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Quebec investment firm appoints vice-president of legal affairs

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 4:14 PM | By John Chunn

Quebec investment firm Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced the appointment of Michel Lalande as executive vice-president, legal affairs and secretariat.

According to CDPQ’s press release, Lalande, who has 30 years of experience as a lawyer and executive, will manage all of CDPQ’s legal and regulatory activities. He will play a key role in supporting CDPQ and its subsidiaries on legal, regulatory, ethical and compliance matters related to investments and operations in Quebec, Canada and around the world. He will also manage the organization’s secretariat, which oversees the application of best governance practices and advises the board of directors and its committees as well as CDPQ’s various internal committees.

“Michel Lalande is known for his great leadership and his ability to steer complex projects involving multiple stakeholders,” Charles Emond, president and CEO of CDPQ, said in the press release. “His vast transactional experience, both in Canada and abroad, and his detailed understanding of regulatory issues give him a broad and complete overview of the key role legal affairs plays for a global, long-term investor like CDPQ.”

Lalande, who will join CDPQ in January 2021, is chief legal officer and corporate secretary of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. He began his legal career in corporate mergers and acquisitions and securities at Fasken, formerly known as Fasken Martineau. After some years as legal affairs director at Teleglobe, during which he worked on several international transactions, partnerships and financing, he joined BCE/Bell Canada in 2000 as assistant general counsel to continue working on transactions, following which he became responsible for BCE/Bell Canada’s legal and secretariat department.