Women in Finance Succession: beyond numbers and investment

Noberta Fostin, Caroline Kote and Alicia Kucharska share, among other things, features of dynamism and devotion. These three women are finalists in the Weekend Stars Award, which will be presented at the annual AFFQ gala concert. Review in three portraits.

Published at 1 p.m.

Caroline Rogers
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Daily mathematics

Involved in the community, Noberta Faustin uses her love of numbers to help others. In her spare time, the Chief Risk Officer of Investissement PSP, which has been working in finance for almost 20 years, offers volunteer math classes for elementary and high school students who have difficulty with the subject.

Abstract mathematics. I like to bring them back to everyday life. Everything we do has math. To better understand, we need to adapt them to our reality, and in most cases it works.

Noberta Faustin, Chief Risk Officer, Investissement PSP

Haitian-born Noberta Faustin grew up in a family running a store and has been drawn to business since childhood. She came to Montreal in 2004 after studying mathematics and engineering at a university in France.

With many years of experience, she now loves to share it with others. As a manager, she is motivated by the training and development of her team of nine employees. She also invests in the development of women in finance and, as a mother, in the education of her two teenage sons.

Forging new ways

Carolyn Kote is an amateur vice president of funds, private markets at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).

“I dare to take unusual paths to move forward,” she says. It is important for me to be in action and get concrete results. »

A 20-year-old CDPQ employee, in her current position for one year, she describes herself as a unifier.

“As a leader, I like to unite people, create an atmosphere of trust and friendliness, which allows everyone to enjoy their work. »

This native of the Northern Ivory Coast, familiar with a fairly young business community, loves numbers as well as the human side of business.


Caroline Kote, Vice President, Funds, Private Markets, Quebec City Department

The relative and human aspects are very present in the world of investment. Every entrepreneur always has a history and passions.

Caroline Kote, Vice President, Funds, Private Markets, Quebec City Department

For her, finances are a way to better understand the world we live in.

“My work at Caisse combines two passions: finance, of course, but, above all, working with colleagues with different experiences. They allow me to understand what is happening in international markets, which is important for making the best decisions to fulfill our mission of creating positive ancillary products for Quebec. It’s very stimulating. »

Stock market virus

Alicia Kucharska, Senior Investment Director, VC / PE Investment Funds at Investissement Québec since 2019, was not sure she had a career in finance, but her training at HEC Montréal changed the game.


Alicia Kucharska, Senior Investment Manager, VC / PE Investment Funds at Investissement Québec

I still remember the first time I had the opportunity to enter the HEC Montréal. I was fascinated by all the state-of-the-art equipment and screens that showed the value of stocks in real time. Then I realized that I wanted to make a career in finance.

Alicia Kucharska, Senior Investment Manager, VC / PE Investment Funds at Investissement Québec

Describing herself as analytical and rational, this hyperactive has served on numerous boards of directors, including two years as president of the Fund for Women Entrepreneurs FQ, a 19-million fund that supports women’s entrepreneurship through lending.

But in addition to numbers, Alicia Kucharska is also an artist at heart and a traveler of the world. A music lover, passionate about jazz and classical music, she plays the piano, clarinet and photographs mainly fauna and flora. With interest in discovering new cultures, she visited 25 countries, including the last – Mauritius. Next destination: Antarctica!