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Directors and officers

Universitas Financial enjoys the leadership of an experienced management team. The expertise and progressive vision of its members ensure the organization’s performance for the benefit of the families who chose us as their RESP provider.

The Boards of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Universitas Foundation of Canada comprises officers and directors who are members of the business community with specific expertise in finance, education, and management. The board ensures decisions are made in the best interests of subscribers and beneficiaries.

Albert Caponi

Albert Caponi, CA*

Businessman

André Caron

André Caron

Businessman

François Grégoire

François Grégoire

President and CEO, Forces AVENIR

Pierre Hamel, B.Sc., ASA, ACIA, ASC*

Corporate Director

Yves Lacasse

Yves Lacasse, LL.B. (Common Law), MBA, ASC*

Chairman of the board, Partner, Joli-Coeur Lacasse avocats

François Lavoie, B.A.A., B.A., Adm. A., Pl. Fin.*

Senior Vice-president, Wealth Management, Professionals' Financial

Jean Marchand

Jean Marchand, B.A.A., M.Sc*

Co-Founder, Universitas

Liette Monat

Liette Monat, MBA, Ph.D.*

President, Liette Monat Business Strategies Inc.

Jean-Bernard Robichaud

Jean-Bernard Robichaud, Ph.D.

Special Counsel, Program development division Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Former Rector, Moncton University

Gaston Roy

Gaston Roy*

President and CEO, Universitas Management Inc.

Jacques Topping

Jacques Topping, CPA, CA, MBA, ASC*

President of MissionBis Inc., Corporate Director

*Are also members of the Board of Directors of Universitas Management Inc.

Sound Management and Practices

Universitas has adopted a series of governance statements, a set of strict rules of conduct that ensure the sound management of the organization and its activities.

These statements support the work of the many committees at Universitas, which include several independent members to oversee and ensure organizational integrity:

Committees mandated by the Board of Directors of the Universitas Foundation of Canada

  • Audit and Risk Management Committee
    • Albert Caponi
    • Yves Lacasse
    • Jacques Topping

  • Governance Committee
    • André Caron
    • Albert Caponi
    • Yves Lacasse

Committees mandated by the Board of Directors of the Universitas Management Inc.

  • Audit and Remuneration Committee
    • Albert Caponi
    • François Lavoie
    • Jean Marchand

  • Investment Committee
    • Gilles Bernier (outside member)
    • France Bilodeau (outside member)
    • Pierre Hamel
    • François Lavoie

Universitas Management Inc. appointed an Independent Review Committee, which acts as an independent body with the mandate to improve the quality of management through the supervision of conflict of interest issues that may arise.

  • Independent Review Committee
    • Roger Demers, ASC, FCPA, FCA
    • André Gauthier, CPA, CA
    • Luc Paradis, LL.L.