Open the doors to finance for women

She would have liked to be an artist, but decided instead to (re)make the community’s image through funding. By becoming the first female CEO of Fonds de Solidarité FTQ in the midst of a pandemic – setting up a joint management committee along the way – Jane Pique has become a master of the art of positive change.

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Since this is a special challenge in the 10 Year Women Pioneer class, we’re back in a bit. Where were you 10 years ago and what events have marked the last 10 years for you?

“In 2012, I was out of my comfort zone!

After three years as Vice President in charge of Life Sciences and Information Technologies, my predecessor, Gaetan Morin, assigned me to the manufacturing sector. So it moved from the “new economy” to the “traditional” industries.

Regardless of the size of the organization, it is important to encourage a variety of backgrounds for those in acquiring leadership positions. It allows them to make better decisions and better influence the course of the case. My new responsibilities then allowed me to better understand the realities of companies and their workers in all regions of Quebec facing increasingly global competition. So it gave me the opportunity to grow in the organization.

Personally, I have been doing my best to maintain a balance between work, family and personal life.

What effect did it have on you when it was announced that you would head the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, thus becoming the first woman to hold this position?

“Great pride! Being the president and CEO of the fund gives me the opportunity to do more for Quebecers who don’t have a pension plan. More for workers in the transition economy, to be fair. More to combat climate change that is changing our planet.”

Women are increasingly making their mark in the field of finance and I am sure you are inspiring many to follow in your footsteps. How do you assume your leadership role?

“In fact, we had to start paving the way. When I became the first vice president of the private equity division of the fund, there were no other women in leadership positions on the team.

Today, I am proud to say that I have appointed several women to decision-making positions in recent years, and that our Management Committee is in the parity area, a predecessor to the Trust. It also contributed significantly to increasing the number of women on the boards of directors of our partner companies.

Although there is still much to be done in terms of equality, inclusion and diversity, we are making progress.

So my role as a leader is expressed at work. Act with conviction and control with authenticity.

I hope to inspire many, because the field of finance is an enabling environment for the advancement of society.”

What post are you most proud of?

“It’s simple: the day-to-day work of the fund teams.

The fund plays an important role in the social and economic development and retirement of hundreds of thousands of Quebecers. Every day, through gestures small and big, our teams push the boundaries of what is possible. I am proud to be at the helm of an organization that has the opportunity to make a difference, day in and day out, in the lives of workers, entrepreneurs and savers in Quebec.”

Your model woman?

“I will seek energy by thinking of famous women as those who fight in the shadows. They all have common traits: they are loyal to their values ​​and have the courage to follow their beliefs.

They are the ones who inspire and impress me.”

One thing people don’t know about you?

“My artistic side! I wish I was an artist! “

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“During the pandemic, I unfortunately had an incident of domestic violence in my entourage. Today, it is the social issue closest to my heart.

I intend to use my platform as President and CEO of the Trust to advance the fight against domestic violence. In 10 years, I want to be able to say that I have concretely supported organizations that are working day in and day out to eradicate this scourge.

In 2032, I hope to be able to say I’ve made progress, both in terms of the economic fabric and retirement savings and the issues close to my heart. Above all, I hope to always be in a position to continue to do so.”

Fonds de Solidarité FTQ manages $15 billion in assets and assists Quebec’s business.

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