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Monique Mercier

Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal and Governance Officer, TELUS

Throughout Monique’s 32-year career, she has consistently demonstrated an ability to deliver exceptional results on highly complex projects. She has provided strong leadership and fostered spirited teamwork in positions she has held across various industries, including information technology, health and telecommunications.

Monique began her career as a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott. She then worked at BCE and Bell Canada International before joining Emergis in 1999 as Executive Vice President of Law & Human Resources. Emergis was acquired by TELUS in January 2008.

Monique is now a trusted advisor to the TELUS executive leadership team and Board of Directors. Based in Vancouver, she leads a multidisciplinary team that handles legal services, privacy and compliance, government relations, regulatory affairs, sustainability, social and media relations, sponsorships and events, and real estate.

Monique is a graduate of the University of Montreal Law School and holds a master's degree in politics from Oxford University, where she was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship. In 2002, she was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal as a Canadian businesswoman who has made exemplary contributions to Canada as a whole.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Monique had the honour of being named to the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2016, she was honoured as WCT’s (Women in Communications and Technology) Woman of the Year, received the Innovation award from Canadian Lawyer InHouse for Law Department Leadership, and was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Prix des Conseillers Juridiques du Québec.

In 2013, she received the Lexpert Zenith Award celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Community and was the winner in the Litigation Management category at the Western Canada General Counsel Awards. She was also one of only a few Canadians recognized worldwide as a Woman Worth Watching for 2014, by the U.S.-based Diversity Journal, and she was named “General Counsel of the Year 2014” by Quebec legal publication, Le Monde Juridique (The Montreal Lawyer).

Monique serves on the Board of Directors of Innergex Renewable Energy and is an active member of the community. Monique embodies TELUS’ philanthropic philosophy: “we give where we live.” She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Leaders for Diversity Trust Fund, and she sits on the boards of directors of the Canadian Cancer Research Society, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the TELUS Vancouver Community Board.