Yvan Allaire, PhD (MIT), FRSC, Ch.O.M.

Executive Chair of the Board of Directors, IGOPP
Emeritus Professor of Strategy (UQAM)

A professor of strategy for many years, he co-founded the strategy consulting group SÉCOR INC., and was executive vice-president at Bombardier Inc (1996-2001) and Chairman of Bombardier Capital (1999-2001).

He was the Chair of the Global Council on the Role of Business of the World Economic Forum and he is the Executive Chair of the Institute for governance of public and private organizations.

He has also been a member of the board of several publicly listed and not-for-profit organizations including CGI Group and Bombardier. He is a member of The Strategic Management Association and Sigma Xi (M.I.T. Chapter).

Prolific author, Professor Allaire has published many award-winning articles on strategy and is the co-author of several books on strategy and governance. The book Black Markets and Business Blues (FI Press 2009) with Professor Mihaela Firsirotu won the Silver Award from the American Independent Publishers Association. Dr. Allaire has recently published “A Capitalism of Owners” (2012) and “La vertu du juste milieu” (IGOPP, 2013) also co-authored with Professor Firsirotu.

He is also the author of several IGOPP policy papers, which offer new perspectives on a range of controversial issues including: Dual-class voting shares, Corporate Citizenship, The place of women on boards of directors, Say-on-Pay by shareholders, The Gordian knot of executive compensation, The Troubling Case of Proxy Advisors, among others.

Dr. Allaire is a regular contributor of opinion pieces in French and English newspapers (Financial Post), a commentator on business TV programs as well as a frequent speaker at corporate governance conferences.

Dr. Allaire holds a B.Sc. Com (Summa cum laude) and MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke and a PhD from MIT. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2008, Dr. Allaire was selected as one of Canada’s six Business Gurus by the Financial Post Magazine.