CEO Seminar: Richard Payette

Manulife Quebec


Monday 10 Feb 2020
From 5PM To 7PM

Richard Payette


Mr Richard Payette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Quebec from September 2016 to December 2019, shared his experience during a networking reception gathering researchers and business people.

His presentation was on "The Age of Audacity: Initiating Transformation". Richard Payette shared his experience as an executive, including at Manulife, and his thoughts on the necessary transformation of businesses and the economic development issues facing Quebec.

Richard Payette

Until recently, Mr. Richard Payette was President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Quebec. In this capacity, he was responsible for the development, deployment and execution of the Quebec strategy to strengthen Manulife's position and support the company's mission and vision to become a customer-centric, digital company.

Previously, Richard Payette was President and Chief Executive Officer for the Americas region of BDO International. In his role, he was responsible for leading, supporting, implementing and stimulating strategic initiatives in the region that includes Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. He was also President and Chief Executive Officer of another major accounting and consulting firm, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, and was a member of the executive board of its international network.

Richard Payette is actively involved in the socio-economic development of the community. He sits on many boards of directors and advisory committees. He was Chairman of the Board of the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

As CEO and leader, Richard Payette has acquired solid experience through his achievements in digital transformation, operational transformation and team leadership. He is also known for his leadership, communication and visionary skills.

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Louise Roy

Now an International Consultant and a Corporate Director, Louise Roy is Chair of the Board and Invited Fellow at CIRANO.

Louise Roy has held senior management positions in the fields of urban transportation, air transportation and the communications industry. She was CEO of the Société de transport de Montréal (1985-1992), Executive Vice-President for the Americas of Air France at its Paris headquarters (1994-1997), CEO of Telemedia Communications Inc. (1997-2000) and Executive Vice-President of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) (2000-2003).

Since September 2003, Ms. Roy has been a Visiting Fellow at CIRANO and, since 2012, she chairs the Board of Directors of this Centre for Applied Public Policy Research. She was Chancellor and Chair of the Board of the Université de Montréal from 2008 to 2018 and was appointed Chancellor Emeritus.

In the course of her career, she has also served as a director of Power Financial Corporation and Intact Financial Corporation, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Provigo Inc. the Laurentian Bank of Canada, Videotron Ltd. and Domtar Corporation. She has chaired the Board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, a cultural funding agency. Ms. Roy is currently a director of Montréal International, the Opéra de Montréal, the Fondation du Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) and Aéroport de Montréal.

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16:45 - 17:15
17:15 - 18:00
Richard Payette
18:00 - 18:30
Question Period
Richard Payette, Louise Roy
18:30 - 19:00


1130 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 2M8, Canada