Our employees are dynamic, dedicated, and skilled. They deserve the same in their board of directors.
To better serve communities across the country, we’ve brought together a seasoned team of directors from a variety of fields to build a board with strong credibility. Together they ensure that decisions are made based on our members and clients’ interests, our organization’s values, and the highest standards in the industry.
Jean St-Gelais served as chair of the board and CEO of La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services. Before its merger of equals with SSQ Insurance, La Capitale had $8.8 billion in assets and 2,800 employees through its subsidiaries.
Having studied public administration and earned a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University, Jean St-Gelais has occupied a number of strategic positions and overseen numerous major projects.
After a stint at the Bank of Canada, Jean St-Gelais held various positions at the Quebec Ministry of Finance from 1985 to 2001.
In 2001, the premier made him secretary general and clerk of the Conseil exécutif. In 2004, Jean St-Gelais took up the reins of the brand new Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). During his two terms at the head of AMF, he also directed the Canadian Securities Administrators and helped bring in the harmonized passport system.
In 2011, he left AMF to set up and direct Revenu Québec, where he focused on anti-money laundering.
In September 2012, Jean St-Gelais returned to his position of secretary general and clerk of the Conseil exécutif. He retired from public service in 2015 and joined the board of La Capitale the same year. He became president and CEO on May 2, 2016.
Very involved in the philanthropic community, Jean St-Gelais is chair of the board of Fondation du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. He also serves as chair of the board of Investissement Québec and Université Laval.
René Hamel was Chair of the Board of SSQ Insurance. He has a long and distinguished career in the company and in the insurance industry. In particular, he was Chief Executive Officer of SSQ Insurance from 2008 to 2015.
René Hamel holds a bachelor's degree in Actuarial Science from Université Laval and is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. He is actively involved in various social causes.