Board of Directors
Alain BouchardFounder and Executive Chairman of the Board
On September 24, 2014, Mr. Bouchard took on a new role as Founder and Executive Chairman of the Corporation as he stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, a position he held for over 25 years.
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 received many personal awards that recognize his business excellence and his outstanding professional achievements throughout his career. The most recent one being in June 2017, when Mr. Bouchard was awarded an honorary doctorate in Consumer Sciences from the Université Laval in Québec City. He was also inducted to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in May 2017, and, in March 2017, he received the 2017 International Horatio Alger Award bestowed to individuals who have persevered through challenges to become successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. Mr. Bouchard has also received other distinguished awards in 2014 such as the Grand bâtisseur de l’économie du Québec from the Institute for governance, the T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s award from the Fraser Institute, Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the year.
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 Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation which supports various causes associated with people living with intellectual disabilities as well as artistic and cultural projects. In 2015, Mr. Bouchard and his wife received the Exceptional philanthropist of the year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Québec Chapter.
Furthermore, Mr. Bouchard has been a board member of CGI Group Inc. since 2013.
Nathalie BourqueCorporate Director
Ms. Bourque does consulting work in public relations, government relations and financial communications. 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, biopharmaceutical, 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 Horizon Science 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 McGill University and she is on the board of Maison Marie-Vincent.
Ms. Bourque has a BA from Laval University 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 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 auditeurs internes du Canada (Chapitre de Montréal) and of the Montréal 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 became 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 National Bank Life Insurance Company 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 joined the Corporation in 2001 and was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Couche-Tard in 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 sits on the board of directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Retail since 2016 and was recognized as the CEO of the year by the Globe and Mail in 2016.
Mr. Hannasch holds a BA 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 where she is also a member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
Monique F. LerouxPresident of the International Cooperative Alliance
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from 2008 to 2016, Ms. Leroux is the President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). She is also Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec and Chair of the Québec Economic and Innovation Council, appointed by the Québec Government in 2016.
She serves as an independent Board member of global companies such as Bell (BCE), Michelin (ML-France) as well as S&P Global. She also served on the board of CIC (subsidiary of Credit Mutuel) until May 2017.
She has been appointed to the Canada United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders by the Prime Minister of Canada in 2017. She is also Chair of the Board of Governors of the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal 375th anniversary and Metropolis 2017. Since June 2017, Ms. Leroux is also Strategic Advisor at Fiera Capital Corporation. In addition, 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 title of Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant and recipient of 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 CIMA+ G.P., where he is also a member of the Audit and Governance and Ethics Committees.
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) Limited and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. He also sits on the board of Wafu Inc. and the Montreal Holocaust Museum.
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.
Eric BoykoCorporate Director
Mr. Boyko is the co-founder of Stingray Digital Group inc. and has been President and Chief Executive Officer since 2007.
A global entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience with start-ups, Mr. Boyko has extensive expertise in early stage business innovations. His passion for extreme sports and world travel fuels his drive for business excellence.
Prior to founding Stingray, Mr. Boyko founded and was President of eFundraising.com, which became a leading player in the North American fundraising industry and an e-commerce success story. Mr. Boyko is an active participant in many philanthropic endeavours and is a champion of Québec entrepreneurs.
He is also a board member of the Montréal Children’s Foundation and sits on the board of Montréal-based companies Bouclair Inc. and Attraction Média Inc.
In 2006, Mr. Boyko was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
A graduate with great distinction of McGill University, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce, with a specialization in accounting and entrepreneurship. Mr. Boyko became a Certified General Accountant (CGA) in 1997.