Chair, VIA Rail and ProAction International
Vice-Chair, Concordia University
Director, Osisko Gold Royalties
After a 40-year career as a business executive, Françoise Bertrand now dedicates her time to acting as a corporate director.
Since spring 2017, Ms. Bertrand serves as the Chair of VIA Rail Canada’s Board of Directors and Proaction International Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Osisko Gold Royalties. She is a Vice-Chair of the Concordia University Board of Governors and serves on the boards of the United Nations Association in Canada and the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
She has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for several organizations, including the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Télé-Québec broadcasting corporation. She was a senior manager at Université du Québec à Montréal, where she served as Dean, and also spent a few years working for consulting firms, notably as a partner with Groupe Secor.
Françoise Bertrand holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Université de Montréal and a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University. She capped off her academic career at the Institute of Corporate Directors.Throughout her career, Ms. Bertrand has been recognized with several significant honours, most notably, Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Québec and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of France. She also received an honorary doctorate from Concordia University.