Board of Directors
Alain BouchardFounder and Executive Chairman of the Board
On September 24, 2014, Mr. Bouchard stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and took on a new role as Founder and Executive Chairman of Couche-Tard. As founder of the companies from which originated Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Mr. Bouchard started his convenience store operations in 1980 with the opening of his first convenience store in Québec.
Mr. Bouchard has more than 40 years of experience in the retail industry. Over the years he took part, along with his closest collaborators and all staff members, in Couche-Tard’s growth.
He also was a member of the board of directors of Québecor Inc. from 1997 to May 2009. Mr. Bouchard has been involved in an impressive number of fundraising campaigns and philanthropic activities for many years.
In 2012, Mr. Bouchard and his wife created the Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard which supports various causes associated with people living with intellectual disabilities as well as artistic and cultural projects.
Furthermore, Mr. Bouchard has been a board member of CGI Group Inc. since 2013.
Nathalie BourqueCorporate Director
Ms. Bourque is Quebec Chair for Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc. In this role she oversees the strategic direction of the company in Quebec. Previously, she held the position of Vice‑President, Public Affairs and Global Communications at CAE Inc., from 2005 until her retirement in February 2015.
Prior to joining CAE, Ms. Bourque was a partner at NATIONAL Public Relations where she was responsible for numerous clients in the financial, retail and entertainment areas.
Previously, she worked for various communications companies and has also worked for accounting firms in marketing.
She was a member of the Board of Financial Services of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Horizons Sciences and Technology. She also served as president of the Québec MBA Association and Le Cercle Finance et Placement du Québec. She is also a governor of McGlll University.
Ms. Bourque has a BA from Laval University in Québec City and an MBA from McGill University.
Jacques D’AmoursCorporate Director
Mr. D’Amours retired as Vice-President, Administration of the Corporation on September 3, 2014. He joined the Corporation in 1980 and has worked in a variety of roles, including Manager of Technical Services, Vice-President of Sales and Vice-President of Administration and Operations of the Corporation.
Over the years he took part, along with his closest collaborators and all staff members, in Couche-Tard’s growth.
Jean A. ÉlieCorporate Director
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Élie was managing director of a Canadian bank wholly-owned by Société Générale (France). From 1987 to 1997, Mr. Élie was a director and member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee of Hydro-Québec, for which he also acted as Interim Chairman in 1996.
From 1981 to 1995, he was a Vice-President and Manager, Corporate Services and Government Services of Burns Fry Limited (today BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.), a Canadian investment banking and brokerage firm.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Loto-Québec, of the Institut des vérificateurs internes du Canada (Chapitre de Montréal) and of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Élie was also a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
Mr. Élie holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, a B.C.L. (law) from McGill University and a bachelors ès art from the University of Montréal and is a member of the Québec Bar. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Elie is a recipient of the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award (Governor General Award) for voluntarism in the Performing Arts and of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to the community.
Richard FortinCorporate Director
Mr. Fortin retired as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation in October 2008. Upon his retirement, he accepted to act as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation, position he held until September 2011.
Before joining the Corporation in 1984, Mr. Fortin had more than 13 years of experience at a number of major financial institutions, and was Vice-President of Québec for a Canadian bank wholly-owned by Société Générale (France).
Mr. Fortin holds a bachelor’s degree in Management with a major in Finance from Université Laval in Québec City. Mr. Fortin also sits on the board of directors of the National Bank of Canada where he is the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee as well as that of its subsidiary the Insurance Life of National Bank of Canada where he is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Fortin also sits on the board of directors of Transcontinental Inc. where he is Lead Director as well as the Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Furthermore he was on the board of directors of Rona from April 2009 to May 2013.
Brian HannaschPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hannasch holds the President and Chief Executive Officer position since September 2014. Mr. Hannasch was previously Chief Operating Officer since 2010 and Senior Vice‑President, U.S. Operations from 2008 to 2010.
From 2004 to 2008, he was Senior Vice-President, Western North America and Vice‑President, Integration from 2003 to 2004. In 2001, he was appointed Vice‑President Operations, U.S. Midwest where he was responsible for all aspects of U.S. operations.
From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Hannasch was Vice‑President of Operations for Bigfoot Food Stores LLC, a 225 unit convenience store chain in the U.S. Midwest acquired by Couche-Tard. From 1989 to 2000, Mr. Hannasch was employed by BP Amoco in various positions of increasing responsibility. His last position with BP Amoco was Vice‑President of Marketing for the U.S. Midwest Business Unit.
Mr. Hannasch holds a B.A. in Finance from Iowa State University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago.
Ms. Kau is a seasoned retailer and entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ experience in creating customer connections. Past investments include the 67 store retail chain of natural supplements and vitamins by the name of Naturiste.
Ms. Kau previously held the position of President at Mobilia, a family business, from 1986 to 2011, where her main focus was on brand building and growing the retail network throughout Québec and Ontario. Ms. Kau is passionate about entrepreneurship and serves as a Governor of the Young Chamber of Commerce, for whom she is a mentor for 4 young up-and-coming entrepreneurs. She has herself received several accolades for her business acumen and entrepreneurship, namely the prestigious Top 40 under 40 as well as the John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction.
Ms. Kau holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago as well as an MBA from Concordia.
Ms. Kau is a past member of the board of Investissement Québec and presently sits on the board of Aéroports de Montréal.
Monique F. LerouxPresident of the International Cooperative Alliance
Ms. Leroux is President of the International Cooperative Alliance, representing the cooperative movement in more than 100 countries. She is also Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec, nominated by the Quebec Government in April 2016.
Ms. Leroux serves as a board member of BCE/Bell, Michelin and CIC (subsidiary of Credit Mutuel) and chairs the High Level Contact Group of the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB). She was the Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada, from March 2008 to April 2016, after holding management positions within Desjardins, Québecor, RBC and Ernst & Young.
Ms. Leroux is a member of the Business council of Canada, the Founders’ Council of the Quebec Global 100 Network, the Board of Governors of Finance Montréal, the Canadian Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service and the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board. She is also the founder and Chair of the International Summit of Cooperatives and chairs the Board of Governors of the Society for the Celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
She has been the Chair of the Québec CPA Order and is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur (France). She is also the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award (United States), the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Quebec CPA Order and the Institute of Corporate Directors Fellowship Award. She holds honorary doctorates from eight Canadian universities.
Ms. Leroux also lends her time and support to a host of not‑for‑profit organizations and is a member of the board of the Rideau Hall Foundation for the Governor General of Canada.
Réal PlourdeCorporate Director
Mr. Plourde retired in May 2011 at which time he held the office of Executive Vice-President of the Corporation after stepping down from his position as Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer in May 2010. Since his retirement, he has remained with the Corporation as a member of the Executive Committee and a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Plourde was Chairman of the Board of the Corporation from September 2011 to September 2014. Mr. Plourde joined the Corporation in 1984 and has held various positions, ranging from Manager of Technical Services to Vice-President of Development, Sales and Operations of the Corporation. Mr. Plourde began his career in various engineering projects in Canada and Africa.
Mr. Plourde holds an Engineering Degree (Applied Sciences) from Université Laval in Québec City and an MBA from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal. Mr. Plourde is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. He is also a member of the board of directors of Bouclair Inc. and of CIMA+ G.P.,where he is also a member of the Audit and Governance and Ethics Committees.
Mr. Plourde is active in fundraising efforts as a director of the board of directors for the Centre de bénévolat et moisson Laval and for the Maison de Soins Palliatifs de Laval Inc.
Daniel RabinowiczCorporate Director
Mr. Rabinowicz is currently an independent marketing and business consultant. Mr. Rabinowicz previously held the position of President of TAXI New York, an advertising agency, until his retirement in August 2009.
Mr. Rabinowicz started his career in 1975 in advertising as an account manager with Vickers & Benson. After acquiring experience as a brand manager at Catelli Ltd, he joined Cossette Communications Group in 1985 as Director, Strategic Planning. He rose to become President of Cossette Montreal and Co-President of Cossette Toronto before leaving in 2001.
Mr. Rabinowicz sits on the board of directors of Reitmans (Canada) Ltd, Wafu Inc., The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and is also an Advisor to Skymax Outdoor Inc. Mr. Rabinowicz is the founder and former President of Bénévolat d’entraide aux communicateurs, a non-profit organization geared towards helping professionals in the communications industry in dealing with their personal, professional or financial problems.
Mr. Rabinowicz holds a BA and an MBA from McGill University.
Jean TurmelFounder and President, Perseus Capital inc.
Mr. Turmel is the founder and president of Perseus Capital inc., a portfolio firm. Until December 2004, he was President, Financial Markets, Treasury and Investment Bank of the National Bank of Canada. Mr. Turmel was a director of a Canadian chartered bank and a director and chairman of National Bank Financial Inc. as well as a member of the Board of Directors of subsidiaries of such group.
Mr. Turmel was Chairman of the board of directors and member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of the Montreal Stock Exchange from April 2004 until April 2008.
Prior to 1981, Mr. Turmel held various positions at McMillan Bloedel Inc., Dominion Securities Inc. and Merrill Lynch Royal Securities. Mr. Turmel was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on January 1, 2015. In addition, Mr. Turmel also served on the board of directors of Canam Group Inc. from 2007 to 2015.
Mr. Turmel holds a baccalaureate in commerce and a Masters in Administration from Université Laval in Québec City and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to the Canadian investment industry.
On June 7, 2015, Mr. Turmel was awarded an honorary doctorat honoris causa from Université Laval.