Jean-Guy Desjardins, C.M., L.Sc. Comm., CFA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
After working as a financial analyst and portfolio manager for a life insurance company, Mr. Desjardins co-founded TAL Global Asset Management in 1972 and was its principal shareholder until its purchase by a financial institution in 2001.
Mr. Desjardins is a member of the Board of Directors of the Société de Services Financiers Fonds FMOQ, HEC Montréal, DJM Capital Inc., and Centria Inc. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Fiera Properties Limited.
Mr. Desjardins supports a variety of community and social programs, in particular as a member of the Council of Governors of Centraide of Greater Montréal. He also sits on the Investment Committee of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
Mr. Desjardins graduated from Collège Mont-Saint-Louis in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1969, he earned his L.Sc.Comm. (Finance) from HEC Montréal. Mr. Desjardins is also a CFA Charterholder. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2014 and, in 2015, received the CFA Institute Award for Excellence, the highest and most prestigious distinction bestowed by the CFA Institute.
John Valentini, CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Valentini has over 16 years of experience as a senior executive in managing both public and private organizations, including in the area of investment management. Prior to joining Fiera Capital Corporation, he held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at PSP Investment Inc., Chief Financial Officer at BCE Emergis and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cognicase Inc., as well as senior positions in Corporate Finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Caisse de depot and placement du Quebec and Ernst & Young.
Mr. Valentini holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Great Distinction) and Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also holds the following professional designations: Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator and Accredited Senior Appraiser. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Alain St-Hilaire, CHRP
Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications
Mr. St-Hilaire has 37 years of human resources experience, including 18 in the financial services industry. He has been with the firm since its inception. Prior experiences include positions as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Corporate Manager, Executive Compensation Manager as well as Succession Planning and Executive Staffing Manager with some of Canada’s largest investment management and manufacturing firms.
Mr. St-Hilaire graduated from HEC Montréal with a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) majoring in Human Resources, and holds the Chartered Human Resources Professional (CHRP) from the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles du Québec.
Violaine Des Roches
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Compliance
Ms. Des Roches benefits from 31 years of experience in the investment management industry and has been with the firm since 2006. Prior experiences include positions as Vice President Legal Affairs and Compliance, Corporate Secretary as well as Legal Advisor at leading Canadian investment firms.
Ms. Des Roches graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor in Arts (BA). She later completed a Bachelor in Civil Law (BCL) from McGill University and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1986.
David Stréliski, M.SC., CFA
Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
David has over 20 years of experience in the fields of risk and performance management and financial modelling, in the service of large financial institutions and consulting firms in Montreal, Ottawa and Switzerland. Prior to joining Fiera Capital Corporation, he was Vice-president, Performance and valuation at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
David received his CFA designation in 1999 and holds both a master’s degree in applied economics and a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from HEC Montréal. He has been involved with PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers’ International Association) since 2002. He currently holds the position of regional co-director for the Montreal chapter and sat on the Global Board of Directors from 2002 to 2010. He joined the Board of Directors of HEC Montréal’s Alumni Association in 2014.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Development
Prior to joining Fiera Capital Inc., Peter founded a US-based registered investment adviser, managing global balanced, equity and fixed income investment portfolios for high net worth clients and corporations in the US and Hong Kong.
Peter’s earlier experience includes working at TAL Investment Counsel as Managing Director of the Hong Kong office and prior to that as Vice President for Institutional Sales and Marketing in Vancouver, British Columbia.
From 1982 to 1992, Peter worked in New York City as a Senior Vice President for Dean Witter Reynolds and Lehman Brothers in Institutional Equity Sales. In 1978, he began his career as an Account Executive with A.E. Ames & Co in Toronto.
In the past Peter has been a guest on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”, “Street Signs” and “The Closing Bell”. He has also taught regular investment management courses to senior executives for one of China’s largest banks in Shanghai.
Peter served nine years on the Board of Trustees of a not-for-profit rural New England health care facility, three as President. He graduated with a degree in History and Politics from Trent University, Ontario in 1977.
Fiera Capital Corporation does not provide investment advisory services, or offer investment funds, in the United States or to U.S. persons. Investment advisory services for U.S. persons are provided by Fiera Capital Inc., a Delaware corporation registered as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In connection with providing services to certain U.S. clients, Fiera Capital Inc. uses the resources of Fiera Capital Corporation acting in its capacity as Fiera Capital Inc.'s participating affiliate. Please refer to Important Disclosures for information regarding the participating affiliate arrangement.