France Margaret Bélanger is the Montreal Canadiens' Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. She joined the organization in August 2013 as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer before being promoted to her current position in December 2016.
France Margaret is responsible for all revenue generating initiatives within the organization, in addition to leading the Canadiens' marketing, branding, and community relations activities. She is also involved in developing food and beverage, ticket sales and customer satisfaction strategies.
She is a member of CH Group's executive committee and is actively involved in the Group's strategic planning and financial growth initiatives. France Margaret oversees the legal affairs of CH Group. She serves as an Alternate Governor of the National Hockey League on behalf of the Montreal Canadiens.
Before joining the organization, France Margaret was a partner in corporate law with Stikeman Elliott, where she began her career in 1995. Specializing in mergers and acquisitions, she led the team that acted for the Gillett Group in the sale of the Montreal Canadiens and the Bell Centre in 2009. She also represented the Saputo family in the acquisition of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, the Montreal Impact.
France Margaret developed an expertise in the aviation industry, having represented, among others, ACE Aviation, Air Canada, and ACTS in several transactions.
An expert in her field, France Margaret has been honored by multiple prestigious industry publications, earning mentions in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as a leading practitioner in the corporate and M&A sectors. She was also recognized as one of "Canada's 40 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40" by Lexpert Magazine.
Admitted to the Quebec Bar in November 1995, France Margaret earned a Civil Law degree from the University of Ottawa with a Cum Laude distinction. She also completed a Master in Business Administration in the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal program in 2014.
France Margaret received the Order of Merit of the Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa in 2015 and the Desautels Management Achievement Award of McGill University in 2019.