Francoise BertrandMontreal, Quebec
Françoise Bertrand has since 2003 been the president and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), the largest network of business people and businesses in Québec. Her career path as a senior executive started at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). From 1980 to 1988 she held various positions there, including dean of resources management. She left UQAM to become CEO of the Société de radio-télévision du Québec, known today as Télé-Québec.
In 1996 Françoise Bertrand became the first woman to chair the Canadian Radio-Televison and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Under her leadership, the CRTC issued a new policy framework for radio and television.
From 2001 to 2003 she partnered with Groupe SECOR. At SECOR she shared expertise in strategic council with senior executives in telecommunications, and also developed a team of professionals at SECOR’s offices in Canada in France, working in the culture, media and telecommunications sectors.
Françoise Bertrand has received many awards and distinctions, among which the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, received from France in 2001. In 2007, Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 recognized her as one of the most influential women in the country. In 2008, she received the Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec, the highest distinction award by the Québec government.
A graduate in sociology from Université de Montréal and the holder of a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University, she is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Directors’ Education Program.