The leaders consist of successful individuals ranging from various backgrounds that include finance, real estate, consulting, engineer, law and medicine among others fields.  The leaders are responsible for sharing their experience with the attendees and inspiring the young professionals attending Déjeun’aide.

Martin Luc REAL
Martin-Luc Archambault

Founder and CEO, AmpMe

Entrepreneur en série, Martin-Luc Archambault finance des entreprises innovantes au travers de son fonds MLA Ventures qui comporte déjà plusieurs compagnies à succès. Sa philosophie d’investissement: la valorisation de l’entrepreneur et la confiance qu’il lui porte. Quand Martin-Luc investit, c’est avant tout en quelqu’un.

En septembre 2015, Martin-Luc lança sa plus récente startup, AmpMe. Cette dernière est une application mobile gratuite qui veut créer le système de son le plus portable et social au monde. Les utilisateurs d’AmpMe peuvent synchroniser leurs appareils mobiles et haut-parleurs Bluetooth afin de faire jouer de la musique simultanément sur tous leurs appareils, créant ainsi un système de son accessible en tout temps et en tous lieux. Depuis son lancement, AmpMe a eu plus de 6 millions de téléchargements et reçu plus de 13 millions de dollars en financement.

Ses réussites lui mériteront le Grand Prix de l’Entrepreneur 2012 d’Ernst & Young puis en 2013, le titre d’Innovateur de l’Année et du Dirigeant de l’Année aux International Stevie Awards. Depuis 2009, Martin-Luc a fait des dizaines de placements en tant qu’Ange investisseur et il est l’un des premiers actionnaire dans PasswordBox (vendu à Intel), Frank & Oak et Sonder.

Pour Martin-Luc, aucune idée n’est trop grande du moment qu’elle est portée par les bonnes personnes.

Sylvain Boulé
Sylvain Boulé

President and Chief Executive Officer, Montrusco Bolton

Sylvain Boulé is President & Chief Executive Officer of Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc. A graduate of Université de Montréal, Concordia University and Columbia Business School, he is also Chairman of the Board of MBI/TEC Private Debt GP Inc.

He has been involved for several years with Centre Philou and is currently Chairman of the Board of Fondation du Centre Philou.

Michael Boychuk

Chairman of the Board, Fengate Real Asset Investments

Michael Boychuk is currently a Corporate Director and Chairman of the board at Fengate Real Asset Investments. He was, until his retirement in 2015, President of Bimcor Inc., one of Canada’s largest private sector pension plan managers. Prior to his current position, Mr. Boychuk was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, where he was responsible for all Treasury and Capital Markets activities of the BCE group of companies. He was also responsible for all mergers and acquisition activities of the Corporation.

Mr. Boychuk has been a member of a number of public as well as private sector boards including MTS, Bell Nordiq, Yellow Media, Optasite, and IIROC. He has served on various board committees and has extensive experience working on audit committees. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada and serves on the Audit Committee, as well as Lead Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of GDI Integrated Services and member of the Board and audit committee of Telesat Canada Inc.. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Committees of Nunavut Trust and the McConnell Foundation, and Chair of the Pension Investment committee of the McGill University Pension fund.

Mr. Boychuk is a Governor of McGill University and is Chair of the University’s Audit Committee, and Chair of the University’s Pension Investment Committee, as well as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Faculty of Management of McGill University. Mr. Boychuk is a previous recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for outstanding public and community service.

Carole Chapdelaine

Senior Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario, Scotiabank

Carole Chapdelaine is Senior Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region at Scotiabank, in charge of the organization’s largest geographic area. Appointed to the position six years ago, Ms. Chapdelaine is responsible for managing a team of more than 2 000 employees, for sales management and business development as well as for the operational efficiency of the branches in her region. One of her main mandates is to grow Scotiabank’s market shares in the Quebec and Eastern Ontario markets.

Ms. Chapdelaine holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers in financial planning. She has been working in the financial industry for over 35 years, successively achieving more senior roles and carving out a place for herself among the top leaders in the world of finance.

Carole began her banking career as a Retail Banking Officer at Mouvement Desjardins in 1980. In 1985, she joined RBC where she held a number of progressively senior roles in retail and commercial banking as well as in training and development. She held two Regional Vice-President roles in Montreal and was then transferred to the personal deposit account products team at the head office in Toronto, where she was responsible for launching new delivery channels for opening personal accounts and for developing new products. After returning to Montreal in 2007, Carole implemented national sales and service programs as part of the Quebec personal and commercial services team and later joined Scotiabank in 2011 as Senior Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region.

Mathieu Desforges
Mathieu Desforges

Senior Director, Private Equity & Opportunistic Credit, La Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec

Mathieu Desforges is a Senior Director in the Private Equity group at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Mathieu joined CDPQ in 2013 and is responsible for investing globally in junior corporate credit instruments (subordinated debt, mezzanine and PIK securities) as well as in opportunistic credit and distressed debt.

Mathieu previously worked for 10 years (2003-2013) at Lehman Brothers in London in the Investment Banking & Fixed Income groups, investing and managing distressed debt & special situations across Europe.

Mathieu started his career as a corporate lawyer in Paris at BBLP Moquet Borde (2000-2001) and in Montreal at Fasken Martineau (1998-2000). Mathieu holds an MBA from London Business School and a law degree (LL.B.) from the Université de Montréal.

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

President and Chief Executive Officer, VIA Rail Canada

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was the Corporation’s Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary since 2010. An experienced lawyer and seasoned executive, he is a member of the Quebec Bar Association.

He holds a law degree (LL.B.) from l’Université de Montréal and he completed Graduate Studies in Law (GSD) at McGill University. He also has a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

With proven experience, he has held several positions in the past in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. In Montreal and Toronto, he worked for private and publicly held companies, in the information technology, telecommunications, marketing and entertainment industries. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport from 1989 to 1991.

John Di Bert
John Di Bert

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bombardier Inc.

John Di Bert is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bombardier Inc.

Prior to joining Bombardier in August 2015, Mr. Di Bert spent 14 years at Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC). He was first hired as Manager, Financial Accounting and Reporting, before being promoted to positions of increasing responsibility. In July 2002, he took on the role of Director, Finance for WSK PZL, a former state-owned aerospace manufacturer based in Poland which had just been acquired by UTC. He then served as P&WC’s Corporate Controller, where he elaborated a foreign currency hedging policy and program that integrated risk management, cash management, financial planning and financial accounting requirements.

In October 2004, John Di Bert became Director, Finance, Customer Service and in 2007, he was appointed Vice President, Finance. Over a seven-year period, he designed, developed and implemented various company-wide initiatives that helped maintain sound financial performance while P&WC was launching critical strategic investments. In parallel, he contributed to building a healthy, well-funded pension plan as Chairman of the Pension Committee. In January 2014, he was appointed Vice President, Customer Service; a position he occupied until he was recruited by Bombardier.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Di Bert worked at Rolls-Royce Canada as Manager, Financial Accounting and Reporting from 1999 to 2001 and at KPMG as Senior Auditor for major clients including manufacturing, retail and distribution companies from 1997 to 1999.

John Di Bert holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University in Montréal (Canada). He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.

JP Lachance
Jean-Philippe Durivage Lachance

Senior Director & Treasurer, Dollarama Inc.

Since 2014, Jean-Philippe D. Lachance, CFA, has served as Treasurer of Dollarama Inc., Canada’s largest dollar-store operator with more than 1,100 stores and a TSX60 Canadian Company, where he is in charge of cash management, debt management, financial risk management, relations with financial institutions and rating agencies, and optimization of capital structure through share repurchases, bond issuances, dividend payments, etc.

Mr. Lachance also leads the annual budgeting process, a highly strategic activity for a public company with a market cap over $15B. Mr. Lachance started his professional career with Sanimax Industries in 2009 where he was responsible for daily Treasury activities. Three years later, he joined Dollarama Inc., where his responsibilities included managing financial risks for the company and was thus promoted in 2014 to his current position.

Mr. Lachance is a graduate from HEC Montréal where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Corporate Finance (2009) and received his CFA designation in 2014.

Jean-François Gagné
Jean-François Gagné

Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI

Jean-Francois Gagné is the Co-Founder and CEO of Element AI, an applied AI research lab creating new software solutions for organizations.

A seasoned entrepreneur, he also founded and successfully exited two companies in AI and Operations Research. As CEO of Planora, he led the company efforts to bring to market a highly disruptive SaaS solution in the extremely competitive Workforce Management space by combining an innovative blend of Machine Learning, Operation Research and User Experience. He then went on to become the youngest global C-Level Executive of a top-20 Enterprise Software company, as CPO and CIO at JDA Software, where he managed a portfolio of 100+ products and 1,400 developers in more than 20 offices worldwide. He has represented Canada as a Technology Investment Champion Speaker for Global Affairs and has spoken at AI conferences for Top Level management.

Julie Gagné

Executive Vice-president, Marketing and human ressources, Laurentian Bank

Julie s’est jointe à l’équipe de la Banque Laurentienne en 2012 à titre de vice-présidente Marketing et Excellence Commerciale, Service aux entreprises. À l’automne 2015, elle s’est vue confiée le poste de Première vice-présidente marketing et ressources humaines, Services aux entreprises et aux particuliers.

Au cœur de la transformation de la Banque, Julie dirige une équipe multidisciplinaire responsable du marketing, des communications et de l’excellence commerciale. Elle chapeaute également les activités reliées à l’efficacité, au recrutement et à la formation des équipes de ventes.

Auparavant, elle a occupé différents postes chez GE Capital pendant sept ans, qui l’ont menée à être première vice-présidente, marketing, pendant cinq ans. Elle a aussi œuvré plus de cinq ans chez Bombardier en stratégie au siège social et dans la division BRP et dont plus de trois en recherche marketing chez Ipsos/Tandemar au début de sa carrière. Julie détient un baccalauréat en administration de l’Université du Québec à Montréal en plus d’avoir son accréditation Black Belt Lean 6 Sigma.

Julie est l’heureuse maman de jumeaux de sept ans, qui sont sa principale motivation. Julie accorde une grande importance à l’authenticité et la créativité tant dans sa vie personnelle qu’en affaires.

Julie est activement engagée dans sa communauté; elle agit comme marraine pour la campagne annuelle de levée de fonds du Centre des femmes de Montréal, un organisme qui lui tient à cœur et siège au conseil d’établissement de l’école Marc-Favreau, de la CSDM.

Marie-Josée Gariépy

Director, Volunteer Partnerships, McGill University

Ms. Gariépy is Director, Volunteer Partnerships and Regional Strategy at McGill University Advancement since June 2017, where she works with key volunteer leaders and advisory groups across the University and around the world.

For the past twelve years, she has served the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, first as Director of Gift Planning and, since 2011, as President. She oversaw the successful completion of the Best Care for Children Campaign, which exceeded its goal by raising $105 million in support of the new Children’s Hospital. Under her leadership, the Foundation has secured its place as Québec’s most successful hospital fundraising enterprise, with the highest ratio of philanthropic revenue to hospital beds in the province. She has secured multiple million dollar-plus donations over the past years, including the $10 million commitment from P.K. Subban and his foundation. In addition, she has been a director of the Woodmark Group of the twenty-six leading children’s hospitals in North America, and, since 2015, served as board secretary.

Prior to her tenure at the Children’s, Ms. Gariépy was Co-Director of Legal Affairs and Communications for the Council for Canadian Unity, overseeing a team of twenty employees in five cities across Canada. Her wide-ranging professional experience also includes serving as Director of Research and Communications for the Québec Liberal Party and Political Advisor for two Québec government ministries.

A lawyer by training and current member of the Québec Bar Association, she holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Political Science from Université Laval, and has studied tax law at HEC Montréal. She has taught charitable tax law at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Continuing Education.

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Dr. Mirko Gilardino

Director of the H.B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit, Montreal Children’s Hospital

Dr. Mirko Gilardino is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon recognized by both the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

The latter credentials are only granted to those who have completed surgical training (a minimum of 5 years) in a Plastic Surgery Residency accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Gilardino is also recognized as an Active Fellow under the rigorous credentialing of the American College of Surgeons, designated by the FACS in his credentials.

He received his MD from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, and completed his six years of Plastic Surgery training at McGill University. In addition to obtaining a Masters Degree in Experimental Surgical Research, Dr. Gilardino completed an extra year of subspecialty training at the No.1 ranked Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania in Complex Craniofacial Surgery.

Dr. Gilardino is the Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at the McGill University Health Centre and Associate Professor of Surgery at the McGill Faculty of Medicine, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Since 2008, he has been the Director of the H.B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gilardino also specializes in Craniofacial Plastic Surgery in children and adult Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery.

Éric Hamam

Senior Investment Advisor, National Bank

Eric Hamam is a senior investments and capital markets professional, with over 20 years of experience. He is an energetic team player, with diverse experience in the financial industry, focused on delivering results for clients. 

He joined National Bank Financial Markets in 2002 where he provided institutional investors with strategies, research and investment opportunities across different business markets in Canada. He developed an expertise in alternative investments and risk management solutions.

In January 2016, he joined NBF’s Wealth Management group as an Investment Advisor & General Manager for top-ranked Équipe Guy Côté. Eric is recognized for his fluent understanding of public financial markets, his balanced approach to investments, and his track record of building and managing key relationships, while consistently meeting objectives with integrity.


Eric started his career with Scotiabank as an analyst and with BMO Investment Banking in Toronto. He graduated from McGill University with an MBA and also obtained a B.Comm. from Concordia University.

Mike Kuzmicki - Brookfield
Michal Kuzmicki

Vice Chairman, Brookfield Financial

Mike joined the Montreal office in 2008 as a Managing Partner and has served as Vice Chairman since July 2016 . Mike is responsible for originating and executing property brokerage and financing transactions primarily in the Quebec market. Prior to joining Brookfield Financial, he was Managing Director with CIBC World Markets, which he joined in 2002 after serving as Senior Vice President, Investments with Colliers International. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in real estate finance, dispositions and acquisitions primarily on behalf of corporate and institutional clients.

Notable transactions he has participated in include many of Montréal’s landmark investment properties such as Maison Manuvie, Maison Radio-Canada (pending), Ogilvy, Montréal Eaton Centre, Champlain Mall, SITQ’s Laval office portfolio, Place Bonaventure and Dominion Square, amongst others.

Mike is a graduate of McGill University (MBA) and Loyola College (BA) and holds the FICB, CRE, and ICD.D designations. He is a past Director of UDI and is currently serving as Vice Chairman on the Board of Trustees of the McCord Museum.

Benoit Lacoste
Benoit Lacoste

Regional Managing Partner – Quebec, KPMG Canada

Benoit is a partner in International and M&A Tax, in the Montreal office, and the National Leader for Canadian Corporate Tax, with over 16 years of experience in complex cross border tax structuring, M&A transactions, financing and restructuring transactions. Benoit has lead several cross-border M&A engagements for Canadian and foreign-based multinationals as well as major private equity firms and Global pension funds.

Francois Laurin
François Laurin

Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer, Laurentian Bank

François Laurin was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Laurentian Bank in August 2015. He is responsible for the Bank’s activities in the areas of finance, accounting, treasury, taxation, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, and internal audit.

With over 30 years of experience in corporate financing and financial accounting, Mr. Laurin has extensive knowledge of the technologies, capital markets and corporate financing fields. He has worked at a number of large organizations operating within the finance, mining and telecommunications sectors.

François Laurin is a Fellow of the Order of Professional Chartered Accounts and is certified as a CFA. He holds a Graduate diploma in Public Accountancy and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from McGill University.

Charles Nadeau
Charles Nadeau

Partner, Stikeman Elliott

Charles Nadeau is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, whose practice focuses on business litigation, where he represents public and private companies and entrepreneurs on contentious and potentially contentious matters in several areas of corporate and commercial law.

Among others, Charles has special expertise in shareholders disputes (oppression remedies), as well as in transactional and commercial disputes. Charles also has expertise in construction and real estate litigation, as well as in product liability litigation. In this context, he acts as Coordinator of the Montréal office’s Construction Group (Litigation). He has acquired extensive experience in the determination of the quantum of damages, strategic management of litigation, and pleading at all levels of the civil courts as well as in domestic and international arbitration and mediation proceedings.

James O'Sullivan

Group Head, Canadian Banking, Scotiabank

James O’Sullivan is Group Head, Canadian Banking. He was appointed to this position in June 2015. In this role, he is responsible for all retail, small business, commercial banking, wealth management and insurance operations in Canada, as well as the Bank’s administrative function of shared services.

James has been with Scotiabank since 1990, and has held senior leadership roles in Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance and Asset Management. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President, Global Wealth Management.

James holds a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from York University, a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors at Humber River Hospital and current board member of Soulpepper, Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company.

Richard Pilosof

Chief Executive Office, RP Investment Advisors

Richard Pilosof is a founding partner and the Chief Executive Officer for RP Investment Advisors (RPIA). Richard started RPIA in 2009 to offer Canadian investors “absolute return” style investment products within Fixed Income, an area that has been traditionally underserved. Under his strategic leadership, RPIA has grown to become one of the largest alternative asset managers in Canada, with over $3.6 billion in assets under management, 46 employees and award-winning alternative strategies specialized in fixed-Income securities. The firm’s main areas of expertise includes Corporate Credit and High Yield, globally, with Richard responsible for providing risk oversight of all investment mandates.

Prior to founding RPIA, Richard worked from 1983 at RBC Capital Markets (RBCCM) where he held increasingly senior positions including Managing Director and Head of Global Debt Markets where he was responsible for managing and trading on a discretionary basis, foreign exchange, fixed income and credit portfolios. Richard also held responsibility for developing and building RBC’s international capital markets platform, now with significant operations in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York helping grow RBC Capital Markets into a leading global investment banking franchise.

Richard holds a BA in Finance from Coastal Carolina University where he played varsity tennis. Richard is also heavily involved with several charitable organizations serving as the past Campaign Chair for the Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation, past Chairman of Financing for Greenwood College School and an Advisory Committee board member of Beat the Streets Toronto, board member of the Ontario Junior Hockey League Foundation and President of the Pickering Panthers Junior A Hockey Club.

Miriam Pozza
Miriam Pozza

Partner, Quebec Deals Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Miriam Pozza is the Quebec Deals Leader. She works in the Montréal office of PwC Canada.  She also leads the Pharmaceutical/Life Sciences industry for Quebec.  As a partner in the Transaction Services group, Miriam advises clients on all aspects of the acquisition process, from the initial analysis of financial and operational performance to the closing of the transaction.

Miriam has a strong track record of leading multi-disciplinary teams and assisting clients with domestic, cross-border and global transactions. She covers a wide range of transaction services mandates, including advising on purchaser due diligence, analyzing the quality of earnings and assets, assessing forecasting processes and advising on sell-side due diligence, as well as purchase and sale agreement provisions.

Her experience spans a number of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology, life sciences, industrial products and consumer packaged goods, mining and metals, and distribution.

Miriam is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. Miriam joined PwC Canada in 1991. She also completed her MBA at the Manchester Business School.

She is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Association of Québec Women in Finance.

Mirian has also been named one of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners. The award reflects Miriam’s dedication to excellence and passion for inspiring the development and advancement of women in professional services.

James Reid - Norton Rose
James Reid

Partner, Patent Agent, Norton Rose Fulbright

James Reid has practised out of our Montréal office in the areas of patents and intellectual property since 2001. He drafts many new originating patent applications every year, and prosecutes patent applications for both local and foreign clients in the Canadian and United States patent offices in addition to providing foreign filing strategy advice and coordinating multijurisdictional prosecutions abroad. He also provides all types of opinions, including patentability, infringement, validity and right-to-manufacture opinions.

As one of our experts on design matters, Mr. Reid has a very active practice involving Canadian industrial design and US design patent matters, which includes preparing, filing and prosecuting design applications, as well as conducting design-around analysis and opinion work relating to registered designs.

Mr. Reid’s technical expertise covers mechanical technology of all types, with an emphasis on the aerospace, biomechanical and medical device fields, more particularly relating to gas turbine engines, orthopedic implants and related computer-assisted surgery systems for example. However, Mr. Reid also has considerable experience in the technical fields of vehicle tires, consumer goods and sporting equipment, with a focus on bicycles, ice hockey equipment and footwear.

He is registered to practise directly before both the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has citizenship of Canada, the UK and Australia.

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Marie-Hélène Rochon

Partner, Patent Agent, Norton Rose Fulbright

Marie-Hélène Rochon’s practice focuses on intellectual property, with particular emphasis on patent prosecution (including patentability assessment and patent portfolio establishment and management), opinion work (patent infringement, patent validity, eligibility of listing on the Patent Register and pharmaceutical pricing implications) and litigation technical support. She provides strategic advice to clients regarding patent portfolio management, especially in view of advances in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields, worldwide patent eligibility criteria as well as the Canadian landscape. She also conducts customized training sessions in which she discusses important patent portfolio management issues, such as strategic IP drafting and filing decisions, patent eligibility assessments and recent domestic and foreign jurisprudence.

Dr. Rochon’s key area of expertise is life sciences. She has unique experience in protecting and analyzing inventions relating to biologicals (antibodies, blood products, vaccines), biotechnology tools (diagnostic methods, screening assays, antibody-based, peptide-based and nucleotide-based reagents), personalized medicine, therapeutic approaches (such as cellular-based and gene-based therapy), food science and natural products. During her undergraduate studies she trained in the use of various molecular biology research techniques. At the master’s level she specialized in molecular biology, microbial genetics and polymer biochemistry. Dr. Rochon’s doctoral research focused on tissue engineering.

Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Université Laval, 2003
M.Sc., Food Science, Université Laval, 1998
B.Sc.(Hons.), Microbiology/Immunology, McGill University, 1996

Karl Tabbakh
Karl Tabbakh

Managing Partner, Québec Region, McCarthy Tétrault

Karl Tabbakh is the Regional Managing Partner for Québec. A professional with deep business acumen, extensive global experience, and exceptional relationship-building skills, Karl is committed to delivering business solutions and results for clients.

As a corporate lawyer and strategic advisor focused on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, securities and capital markets, Karl led and participated in the negotiation and structuring of some of the most high profile and strategically critical transactions in Canada, the Middle East and globally.

With over 20 years of experience structuring, negotiating, executing and closing critical business transactions in Québec and around the world, Karl uses his deep knowledge of transactions and global experience to ensure clients are well-served and equipped with an understanding of both legal and business implications during major decisions.

In addition to his legal expertise, Karl brings a unique investor and business experience to our clients. In 2012, he co-founded a venture capital and private equity firm in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, Karl was a partner within the world’s largest law firm which he joined in 2008 to start up their Abu Dhabi office and head its corporate practice.

Karl spent seven years in the Middle East and was Chairman of the Canadian Business Council in Abu Dhabi where he developed strong understanding of the Middle East markets and solid connections in the UAE business community. Previous to that, he was a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Business Law Group, where he had started his career in 1995. He worked in the Montréal, Toronto and London, UK offices until 2008 and, upon his return to Canada in 2016, he rejoined the firm.

He received his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, in 1997 after completing his BCL at the Université de Montreal in 1996. He also obtained a B.Comm. from Université Laval in Québec City. Karl was called to the Québec bar in 1998 and qualified as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2002.

Dominique Vézina
Dominique Vézina

Vice-Présidente-conseil, Gestion des risques Marchés boursiers, La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Dominique Vézina est active dans le monde de la finance depuis plus de vingt ans. Elle a toutefois débuté sa carrière en tant qu’analyste en actuariat en 1995 a l’Industrielle-Alliance. Rapidement elle évolue vers un poste de négociation et gestion de portefeuille pour la même institution. En 2008 elle est promue au poste de Directrice gestion de portefeuille des fonds généraux.

En 2011 elle se joint à la Caisse de Dépôt et placement du Québec en tant que Vice-Présidente gestion du risque revenu fixe et stratégies actives de superposition. Parmi ses différentes fonctions figurent entres autres le suivi et la construction du portefeuille, les analyses transactionnelles et les comités, Sa tâche consiste à continuellement s’assurer de faire évoluer la culture de risque au sein des équipes de gestion de portefeuille et de risques. Récemment, en novembre 2016, un nouveau défi lui est offert à la direction des risques soit celui de Vice-Présidente-conseil Gestion des risques Marchés boursiers.

Madame Vézina est diplômée en sciences actuarielles de l’Université Laval à Québec. Elle détient aussi un MBA exécutif internationale en services financiers, assurance et investissement des universités Vlerick en Belgique, St-Gale en Suisse et HEC du Québec. En 2010 elle a complété les titres de communicateur compétent et de gestionnaire compétent de Toastmaster. Elle a aussi obtenu son titre de CFA en 2000.

Dominique Vézina a siégé sur différents conseils au cours de sa carrière entres autres au sein du CFA Québec pour une période de six ans. Elle siège actuellement sur le conseil de l’AMBAQ. Elle participe depuis 2014 au programme de mentorat de l’Association des femmes en finance à titre de mentor.

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Ronald Vincelli

Owner and President, Jack Vincelli Inc. and Dome development

Ronald Vincelli is the owner and president of Jack Vincelli Inc. and Dome development.

Jack Vincelli Inc. is a general contracting firm involved in residential and commercial construction in the greater Montreal area. The company is 107 years old, having been established in 1909 by Mr. Vincelli’s grandfather. Dome development is a commercial real estate firm, specializing in the ownership of strip shopping centers.

Today, both companies are managed by Jack Vincelli and Chris Vincelli, Mr. Vincelli’s sons.

2016 Leaders

Marie-Josée Gariépy, President of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation

Marie-Claude Elie, Senior Account Executive at Google Canada

George Attar

George Attar, Chief Technology Officer at McKesson Canada

Vicky Boudreau - Bicom

Vicky Boudreau, General Manager and Co-founder at BICOM


Sylvain Boulé, President and Chief Executive Officer at Montrusco Bolton Investments

Mike Boychuk

Mike Boychuk, Former President of Bimcor Inc.

erik-charton - JLL

Erik Charton, Senior Vice-President at Jones Lang Lasalle

Robert Fetherstonhaugh

Robert Fetherstonhaugh, Chair of the Board of the Fetherstonhaugh Family Foundation

Mike Kuzmicki - Brookfield

Mike Kuzmicki, Vice-Chairman at Brookfield Financial

Francois Laurin

François Laurin, Executive Vice-President and CFO at Laurentian Bank

Ron Lloyd

Ron Lloyd, Executive Vice-President, Investor Relations at Waratah Capital


Andrew Mystic, Director, Private Client, Portfolio Manager at RP Investment Advisors


James O’Sullivan, Group Head, Canadian Banking at Scotiabank


John Redfern, Retired CEO of Lafarge North America

James Reid - Norton Rose

James Reid, Partner, Patent Agent at Norton Rose Fulbright


Alexandre Synnett, Vice President Operations (Private Equity, Infrastructure and Data Management) at La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Georgia Tournas

Georgia Tournas, Partner, Assurance Services at Ernst & Young

Dominique Vézina, Vice President Risk Management – Fixed Income at La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Ron Vincelli

Ronald Vincelli, Owner and President of Jack Vincelli Inc. and Dome Development


Jonathan Wener, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Canderel