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Board of Directors

We can count on the invaluable support of our Board of Directors to ensure the good governance ofOption consommateurs. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, the members of the Board bring their experience and know-how to bear in defending the interests of consumers.

Bernard Blackburn

Chairman

Bernard Blackburn

Bernard Blackburn

Chairman

Strategist, trainer and certified corporate director, Bernard Blackburn is President and Senior Advisor in Governance, Ethics and Strategy at GUBERNA Consulting Services. He is also Chairman of the Ethics and Professional Conduct Investigation Committee of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec. From 2016 to 2020, he was President of the Quebec Organizational Ethics Network. From 2012 to 2014, he was a lecturer in governance at the Université de Sherbrooke.
A member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec (Adm.A), he holds a bachelor's degree (BAA) and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from HEC Montréal, as well as certification in corporate governance (ASC, C.Dir.) from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (Université Laval).
Mr. Blackburn has over 30 years' experience in management and strategic development, as well as nearly 15 years in providing strategic support to senior management and boards of directors in their governance and ethics issues.

Michelangelo Madalena

Vice President

Michelangelo Madalena

Michelangelo Madalena

Vice President

A law graduate in Quebec and Brazil, Mr. Madalena has worked in a number of organizations and has solid experience in civil liability, contract law, business law and corporate management. He is involved on a voluntary basis in various causes, such as consumer protection and the integration of immigrants. Among other things, Mr. Madalena worked with consumer associations for seven years, and also co-founded a business law information clinic to assist newcomer entrepreneurs. Curious and motivated, Michelangelo Madalena is always ready to take on new challenges.

Johanne Gauthier

Treasurer

Johanne Gauthier

Johanne Gauthier

Treasurer

Johanne holds a CPA-CMA from Concordia University and an MBA in Finance from UQAM. With over 20 years' experience in finance and management, Johanne has worked in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, banking, international shipping and entertainment. Thanks to her appetite for a challenge, Johanne has made the difference in critical refinancing and corporate restructuring situations. Johanne also has a wealth of experience in implementing accounting and treasury systems, and has made her mark in operational process management and strategic reporting (business intelligence). Her leadership has enabled her to sit on pan-Canadian boards, including the AFP from 2011 to 2014, and on the executive board of the SCT (Society of Canadian Treasurers) from 2011 to 2014. As CFO of Première Bobine Inc. Johanne sits on the executive committee of this international company.

Geneviève Jacob

Secretary

Geneviève Jacob

Geneviève Jacob

Secretary

Geneviève has over 20 years' experience as a human resources manager in a variety of sectors. She holds a degree in industrial relations from the Université de Montréal and is a member of the Ordre des CRHA. Having worked in both SMEs and large corporations, she is skilled in negotiation, strategic planning and change management. She is currently a lecturer at Université de Montréal and HEC Montréal. She is also involved in a number of volunteer causes, having served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Montreal (2014-2017).

Marie Lefebvre

Director

Marie Lefebvre

Marie Lefebvre

Director

Marie Lefebvre has over 25 years' experience in marketing and communications, notably in research, marketing, branding, content marketing, partnerships and advertising. A seasoned manager, she stands out for her ability to steer transformations that structure the future of organizations. To achieve this, consistency is her leitmotiv: her strategies and actions are anchored in a clear and ambitious strategic vision. Her career has been marked by a number of well-known Quebec organizations: Léger, Énergir, STM, Chambre des notaires and Chenelière Éducation. Marie is currently Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Louis Migault

Director

Louis Migault

Louis Migault

Director

Louis Migault has over 10 years' experience in security and privacy management. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from HEC Montréal. He then began his career as a consultant with Accenture, working in the USA, Canada and Europe. He then decided to work on the customer side as Director of Security for the Aldo Group. He now works for a company called Okta, and teaches security at HEC Montréal.

Marie Pier Thivierge

Director

Marie Pier Thivierge

Marie Pier Thivierge

Director

Marie Pier Thivierge is a notary-tax specialist and financial planner. She is a seasoned wealth manager with over 13 years' experience in estate planning, wealth management and taxation for individuals and organizations. She is an expert and consultant in complex topics such as tax planning, cash management, estate and gift planning, business succession, transition planning and philanthropy. Her strategic vision, capacity for influence and authentic leadership, and in-depth knowledge of the financial market enable her to create cross-sector synergies while deploying her inspiration and future orientation. She holds a bachelor's degree in law, a diploma in notarial law and a master's degree in taxation. She is also a member of the executive committee of the wills, estates and trusts section of the Canadian Bar Association, a writer and trainer for the Institut québécois de planification financière (IQPF) and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Association des jeunes notaires du Québec.

Ferdinand Tchounkeu

Director

Ferdinand Tchounkeu

Ferdinand Tchounkeu

Director

Ferdinand Tchounkeu is a Certified Corporate Director (ASC, C.Dir.-Chartered Director), and has served on boards of directors and their committees for several years. He has 20 years' professional experience in project and operations management in the agri-food processing industry, both in Canada and Switzerland.
His experience with consumer products for multinationals such as Danone, Nespresso and Nestlé has given him a wealth of experience in managing consumer interests.
Ferdinand holds an MBA (finance and management option) and a certificate in financial planning from HEC Montréal, and is a graduate of the Haute École d'Ingénieurs du Valais in Switzerland.