Director Profile

Mary-Ann Bell ASC P.Eng.

Board Value Proposition: 

Board Leadership and Audit Chair Experience

  • Fifteen years of experience as a director in the nonprofit sector and private sector including service as Board Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee.
  • Experience serving on a variety of committees, such as audit, compensation, governance, human resources, pension, and safety committees. 

C-Level Leadership and Profit and Loss, Business Line Experience

  • Seasoned senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications. 
  • Led numerous operational functions with P&L accountability.

Mergers and Acquisitions and Change Management

  • Led operations at Bell Aliant post-merger, and the successful integration of the companies.

Industry Experience: 

  • Real Estate
  • Diversified REITs
  • Telecommunications Services
  • Integrated Telecommunications Services
  • Utilities
  • Gas Utilities

Board Experience:

Corporate Boards:

COGECO Inc. 2016 to Present
Chair, Governance Committee
Human Resource Committee
NAV Canada 2014 to Present
Human Resources Committee
Safety Committee
Royalties Committee
Audit Committee (Past)
Pension Committee (Past)
GAZ Metro / Valener 2014 to Present
Audit Committee
Pension Committee
Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust 2012 to Present
Audit Committee
Human Resources Committee
Investment Committee, 2012-2013
Proximedia Inc. 2009 to 2014
Nordia Inc. 2003 to 2007
Interim President

Additional Boards:

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) 2011 to Present
National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) 2002 to Present
Chair, Audit Committee
International Women's Forum 2011 to 2013
Chair, Montreal Chapter
Women’s Y of Montreal and its Foundation 2002 to 2012
International Institute of Telecommunications (IIT) 2003 to 2011
Conseil de la science et de la technologie 2007 to 2010
Centraide of Greater Montréal 2004 to 2010


Bell Aliant Regional Communications 2006 to 2014
Senior Vice President, Quebec and Ontario
Chief Operating Officer, Quebec
Bell Canada 2003 to 2006
Senior Vice President, Contact Centres
Bell Mobility 2002 to 2003
Vice President, Customer Service
Bell Canada 1982 to 2002
Vice President, Operations
Various general management positions


ASC (Board Governance Cert.), Laval University, 2008
Leadership Foundation Fellows Program, International Women’s Forum, 2001
MSc (Telecomm.), National Institute of Scientific Research, University of Quebec, 1986
BSC (Ind. Eng.), Montreal Polytechnic, 1982