24 Apr Louise Champoux-Paillé
As an experienced Certified Corporate Director in a male-dominated field, Louise Champoux-Paillé has always strived to promote female talent in her profession. This exceptional woman began her career in the financial sector in 1971, an era where there were very few women in the industry. She quickly climbed the ranks while remaining involved in her community and advocating for the presence of women in strategic positions. This mindset led her to many executive positions and to pursue her passion for volunteering for more than three decades. She is a true pioneer in her field. For instance, she was the founding president of the Bureau des services financiers du Québec, a regulatory organization created to supervise representatives in insurance, financial planning, and mutual fund brokerage. She was also Executive Vice-President and CEO of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec.
Ms. Champoux-Paillé was also the first female president of Leucan, a non-profit organization created to support children with cancer, and the first female president of the Cercle des administrateurs de sociétés certifiés. Her own professional career has led to her to tackle the underrepresentation of women in boards of directors and to highlight the importance of having complementary skillsets and equal representation in executive positions. In fact, she submitted a brief on the topic to the Ontario Securities Commission in support of a project designed to invite public companies to increase their efforts to improve diversity within their boards of directors.
In 2012, the government of Quebec named her a Knight of the National Order of Quebec, the highest decoration bestowed by the province of Quebec, for her outstanding contribution to the financial sector and for her involvement with Leucan, where she contributed to regionalizing services for families and creating a new approach to raise funds within Quebec’s business community.
This recognition also aimed to highlight her contribution to the “Accès 51” committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, which seeks to promote the presence of women within boards of directors with the publication of a directory of skilled women in the industry. At the time of its publication, women represented only 6% of board members in the province of Quebec.
Finally, the award aimed to showcase her work as a board member of the Mouvement d’éducation et de défense des actionnaires, whose mission is to raise awareness about the presence of women in executive positions of major public Canadian companies. Even though she has had a remarkable professional career and has been involved in volunteering, Ms. Champoux-Paillé has always strived for a work-life balance and has focused on providing younger generations with mentorship, research, and education. She is well-known for her work and the trust she places in future generations. As such, she has earned several awards such as the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, awarded every year to five Canadian women who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equality in Canada. The recipients of this award are women who continue the tradition of courage, integrity, determination and who have made their mark on the country’s history.
She also received the Prix Performance from UQÀM, awarded to graduates who have shown exceptional hard work, perseverance, and leadership. A similar award was bestowed upon her by the Collège Marie de l’Incarnation. Ms. Paillé is a dedicated woman to whom we owe much today for helping increase the number of women in executive positions!
Fonds du Canada pour les périodiques | Canada Periodical Fund
Ministère du Patrimoine canadien | Departement of Canadian Heritage
Gouvernement du Canada / Government of Canada