Patrick Pichette

Directors
2009 to 2019

Advisor to Google Inc., he has more than 20 years of experience in financial operations and management in the telecommunications sector.

Mr. Patrick Pichette has been an advisor to Google Inc. since May 2015, after his retirement as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of that company. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial operations and management in the telecommunications sector, including seven years at Bell Canada, which he joined in 2001 as executive vice president of planning and performance management. During his time at Bell Canada, he held various executive positions, including CFO from 2002 until the end of 2003, and was instrumental in the management of the most extensive communications network in Canada and its ongoing migration to a new national IP-based infrastructure. Prior to joining Bell Canada, Patrick was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was a lead member of McKinsey's North American Telecom Practice. He also served as vice president and chief financial officer of Call-Net Enterprises, a Canadian telecommunications company. Patrick earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Université du Québec à Montréal. He holds a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He also serves on the board of directors of Bombardier. He is chairing the Finance and Investment Committee of The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

  • April 15, 2018
    In 2015, Foundation director Patrick Pichette retired as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google Inc. and went on a three-year travel sabbatical, sparking a larger conversation about work-life balance. In a CNBC article published on 15 April 2018, Pichette announced he would be joining the Canadian venture capital firm iNovia as a general partner.