Governance
of the IRCM

Executive Committee

Michel Décary

Chair of the IRCM Governance Committee, member of the IRCM Executive Committee, Consulting partner, BCF law firm

Michel Décary’s experience as a pleader has run the gamut of Canadian courts at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as provincial and federal administrative tribunals and domestic arbitration tribunals, in matters regarding corporate, commercial and securities law. He has either acted as counsel or represented witnesses before several public inquiries such as Cliche, Malouf, Gomery and Johnson.

Throughout his career, Mr. Décary has been a Board member for various companies and organizations. Today, he is a member of the Board for National Public Relations and the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. 

He is a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since 2014. He chairs the Governance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Pierre Duplessis

Chairman of the IRCM Board, IRCM; Management and Public Health Consultant

Pierre Duplessis is a Management Consultant specializing in public health and the implementation of development projects at a national and international level. He is also Adjunct Professor for the School of public health at the Université de Montréal. He holds a MD degree from the Université de Montréal, a Master’s in public health from Harvard University and a specialty in community medicine from the Université Laval.

Dr. Duplessis started his career in clinical medicine, became public health specialist in the early 1980s and spent 20 years of his career in health care management from 1990-2010. He held several positions including Senior Medical Advisor to the Deputy Minister for the Quebec ministry of Health and Social services, Deputy Secretary General for the Quebec College of Physicians, and Secretary General and CEO for the Canadian Red Cross Society. Dr. Duplessis has gained over 30 years of teaching experience at McGill University, the Université de Montréal and University of Ottawa. For the past several years, he volunteers with various non-profit organizations and currently chairs the Board of Directors of CellCAN. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Gold Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Duplessis has been a member of the Board since December 2015, and Chairman since June 2017. He is also member of the Executive Committee and of the Governance Committee.

Marinella Ermacora

President of the IRCM Human Ressources Committee, Corporate Director

Marinella Ermacora is a Corporate Director with extensive executive experience acquired in dynamic corporations (Fujitsu, CGI, and Bell Canada), and who acted as President at Createch, a Bell Canada company. Over the past 35 years, as an energetic and action-oriented leader, she combined information technology and business to improve innovation, cost savings, operational improvements and growth. She excels in governance, business development, project management, negotiations, process reengineering and business transformation. Marinella Ermacora is known for her inspiring leadership as well as her ability to mobilize and influence others towards common success.  A Certified Director (ICD.D) by the Institute of Corporate Directors (McGill-Rotman), Ms. Ermacora sits on the boards of GHGSat and Capital Régional et Coopératif Desjardins.

Ms. Ermacora was a member of the IRCM Foundation Board of Directors from 2010 to 2017. She has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since September 2017. She is also President of the IRCM Human Ressources Committee and a member of the IRCM Executive Committee.

Michel Lespérance

Member of the IRCM Governance Committee, Member of the Executive Committee, Corporate Director

Lawyer and member of the Québec Bar since 1967, Michel Lespérance pursued his career at the Université de Montréal, where he was assistant Secretary-General, assistant to the Vice-Rector of administration, and Secretary-General of the university. He retired in 2005 and was appointed Secretary-General Emeritus of the Université in April 2008.

Throughout his career, Mr. Lespérance served on the several Boards of Directors, including that of the École Polytechnique de Montréal, the CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent and the Caisse populaire Côte-des-Neiges. He is Secretary of the Advisory Board for the Autorité des marches financiers and has been a member of several associations, such as the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Groupement international des secrétaires généraux des universités francophones.

Mr. Lespérance has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since June 2011. He is also a member of the Human Ressources Committee, the Executive Committee and the Governance Committee.

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