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Five Top Female Leaders to Speak at Executive Education HEC Montréal

February 14, 2022

As part of the “Women in Leadership: Keys to the C-Suite” course, Executive Education HEC Montréal is pleased to welcome five extraordinary women who have made a distinctive mark in their chosen fields.

They will each share their insights and experiences with participants, with Pénélope Codello, Associate Professor and Director of Certificate Programs at HEC Montréal, acting as moderator.

The first of these activities — a presentation by none other than Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and Leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly — will be held on May 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. This will be followed on March 15 with a panel discussion with such inspiring female leaders as Régine Laurent, Mélanie Paul, Johanne Turbide and Cathy Wong.

The two-day course is an opportunity for participants to better define who they are, identify their strengths and hone their ability to exert their influence.


Opening Speaker


Dominique Anglade

Dominique Anglade

Dominique Anglade was first elected to the National Assembly as the Member for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne in 2015. She subsequently served as the Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and the Minister responsible for Digital Strategy before being appointed Deputy Premier of Quebec in 2017.

She was re-elected as an MNA in October 2018, becoming the Official Opposition Critic for the Economy and Immigration. On May 11, 2020, she became the first woman to lead the Quebec Liberal Party and serve as the Leader of the Official Opposition.


Régine Laurent

Régine Laurent

In 2009, Régine Laurent left her nursing career to become the President of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec.

In 2017, after two terms at the head of the largest healthcare union in Quebec, she announced she would be stepping down from her union duties.

In May 2019, she was picked to chair the Special Commission on the Rights of the Child and Youth Protection.

She was appointed to the Groupe TVA Board of Directors in September 2021 and is a regular contributor to the LCN television program Le Bilan.

Mélanie Paul

Mélanie Paul

Mélanie Paul is President of Inukshuk Synergie, Co-President of Akua Nature and Co-Founder of the Mocassins et Talons Hauts Circle. She has served as a commissioner for the Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan band council, Vice-President of the Société de développement économique Ilnu, Co-President of the Chambre de commerce et de l’industrie de Roberval and President of the First Nations table.

In 2018, she was presented with a young entrepreneur award from the Conseil du patronat du Québec. The following year, she sat on a committee of experts tasked with preparing a report on the inclusion of Indigenous labour in the Quebec workforce.

Johanne Turbide

Johanne Turbide

Johanne Turbide is a professor at HEC Montréal in addition to serving as the School’s Secretary General and Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She is a Fellow of the Ordre des CPA du Québec and holds a PhD from the University of Warwick in England as well as an MSc in management from HEC Montréal.

Her main research interests lie in the governance and the strategic and financial management of social, community and cultural organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Centraide of Greater Montreal.

Cathy Wong

Cathy Wong

Cathy Wong has a degree in law and was named Vice President, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Official Languages at Telefilm Canada in November 2021. She has dedicated the past 10 years of her professional life to furthering inclusion and representation of diversity in the community, media, political and cultural realms.

Elected as a Montreal city councillor in 2017, she became the first person of Chinese descent to serve at City Hall and the first female chair of City Council.

Learn more about "Women in Leadership: Keys to the C-Suite".

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