Françoise Bertrand

Ms. Bertrand heads the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ) and has more than thirty years of experience as a senior manager of major organizations.

Françoise Bertrand has more than thirty years of experience in senior management of major organizations.

Her career path as senior executive started at Université du Québec à Montréal where from 1980 to 1988 she held various positions, namely that of dean of resources management.

She left Université du Québec à Montréal to become CEO of the Société de radio-télévision du Québec, known today as Télé-Québec. There she regularized the organization's finances, increased its productivity, and executed a construction project that had been on hold for 17 years. She was also able to complete the project at the cost of 16 million dollars instead of the planned 30 million. Madame Bertrand's success at reasserting the organization’s educational and cultural mission was recognized by numerous awards: the Prix Gémeaux, the Prix Métrostar, the Prix de l’Union des Télévisions pour l’Enfance, and the Prix de la Communauté des télévisions francophones.

After a short stay at KPMG, where she led market studies and business plans for clients such as Bell Mobility, Reader’s Digest, Cancom, and Microwave Consortium, Françoise Bertrand became in 1996 the first woman to chair the Canadian Radio-televison and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). As chair, she transformed the CRTC's decision-making process so as to establish competition based on the free play of market forces, and encourage lower prices, increased consumer choice, and innovation. Under her leadership, the CRTC issued a new policy framework for radio and television. Françoise Bertrand also created the International Regulators Forum Foundation within the International Institute of Communications (IIC). The CRTC was the first organization in the world to define its position with regard to Internet.

In 2001, Françoise Bertrand partnered for three years with Groupe SECOR. During that time, she shared her expertise in strategic council with senior executives of such communication companies as Alliance Atlantis, Bell Globe Media, BCE Inc., Rogers Communications, GTC and GTVA. She also developed a team of professionals in SECOR's three offices in Canada and France charged with working in the culture, media and telecommunications sectors.

Françoise Bertrand has been the president and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) since 2003. FCCQ is the most important network of business people and businesses in Québec. It includes 150 chambers of commerce, and represents 60,000 businesses and 100,000 businesspeople active in all economic sectors throughout the province.

Françoise Bertrand has chaired the Board of Directors of Québécor Inc. and is a member of the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST). She also supports several causes, such as Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM), Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) and Centraide among others.

Françoise Bertrand is the recipient of many awards and distinctions among which the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur insignia received in 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 highest distinction award by the Québec government: the Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec (ONQ).

A graduate in sociology from Université de Montréal and the holder of a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University, Françoise Bertrand is also a graduate from the Rotman School of Management Directors' Education Program.

  • March 7, 2016
    Each year the Public Policy Forum's Testimonial Dinner pays tribute to distinguished leaders who have made outstanding contributions to public policy and good governance.
  • December 13, 2013
    We offer our sincere congratulations to 2013 Trudeau Mentor Françoise Bertrand for her appointment to the Order of Canada as an Officer. The distinction was awarded to Mme Bertrand on May 2, 2013, and she was invested on December 13, 2013. For more information about this appointment…>
  • July 2, 2013
    Four members of the Trudeau Community and two speakers of the 2013 Trudeau Foundation Summer Institute have recently been appointed to the Order of Canada. Trudeau mentor Françoise Bertrand and The Honorable Alexander B. Campbell are now Officers; Ms.