Biographies of board members

Alain Bouchard

Alain Bouchard
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 70
  • 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.

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George A. Cope

George A. Cope
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 58
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Director since 2020
  • Member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Human Resources Committee
Mr. Cope is President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, a position he has held since 2008 and will hold until his planned retirement in January 2020. 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. Mr. Cope sits on the board of directors of BCE Inc., Bell Canada and Bank of Montreal. 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. In addition, Mr. Cope sits on the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE) and the Brain Canada Foundation. He 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.

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Paule Doré

Paule Doré
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 68
  • 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.

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Richard B. Evans

Richard B. Evans
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 72
  • San Francisco, California, United States
  • 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. Mr. Evans 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 the share ownership guideline
  • Age 44
  • 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.

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Serge Godin

Serge Godin
  • Director related to CGI, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 70
  • 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 process services firms in the world. Mr. Godin is a member of the Order of Canada and the Ordre national du 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 du Canada. In 2015, he became a lifelong member of the Horatio Alger Association. In 2016, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada for his information technology sector and philanthropic contributions. 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 (see Principal Holders of Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares in the management proxy circular).

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Timothy J. Hearn

Timothy J. Hearn
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 75
  • 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.

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André Imbeau

André Imbeau
  • Director related to CGI, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 70
  • 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 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 earlier in the management proxy circular).

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Gilles Labbé

Gilles Labbé
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 63
  • 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).

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Michael B. Pedersen

Michael B. Pedersen
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guidelines
  • Age 59
  • 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 wasSpecial 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 University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from University of Toronto.

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Stephen Poloz

Stephen 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
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.

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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
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.

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Alison C. Reed

Alison C. Reed
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 62
  • 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 (ACA).

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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.

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George D. Schindler

George D. Schindler
  • Director related to CGI, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 56
  • 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 the share ownership guideline
  • Age 61
  • 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).

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Joakim Westh

Joakim Westh
  • Independent director, complies with the share ownership guideline
  • Age 58
  • 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 (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

Richard B. Evans
Gilles Labbé (Chair)
Michael B. Pedersen
Stephen Poloz
Alison 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

Update: July 2020