The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s infrastructure arm is making key appointments on its management team, effective Sept. 5.
CDPQ Infra, which acts as a principal contractor for major public infrastructure projects, is appointing Daniel Farina as the organization’s managing director; Sophie Lussier as executive vice-president and head of corporate services, organization performance and secretariat; and Philippe Batani as executive vice-president of public affairs, communications and strategy.
“I’m proud of what we’ve delivered so far with [Montreal’s Réseau express métropolitain], which reached a milestone with last month’s commissioning of the branch between Gare Centrale and Brossard,” said Jean-Marc Arbaud, president and chief executive officer at CDPQ Infra, in a press release.
“I’m also delighted about these appointments of very talented people. With their extensive experience, leadership qualities and deep understanding of our environment and its challenges, Daniel, Sophie and Philippe will strengthen our organization. In their new positions, they will oversee the development and growth of CDPQ Infra.”
Farina, who was previously the organization’s deputy managing director, will provide global leadership of the subsidiary’s activities, including delivering and operating the REM branches, as well as the high-frequency rail project connecting Quebec City and Toronto, for which the consortium that includes CDPQ Infra has already been qualified by the federal government.
Before joining the organization as head of operations in 2019, Farina held director roles at Grupo OHL and Santander Bank.
Lussier, who was previously the Caisse’s vice-president and head of legal affairs, will be responsible for finance, risk management, legal affairs and talent and culture teams. Since she joined the Caisse in 2001, she’s held a variety of roles, including: principal director of legal affairs and financial markets; vice-president of legal affairs and investments; and head of legal affairs.