Recent Appointments at Groupe Ultima

Montréal, September 20, 2016 – Groupe Ultima President and CEO Bernard Deschamps is pleased to announce the appointment of three new senior staff members to his team. With a view to expansion and knowledge acquisition, these changes are part of Ultima’s strategy to reposition its service offering toward complementary specialized products in commercial insurance.

Johanne Cassis, Vice-President—Finance, Administration and Human Resources

Ms. Cassis has extensive experience in the insurance and technology industries, and serves on numerous boards. She is recognized for her leadership, drive and pursuit of operational excellence. Her experience includes managing procurement projects, conducting corporate due diligence and post-integration audits, optimizing finance operations and business processes, performing strategic and budget planning, and managing performance. She is a member of the Quebec CPA Order, and has earned the designation of fellow chartered accountant (FCA). Since her appointment at Groupe Ultima, she has supervised all its activities related to corporate and financial management, administration and human resources.

Marc Meunier, Technical Director—Insurance

Mr. Meunier is a recognized manager in the insurance industry, with over 35 years of experience with national and international firms. His role at Groupe Ultima is to develop the team’s technical expertise, negotiate program and product conditions with insurers, define and ensure the application of underwriting standards, analyze and underwrite complex cases, and participate in the development of business growth strategies.

Patrick Bélanger, Director—Special Risks

Having worked with large firms and on international risk cases, Mr. Bélanger is one of the industry’s most highly respected underwriting brokers. He has leading-edge expertise in specialized risk, particularly in general liability, environmental risk, cyber risk and product recalls. During his career, he has developed a significant network of contacts in Canada, the United States and Europe. His role at Groupe Ultima is to develop specialized insurance products, optimize partnerships with niche insurers, underwrite and refer complex cases, and participate in the development of business growth strategies.



Founded in 1983, Ultima is an industry leader in specialized insurance and risk management solutions. It offers a one-of-a-kind partnership drawing on the innovation and strength of its extensive broker network. Ultima’s promise is to offer products and services tailor-made for a targeted clientele and to demonstrate its ability to meet the needs of that market.