The Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives of HEC Montréal is governed by the International Board of Governors. Chaired by Guy Cormier, current President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group, the Board brings together key international influencers in the world of cooperatives, in particular executives of large cooperatives and internationally renowned researchers.
Guy Cormier (Chair)
President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group
Guy Cormier has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group since April 2016. Desjardins is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and sixth in the world, with assets of over $248 billion. It is one of the 20 largest employers in the country, supported by the skills of its 47,000 employees and the commitment of more than 5,000 elected officers.
Mr. Cormier has been with Desjardins since 1992, and was General Manager of several caisses in the network. He was Vice-President of Cooperative Network Finance from 2009 to 2012, before being appointed Vice-President of Cooperative Network, in 2012, and then Senior Vice-President of Cooperative Network and Personal Services in 2013.
Mr. Cormier has always encouraged audacity, agility and innovation to improve the experience of members and clients. Under his leadership, the organization’s AccèsD Services earned their 11th Customer Operations Performance Center (COPC) certification, making Desjardins the only financial institution in the world to hold the certification that long. It was also under Mr. Cormier that new innovative technology-focused service centres were launched, earning several awards internationally.
In 2014, he was invited to give lectures and take part in roundtables for events organized by the World Health Organization and the International Summit of Cooperatives.
In 2013, the Quebec MBA Association recognized Mr. Cormier as one of 40 Quebecers with a major influence on business in the province.
He was selected as one of 55 leaders for the 2011 G20 Youth Summit to provide valuable input to managers from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Bank.
Mr. Cormier is a graduate of HEC Montréal, where he earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration and an MBA, as well as teaching finance for eight years. He is actively involved in a number of community organizations including the fundraising campaigns for the Université du Québec à Rimouski, the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, and the Victor-Gadbois palliative care centre.
Director of the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives, HEC Montréal
Eric Brat is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives at HEC Montréal. He is a CFA and member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. During his career, he has worked for Credit Suisse Group, Oliver Wyman and Accenture.
Director in the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Financial Markets, OECD
Dr. Adrian Blundell-Wignall is the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Financial Markets and Director in the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) at the OECD. DAF supports governments to improve the domestic and global policies that affect business and markets.
Marco Aurélio Borges de Almada Abreu
President and CEO, Bancoob
Mr. Almada worked with Banco de Crédito Real S.A. (Credireal) between 1982 and 1997, among others as Head of the Budget and Management Department. Towards the end of his mandate, he was also involved with the selling process of the Bank. After the sale, he worked for a year at Banco BCN [BCN Bank] and Bradesco as Manager of Budget and Costs.
Professor of Economics, LUMSA University
Giovanni Ferri, Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, is a Professor of Economics and Vice-Rector of Teaching and Students’ Rights at LUMSA University. Between 1999 and 2012, he was the Chair of the Department of Economics and Vice-Rector for International Relations at the University of Bari.
President and Member of the Executive Committee of La Coop fédérée
Ghislain Gervais has been active in numerous organizations over the past 17 years, and was elected President of La Coop fédérée’s Board of Directors in 2016. He brings extensive leadership experience to the organization, along with the ability to clearly articulate and implement a strategic vision that serves members’ interests. His thorough understanding of the environment in which La Coop fédérée operates puts him in an excellent position to represent the organization, in cooperation with the CEO.
As President of the Board of Directors, Ghislain Gervais encourages dialogue between consumers and the industry so that everyone has a chance to listen and to be heard.
Mr. Gervais is a graduate of “Institut de technologique agroalimentaire” and works as a poultry and field crop producer. He previously served as president of the board of directors at La Coop Agrilait. He has also held at seat on his regional UPA union, the board of directors of Club Yamasol, and the Saint-Guillaume CLD (local development centre).
President and CEO, Banco Credicoop
Mr. Heller has been working in the field of credit cooperatives since 1963. Between 1964 and 1974, he acted as Manager of the Caja de Crédito Villa Maipú. In 1974, he works at the Instituto Movilizador de Fondos Cooperativos (Argentine credit unions’ coordinating body), where he becomes Regional Manager of Buenos Aires.
Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Managing Directors, DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank
Since 2006, Wolfgang Kirsch has been Chief Executive Officer of DZ BANK AG, having been Member of the Board of Managing Directors since April 2002. As Chief Executive Officer of DZ BANK, he is responsible for the Legal Department, Communication & Marketing, Verbund, Audit divisions and for group coordination.
President, Fédération Nationale du Crédit Agricole
Dominique Lefebvre is a cereal farmer and has held numerous positions within professional agricultural organizations. He got involved in Crédit Agricole’s working bodies very early on and, in 1995, was elected Chairman of Crédit Agricole de la Beauce et du Perche, now Crédit Agricole Val de France (1997).
Chief Executive Officer, Fédération nationale des Caisses d’Epargne
Florence Raineix has been Chief Executive Officer of the Fédération Nationale des Caisses d’Epargne since 2011. She spent her career at the Réseau des Caisses d’Epargne (RSE), where she gained solid operational experience in RSE’s various sectors.
Professor, Department of Information Technologies, HEC Montréal
Jacques Robert is a professor in the Department of Information Technologies at HEC Montréal. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Montréal and a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.
His research interests include applied game theory, mechanism design and experimental economics, and information technology education.
Scientific journals in which he has published include Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Quaterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Information & Management, Journal of the International Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Annals of Finance, and Neural Computation.
Member of the Board of Directors, Raiffeisen Group
Prof. Dr. Franco Taisch is an entrepreneur and member of various boards, among others, member of the board of directors and member of the audit and risk committee of the Raiffeisen Group, the third largest and system relevant banking group in Switzerland, chairman of the board of directors of Swiss Rock Asset Management Ltd., an international Swiss asset manager.
Director of Institutional Relations and Mutual Orientations – Groupama Assurances Mutuelles
Pascal Viné is an agronomy engineer AgroParisTech and doctor of the national polytechnic institute of Grenoble. He currently holds the position of Director of Institutional Relations and Mutual Orientations at Groupama Assurances Mutuelles.
He began his career as a teacher-researcher at the National School of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests.
In 1998, he joined the departmental directorate of agriculture and forestry of Eure as head of the agricultural economics department.
After leading modernization missions in the ministries of agriculture and state reform, he became, between 2003 and 2007, adviser to the Cabinet of the Minister of Agriculture, then advisor for agriculture and fishing in the Prime Minister’s Office.
In 2007, he was General Director of the Research Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (IRSTEA), and in 2009, Cabinet Director of the Minister of Agriculture. He heads the National Forest Office from 2010 to 2015.
From 2015 to 2018, he was the General Delegate of the Federation of Coop de France.