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Financial advisor Caroline Montminy joins our board and tax expert Marc Lesage is added to our Audit and Finance Committee

The INRS Foundation’s special meeting of the members held yesterday elected a new director to complete its board of directors. Ms. Caroline Montminy, CFA, vice president at Burgundy Asset Management, begins a two-year term. She also joins the Foundation’s Audit and Finance Committee. 

Caroline Montminy

Ms. Caroline Montminy, CFA, is a Vice President at Burgundy Asset Management and is responsible for the firm’s Private Banking Department in Quebec. In this capacity, she manages the portfolio of private clients and foundations. She was also responsible for institutional relations in the United States, specializing in the university and private foundation sector. Prior to joining Burgundy, Ms. Montminy was Director of Investor relations and Marketing at Clairvest Group, a private equity firm.

She received a bachelor of commerce degree in Finance from the University of Ottawa and an MBA in investment management from Concordia University. She completed the Personal financial planning certificate at HEC Montreal, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Ms. Montminy is a member of the board of directors of the Montreal Economic Institute and a member of its Investment committee. She is also a member of the Executive committee of the Women’s Circle of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and is a member of Anges Québec. She has also completed the NPO program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

“INRS’s unique mission, which aims to contribute to the development of society through discoveries and the training of the next generation of innovators in the scientific, social and technological fields, particularly appealed to me. It is an honour to join the Board of Directors of the INRS Foundation and to contribute my expertise to supporting the development and outreach of this major institution.”
– Caroline Montminy, director

The chair of the Foundation’s board of directors, Martine Vanasse, is delighted to announce this new addition: “On the eve of its third anniversary, the Foundation continues to grow. The arrival of Ms. Montminy adds financial and investment skills that meet the expectations of our donors and partners and reflect our great ambitions to support the student and scientific community of INRS,” she said.

The Foundation also continues to attract interest from volunteers in the business community. The board of directors has appointed renowned tax expert Marc Lesage, a partner at Dentons, to the Audit and Finance Committee. In addition to his role on the committee, Mr. Lesage will assist the Foundation’s team with planned giving.

Marc Lesage

Mr. Marc Lesage is a partner in Dentons’ Montréal tax law group. An experienced tax litigator, his practice focuses on complex income and commodity tax matters.

During his career, he has also acquired solid experience in the areas of audit, compliance review and tax planning. He advises corporations and has played a leading role in several motions to adjust judgments.

A respected lawyer in the tax community, Mr. Lesage is a regular speaker and author of books and articles in his areas of expertise.

Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. Lesage was a senior tax litigator for the Agence du revenu du Québec for almost a decade. Prior to that, he was the national tax director of a public company

“Attracting high-level volunteers is a testament to the credibility and dynamism of the Foundation’s team. I wish to thank Ms. Lesage for his commitment and take this opportunity to thank all those who contribute to the success of the Foundation and the development of INRS.”
– Martine Vanasse, chair of the board

In anticipation of the implementation of the Foundation’s second three-year business plan, INRS CEO Luc-Alain Giraldeau, who also sits on the Foundation’s board of directors, has joined the Development and Outreach Committee. “This decision is a testament not only to my own commitment, but also to the fact that philanthropy and alumni relations are at the forefront of INRS’s priorities,” says Mr. Giraldeau.

Established in 2020, the INRS Foundation is a Canadian registered charity governed by a board of 13 business and philanthropic leaders, including three INRS representatives and two alumni. Three standing committees report to the board: the Governance and Ethics Committee, the Audit and Finance Committee, and the Development and Outreach Committee.

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