Investment Committee

Jean-Guy Desjardins Jean-Guy Desjardins C.M., L.Sc. COMM., CFA

Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Capital Corporation

Jean-Guy Desjardins is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Capital Corporation, an independent investment management firm that he created in 2003. The firm has since continued its expansion by way of several acquisitions across North America, Europe and Asia.

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Jean-Guy Desjardins is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Capital Corporation, an independent investment management firm that he created in 2003. The firm has since continued its expansion by way of several acquisitions across North America, Europe and Asia.

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 the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. 

Mr. Desjardins also supports a variety of community and social programs, in particular as a member of the Council of Governors of Centraide of Greater Montréal. Additionally, he 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.

Alina Osorio Alina Osorio BEng, P.Eng., MBA, CFA

President, Fiera Infrastructure

Alina Osorio is responsible for leading Fiera Infrastructure and overseeing the firm’s investment, asset management and finance teams.

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Alina Osorio is responsible for leading Fiera Infrastructure and overseeing the firm’s investment, asset management and finance teams.

Alina is a seasoned professional in the utility and infrastructure investment and financing sector. She has worked as an infrastructure investment professional and has been a key player in the sector for more than two decades.

Her many years of experience stem from her roles as an equity research analyst covering Canadian utility companies, an investment banker in the infrastructure sector , a principal investor, and finally, as a portfolio strategist for a major Canadian pension fund. She has extensive experience and a solid track record in her field.

Before joining Fiera Infrastructure, she was CEO of Aquila Infrastructure, where she oversaw the creation of the firm and its growth to more than $225 million in assets under management. Prior to that, she was CEO of the Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (“MEAP”), North America’s first unlisted infrastructure fund, which invested in Canada and the United States. Under her leadership, MEAP pursued and assessed numerous opportunities, completed five acquisitions and one divestment. Alina went on to lead the infrastructure program at OPTrust, with a capital allocation of $2.5 billion. In this role, she was responsible for setting strategic direction, overseeing investment strategies and acquisitions, and managing an infrastructure portfolio in excess of $1 billion.

Alina holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

John Valentini John Valentini CPA, CBV, ASA, ICD.D

President and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments and Executive Chairman of the Board of Fiera Infrastructure Inc.

In his role, he oversees Fiera Capital's alternative strategies platform, which includes real estate core and value-add, real estate financing, infrastructure, agriculture, private equity and private debt.

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In his role, he oversees Fiera Capital's alternative strategies platform, which includes real estate core and value-add, real estate financing, infrastructure, agriculture, private equity and private debt.

Mr. Valentini has over 20 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, 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 an Advanced Management Program Graduate of Wharton, 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.

Ghislain Gauthier Ghislain Gauthier CFA

Member, Independent Investment Committee

Ghislain Gauthier is an independent member of the Investment Committee and sits on the Board of Fiera Infrastructure Inc.

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Ghislain Gauthier is an independent member of the Investment Committee and sits on the Board of Fiera Infrastructure Inc.

From 2010 to 2013, he was Chief Investment Officer of Citi Infrastructure Investors in New York and was also Chair of its Investment Committee. Following a few years with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada, Mr. Gauthier joined the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in 1982 where he worked primarily in private investments. While at the Caisse, he has been responsible for the management and growth of a substantial North American and European portfolio of corporate securities in the energy and infrastructure sectors. 

Mr. Gauthier graduated in administration from the Université du Québec in Chicoutimi and is a CFA Charterholder.

Bill McKenzie Bill McKenzie MBA, CFA, CPA, CMA, ICD.D

Member, Independent Investment Committee

Bill McKenzie is a member of the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee of Fiera Infrastructure.

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Bill McKenzie is a member of the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee of Fiera Infrastructure.

He is a director/advisor for private companies, three private equity funds and a private debt fund. Bill McKenzie & Associates Inc. provides corporate finance, governance and strategic advisory services. 

Bill McKenzie has extensive experience in private investments. He has made major contributions as an investor, director and corporate executive, leading more than 20 private investments and serving as a director of more than 20 companies.

Bill was Senior Vice President of AIMCo, a $70 billion institutional investor, where he led a team to source, assess, negotiate and actively manage direct international infrastructure investments in excess of $2 billion. He was a member of the AIMCo Executive and Investment committees. Bill was Vice President of one of Canada’s largest and most active private equity investment firms for 15 years. He initiated venture capital investments that led to 5 companies being acquired by strategic buyers, 3 IPOs and 3 acquisitions of venture capital ownership positions. As Vice President, Corporate Development of Churchill (now Stuart Olson Construction), Bill led initiatives to accelerate growth and enhance profitability and value, including acquisitions and divestitures, becoming listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and attracting institutional investor interest and research coverage. 

Bill McKenzie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Regina, plus designations as a Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.  He has also completed the ICD professional director program.

Marc-André Desjardins Marc-André Desjardins EMBA

Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Fiera Private Alternative Investments

In his role as Deputy CIO of Private Alternatives, he is responsible for supporting the investment oversight and product development of all Fiera Private Alternatives, globally.

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Marc-André is the Deputy CIO, Private Alternatives and Head of Fund Investments, Private Debt. In his role as Deputy CIO of Private Alternatives, he is responsible for supporting the investment oversight and product development of all Fiera Private Alternatives, globally. Marc-André is also the Portfolio Manager of the Global Diversified Lending Strategy, where he is responsible for researching, evaluating, advising and establishing global private debt portfolios.

Marc-André began working in the financial industry across various roles in 2001. He has been involved in the private alternative sector since 2008 working for seven years at Fiera Private Debt in Canada, where he helped improve operations, achieve targeted yields for investors, and as a member of the management committee, build a successful platform. Since 2015, Marc-André and his team have looked at over 600 private lenders globally, implementing a robust due diligence process, investing in various private lending funds as well as successfully launching the Global Diversified Lending Strategy in 2018. 

Marc-André holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from HEC Montréal, majoring in Finance/International Management, a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Université du Québec à Montreal, majoring in Biology, along with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.