Chair of the Board of Directors
Jean St-Gelais served as chair of the board and CEO of La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services. Before its merger of equals with SSQ Insurance, La Capitale had $8.8 billion in assets and 2,800 employees through its subsidiaries.
Having studied public administration and earned a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University, Jean St-Gelais has occupied a number of strategic positions and overseen numerous major projects.
After a stint at the Bank of Canada, Jean St-Gelais held various positions at the Quebec Ministry of Finance from 1985 to 2001.
In 2001, the premier made him secretary general and clerk of the Conseil exécutif. In 2004, Jean St-Gelais took up the reins of the brand new Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). During his two terms at the head of AMF, he also directed the Canadian Securities Administrators and helped bring in the harmonized passport system.
In 2011, he left AMF to set up and direct Revenu Québec, where he focused on anti-money laundering.
In September 2012, Jean St-Gelais returned to his position of secretary general and clerk of the Conseil exécutif. He retired from public service in 2015 and joined the board of La Capitale the same year. He became president and CEO on May 2, 2016.
Jean St-Gelais is chair of the board of the CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec) and Université Laval.