Mr. Rousseau joined the Santander Bank, N.A. Board in June 2015, where he is the Chairman of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit, Compensation and Executive Committees. He was also appointed to the Santander Holdings USA, Inc. Board in March 2017 and is a member of the Risk and Compensation Committees.
Mr. Rousseau has been Vice Chairman of Power Corporation and of Power Financial since 2009. He is a director of several Power group companies, including Great-West Lifeco, The Great-West Life Assurance Company, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, London Life Insurance Company, Canada Life Financial Corporation, The Canada Life Assurance Company, IGM Financial, Investors Group, Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Putnam Investments, LLC. He served as a director of the Global Financial Markets Association until 2014.
Currently, he is the Chairman of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and is active in a number of community and non-profit organizations in the health and education sectors.
He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Prior to that role, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Laurentian Bank of Canada. Mr. Rousseau also served as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boreal Assurances Inc. and as Senior Vice President of the National Bank of Canada. Previously, Mr. Rousseau was a Professor of Economics at both Université Laval and Université du Québec à Montréal.
Mr. Rousseau received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. In recognition of his contributions as an economist, accomplished manager, and involved citizen, he received honorary doctorates from Concordia University, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Université Laval, and Université de Sherbrooke.