Missout, M.Sc.

Vice-présidente, Services aux entreprises
BMO Banque de Montréal

Geneviève Pellerin Lemonde, M.Sc.

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

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

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
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Daphné Guerci

Directeur principal, Gouvernance de données
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Louise Myrand, B.Com.

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

Marie-Andrée Faucher, CPA, CA

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

Manon Normandeau, B.A.A.

Vice-présidente de marché, Groupe Entreprises CIBC
CIBC

Chanel Damphousse, M.Sc. Finance

Associée principale
MacKinnon, Bennett & Co.

Louise Simard, MBA

Administratrice de sociétés
Administratrice de sociétés

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 Finance, TI
SNC-Lavalin

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

Vice-présidente principale | Relations d’affaires et 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, Services linguistiques
Fasken

Esther Pagé, MBA

Stratège Web, Vice-présidente ventes et marketing
Plogg

VILLE DE QUÉBEC

Le comité Québec est responsable de promouvoir l'avancement professionnel des femmes en finance dans la Vieille-Capitale. Pour ce faire, le comité:

  • organise différentes activités de développement professionnel, de réseautage dans la région;
  • tisse des liens avec les autres associations féminines de Québec;
  • recrute de nouveaux membres;
  • assure la promotion de l'AFFQ.

Committee Chairs

Christiane LeBel

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

Julie Politi

Analyste en développement de produits, Direction développement de produits et marketing
La Capitale

Members

Marie-Jasmine Cantin Obando

Associée, Courtier immobilier
Bender & Associés

Manuelle Oudar, LL.B, LL.M, Avocate, Adm.A

Présidente du conseil d'administration et chef de la direction
CNESST

Nathalie Dubé

Avocate, Associée
Gestion LKD

Geneviève Noël, CPA, CA

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

Mélissa Perreault

Analyste aux pratiques de distribution
Autorité des marchés financiers

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

Présidente
La Société juricomptable inc.

Viviane Dorval, CFA, CBV, MBA

Présidente
Le Groupe Diapason inc.

Anne-Renée Dussault, M.Sc.

Économiste
Ministère des Finances du Québec

Marie-Ève Lainez

Coordonnatrice experte en surveillance et contrôle
Autorité des marchés financiers

NEXT GENERATION

The mandate of the Next Generation (NG) Committee is to create networking opportunities for members 34 and younger through a wide range of events and conferences. These activities aim to enable members to begin developing a solid business network early in their careers and to build on these relationships to further their achievements and extend their reach as professionals. The initiatives also focus on providing participants with tools to help propel their careers by honing their professional, personal and interpersonal skills. 
 
Also, the NG Committee forges links with other financial associations to expand the networks of its members.
 
Finally, the activities conducted by the NG Committee are designed not just for professional women in finance but also for female university students pursuing a degree in finance.


Committee Chairs

Andréanne Simard, M.Sc. - Finance

Directrice de comptes, Groupe comptes nationaux - Grandes entreprises
Banque Nationale

Jessica Syms

Avocate et Médiatrice
Gestion LKD

Members

Vanessa Cormier

Analyste, Gestion des données de marché
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Valérie Houde, EEE, CPA, CA, CFF

Directrice principale - Juricomptabilité
KPMG

Catherine Groulx, CPA, CA, M. Sc.


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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.