Biography

Hélène Desmarais

Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, HEC Montréal

Hélène Desmarais holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal. She is the founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Enterprises and Innovation Centre (CEIM) (since 1996).

Mrs. Desmarais is Chairwoman of the Board of the School of HEC Montreal (since 2003) and Co-chair and founder of the International Advisory Board of HEC Montreal (since 1990); Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Medicine of Université de Montréal (since 2006); Chairwoman of the Board of directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (since 2007), a member of the Board of Directors (since 2002) and a member of the Executive Committee (since 2005); Chairwoman of the Board of directors of The Montreal Economic Institute (since 2007) and a member of the Board of Directors (since 2002); President of the Steering Committee and member of the Board of Governors of the Conference of Montreal (since 1995); Chairwoman of the Board and of the Executive Committee of the Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (since 1998); Chairwoman of the Board of the Société d’Investissement Jeunesse (since 2001); Deputy Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (since 2004) and Chairwoman of the Endowment Funds of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (since 2004); member of the Board of The Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (since 2005); of C.D. Howe Institute (since 2005); of Génome Québec (since 2002); of VAL-CHUM, L.P. (commercialization activities – technology evaluation) (since 2004); of Société de développement Technopôle Angus (since 2005) and of Garda (since 2006). Mrs. Desmarais is a member of the Conseil des partenaires de l’innovation (CIP) which comes under the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (since 2006). She is an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.

Mrs. Desmarais has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since 2005.