CDPQ Infra announces appointments to key positions
Daniel Farina has over 25 years of experience in managing and developing global large-scale infrastructure projects. Mr. Farina has been at the heart of major infrastructure transactions in the fields of health care, energy and highway and rail transportation. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Managing Director, CDPQ Infra, in November 2022, he was Vice-President of Operations, a mandate that led him to oversee the research, management, contracting and development of various infrastructure projects.
Before joining CDPQ Infra in 2019, he worked for OHLA Group, first as a Managing Director responsible for the new Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) project, then as a Director responsible for public-private partnership (PPP) projects.
During his career, he has held positions as engineer, manager and director for infrastructure projects in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
In addition to having completed a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering in Spain, Mr. Farina holds an Executive MBA (EMBA) from the IE Business School in Madrid, and has pursued executive education at the Stanford and Harvard Universities in the United States. He is a member of the Order of Industrial Engineers of Madrid and has served on several Boards of Directors and Executive Committees.
A recognized legal, regulatory and governance expert with the ability to take on operational challenges, Sophie Lussier has established a long track record at CDPQ. She joined the organization in 2001 and rose through the ranks to the role of Vice-President, Investment, in 2017, then became Vice-President and Head of Legal Affairs three years later.
As part of her role, she was actively involved in major strategic files, including CDPQ’s investments in Québec’s largest companies. Her role also has an international scope, with a team of over 55 people working in Québec and around the world.
Ms. Lussier holds a Bachelor of Laws from Université de Montréal and has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1996. In 2018, she received the Head of Legal Affairs of the Year Award granted by ZSA (Québec).
Throughout his career, Philippe Batani has distinguished himself through his unifying leadership and the quality of his advice and strategic vision. He joined CDPQ in 2017 as Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, and was responsible for a team with a variety of expert groups, including Québec Business Outreach, International Communications and Internal Communications. His responsibilities also included building close relationships with numerous political, social and environmental stakeholders in Québec and globally.
Before joining CDPQ, Mr. Batani was Senior Director at a leading Québec public relations firm, where he advised various organizations in the investment, trade, energy and infrastructure industries. Prior to that, he held various management roles for Québec companies, including Énergir, as well as working as an economist at the Government of Canada.
Mr. Batani, who holds a Master’s in Economics and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Université de Montréal, is heavily involved in social issues, including through serving on the Boards of Directors of the Public Policy Forum and the Québec Business Council on the Environment, as well as sitting on the Advisory Committee of the Institut du Québec.