Jean Simon was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada in May 2015.
Born in Grand-Mère, Quebec, he holds a bachelor’s degree in physics engineering from Université Laval and a certificate in business administration from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. He also completed the Directors Education Program in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).
Mr. Simon has extensive experience in strategy, business management, operations, research and development, labour negotiations, and stakeholder management, which he acquired during a 34-year career in the aluminum industry. He first joined Alcan (now Rio Tinto Alcan) in 1979 and occupied increasingly senior management positions, including General Manager of Vaudreuil Works (2001–02); Vice-President (2002–04) and then President (2004–05) of Operations of Alcan Primary Metal Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean; President of Alcan Primary Metal Quebec and USA (2005–06); and President of Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal North America (2006–11). At the time of his retirement in June 2013, he was the company’s President of RTA Primary Metal, a newly-integrated unit that covered operations in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Mr. Simon has made significant contributions to for-profit and non-profit organizations at the Board level, particularly in the metals sector. He is a past President of both the Board of Directors for the Aluminum Association of Canada and the Executive Committee of the U.S. Aluminum Association. He is currently Chairman of the Board of AluQuébec and sits on the Board of Directors for Votorantim Metais. He also serves on the Board of Directors for la Fondation de ma vie, le Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Chicoutimi and la Fondation de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Mr. Simon is a former Board member of the Canadian Club of Montreal, le Conseil des manufacturiers du Québec and the ABI Owners’ Committee. He is also a former member of the Board of Governors of le Conseil du patronat du Québec and past President of the Board of Directors for le Centre patronal de santé et sécurité du travail du Québec. In addition, he has been a member of the Canadian American Business Council and the business association QG100.