Louise Champoux-Paillé has worked relentlessly for more than 25 years to champion women in senior roles at public and private institutions in Canada. Breaking new ground in a number of senior management positions, she has served as founding president of the Bureau des services financiers du Québec, executive vice-president and CEO of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés and president of Leucan, an organization that supports children with leukemia and other forms of cancer.
Her research and volunteer work with numerous organizations, including Groupe international de recherche en éthique financière (GIREF), have helped promote good governance and women’s access to strategic roles. For nearly ten years she served as chair of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal’s Comité Accès 51 and published directories to promote women’s talents in society. She has remained actively involved by serving on the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal’s “pink tie committee” and facilitates women’s access to senior management positions in her work as a mentor, teacher, and social media monitor.
Through her professional activities and extensive social and civic engagement, she has encouraged a new generation of female executives and administrators. Economist by training, she holds an MBA and a master’s degree in museology from Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1994, she became the first woman to receive that university’s Performance Award in recognition of her contribution to the community. She is a Fellow of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés. In 2012, the Québec government named her member of the Ordre national du Québec. In 2014, she won the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, granted each year to five Canadian women who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life for women and girls in Canada. In 2016, she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions as an administrator and for her commitment to promoting women in governance.