Marie-Claude Guérard - Chief Financial Officer

Marie-Claude Guérard
  • Born: Issoudun, Quebec, Canada
  • Favourite subjects in school: Arts, mathematics and physical education
  • Education:
  • Bachelor's, business administration (accounting)
  • Member of the Quebec CPA Order
  • Job title: Chief Financial Officer
  • Directorate: Finance
  • Projects at the CSA: 2020 Objective, Continuous Improvement Committee

When I was young, my ambition was to become a boss. I was sure of it. I come from a small village and the Caisse populaireFootnote1 was in my house. The safe was in the kitchen. My mother was in charge of it. There were no computers back then, so she did everything on paper. That was my life, and it was normal at the time.

One day the bank expanded and moved to the other side of the street. Computers arrived on the scene. I would go do my homework in my father's office. I liked to be in an office with pencils and stacks of paper. I used to like to play boss. Even when I was in cégep and university, I would go across the street. Imagine, I had a key to the bank! I don't think that would happen today (laughs.) But, now, I have the keys to the Space Agency safe. (laughter)

Now that I am a boss, what motivates me is working with people who are always ready to outdo themselves. That inspires me. My greatest satisfaction is when we succeed at something together.

Marie-Claude Guérard, Chief Financial Officer

Marie-Claude is Chief Financial Officer and keeps a tight rein on the Canada Space Agency's purse strings. She is a trained and accredited accountant. She also worked at Statistics Canada and in the private sector, including as a financial systems analyst. She and her husband are both musicians and have four children.

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