Jean-Philippe Renaut

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to becoming CEO, Jean-Philippe was responsible for the development and management of its processes and led specific dialogues with listed companies.

Over the past 12 years, Jean-Philippe has been developing and directing projects in positioning, planning and implementation of corporate sustainable development approaches. He worked five years in the London office of SustainAbility, one of the pioneers in sustainable development consulting. More recently, he was the Director, Responsible Investment at PSP Investments, the fund manager for the pension plans of the public services, the Canadian Forces, the RCMP and Canada’s Reserve Force.

Jean-Philippe has also worked in process analysis for four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree (B.Com.) in Business Administration from McGill University and a Masters degree (M.Sc) in Development and Environment from the London School of Economics.


François Meloche

Partner and Head of Corporate Engagement

François is the Director of Corporate Engagement and a founding partner at Æquo. He is in charge of the shareholder engagement process and priorities. Before joining Æquo, he was Extra-financial Risks Manager at Bâtirente for nearly 10 years. François also worked several years in firms specializing in social and environmental rating of companies, including Sustainalytics, the Groupe Investissement Responsable and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). During his career, he has participated in several filed visits in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe to analyse how extractive companies approach social and environmental impacts.

As a co-founder of different organisations and initiatives, François is a pioneer in the area of sustainable development in Québec and a regular speaker at conferences and events in responsible investment.


Arnaud Celka

Head of Research

Arnaud joined Æquo as a collaborator in research and dialogue.

Arnaud is an expert in ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He has gained his expertise as a consultant in this field, through advisory, training as well as research activities. His area of research includes business and ethics in private and public organizations, as well as risks and opportunities related to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG).

Arnaud holds a PhD in Sociology from the Université de Montréal (UdeM) as well as a Masters degree (M.Sc) in Political Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).


Anne Shiraishi


Corporate Engagement

Anne joined Æquo as Director – Shareholder Engagement. Her role focuses on engagement with US companies and on specific consulting projects with some of our partners.

As a corporate responsibility, communications and change management professional, she was part of the Corporate Responsibility (CR) team at PwC US and, more recently, in the biopharmaceutical field. She has developed expertise in responsible investment through various ESG disclosure and consulting projects in the real estate and technology industries.

Originally from California, Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (with a certificate from Sciences Po Toulouse), a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Management from the School of Global Policy and Strategy (UC San Diego), as well as an MBA from HEC Montréal.


Ms. Jacques is a corporate director and a strategic consultant. She has held various positions at la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and at Mouvement Desjardins for more than 30 years, during which she specialized in the implementation of complex projects.

Most recently she was Vice-President, Special Projects, at the CDPQ where she also worked in senior management, operations, hedge funds, investment management, strategic initiatives and depositary services. Hélène has also worked for 15 years with Mouvement Desjardins, where she was responsible for financial management, property management and human resource consulting services.

Actively involved on several Boards of Directors, she has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Board of Perennia Design Durable, and served on the Board of the Association des MBA du Québec. She is currently a board member and co-director of the Women’s Committee of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance.

Hélène holds an MBA in finance and marketing and a B.A.A in finance and information systems from HEC Montreal. She also holds the title of Certified Corporate Director, or Administratrice de société certifiée (ASC) from the College of Corporate Directors of Université Laval.


Hélène Jacques

Chairwoman of the Board

In addition to his current position as President of the Regroupement pour la Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises (RRSE), since 2013 Robert P. Bélanger has been the Executive Director of the Congregation of Holy Cross, a religious community, since 1997. In this capacity, he is responsible for the ongoing management of the community’s interests and particularly the monitoring of its investments. As a professional chartered accountant, he has worked for more than 35 years with various companies, including listed companies, SMEs, social service agencies, municipalities, etc., including 26 years as a senior partner at Deloitte.

As an active member of his community, Robert Bélanger was a municipal councillor of the City of Saint-Lambert for 12 years. He was also the founding member and president of the Museum of Costume and Textile of Quebec for eight years. Robert Bélanger graduated from the Faculty of Business of Concordia (formerly known as Loyola College).


Robert Bélanger

Member of the Board of Directors

Involved in various boards, Normand is currently on the boards of Bâtirente, SSQ, Life Insurance Company and the Coopérative des techniciens ambulanciers de la Montérégie (CETAM). He was also a representative of CSN on the Conseil consultatif du travail et de la main-d’œuvre (CCTM) between 1988 and 1995.

With nearly 40 years’ experience in the labour movement, Normand has been a union adviser for different CSN federations, including the paper, forest as well as the public services federations. He also served as the deputy to the Executive Committee of CSN for over 15 years. He has also worked as a coordinator and chief negotiator in the collective negotiations of the CSN public sector unions and underwriting manager at Fondaction.

Norman began his career as an economist with different organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a Masters degree in economics from the Université de Montréal (UdeM).


Normand Brouillet

Member of the Board of Directors

Josée Cavalancia is a lawyer practising business law and specializing in commercial litigation. Over the past 15 years, she has worked for the firms of Norton Rose Fulbright and BCF Business Law, where she represented SMEs and multinationals from a range of industries, for cases brought before the courts, as well as in negotiations and mediation.

She actively contributed to the Centre de la petite enfance du 1250 daycare centre for six years, serving as member and President of the daycare’s Board of Directors. Josée currently sits on the Board of Directors of La Cordée Fondation Scout, as well as on the Board of the Junior Chamber of commerce of Montreal. Her background also includes experience as a businesswoman within Montreal’s restaurant milieu.

Holding a Law degree from the Université de Montréal, Josée is now completing an MBA at HEC Montréal.


Josée Cavalancia

Member of the Board of Directors

Daniel Simard is the Director and CEO of Bâtirente, a pioneer in responsible investment in Canada and one of the first signatories of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

With over 25 years of experience in the area of finance, Daniel has also worked as a pension committee member and as a director of an insurance company. He was also a member of the Fondaction’s start up team, for the first five years of the CSN labour fund. He currently chairs the audit committee of a major municipal company pension plan. Daniel has served for 15 years in various capacities within the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), primarily as a negotiator and an attorney.

Daniel was one of the elected representatives of assets owners on the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) from the foundation in 2006 to 2015. He is now the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the PRI Quebec network and the PRI Francophone network. Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) from the École de relations industrielles at the Université de Montréal (UdeM).


Daniel Simard

Member of the Board of Directors

Pierre Viau has been the Managing Director of the Regroupement pour la Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises (RRSE) since 2007.

Always committed to supporting different communities, Pierre has worked for many years within community education projects for young workers and immigrants. Before joining the RRSE, he held various positions in his community, more notably as provincial superior at l’Ordre des Frères mineurs capucins.

Pierre graduated from the Université René Descartes (Paris, France), where he obtained a Masters degree (MSc) in sociology.


Pierre Viau

Member of the Board of Directors