Alain BouchardFounder and Executive Chairman of the Board
Mr. Bouchard has served as the Executive Chairman of Alimentation Couche-Tard since 2014, when he stepped down after 25 years as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bouchard opened his first convenience store in Québec in 1980, and founded the companies that grew into Alimentation Couche-Tard. He has over 40 years of experience in the retail industry and worked with his closest collaborators and all staff members to build Alimentation Couche-Tard into the business it is today. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CGI Group Inc. since 2013 and serves as Chairman of its Human Resources Committee.
Mr. Bouchard is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, and has an honorary doctorate in Consumer Sciences from Université Laval in Québec City. He has received many distinguished awards for business excellence and his outstanding professional achievements, including:
- Companion of the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame
- Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Québec, a prestigious distinction awarded to exceptional entrepreneurs whose achievements, ideals and commitment have contributed to Québec’s entrepreneurial vitality and economic development (February 2018)
- International Horatio Alger Award, which recognizes people who have persevered through challenges to become successful entrepreneurs and community leaders, from the Horatio Alger Association (March 2017)
- Grand bâtisseur de l’économie du Québec from the Institute for governance (2014)
- T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s award from the Fraser Institute (2014)
- NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the year (2014).
Mr. Bouchard has been involved in an impressive number of fundraising campaigns and philanthropic activities. He and his wife established the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation in 2012, 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 were named Exceptional philanthropist of the year by the Québec Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Jean BernierCorporate Director
Jean Bernier is a corporate director and has over 30 years of experience in the fuel convenience store and grocery store sectors of the retail industry. He joined Alimentation Couche-Tard on July 30, 2012 as Group President, Fuel Americas and Operations North East, and served Group President, Global Fuels and North-East Operations from March 15, 2016. He retired from the company April 30, 2018.
Mr. Bernier previously spent 15 years at Valero Energy Corporation, an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and petrochemical products. He was Executive Vice President President of Valero Energy Corporation from 2011 to 2012, responsible for the overall operations of Ultramar Ltd, the company’s Canadian subsidiary, all of the US and Canadian retail operations as well as the corporate functions of communications, supply chain management and information services. From 1997 to 2011 he held a number of senior management positions with Ultramar Ltd. and served as President from 1999 to 2011, responsible for its overall operations, and Vice-President, Retail Operations from 1997 to 1999. Prior to joining Ultramar Ltd., Mr. Bernier was with Provigo Inc. for nine years and held a number of senior roles including Vice-President, Human Resources, Vice-President, Maxi, Provigo Distribution, Inc. and Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, C. Corp. Inc.
Mr. Bernier has been a member of the board of CrossAmerica Partners LP since 2017, and C&E Seafood Canada LP, a private company, since 2018. He is also a member of the board of the Montréal Economic Institute and served on the board of the Canadian Fuels Association from 1999 to 2012 including the role of Chairman from 2007 to 2009. He was a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives from 2004 to 2012, and the Cercle des Présidents du Québec from 1999 to 2017.
Mr. Bernier lives in Westmount, Québec, Canada. He has a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal.
Nathalie BourqueCorporate Director
Ms. Bourque is a consultant specializing in public relations, government relations and financial communications. She was Vice-President, Public Affairs and Global Communications at CAE Inc. from 2005 until her retirement in 2015. Ms. Bourque was a partner at NATIONAL Public Relations from 1996 to 2005, where she was responsible for numerous financial, biopharmaceutical, retail and entertainment clients. Prior to joining NATIONAL, she worked for various communications companies and also for accounting firms in marketing.
Ms. Bourque is a member of the board of Héroux-Devtek Inc. and its Audit Committee since 2015. She is also a member of the board of Hydropothecary and its Audit Committee, and chairs its Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee since 2018. She is a former member of the Board of Financial Services of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. She also served as President of the MBA Association and Le Cercle Finance et Placement du Québec. She has a master of business administration from McGill University and a bachelor of arts from Laval University.
Eric BoykoCorporate Director
Mr. Boyko is a global entrepreneur who has nearly two decades of experience with start-ups and extensive expertise in early stage business innovations. He co-founded Stingray Digital Group Inc. and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2010. Mr. Boyko founded and was President of eFundraising.com, an e-commerce success story that became a leading player in the North American fundraising industry. Mr. Boyko was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2006.
Mr. Boyko’s passion for extreme sports and world travel fuels his drive for business excellence. He serves on the board of directors of Stingray Digital Group Inc., Bouclair Inc. and Attraction Média Inc. He is an active participant in many philanthropic endeavours, and is a member of the Montréal Canadiens Children’s Foundation’s board of directors.
He is a graduate with great distinction of McGill University, and has a bachelor of commerce with a specialization in accounting and entrepreneurship.
Jacques D’AmoursCorporate Director
Mr. D’Amours joined the company as a co-founder in 1980 and worked with his closest collaborators and all staff members to build Alimentation Couche-Tard into the business it is today.
He served in a variety of roles during his 34-year career, including Manager of Technical Services, Vice‑President of Sales and Vice-President of Administration and Operations. Mr. D’Amours retired from the company in 2014.
Richard FortinCorporate Director
Richard Fortin is a co-founder and served as Chairman of the Board from 2008 to 2011. He joined the company in 1984 and retired as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer in 2008. He spent 13 years at several major financial institutions and was Vice-President of Québec for a Canadian bank wholly-owned by Société Générale (France) before joining Alimentation Couche-Tard.
Mr. Fortin is a member of the Board of Directors of Transcontinental Inc. where he also serves as Lead Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee and National Bank of Canada where he also serves as Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Fortin also served on the board of Rona, Inc. from 2009 to 2013, and on the board of National Bank Life Insurance Company from 2005 to 2018 and as the Chairman of its Audit Committee from 2013 to 2018.
He has a bachelor of arts in management with a major in finance from Université Laval in Québec City.
Brian HannaschPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hannasch was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Alimentation Couche-Tard in 2014, and served as Chief Operating Officer 2010 to 2014.
He joined the company in 2001 and during his 17 years with Alimentation Couche-Tard, has also served as Senior Vice-President, U.S. Operations (2008 to 2010), Senior Vice President, Western North America (2004 to 2008), Vice-President, Integration (2003 to 2004), and Vice President Operations, U.S. Midwest (2001 to 2004) where he was responsible for all aspects of U.S. operations.
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 Alimentation Couche‑Tard in 2001, from 2000 to 2001. Prior to that, he was at BP Amoco from 1989 to 2000, and held various positions of increasing responsibility including Vice-President of Marketing for the U.S. Midwest Business Unit.
Mr. Hannasch was named CEO of the year by The Globe and Mail in 2016. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS) since 2016.
He has a master of business administration in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago and a bachelor of arts in finance from Iowa State University.
Ms. Kau is a seasoned retailer and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in creating customer connections. Her past investments include Naturiste, a 67-store chain of natural supplements and vitamins. As President of Mobilia, a family business, from 1986 to 2011, she focused on building the brand and growing the retail network in Québec and Ontario. Ms. Kau is a member of the board of directors of Aéroports de Montréal and serves on its Governance and Human Resources Committee. She previously served on the board of directors of Investissement Québec.
Ms. Kau is passionate about entrepreneurship. She serves as Governor of the Young Chamber of Commerce, where she mentors four young up-and-coming entrepreneurs. She has received several accolades for her business acumen and entrepreneurship, including Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and the John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction.
She has a master of business administration from Concordia and a master of journalism from Northwestern University.
Marie-Josée LamotheCorporate Director
Marie Josée Lamothe is an expert in global brand and product as well as omnichannel profitability with over 25 years of experience in the competitive digital and consumer products world. Ms. Lamothe is a Professor of Practice at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University and is President of Tandem International, an advisory firm specializing in profit-driven omnichannel retailing. From 2014 to 2018, she was a Managing Director at Google in Canada and from 2002 to 2014, she held several executive positions at L’Oréal, including International Marketing Director in France, and Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Corporate Communications Officer in Canada.
Ms. Lamothe serves on the boards of The ALDO Group, The Desjardins Group, Lightspeed POS Inc. and Reitmans (Canada) Limited, and was a director of The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. from July 2016 to May 2018. Since 2016, she has been appointed by the Treasury Board of Canada to the Audit Committee for Ministries such as Employment and Social Development Canada and the Canadian Border Services Agency. She was appointed to the 2017 Advisory Council on Economy and Innovation for the Government of Québec.
Ms. Lamothe has been awarded the Desautels Achievement award by McGill University, which recognizes individuals who serve as role models for students in their education, career, and philanthropic contributions and she received an honoree diploma from the Université de Montréal for her contribution to the advancement of our society. Ms. Lamothe was named one of the Top 10 women in tech in Canada by Boardlist, one of Canada’s Marketers of the Year by Strategy magazine. Forbes Magazine and Social Media Magazine in the U.S. named Ms. Lamothe as one of the Top Marketing Minds To Follow on social media in North America, and Canadian Business magazine named her one of Canada’s 40 Global Leaders.
Ms. Lamothe lives in Montréal, Québec, Canada. She is a graduate of Mathematics and Economics with honours from the Université de Montréal and from INSEAD’s L’Oreal’s Executive Management program.
Monique F. LerouxPresident of the International Cooperative Alliance
Ms. Leroux is a corporate director and has extensive business experience. She is the Chair of the board of directors of Investissement Québec and she is the former Chair of the Québec government’s Advisory Council on the Economy and Innovation. From 2008 to 2016, Ms. Leroux was the Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group. Ms. Leroux serves as an independent director on the boards of BCE Inc. / Bell Canada, the Michelin Group and S&P Global. She also serves as Strategic Advisor at Fiera Capital Corporation.
Ms. Leroux 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) and a Companion of the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. She has also received the Woodrow Wilson Award (United States), the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Québec CPA Order and the Institute of Corporate Directors Fellowship Award.
Ms. Leroux gives her time and support to several not-for-profit organizations. She is a Prime Ministerial appointee to the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, a member of the board of the Rideau Hall Foundation for the Governor General of Canada and a member of the board of directors of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.
She has honorary doctorates from eight Canadian universities.
Réal PlourdeCorporate Director
Mr. Plourde was Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2014. He joined the company in 1984 and served in a variety of roles, including Executive Vice-President from 2010 until his retirement in 2011, Chief Operating Officer, Vice-President of Development, Sales and Operations, and Manager of Technical Services. Mr. Plourde began his career working on various engineering projects in Canada and Africa.
Mr. Plourde is a member of the board of directors of CIMA+ and serves on the Audit Committee and the Governance and Ethics Committee.
Mr. Plourde and his wife, Ariane Rioux, are recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Seniors Medal (February 2018), for their sustained community-based volunteer work, especially at the Palliative Care Home in Laval.
He has a master of business administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal, an engineering degree in applied sciences from Université Laval in Québec City, and is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.
Daniel RabinowiczCorporate Director
Mr. Rabinowicz is an independent marketing and business consultant. He was President of TAXI Montréal, an advertising agency, from 2004 to 2008, and then President of TAXI’s New York office until his retirement in 2009. Prior to that he was at Cossette Communication Group, where he rose to become President of Cossette Montréal and Co-President of Cossette Toronto. Mr. Rabinowicz started his career in advertising with Vickers & Benson in 1975, and acquired experience as a brand manager at Catelli Ltd. before joining Cossette Communication Group in 1985 as Director, Strategic Planning.
Mr. Rabinowicz is a member of the board of directors of Reitmans Canada Limited since 2012 where he serves on the Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee, Wafu Inc. and the Montréal Holocaust Museum. He is the founder and former President of Bénévolat d’entraide aux communicateurs, a non-profit organization that helps professionals in the communications industry deal with their personal, professional or financial problems, and remains on the organization’s management committee.
He has a master of business administration and a bachelor of arts from McGill University.
Louis TêtuCorporate Director
Louis Têtu is an award-winning entrepreneur and business executive with 30 years of experience in international technology businesses. Mr. Têtu is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coveo Solutions Inc., a pioneer in artificial intelligence powered business solutions. Prior to Coveo, Mr. Têtu co-founded Taleo Corporation, a leading international provider of cloud software for talent and human capital management, acquired by Oracle for US$1.9 billion in 2012. Mr. Têtu was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors from the company’s inception in 1999 through 2007.
Prior to Taleo, Mr. Têtu was President of Baan SCS, the supply-chain management solutions group of Baan, a global enterprise software company. This followed Baan’s acquisition of Berclain Group inc., which he co-founded in 1989 and where he served as President until 1996.
Mr. Têtu also serves on the board of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc., on the board of the Québec City International Airport and as Chairman of the board of PetalMD, a developer of social platforms for the medical sector. Mr. Têtu is involved in private equity for technology and infrastructure projects in emerging countries.
In 1997 Mr. Têtu was honoured by Université Laval for his outstanding social contributions and business achievements. He also received the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award in the Technology and Communication category.
Mr. Têtu lives in Québec City, Québec, Canada. He is an Engineering graduate from Université Laval in Québec City and a commercially licensed helicopter pilot.