Montréal, Québec, March 17, 2015 – Mr. Claude Séguin, Chairman of the Board of Finance Montréal, and Mr. Jacques Girard, Chairman of the Board of the International Financial Centre of Montréal, are please to announce the appointment of Mr. Mario Albert as new Chief Executive Officer of both organizations. Mr. Albert will begin his mandate on April 1st, 2015.
Mr. Albert previously assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Investissement Québec, an economic development agency. From 2011 to 2013, he acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Autorité des marches financiers (AMF), the local financial markets regulator. Mr. Albert also served in various senior roles at the AMF from 2007 to 2011. He began his career at the Department of Finance Canada where he held different positions from 1982 to 1994, including that of Director, Canadian Economic Forecast. He then worked at the ministère des Finances du Québec from 1994 to 2007 where he assumed several functions leading up to his work as Assistant Deputy Minister, Budgetary Policy and Economics.
“Mr. Albert is a leader with notable qualifications who has held key positions in Québec’s financial services industry. His appointment is testimony to the commitment of Finance Montréal’s members to develop and promote our local industry. On behalf of the Directors and Governors of Finance Montréal, I would like to welcome Mr. Albert and offer him all our support regarding the execution of his mandate. I also take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Mr. Eric Lemieux, the outgoing Chief Executive Officer, for the quality of his work during his three year mandate at the head of Finance Montréal. We wish him the best of luck in his future projects” declared Mr. Claude Séguin, Chairman of the Board, Finance Montréal.
“Due to his great experience and his thorough knowledge of the industry, Mr. Albert possesses all the skills required to insure the development of the International Financial Centre of Montréal and implement its mission, which notably consists of attracting foreign financial firms on our territory. I am convinced he will demonstrate leadership and determination in reaching our objectives. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to welcome Mr. Albert, wishing him the best success in his new role and offering him all our support in the execution of his mandate. I would also like to thank Mr. Eric Lemieux for the work he accomplished during his mandate as Chief Executive Officer of the International Financial Centre and offer him the best success in the next phase of his career” declared Mr. Jacques Girard, Chairman of the Board, International Financial Centre of Montréal.
About Finance Montréal
Finance Montréal, Québec’s financial cluster, was created in 2010 by institutions of the financial services industry at the invitation of the Québec Government. Finance Montréal’s mission is to enhance Montréal’s reputation as a strong, innovative and world-class financial hub. The organization helps strengthen Québec’s financial sector by generating growth and supporting high value-added financial activities strategic to its development. Finance Montréal brings together 23 Governor Members, 13 Associate Members and close to 300 volunteer professionals. It fosters cooperation among a vast range of financial companies to watch over the industry’s common interests while raising awareness of the financial specializations found in Montréal. To learn more about Finance Montréal, visit www.finance-montreal.com.
About the International Financial Centre of Montréal
The International Financial Centre of Montréal (IFC-Montréal) works to develop Montréal as a financial hub on the world stage. It advises and helps companies wishing to carry out international financial transactions out of Montréal with respect to IFC tax program eligibility. The team also determines if these companies could benefit from other tax incentives or financing sources and assists them, through its network of partners, with their administrative matters (immigration, real estate, etc.). IFC-Montréal can also connect these companies with financial institutions present in Montréal. Close to 60 companies are certified as International Financial Centres in Montréal, and approximately 900 accredited employees carry out qualified international financial transactions. To learn more, visit www.ifcmontreal.com
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