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Michael J. Sabia

Canada Institute

Expertise:
Canada
Affiliation:
President and Chief Executive Officer, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Michael J. Sabia is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, responsible for the strategic direction of the Caisse and for determining the necessary course of action to fulfill its mission.  He formerly served as President and CEO of Bell Canada Enterprises from 2002 through 2008. Mr. Sabia held a number of senior positions in Canada’s federal public service during the 1980s and early 1990s in both the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office where he was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. Mr. Sabia’s supervisor, Clerk of the Privy Council Paul Tellier, left public service to assume the presidency of Crown corporation Canadian National Railway in the early 1990s and subsequently persuaded Sabia to follow him to help privatize the company.  Sabia held a number of executive positions at Canadian National Railway during the 1990s, including the position of chief financial officer. Mr. Sabia left Canadian National to join Bell Canada Enterprises in 1999, and became CEO in 2002.  He holds a B.A. in Economics and Politics from University of Toronto and an M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics and Politics from Yale University.

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