Jean-François Bernier
(B.A.A., LL. B.,
 LL. M.)

Director, Interactive Brokers Canada Inc. /Timber Hill Canada Co.

Member of the Barreau du Québec since 1990, Mr. Bernier is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI). In addition to sitting on the District Council and several Quebec District Committees of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and on the Disciplinary Committee of the Montreal Exchange, he is a lecturer in Business Law and securities at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Sherbrooke since 1993 and in Derivatives Law at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal since 2010.

Ali Boudhina,
(Ph. D.)

Director, Risk Management – Fixed Income, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Mr. Boudhina is responsible for the risk measurement and analysis of CDPQ’s Fixed Income portfolio. He contributes to the improvement of risk measures, trade analysis and support of investment teams. Before joining the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Mr. Boudhina worked for several years in consulting, where he was charged with several modeling mandates for banks and financial institutions.

Claude Cyr,

Instructor for the Prosperity Club

Mr. Cyr is a trader (own account) and instructor for the Prosperity Club, at which he teaches risk management, trading, and derivatives. He also teaches Futures and Options at the MBA level at the Haskayne School of Business of the University of Calgary. He had previously spent 7 years within the TMX Group as Executive Manager of the NGX, the Canadian energy exchange. He has also been Senior Vice President, Financial Markets at the Montreal Exchange (M-X) and Montreal Climate Exchange (MCEX). He had previously held managing responsibilities at J.P. Morgan and Société Générale. Mr. Cyr started his career as options market maker on the Montreal Exchange trading floor.

Alain Elkaïm, CFA, FRM
(M. Sc.)

Full-Time Lecturer, HEC Montréal

With past experience as a quantitative research portfolio manager at Desjardins Asset Management, Mr. Elkaïm now oversees trading room activities at HEC Montréal and teaches derivatives, financial markets trading and portfolio management.

Normand Faubert

President, Optionsdevises

Experienced specialist in exchange rate issues; consultant, author, speaker, lecturer, and banker for more than 20 years. Since 2005, President of Optionsdevises. Mr. Faubert will never hesitate in triggering challenges and ideas. As an independent expert, Mr. Faubert’s professional services add value to firms wishing to up their level of expertise and the excellence of their management practices.  These firms are characterized by their drive to leave nothing to chance when comes the time to maximize the benefit of their international presence, in a context of exchange rate variability. Mr. Faubert has written three publications on exchange rate risk management by firms, one of which was produced for the EDC.

Franck Y. Goussanou,
(Ph.D., CFA)

Consultant and trainer

Consultant, lecturer and business trainer in the field of finance and investments, Mr. Goussanou holds a Ph.D. in Statistics and a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Paul Sabatier University (France) as well as a Master in Computer Science from Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (France). He is also a CFA Charterholder. For the last 17 years, Mr. Goussanou has acquired a broad experience in the Financial sector covering Portfolio Management, Financial Engineering, Investment Risk Management, Investment Compliance and Performance, Data Management and Investment Operations. Most recently, he held the position of VP and Chief Risk Officer, Global Wealth and Asset Management at Manulife Financial.

Vincent Marquis, CFA

Structured Solutions Group, National Bank

Vincent Marquis, CFA, is COO of Structured solutions at National Bank of Canada. The group is active in the management of structured products and their distribution through several networks across Canada. Since joining the Bank in 2003, Mr. Marquis has held various management positions related to the management and development of various credit and investment products for a diversified customer base composed of institutional investors, portfolio managers, and private investors.

Richard Morrison, CPA, CA, CFA

Associate Director, Roynat Capital

Mr. Morrison has been involved in finance for close to 30 years.  His expertise spans fboth financing and investing,as he has been part of a pension plan investment team, a venture capital firm as well a small-capitalization management firm as Vice President and co-manager of the main portfolios.  He has advised and helped numerous businesses, both private and public, with the optimization of their financing.  He has recently joined a lending/partnership firm as Associate Manager.   He is, and has been, an active speaker, instructor with, and contributor to, the École des dirigeants of HEC Montreal, the Order of CPAs, the International Factoring Association (IFA), the M&A Club, the Les Affaires business publication, Laurentides International and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. Mr. Morrison holds CPA, CA and CFA designations, and holds an MBA (Finance) from HEC Montreal. He is the co-founder of the M&A Club, Laval (North Shore) Chapter.  He is also a member of the Montérégie CPA Steering Committee.

Marie-Chantal Ouellette, CPA,
(M. Sc.)

Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte

Ms. Ouellette has ten years of experience in financial engineering and is a specialist in the valuation of financial instruments and derivatives, complex debt structures, guaranteed financial assets, illiquid investments and quantification of risks. Prior to joining Deloitte, she gained experience in asset and liability management and risk management with Aon Consulting. Her responsibilities also included portfolio optimization, asset allocation and performance attribution.

Linda Roy,

Seasoned Financial Markets executive with extensive Securitization expertise.

Ms. Roy held progressively more senior roles in the National Bank of Canada group of companies over a 35-year period, including Managing Director, Head of Securitization. In this role, Linda oversaw all securitization activities for the firm which included asset-backed commercial paper programs, asset-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities and covered bonds, in both private and public markets. Her group was responsible for business development and origination, transactions structuring and ongoing monitoring. Prior to this position, Linda held various positions, mainly in client facing roles, such as Senior Manager in the Government Banking Group, Branch Manager and Auditor. Ms. Roy earned her MBA, financial services in 2002 from the Université du Quebec a Montreal.

Pierre Saint-Laurent, CFA, CAIA, FRM
(B.Sc, M.Sc)

Full-Time Lecturer at HEC Montreal
Institute team member

Mr. Saint-Laurent is Full-Time Lecturer at HEC Montreal. He teaches risk and portfolio management both at the undergraduate and levels. He also teaches CFA examination preparation courses. He is the head of the DESS in Financial Professions, a graduate program. As well, he is a Canadian Derivatives Institute team member. Mr. Saint-Laurent is an executive instructor in risk management in sessions delivered in West Africa. He has also acted as trainer with major brokerage firms in China. Moreover, he has been retained as expert witness in financial services matters. Mr. Saint-Laurent holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Economic Sciences from the University of Montreal, the CFA designation since 1995, the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) designation since 2004 and the FRM (Financial Risk Manager) designation since 2008. Mr. Saint-Laurent is a member of the Management Committee of the University of Montreal Endowment Fund.

Axel Y.G. Siliadin,
(Ph. D.)

Director, Deloitte

Mr. Siliadin is Director of the financial advisory in financial engineering at Deloitte’s Montreal office. He specializes in the pricing of complex financial instruments as well as the development and validation of credit and market risk models. His clients include Canada’s largest banks and insurance companies.

Guylaine Vincent

Business consultant in IT / Finance / Banking / Financial Markets

Ms. Vincent is Senior director with a strong experience in implementing major end-to-end strategic investment systems and TI systems initiatives for major financial institutions, including BCI, PSP Investments, BNP Paribas, CDPQ, Societe Generale and National Bank of Canada. Deep knowledge of business planning / implementation and of the project management lifecycle. Unique blend of IT, financial, staff, project and change management skills. Ability to train, manage and motivate high performance teams that achieve Financial objectives.