Biographies of board members

 

Alain Bouchard
Alain Bouchard
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 71

  • Montréal, Quebec, Canada

  • Director since 2013

  • Member of the Human Resources Committee

Mr. Bouchard is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., a position he has occupied since he ceased acting as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014 after having served in such capacity for 25 years. Mr. Bouchard was one of the founders of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in 1980 and has been instrumental in its growth. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is the largest independent convenience store operator in North America in terms of number of company-operated stores and comprises a network of more than 16,000 convenience stores in Canada, the United States, Europe, and sixteen other countries and territories. Mr. Bouchard was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He holds an honorary Doctorate degree in Consumer Sciences from Université Laval in Québec City and an honorary Doctorate degree in Management from McGill University in Montreal.

George A. Cope
George A. Cope
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 59

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Director since 2020

  • Member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Human Resources Committee

Mr. Cope is a corporate director. Prior to his retirement in January 2020, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, a position he had held since 2008. He was recognized as Corporate Citizen of the Year in the Report on Business CEO of the Year Awards (2019), one of the Top 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World by Harvard Business Review (2019) and as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year for 2015 by the Financial Post. Under his leadership, Bell announced the Bell Let’s Talk initiative in 2010, the largest-ever corporate commitment to Canadian mental health and now one of the country’s most prominent community investment campaigns. Mr. Cope was named Ivey Business Leader of the Year in 2013 and serves on the school’s advisory board. He has been awarded honorary Doctorate degrees by his alma mater, University of Windsor and Trent University, was Chair of United Way Toronto’s record-breaking 2013 campaign, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on Bell Let’s Talk. He recently retired from the board of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE). Mr. Cope is Chair of the board of the Bank of Montreal, and serves as a director of its U.S. subsidiary, BMO Financial Corp. In addition, he sits on the board of directors of the Brain Canada Foundation. Mr. Cope was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014 and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2018. Mr. Cope is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Paule Doré
Paule Doré
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 69

  • Outremont, Quebec, Canada

  • Director since 1995

  • Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee

Ms. Doré is a corporate director. She joined CGI in 1990 and served in a number of roles, including as Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Officer when she retired in 2006. Ms. Doré has served on the board of directors of other publicly listed companies, including Ault Food Limited, AXA Canada, Groupe Covitec Inc., Groupe Laperrière & Verreault Inc. and Cogeco Inc. Ms. Doré currently serves as a director of Héroux-Devtek Inc. and of the Institute for the Governance of Public and Private Organizations (IGOPP). Ms. Doré holds an honorary Doctorate degree in Philosophy from the Dominican University College in Ottawa.

Julie Godin
Julie Godin
  • Director related to CGI, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 45

  • Verdun (Nuns' Island) Quebec, Canada

  • Director since 2013

  • Co-Chair of the Board, Executive Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development

As Co-Chair of the CGI Board of Directors, Ms. Godin collaborates with the Board to set the strategic direction of the company, including overseeing the development and execution of its rolling three-year strategic plan, which is updated annually. As part of this, she and the Board focus on achieving results for and maintaining equilibrium among CGI’s three stakeholders—clients, employees (whom we call members) and shareholders—to ensure each stakeholders’ long-term success. As Executive Vice-President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development, Ms. Godin oversees the ongoing development of the CGI Management Foundation, which includes the key elements and best practices that define and guide the company’s actions for the benefit of all three stakeholders. She also leads the strategic planning, marketing & communications and mergers & acquisitions functions. In this role, she directs the company’s continuous improvement through structured stakeholder insights and metrics, and drives forward the successful execution of the Build and Buy Strategy, equipping leaders to bring forward CGI’s end-to-end services and merging with IT and business consulting firms that strengthen our footprint and capabilities. Before joining CGI, Ms. Godin founded Oxygen Corporate Health, a company that manages comprehensive health and wellbeing programs in the workplace, which merged with CGI. Ms. Godin currently serves as a director of Canadian National Railway Company.

Serge Godin
Serge Godin
  • Director related to CGI, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 71

  • Westmount, Quebec, Canada

  • Director since 1976

  • Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board

Serge Godin founded CGI in 1976 and he is the controlling shareholder of the company. Today, CGI is one of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. Mr. Godin led CGI as its President and Chief Executive Officer from its founding until 2006, when he became Executive Chairman of the Board.

Under his leadership, CGI has expanded through both organic growth and more than 100 acquisitions, growing from 2 employees in 1976 to 77,000 today. Operating in hundreds of locations across the globe, CGI helps clients digitally transform their organizations through an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities: high-end IT and business consulting, systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions.

Mr. Godin is an Officer of the Order of Canada and Officer of the National Order of Quebec. In 2008, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was named an Honorary Associate by the Conference Board of Canada. In 2015, he became a lifelong member of the Horatio Alger Association. Mr. Godin has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees, including from ÉTS (École de technologie supérieure) of Montréal, York University in Toronto, Montreal’s Concordia University, HEC (University of Montréal Business School) and Québec’s Université Laval.

In January 2021, he was appointed an independent director of Alstom.

Mr. Godin has long been involved in charitable causes. In 2000, together with other members of his family, he established the Godin Family Foundation with a mission to alleviate poverty, promote education and improve the health of children and teens in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has helped more than 400 schools, hospitals and youth organizations.

Timothy J. Hearn
Timothy J. Hearn
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 76

  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Director since 2015

  • Lead Director, Member of the Human Resources Committee and of the Corporate Governance Committee

Mr. Hearn is a corporate director. Prior to his retirement in 2008, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Oil Limited. Mr. Hearn has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has, in the course of his career, held executive leadership positions in Canada and abroad. He spent, among others, ten years at Exxon Mobil Corporation heading global businesses while living in the United States and Asia. He served on the board of directors of other publicly listed issuers, including Imperial Oil Limited, Royal Bank of Canada and ARC Resources Ltd. Mr. Hearn currently serves as Chairman of Hearn and Associates Inc., a consulting, investment management and philanthropic organization. Mr. Hearn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Manitoba.

André Imbeau
André Imbeau
  • Director related to CGI, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 71

  • Beloeil, Quebec, Canada

  • Director since 1976

  • Founder and Advisor to the Executive Chairman of the Board

Mr. Imbeau is the Founder and Advisor to the Executive Chairman of the Board of CGI. He co-founded CGI with Mr. Serge Godin in 1976 and was, until 2006, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer and, until 2016, Founder, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Mr. Imbeau’s financial and operational expertise and deep understanding of CGI’s operations enables him to provide valuable insight to management and the Board of Directors. Mr. Imbeau was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Mr. Imbeau holds an interest in the Company’s Class B shares (see the heading Principal Holders of Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares in the Management Proxy Circular).

Gilles Labbé
Gilles Labbé
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 64

  • Montréal, Quebec, Canada

  • Director since 2010

  • Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee

Mr. Labbé is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Héroux-Devtek Inc., an international company specializing in the design, development, manufacture, repair, and overhaul of landing gear systems and components for the aerospace market. Prior to June 2019, Mr. Labbé had been President and Chief Executive Officer of Héroux-Devtek Inc. since the acquisition of Devtek Corporation by Héroux Inc. in 2000 and previously, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Héroux Inc. since 1989. Mr. Labbé holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Université de Montréal and is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA).

Michael B. Pedersen
Michael B. Pedersen
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guidelines

  • Age 60

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Director since 2017

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee

Mr. Pedersen is a corporate director. Prior to his retirement in June 2018, he was Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of The Toronto-Dominion Bank since June 2017 and Group Head, U.S. Banking of The Toronto-Dominion Bank as well as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of TD Bank US Holding Company, TD Bank, N.A. and TD Bank USA, N.A. from 2013 to 2017, where he was responsible for leading the bank’s retail and commercial banking operations in the United States. Prior to joining TD Bank Group in 2007, Mr. Pedersen worked at Barclays plc in the United Kingdom where he was responsible for three global businesses and prior to that he worked at CIBC where he held senior executive roles in retail and business banking. Mr. Pedersen served as Chairman of the Canadian Bankers Association and currently serves as a director of SNC-Lavalin and as Chairman of the board of directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada. Mr. Pedersen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from University of Toronto.

Stephen S. Poloz
Stephen S. Poloz
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 65

  • Orleans, Ontario, Canada

  • Director since 2020

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee

Mr. Poloz is a corporate director. A widely-recognized economist with nearly 40 years of experience in financial markets, forecasting and economic policy, Stephen S. Poloz served a seven-year term as the Governor of the Bank of Canada, starting in 2013. As Governor, he served as Chairman of the Bank’s board of directors. He was a director of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. He was also Chair of the BIS Audit Committee and former Chair of the Consultative Council for the Americas. Previously, Mr. Poloz was President and CEO of Export Development Canada, a major public sector financial intermediary providing various forms of insurance and lending to facilitate international business on behalf of Canadian companies.

Mary Powell
Mary Powell
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guidelines

  • Age 60

  • Vermont, United States

  • Director since 2020

  • Member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Human Resources Committee

Ms. Powell is a corporate director. Recognized as an energy transformation visionary, Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation (GMP) in the state of Vermont from 2008 through 2019. She led GMP’s ambitious energy transformation program to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermont citizens. Ms. Powell has received various accolades, including the prestigious Rachel Carson Award in 2018, which honors distinguished female leaders influencing the environment. She is Chair of The Solar Foundation, Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and an active member of the board of directors for several leading companies.

Alison C. Reed
Allison C. Reed
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 63

  • London, United Kingdom

  • Director since 2018

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee

Ms. Reed is a corporate director. She previously held senior management roles at Marks and Spencer plc where she spent more than 20 years, including as Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2005, and at Standard Life Assurance Company and Standard Life plc, where she served as Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2006 and led the company's listing on the London Stock Exchange. Ms. Reed has served on the board of directors of several companies, including Darty plc and HSBC Bank plc. She currently serves as Deputy Chairman of British Airways plc, as a director of NewDay Ltd and as a Member of Council of Exeter University. Ms. Reed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Exeter University and is a Chartered Accountant (ACA).

Michael E. Roach
Michael E. Roach
  • Director related to CGI, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 68

  • Montréal, Quebec, Canada

  • Director since 2006

  • Member of the Board of Directors

Mr. Roach is a corporate director. Retired President and Chief Executive Officer of CGI (2006-2016) and President and Chief Operating Officer (2002-2006), he joined CGI in a senior management position in 1998, from a major telecommunications company. Mr. Roach was named CEO of the Year 2013 by the Québec-based business journal Les Affaires and Most Innovative CEO of the Year 2014 by Canadian Business magazine. He currently serves on the board of directors of CAE Inc. and is a member of the National Advisory Board for Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year. He is the former Chair of Interac Inc. Mr. Roach holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.

George D. Schindler
George D. Schindler
  • Director related to CGI, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 57

  • Fairfax, Virginia, United States

  • Director since 2016

  • President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Schindler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CGI. He joined the Company through its acquisition of American Management Systems, Inc. in 2004 and has since then held numerous leadership roles, including leading the strategy and growth of CGI’s end-to-end services and solutions for commercial and government clients in the United States and Canada. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016, Mr. Schindler served as President and Chief Operating Officer of CGI since 2015 and as President, United States and Canada Operations since 2011. A recognized industry leader, Mr. Schindler has twice been named a Top 100 Leader by Federal Computer Week. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Kathy N. Waller
Kathy N. Waller
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 62

  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States

  • Director since 2018

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee

Ms. Waller is a corporate director. She served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President, Enabling Services of The Coca-Cola Company until March 2019 where she was responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization. Ms. Waller joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as a senior accountant and held numerous accounting and finance roles. She was Vice President, Controller from August 2009 to September 2013 and Senior Vice President, Finance from September 2013 to April 2014, prior to becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She assumed responsibility for the company’s strategic governance areas as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President Enabling Services from May 2017 to March 2019. Ms. Waller currently serves on the board of directors of Beyond Meat, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Cadence Bancorporation. Previously she served on the board of directors of Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V and Monster Beverage Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA, CGMA).

Joakim Westh
Joakim Westh
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 59

  • Stockholm, Sweden

  • Director since 2013

  • Chair of the Human Resources Committee

Mr. Westh is a corporate director. He served as Senior Vice-President of LM Ericsson AB until 2009 where he was responsible for strategy, operations and sourcing. Mr. Westh is well-known as a leading expert in the fields of technology and management, particularly in Scandinavia. He served on the board of directors of other publicly listed issuers, including Arcam AB. He currently serves as a director of Saab AB, Swedish Match AB and Absolent Group AB. Mr. Westh holds Master’s degrees in Science from the Royal Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Frank Witter
Frank Witter
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline

  • Age 62

  • Braunschweig, Germany

  • Director since 2021

Frank Witter is a corporate director. A longtime executive with Volkswagen, Mr. Witter became Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Financial Services AG in September 2008, serving in that role until September 2015 when he became Chief Financial Officer for Volkswagen Group—a role from which he retired in 2021. With the responsibility for both finance and information technology, he also served as a member of Volkswagen Group’s Board of Management from October 2015 to March 2021.

Mr. Witter joined the Volkswagen Group in 1992, overseeing the capital markets section of the company’s Group Treasury unit until 1998. He subsequently became Treasurer at Volkswagen of America and Volkswagen Canada. In 2001, Mr. Witter left Volkswagen to serve as Corporate Treasurer at SAirGroup in Zurich, Switzerland, returning to Volkswagen in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Witter served as CFO for at Volkswagen of America and Volkswagen Canada. At the beginning of 2005, he assumed the combined role of CEO and CFO for both subsidiaries. From October 2007 to September 2008, Mr. Witter was President and CFO of VW Credit, Inc. During this time, he also served as Regional Manager for the American markets of Volkswagen Financial Services AG.

In May 2021, Mr. Witter became a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG. He holds a business degree from the University of Hanover in Germany and lives in Brunswick, Germany.

Composition of the board and its committees

Executive Chairman of the Board

Serge Godin

Lead Director

Timothy J. Hearn

Charter of the Board of Directors (PDF)

Corporate Governance Committee

George A. Cope

Paule Doré (Chair)

Timothy J. Hearn

Mary Powell

Charter of the Corporate Governance Committee (PDF)

Human Resources Committee

Alain Bouchard

George A. Cope

Timothy J. Hearn

Mary Powell

Joakim Westh (Chair)

Charter of the Human Resources Committee (PDF)

Audit and Risk Management Committee

Gilles Labbé (Chair)

Michael B. Pedersen

Stephen S. Poloz

Alison C. Reed

Kathy N. Waller

Charter of the Audit and Risk Management Committee (PDF)

Corporate governance contact resources

Benoit Dubé, Executive Vice-President, Legal and Economic Affairs, and Corporate Secretary

Contact CGI’s lead director