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Board of directors

RAMQ is administered by a board of directors comprising 15 members, including the chair of the board and the president and chief executive officer. At least 10 of these members, including the chair, must qualify as independent directors in the opinion of the Government.

Board members qualify as independent directors if they have no direct or indirect relationships or interests (e.g., of a financial, commercial, professional or philanthropic nature) that are likely to interfere with the quality of their decisions as regards RAMQ’s interests. A board member who has been employed by RAMQ during the 3 years preceding his or her appointment, who is employed by the Government or whose immediate family member is a senior officer of RAMQ is deemed not to be an independent director.

Chair of the board of directors

The Government appoints the chair of the board of directors for a term of office of up to 5 years. The appointee must qualify as an independent director. In addition to terms served as a board member, the chair of the board may be reappointed twice to serve in that capacity for a consecutive or non-consecutive term.

The chair of the board of directors presides meetings of the board and sees to its smooth operation. He or she also sees to smooth operation of the board committees, and may participate in any committee meetings.

The chair of the board of directors evaluates the performance of the other board members according to criteria set by the board of directors, prepared by the Governance, ethics and human resources committee. He or she is accountable to the Minister for RAMQ decisions. The chair of the board of directors also fulfils any other responsibilities assigned by the board of directors.

Marie-Hélène Grieco Desrosiers

Chair of the board of directors

Assumption of duties on January 2, 2018

President and chief executive officer

Marco Thibault

President and chief executive officer

Other members of the board of directors

Martin Beaumont

Liette Brousseau

Independant member

Maxime Dubeau-Marcoux

Independant member

Dr. Véronique Gagnon

Dr. Mauril Gaudreault

Patricia Gauthier

Independant member

Martine Gosselin

Independant member

Vincent Lehouillier

Jean-Claude Lecompte

Independant member

Dr. Vincent Oliva

Yvan Pépin

Independant member

Soumya Tamouro

Appointment to be announced

Composition of the board of directors

The Government appoints the board members by taking into consideration the expertise and experience profile approved by the board of directors. The members, other than the chairperson, and the president and chief executive officer, are appointed for a term of office of up to 4 years as follows:

  • 3 are appointed from among professionals in the field of health within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act (chapter A-29), including one general practitioner and one medical specialist, after consultation with the professional order having entered into an agreement under that Act
  • 1 is appointed from among the presidents and chief executive officers of an institution referred to in the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S-4.2)
  • 9 are independent members, including 3 healthcare users, and persons from the various fields of activity who meet the expertise and experience profiles approved by the board

Board members may be reappointed twice to serve in that capacity only for a consecutive or non-consecutive term.

Role and functioning

The main responsibilities of the board of directors include setting the strategic directions for RAMQ and approving the financial statements of RAMQ and the Prescription Drug Insurance Fund, the annual management report and the annual budget. The board also approves RAMQ's governance rules. It is accountable to the Government for RAMQ decisions and the chair is answerable to the Minister for such decisions.

Meetings of the board of directors are held at the start of the year, and special meetings may be scheduled as required. The general secretary of RAMQ is automatically secretary of the board, without being a board member.

The actions and decisions of the board of directors with respect to fostering relations with the population, health professionals and RAMQ partners and employees are guided by a set of values and rules set forth in the RAMQ code of ethics.

Governance of RAMQ

The following documents are adopted by the board of directors:

Board committees

RAMQ board of directors must establish a governance, ethics and human resources committee and an audit committee.

It may also establish other committees to examine specific issues or facilitate the smooth functioning of RAMQ. In this regard, a committee on digital transformation and client experience was struck up by the Board in 2020, as a replacement for the information technology committee.

Generally, the purpose of the governance, ethics and human resources committee is to support the Board in implementing sound governance.

This committee proposes the adoption of new governance practices, fosters innovative and creative practices and assesses those already in place, not just for the Board but for the organization at large.

Committee members:

  • Liette Brousseau
  • Martine Gosselin
  • Jean-Claude Lecompte
  • Soumya Tamouro

The committee is chaired by Soumya Tamouro.

To find out more about the committee’s responsibilities, read the Mandat du comité de gouvernance, d’éthique et de ressources humaines (French only).

The audit committee includes members with accounting or financial expertise. At least one committee member must be a member of one of the professional orders of accountants governed by the Professional Code.

The audit committee ensures that the requirements for sound management are met. To do so, it monitors and follows up on RAMQ’s integrated risk management process.

The audit committee works in close collaboration with the other committees. It shares with them and the Direction de l’audit interne (internal audit branch) a concern for improving RAMQ’s management practices.

Pursuant to the Act respecting the governance of state-owned enterprises, the Direction de l’audit interne carries out its activities under the authority of the audit committee.

Committee members:

  • Maxime Dubeau-Marcoux
  • Jean-Claude Lecompte
  • Yvan Pépin

The committee’s chair is currently vacant.

To find out more about the responsibilities of the committee, refer to the Mandat du comité d’audit (French only).

The digital transformation and client experience committee advises the Board on the general orientations in 2 areas: information technologies and client experience.

The committee confirms whether management is doing what is necessary—throughout RAMQ’s transformation process—to take advantage of the benefits to be gained by an approach focused on citizens, innovation, fact-based decision making, collaboration, openness, a digital-driven mentality and flexibility.

Committee members:

  • Liette Brousseau
  • Dr. Véronique Gagnon
  • Yvan Pépin
  • Soumya Tamouro

The committee is chaired by Yvan Pépin.

To find out more about responsibilities of the committee, refer to the Mandat du comité sur la transformation numérique et l’expérience client (French only).