Hélène F. Fortin FCPA FCA, ICD.D

Partner , LF&B-CPA inc. and Corporate Director

Hélène F. Fortin FCPA, FCA, ICD.D-IAS.A completed a Bachelor of Commerce – Finance and Accounting Magna Cum Laude from Concordia University in 1979, and a year later a post graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy Honours List from McGill University. She became a CA in 1982 while working with one of the big CA firms (Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Hélène completed the directors’ education program from the Rotman School of Business and obtained her ICD.D designation in 2006 from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Hélène was awarded the Fellow designation by the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants in 2010 (FCA), and from CPA Québec in 2012 (FCPA).

Member of CPA Quebec, she lectured in Accounting and Auditing during more than 20 years at many universities in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was actively involved from 1982 to 2015 with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CPA Canada): on the Interprovincial Board of Evaluators, and with the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board during which time the 36 international standards of auditing were adopted in Canada from 2006 to 2009.

From 1985 to 1989 Hélène participated in the series of acquisitions of companies that punctuated the growth of Quebecor Inc (TSX QBR.B). She since returned to practicing public accountancy as an audit, assurance and advisory partner now managing her own firm LF&B-CPA inc., assisting clients in various aspects from financing strategies and implementation, reporting, compliance, structuring, acquisitions, accounting, tax, controls and governance. She is actively involved with asset management and financing/funding strategies in her role as trustee/ advisor for large pension plans, estates, and foundations.

Hélène has been serving on boards of directors of large public and private corporations since 2003 which provides her with exposure to the best practices within a wide range of organizations such as: UBS Bank (Canada), Loto Quebec (chair), Institute of Corporate Directors/Quebec, VoiceAge Corporation, Neptune Wellness Solutions (TSX/Nasdaq NEPT), and the federal department audit committees of the Public Service Commission and of Agriculture/Agrifood Canada. Former positions include the following boards: Concordia University, Assuris, TSX listed corporations Bellus Health (BLU) as chair of the audit committee, and Groupe BV (GBV) as chair of the board, CBC Radio-Canada, Hydro-Quebec, Infrastructure Québec as chair, Foundation of Stars and Armand-Frappier/INRS Foundation, federal department audit committee of Canada Economic Development Agency for the Quebec regions.

An member of the Institute of Corporate directors, Hélène is actively involved in enterprise-wide governance as an author, lecturer, and speaker. In 2018, she chaired the Organizing Committee for the Forum OBNL 2018 (Not-for-profit organizations 2018 Forum) held in Montréal. She has continuously been involved in fundraising events for health, arts, children, environment and education organisations. She is a member of 3 private clubs.