- Who We Are
The members of the Council are involved in more than 90% of the major infrastructure projects in Canada and are key players in Quebec.
Our members are architects, builders, engineers, lawyers, consultants, financiers whose combined excellence, skills and knowledge of the public and private sectors make up the Infrastructure Council’s core expertise. The Council acts as a centre of expertise, reflection and knowledge-sharing with an international reach.
- Our Role
Our work focuses on identifying, analyzing and sharing the world’s infrastructure innovations, and encouraging sustainable economic development.
- Board of Directors
Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Financial Markets, National Bank
Vincent Joli-Cœur joined National Bank in 2011 as Vice-Chairman of the Board, Financial Markets. He is responsible for the high level coverage of corporate, government and institutional clients. During his career of nearly 25 years, he has been involved in some of the most important infrastructure financings in Canada including the recent transactions of the Champlain Bridge, the CRCHUM, the CHUM, the CUSUM among others. Mr. Joli-Cœur also advises several large Canadian companies. Mr. Joli-Cœur is involved in the Quebec community, as chair of the boards of directors of the University of Sherbrooke and of the Institute for Public-Private Partnership. Mr. Joli-Cœur holds a Masters in Business Administration from Paris Dauphine University.
President and General Manager
GNR Québec Capital
Executive Director, PPP
ENGIE Services – North America
Nicolas Vézeau is Executive Director, Public Private Partnership with ENGIE Services and covers the North American market.
Prior to joining ENGIE, Nicolas worked in management consulting with KPMG in the digital transformation team.
Nicolas holds a master’s degree in finance from the École nationale d’administration (ENA) in France and a master’s and a bachelor’s degree from Laval University in Québec city.
Executive Vice President Capital and Treasurer
Stéphanie Vaillancourt is Executive Vice-President, Capital, and Treasurer of SNC-Lavalin. As Executive Vice-President, Capital, she is responsible for investing capital in projects, including major projects, managing SNC-Lavalin’s multi-billion-dollar portfolio of infrastructure investments across the world, and bidding as a financing partner on large public-private projects. In her role of Treasurer, Ms. Vaillancourt oversees the Treasury, Insurance and Corporate Procurement divisions of the company.
Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin in October 2016, Ms. Vaillancourt held a number of key positions in large organizations. She joined SNC-Lavalin from Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) where she was Treasurer. She has more than 20 years of experience in Treasury, Risk Management and Corporate Finance, which includes positions at Hydro-Québec and GE Capital Canada.
Ms. Vaillancourt obtained a M.Sc. in Finance from HEC Montreal and holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation.
Principal, Aviation Consultant and Montreal Office Lead
Martin Landry is Director of Arup’s Montreal office whose members contribute to shape the future of this city with significant projects such as Highway A 30, the New Samuel-De Champlain Bridge, Turcot Interchange, Port de Contrecœur, Royal Victoria Hospital and YUL Airport. Aside his role as Lead of Aviation Planning for Arup Canada, Martin sits on Arup’s Global Aviation Executive Board, in charge of driving the Business Development Strategy for Aviation.
With over 25 years experience in Aviation and Transportation Development and Planning, Martin provided his strong leadership in major international airport projects such as MTL, NY JFK, Sao Paolo, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, and Auckland (NZ), including 2 new airports: Kunming (China) and Istanbul (Turkey).
Ensuring a permanent presence in Canada since 1999, Arup is a global consulting, design, and engineering firm that is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. Working in over 140 countries, Arup has more than 14,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants from 88 countries – 1,400 in the Americas region and 350 in Canada. Combining its local knowledge with its integrated global networks and expertise, Arup delivers innovative multidisciplinary projects in a variety of key industries such as transportation, infrastructure, bridges and tunnels, health, education, arts and culture and consulting.
Vice-President of Public Infrastructure Development
Executive Director for the Modernization of University-Affiliated Hospitals in Montréal
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Government of Quebec
Partner, Global Infrastructure Group
Roger Arsenault, Eng. GSC
Vice-President, Major Infrastructures Projects, Eastern Canada
Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée.
Mr. Arsenault is an engineer by training and obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1983 and also obtained the Gold Seal Certification from the CCA in 2000.
For more than 35 years, Mr. Arsenault has worked in the field of construction of major civil engineering works. Having worked for various entrepreneurs, since 2008 he has been vice-president of the Major Infrastructure Projects – Eastern Canada division – for Aecon Group Inc..
Mr. Arsenault is a high-level manager in the construction industry and has actively participated in the execution of major projects in the field of civil engineering and infrastructure, both in conventional mode and in alternative delivery model.
Mr. Arsenault sat on the board of directors of Festival Classica from 2010 to 2012 and also sat on the board of directors of the Association des Constructeurs de Routes et Grands Travaux du Québec (ACRGTQ) from 2009 to 2015 where he subsequently held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2016 and 2017. Mr. Arsenault is now serving on the Boards of Directors of the Conseil du Patronat du Quebec (CPQ) since 2018 and the Infrastructure Council.
Partner, Infrastructure and Project Finance
Alma Global Infrastructure
Partner, Infrastructure Advisory
Partner, Financial Services
Etienne is a partner in the Firm’s Financial services’ team and served on the Firm’s Partnership Board for 5 years. Having more than 30 years’ experience, he is a respected business lawyer recognized by business leaders in Montreal in the areas of financial services, infrastructure and corporate finance.
Etienne is recognized as a leading lawyer in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 in the areas of Banking & Financial Institutions, Corporate Commercial Law and Project Finance, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Project Finance Law and Asset-Based Lending and Who’s Who Legal Canada 2020 in the area of Banking.
Borden Ladner Gervais
Director of Transportation
Hatch Mott MacDonald
Senior Vice-President, Canam Bridges
Canam Group Inc.
Mr. Marc O’Connor is a senior manager with over 38 years’ experience in project and construction management. He is highly versed in the design and construction of major infrastructures projects, bridges and major industrial project as aluminum smelters, iron ore mines and concentrators, gold, potash and phosphate processing plant, steel processing, transformation and fabrication plants. He acquired extensive experience by working on several major projects in Canada, USA and abroad, including the Middle East, Europe, South & Central America and Africa.
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking
Desjardins Capital Markets
Mathieu Talbot is Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking at Desjardins Capital Markets since January 2017. He is also a member of the Capital Markets management committee and Chair of the capital allocation committee. Mathieu’s overall responsibilities include direct oversight of all Corporate Banking and Loan syndication activities.
Since joining the ranks of Desjardins in 2011, Mathieu has held several senior positions, including Managing Director and Head of Loan Syndication which involved oversight responsibilities regarding the execution of syndicated loans for Desjardins’ commercial and corporate financing platforms.
Prior to joining Desjardins, Mathieu spent several years working in corporate and investment banking for another leading Canadian financial institution.
He holds a joint MBA degree from York University / Université Laval.
Partner, Vice-President of Development – Major Projects
David Andrew Kaija
Vice-President, Infrastructure Projects
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