Biographies of board members

Alain Bouchard

Alain Bouchard
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 69
  • Lorraine, 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.

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Paule Doré

Paule Doré
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 67
  • 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). She holds an honorary Doctorate degree in Philosophy from the Dominican University College in Ottawa.

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Richard B. Evans

Richard B. Evans
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 71
  • San Francisco, California, USA
  • Director since 2009
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee
Mr. Evans is a corporate director. Prior to his retirement in 2009, he was an Executive Director of London-based Rio Tinto plc and Melbourne-based Rio Tinto Ltd. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcan Inc. until its acquisition by Rio Tinto plc in 2007. Mr. Evans has served on the board of directors of other publicly listed companies, including Tyhee Gold Corp., Resolute Forest Products Inc. and Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. He currently serves as a director and Chairman of the board of directors of Constellium N.V. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Oregon State University and a Master’s degree in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Julie Godin

Julie Godin
  • Director related to CGI, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 43
  • Verdun (Nuns' Island) Quebec, Canada
  • Director since 2013
  • Vice-Chair of the Board and Executive Vice-President, Chief Planning and Administration Officer
Ms. Godin is Vice-Chair of the Board and Executive Vice-President, Chief Planning and Administration Officer of CGI. In this role, she oversees the development of enterprise-wide policies, programs and processes related to the management of the Company and their consistent and high-quality application across all CGI business units. Ms. Godin is responsible for ensuring the continuous development of CGI’s 77,000 consultants and professionals, and for upholding CGI’s industry-leading track record of delivery excellence for its end-to-end services to commercial and government clients around the world. She also directs the development and execution of the Company’s global strategy, oversees the full spectrum of CGI’s security activities, and drives forward the Company’s global communications, marketing and intellectual property strategies and activities. Before joining CGI, Ms. Godin founded Oxygen Corporate Health, a company that manages comprehensive health and wellbeing programs in the workplace, and which merged with CGI. Ms. Godin currently serves as a director of Canadian National Railway Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Université de Sherbrooke.

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Serge Godin

Serge Godin
  • Director related to CGI, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 69
  • Westmount, Quebec, Canada
  • Director since 1976
  • Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board
Mr. Godin is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of CGI. Under Mr. Godin’s leadership, CGI has grown into one of the largest independent information technology and business consulting services firms in the world. Mr. Godin was named officer of the Order of Canada for his information technology sector and philanthropic contributions. He is also an Officer of the National Order of Québec. In 2008, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. In 2011, Mr. Godin was named an Honorary Associate by the Conference Board of Canada. In 2015, he became a lifelong member of the Horatio Alger Association of distinguished Americans. Mr. Godin was also awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from ÉTS (École de technologie supérieure), an honorary Doctorate degree in Law from York University and Concordia University, an honorary Management degree from HEC Montréal and an honorary Doctorate degree in Administrative Sciences from Université Laval. Mr. Godin owns a majority interest in CGI's Class B shares.

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Timothy J. Hearn

Timothy J. Hearn
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 74
  • 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. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Manitoba.

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André Imbeau

André Imbeau
  • Director related to CGI, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 69
  • 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 2015, 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 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).

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Gilles Labbé

Gilles Labbé
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 62
  • Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • Director since 2010
  • Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee
Mr. Labbé is the President and Chief Executive Officer 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, since the acquisition of Devtek Corporation by Héroux Inc. in 2000. Previously, Mr. Labbé was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Héroux Inc. since 1989. Mr. Labbé also currently serves as a director of Héroux-Devtek Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Université de Montréal and is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA).

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Michael B. Pedersen

Michael B. Pedersen
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guidelines
  • Age 58
  • 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 Chairman of the board of directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada. Mr. Pedersen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto.

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Alison Reed

Alison Reed
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 61
  • 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 and as a director of NewDay Ltd. Ms. Reed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Exeter University and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Michael E. Roach

Michael E. Roach
  • Director related to CGI, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 66
  • Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • Director since 2006
  • Member of the Board of Directors
Mr. Roach is a corporate director. He joined CGI in a senior management position in 1998, from a major telecommunications company where he held a number of leadership positions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of CGI from 2002 to 2006 and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 until his retirement in 2016. He was recognized as the “Most Innovative Chief Executive Officer” of 2014 by the Canadian Business magazine. Mr. Roach currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Interac Corp. and is a director of CAE Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science, as well as an honorary Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Laurentian University.

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George D. Schindler

George D. Schindler
  • Director related to CGI, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 55
  • Westmount, Quebec, Canada
  • 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.

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Kathy N. Waller

Kathy N. Waller
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 60
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Director since 2018
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee
Ms. Waller is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President, Enabling Services of The Coca-Cola Company, where she is responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization, until her planned retirement in March 2019. Ms. Waller joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as a senior accountant and has since then held numerous accounting and finance roles. She was Vice President, Finance and Controller from August 2013 to April 2014, following which she was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She assumes responsibility for the company’s strategic governance areas as President, Enabling Services since May 2017. Ms. Waller currently serves on the board of directors of Beyond Meat, Inc., Monster Beverage Corporation and Delta Air Lines, Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester and is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA, CGMA).

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Joakim Westh

Joakim Westh
  • Independent director, complies with share ownership guideline
  • Age 57
  • 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 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.

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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


Corporate Governance Committee

Paule Doré (Chair)
Timothy J. Hearn

Charter of the Corporate Governance Committee


Human Resources Committee

Alain Bouchard
Timothy J. Hearn
Joakim Westh (Chair)

Charter of the Human Resources Committee


Audit and Risk Management Committee

Richard B. Evans
Gilles Labbé (Chair)
Michael B. Pedersen
Alison Reed
Kathy N. Waller

Charter of the Audit and Risk Management Committee


Corporate governance contact resources

Benoit Dubé, Corporate secretary

Contact CGI’s lead director

Updated January 30, 2019