During its regular monthly meeting in November, the Société de transport de Laval (STL) board of directors formally ratified two new members appointed by the City Council of Laval. The recently created seats will be filled by Suzanne Savoie, Senior Manager of Internal Audit at Uni-Select Inc., and Mélanie Martel, a Partner at the Montréal office of DLA Piper. This decision reflects the STL’s desire to reform and modernize its system of governance.
“We are excited to have Ms. Savoie and Ms. Martel join the ranks of our committed board of directors. Given their already extensive track record, I know the organization’s operations will benefit from their expertise,” declared STL Chairman Eric Morasse before starting the meeting.
A more effective governance model
Acting on the recommendations of a report on the governance of Laval paramunicipal corporations, the STL decided to add new members to its board to bolster the level of expertise within the organization and improve its system of governance. Essentially, the STL intends to serve as a model for governance. Also, the undertaking is in line with the continuous improvements the STL has pledged to make across various areas of the organization.
With a career in finance and audit spanning 25 years, Ms. Savoie has held numerous management and executive positions with corporations that include Uni-Select Inc., Rona and Costco Canada. A member of the Québec CPA Order, the Institute of Internal Auditors of Canada and the ASC network of certified corporate directors, Ms. Savoie has extensive knowledge in accounting, risk management, governance, and auditing.
As for Ms. Martel, she will prove a valuable legal affairs resource. A Partner at the Montréal office of DLA Piper, Ms. Martel’s credentials include wide-ranging expertise in civil and commercial litigation, contract law, and class actions. She has been teaching at Université de Sherbrooke since 2008, and at the Québec bar school since 2009.
Ms. Savoie and Ms. Martel were recruited via the governance secretariat the City of Laval set up and tasked with recruiting the finest candidates to sit on the boards of bodies to which the City is authorized to appoint or designate representatives.
Mr. Morasse also highlighted the contribution of Michel Reeves, a board member since 2014, whose term as an independent STL board member was renewed. Mr. Reeves is very active within the Laval community and involved in a variety of societal initiatives. His role on the board is to represent the interests of public transit users.
It is worth noting that the STL board of directors now consists of nine members appointed by the City Council: five elected, two independents, one regular transit representative, and one paratransit representative. They will sit on the board for a four-year term.