Chair of the Board, Laurentian Bank of Canada
Member of the Human Resources Committee, IGOPP
Isabelle Courville, an engineer and a lawyer by training, is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada. Founded in 1846, the Bank has about $39 billion in balance sheet assets and employs almost 4,000 people. Recognized for its excellent service, the Laurentian Bank serves more than one and a half million clients across Canada in selected market segments in which it holds an enviable position.
Previously, Ms. Courville was President of Hydro‐Québec Distribution. This division has 7,000 employees serving 4 million customers throughout Québec. She was also President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie, the division in charge of operating Hydro-Québec’s power transmission system. Ms. Courville was active for 20 years in the Canadian telecommunications business. She served as President of Bell Canada’s Enterprise Group and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Nordiq Group.
She is a board member of Canadian Pacific Railway and the TVA Group. She also sits on the board of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, the Institute of Corporate Directors. Moreover, and of Veolia Environnement, a French multinational specialized in optimizing the utilization of resources. She was a member of the APEC (Asia‐Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Advisory Council from 2010 to 2013.
In 2012, Isabelle Courville was selected amongst Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She is a three‐time recipient of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, granted by the Women’s Executive Network. In 2007, she received the McGill Management Achievement Award for her contribution to the business world and community involvement. In 2010, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec awarded her the Prix Hommage for her exceptional contribution to the engineering profession.