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Virtual meeting of the 2020 Cohort of Avant-Garde@CIRANO

Thursday 27 Aug 2020
From 5PM To 7PM

Event organized in collaboration with


The 2020 Cohort of Avant-Garde@CIRANO met virtually on August 27, 2020 on the theme "Leadership in times of crisis".


  • Monique F. Leroux, C.M., O.Q., FCPA, FCA
    Corporate Director – Vice-Chairman of Gestion Fiera Inc. – Former President of Desjardins Group

On May 8, 2020, Ms. Leroux was appointed Chair of the Industrial Strategy Council for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.


The Avant-Garde initiative aims to create a privileged place for interdisciplinary exchanges and the development of a network of people under 45 with leadership potential.


More information (Avant-Garde@CIRANO Website)




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Monique F. Leroux

Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and the Investment Industry Hall of Fame, Monique Leroux is a corporate director. She is Vice-Chairman of Fiera Holdings Inc. and serves as an independent board member of global companies such as Michelin (ML-France), Bell/BCE, S&P Global (SPGI), Couche-Tard (ATD) and Lallemand Inc (privately owned company). As such, she brings to these boards her diverse experience, among others as Partner at Ernst and Young (EY) and Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from 2008 to 2016.

In May 2020, Ms. Leroux was appointed Chair of the Industry Strategy Council by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada. From 2016 to 2020, she was Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec. She is also vice-chairman of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM).

Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur (France) and a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award (United States). She has been awarded Fellowship by the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec and the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds honorary doctorates from eight Canadian universities in recognition of her contribution to the business sector and to the community.

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17:00 - 17:10
Welcome of the participants and introduction of the guest speaker
17:10 - 17:40
Monique F. Leroux
17:40 - 18:00
Discussions in small groups
18:00 - 18:25
Return to the plenary session for feedback and synthesis
18:25 - 18:30