Leaders

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.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
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Siegfried Usal

Vice President Strategy, Marketing and Technology
Thales Canada 

A veteran of the French Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force, Siegfried Usal leverages tremendous operational and command experience to successfully develop and implement competiveness and growth strategies for Thales.

A senior executive with extensive experience in defence, government relations, diplomacy and procurement, Siegfried has held multiple executive manager roles ranging from Fighter Squadron Commander to Executive Assistant to the President of the French Republic.

A senior executive with extensive experience in defence, government relations, diplomacy and procurement, Siegfried has held multiple executive manager roles ranging from Fighter Squadron Commander to Executive Assistant to the President of the French Republic.

Siegfried joined Thales in 2013 and now leads the Strategy, Marketing and Technology for Thales Canada. His  diverse portfolio includes Research & Technology,  Marketing and Business Development.

In this role he is responsible to develop country corporate strategy that includes new R&D investments, strategic partnerships and diversification plans.

He has recently been appointed Managing Director of cortAIx, Thales’ new global Center of Research and Technology in Artificial Intelligence Expertise) in Montreal.

Leading an organization of more than 70 managers, engineers and scientists, Siegfried Usal has a global mandate to successfully deploy digital technologies across all business lines to drive Thales’ digital transformation.

A graduate of the French Air Force Academy in 1992 and the Canadian Forces College in 2004, Mr. Usal holds an Engineering Diploma in Aeronautics, a Master of Science in Aeromechanics and a Master of Defense Studies. He holds a license of commercial pilot and is also a former fighter pilot.

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Michèle Boisvert

Executive Vice-President, Business Outreach
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Michèle Boisvert is Executive Vice-President, Business Outreach. She oversees all of CDPQ’s entrepreneurial initiatives and ensures that CDPQ is present in all regions of Québec, in support of the investment teams.

Having joined CDPQ in 2012, she held the position of Executive Vice-President, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications until 2015. An economist by training, she pursued a career in journalism for more than 25 years. She first worked at Radio-Canada before joining La Presse in 2002, where she covered economic news as a reporter, then as an editorialist and as a columnist. In 2007, she was named director of La Presse Affaires, the business section. In addition to her role at CDPQ, Ms. Boisvert is an adjunct professor at HEC Montréal.

Michèle Boisvert is President of the Fondation de la Place des Arts and of the Fondation du Centre Jacques-Cartier. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Université de Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Montréal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR), the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), the Fondation de l’Entrepreneurship, Innovation ENCQOR and of the OSEntreprendre organization.

In 2018, she was made a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec.

2018 LEADERS
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Anne-Marie Hubert

Quebec Managing Partner
EY

Since January 1, 2016, Anne-Marie Hubert was appointed Québec Managing Partner. Previously, she was the Managing Partner for Advisory Services for EY Canada from 2009 to 2015. She built the EY consulting business and made Advisory Canada the second fastest growing region of the 28 regions in EY world. She joined the firm in 1985, obtained her CA in 1987, and became a partner in 1998. In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (OCAQ).

A member of the EY Global Advisory Council from 2007 to 2009 and EY Canada’s Executive Committee from 2009 to 2015, Anne-Marie has established a reputation for challenging the status quo to make it easier for all our people to offer quality service and positively impact our economy and our communities. From 2002 to 2006, she led EY Canada’s gender equity initiatives and served as the Canadian representative on the Americas Gender Equity Task Force. In December 2006, she received the Rosemary Meschi award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in the Americas. In December 2011, she was recognized for the fourth time as one of Canada’s 100 Top Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and in June 2012, she was selected as one of three Champions of Women in Business leaders chosen by Catalyst Canada.  In June 2015, she was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the advancement of women in business.

She serves on the boards of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Public Policy Forum, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter, and the Société des célébrations du 375eanniversaire de Montréal.

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.

Sophie Forest
Sophie Forest

Managing Partner
Brightspark Ventures

Prior to joining Brightspark Ventures, Sophie was a partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of la Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. Sophie met Mark in 1997 when she became the lead investor in his start-up, Balisoft. They ended up collaborating on this exciting venture for three years and sold the company to Kana Software in 2000.

Since joining Brightspark in 2003 as a managing partner, Sophie has led and overseen more than 50 investments in technology companies. Notably, she has played a pivotal role in the investment, growth and exit of Radian6, leading to a 23x multiple on capital invested, and becoming one of the most successful technology exits in Canadian history.

Sophie was involved in the creation and growth of Jewlr.com and iStopOver.com. She is still an active board member of Jewlr inc., a leading online personalized jewelry company. She sits on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including Hopper, nGUVU and Jewlr. Sophie works closely with the startups she invests in and is known for her nurturing and listening qualities. In October 2017, Sophie was awarded the NACO Angel of the Year Award.

Sophie is a member of the Science and Technology Council of Canada, which provides external advice to the federal government in the domain of science, technology and innovation. She is the proud mother of three teenage daughters and is passionate about opening up doors for women to the VC and tech world. Through her career, she has often been the “only woman in the room” and wants to continue to facilitate the entry for other women.

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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.

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Elana Gorbatyuk

Chief Strategy Officer, Partner
Sid Lee

Elana is Chief Strategy Officer and Partner at Sid Lee where she works with teams across the network to create meaningful and valuable experiences that people care to talk about and spend time in. Elana began her career in management consulting, ran a branding and digital agency, and headed up strategy for a number of international agencies. Her work over the last 19+ years is focused on unlocking insights and leverage points that create unique moments of truth and experiences for brands across virtually every category. These experiences are anchored in every discipline spanning retail, architecture, product development, digital, branded content, branding, and advertising. Elana develops and teaches a particular kind of strategy that creatively blends cultural anthropology with business and innovation strategy to solve business problems. In her spare time, Elana steers boards of start-ups and volunteers on boards that have a human rights and higher education focus.

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Pino Di Ioia

Chief Executive Officer
BeaverTails Pastry

As a Franchisee, Mr. Di Ioia operated Montreal BeaverTails® franchises from 1988 to 2010 and developed the management operating systems and training manuals used to coordinate approximate 300 yearly staff members. He has extensive experience with various restaurant operations and has developed a strong understanding and relationship with both equipment and food suppliers to the industry. His exposure to the leisure food industry over the past decade has allowed him to cultivate contacts and a broad understanding of the leisure industry.

Pino has a creative and passionate marketing/ management style and is instrumental in raising brand name awareness for BeaverTails®. Pino is responsible for overall leadership of the BeaverTails® team as well as setting and servicing relationships with prospective Franchisees, multi-unit developers, and real estate associates. Additionally, Pino’s hands-on experience brings strong operational and marketing insight to the management team.

Anne Martel
Anne Martel

Co-Founder and Senior Vice-President Operations
ElementAI

Anne is a serial entrepreneur who most recently co-founded Element AI, an Artificial Intelligence startup which in just a few months had closed the largest AI Series A in the world, and attracted over 100 top talent to join its team. She previously had a successful exit in the medical sector, where her focus was in optimizing operations, restructuring and growing manufacturing and expansion capabilities. A graduate in both Arts and Finance, she is an avid art lover and philanthropist who dedicates her spare time working on her foundation and advocating for diversity.

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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.

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Natalie Voland

President and Chief Executive Officer
Quo Vadis Real Estate

Natalie Voland has been working outside of the traditional real estate box for the last 20 years. With her social work background, she has created a unique vision to use real estate projects as a tool of economic development and urban regeneration. Valuing history, she builds with the future in mind, constantly adapting to the market fluctuations, her clients needs, and the pursuit of economic growth.
As a Quebec leader in social innovation through “Benefit Corporation Certification” based on triple bottom line practices, Natalie works collaboratively with strategic partners to redevelop areas, notably the South West of Montreal. She holds a portfolio of approx. 1.5 million sq. ft with over 500 small and medium businesses including start up incubators under the brand of Communoloft. Natalie is a board member for Femmessor Montreal and the Quartier d’Innovation (initiated by McGill University and ETS), as well as being a member of the Table d’Action en Entrepreneuriat de Montreal.

Benoit Lacoste
Benoit Lacoste

Regional Managing Partner, Quebec
KPMG Canada

Benoit Lacoste Bienvenue is the Regional Managing Partner for the Québec Province. In his role as OMP, Benoit is responsible for the oversight of the growth and client relationships of the Québec region offices. In addition, Benoit is responsible for leading the involvement of the Montreal and Québec City offices and its more than 800 people in support of the Québec region professional and not-for-profit communities. Prior to his current role, he served as National Service Line Leader, Canadian Corporate Tax.

He has over 17 years of experience in complex cross-border tax structuring, M&A transactions, financing and restructuring transactions. Benoit has led several cross-border M&A engagements for Canadian and foreign-based multinationals, as well as major private equity firms and Global pension funds. Benoit currently advises several Canadian based companies, both public and private, on their Tax Structures and Strategies and Compliance requirements. Benoit has developed and maintains a strong network of professionals across the world, the members of which are highly responsive and dedicated to client service excellence.

Miriam Pozza
Miriam Pozza

Partner, Quebec Deals Leader
PwC Canada

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.

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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.

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Marie-Josée Lamothe

Founder 
Tandem International

Ms. Lamothe is the Founder of Tandem International, an advisory firm specialized in omni-channel retailing & branding; covering areas such as brand building, corporate reputation, business restructuring, human capital with an emphasis on profit-driven analytics.

Prior to founding Tandem International, Ms Lamothe was Managing Director at Google Canada for nearly 5 years, where she helped brands harness the power of digital to scale their business in Canada and globally. Prior to joining Google, she held various roles during her 12 years at L’Oréal, from International Marketing Director in France to CMO & CCO in Canada where she leveraged the strengths of digital to help L’Oréal’s 33 beauty brands compete.

Ms Lamothe sits on the boards of The ALDO Group, Reitmans Canada Limited, and LightSpeed, a point-of-sale and e-commerce software provider, as well as OSMO, a not-for-profit organization created to support the development of the startup ecosystem in Montreal. Ms Lamothe was also appointed by the Treasury Board of Canada to the Audit committee for the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Ms Lamothe is a graduate of Mathematics and Economics from the University of Montreal.

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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.

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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.

Education:
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.

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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.

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Luciano D'Iorio

Quebec Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

As managing director, Luciano oversees the Quebec Operations of Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. with a keen focus on developing deep client relationships as well as strategic recruitment to assemble the best team in the marketplace that will deliver unmatched results for clients.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Luciano was a partner of a real estate brokerage firm in Montreal where he spent 18 years as a broker and since 2009, as President overseeing the day-to-day operations. He is also a regular contributor to local media regarding real estate industry matters and is often a guest speaker at many prestigious conferences.

Luciano is a Graduate of McGill University, B.A 1999

David Nault
David Nault

Co-Founder and General Partner
Luge Capital

Mr. David Nault is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Luge Capital. He was a Principal at iNovia Capital. He was in charge of evaluating Quebec originated investment opportunities and help support its existing portfolio of companies. Mr. Nault focused on SaaS, e-commerce and electronic payments. Previously, Mr. Nault served as Vice-President of Investments and Entrepreneur in Residence at the firm. Mr. Nault served as an Interim President at VIPswitch, where he had started his career for a disruptive telecom technology for which he later helped raise $15 million to grow. He served as a Director of Business Development Officer at Pivotal Payments, Inc, Canada’s largest privately-owned payment processor, which he helped grow from startup to over 60,000 customers, 400 employees and $8 billion in transaction volume. His first start-up was Condo Carwash. Mr. Nault served as the President at Callio Technologies, Inc. He served as a Director of BusBud, Inc and Tracktik. He has a strong background in sales, marketing and business development. He won entrepreneur of the year in a Queen’s University entrepreneurship competition. He has over 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience in both start-ups and larger well-established technology companies. Mr. Nault has a BCOMM in Marketing and Finance from John Molson School of Business in 1994.

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Sophie Tremblay

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Lawyer
NOVAlex

Sophie co-founded NOVAlex in 2016 after having practiced at a national law firm for over 5 years.

Her practice deals with all aspects of labour and employment law and civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as corporate governance and support to start-up businesses and non-profit organizations. She has pleaded before all levels of courts in Quebec, including the Court of Appeal, as well as before administrative courts in the areas of occupational health and safety, labour standards and access to information. Sophie advises clients in various fields, including the energy, technology, agri-food, professional services, manufacturing and cultural sectors. She is also involved in several non-profit organizations and understands well the functioning and governance practices of such types of entities. Sophie is fluent in French, English and Portuguese, and has a practical knowledge of Spanish. She has a bachelor of Arts from Université de Montréal and her LLB from McGill University.

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Robert Beaudry

Member executive committee
City of Montreal

Robert Beaudry travaille depuis près de 15 ans dans le milieu du développement social au centre-ville de Montréal. Il a occupé de nombreux postes d’importance au sein d’organismes travaillant à l’employabilité des personnes en situation d’itinérance, tels le programme TAPAJ et la Société de développement sociale de Ville-Marie. Avant d’être élu au poste de conseiller de ville du district de Saint-Jacques, il a dirigé pendant deux ans l’organisme le PAS de la rue qui vient en aide aux personnes âgées en situation d’itinérance ou de grande précarité. Excellent gestionnaire, il a piloté des projets d’investissements communautaires majeurs en partenariat avec différents organismes, institutions, paliers de gouvernement et entreprises privées. Passionné de culture et de développement communautaire, Robert a obtenu plusieurs distinctions, dont le Mérite municipal en 2012 dans la catégorie relève municipale et la co-personnalité de la semaine La Presse–Radio-Canada en 2013. Il a également siégé sur de nombreux comités et conseils d’administration.

En plus d’occuper le rôle de conseiller de ville, il est :

  • Responsable du développement économique et commercial au sein du comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréa
  • Responsable des relations gouvernementales au sein du comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal
  • Membre de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal
Johanne Mullen
Johanne Mullen

Partner, National Capital Projects and Infrastructure Leader
PwC Canada

Johanne Mullen is the National Capital Projects and Infrastructure Leader of PwC Canada.

Johanne has 20 years of experience in the areas of capital project advisory, complex procurement advisory, project finance and structured finance. She has been a trusted advisor to both the public and private sectors in structuring large projects in the transportation, health and urban infrastructure sectors. Johanne is a director and past president of the Institut pour les partenariats public-privé du Québec and a Director of the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships.

Johanne has advised on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada, from initial feasibility and business case stage through to financial close. Recent mandates include:

  • Nalcor – acted as independent financial advisor with respect to the issuance of $4 billion in project debt
  • City of Saint-John – acting as financial advisor with respect to the procurement and financing of the city’s Safe Clean Drinking Water Program under a PPP model
  • Iqaluit Airport – advised the government of Nunavut with respect to the procurement and financing of the airport expansion as a PPP
  • Pan Am Athletes’ Village – advised Infrastructure Ontario

Johanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from McGill University.

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Bruce Hills

President
Just For Laughs

Just For Laughs President Bruce Hills has been the driving force behind the world’s biggest comedy festival and most prestigious comedy brand for over 30 years. Bruce oversees Just For Laughs in all its forms in all English speaking markets around the world. As President, his mission is to grow the business, increase both its profitability and value by developing TV and digital broadcast deals, maximizing ticket sales, government grants and corporate sponsors as well as integral partnerships. His main focus is now on building unique festivals and events around the world and growing their production partnerships with a multitude of national and international networks. 

Bruce was hailed by the UK edition of GQ magazine as “the most powerful man in international comedy” and was humbled to be acknowledged by Dave Chappelle as the “Comedy Curator of a Generation” at the Montreal Festival. To mark the 35th anniversary of the Montreal festival in 2017, Just For Laughs was recognized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television with the Canadian Screen Awards’ Icon Award, which was presented to Bruce by Dave Chappelle on the nationally televised awards broadcast.

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Alan Vesprini

Managing Director, Quebec
Morgan Stanley

2017 Leaders
Martin-Luc Archambault (Keynote Speaker) AmpMe
Sylvain Boulé Montrusco Bolton
Mike Boychuk Corporate Director
Carole Chapdelaine Scotiabank
Mathieu Desforges La Caisse de dépôt et placement
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano VIA Rail Canada
Luciano D’Iorio Cushman & Wakefield
John Di Bert Bombardier Inc.
Jean-Philippe Durivage Lachance Dollarama
Julie Gagné Laurentian Bank
Jean-François Gagné Element AI
Marie-Josée Gariépy McGill University
Dr. Mirko Gilardino Montreal Children’s Hospital
Éric Hamam Banque Nationale
Benoit Lacoste KPMG
François Laurin Laurentian Bank
Charles Nadeau Stikeman Elliott
James O’Sullivan Scotiabank
Richard Pilosof RP Investment Advisors
Miriam Pozza PricewaterhouseCoopers
James Reid Norton Rose Fulbright
Marie-Hélène Rochon Norton Rose Fulbright
Karl Tabbakh McCarthy Tétrault
Dominique Vézina La Caisse de dépôt et placement
Ron Vincelli Dome Development
Martin Luc REAL

Martin-Luc Archambault, Founder and CEO at AmpMe

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Carole Chapdelaine, Executive Vice-President at Scotiabank

Jean-François Gagné

Jean-François Gagné, Founder and CEO at ElementAI

2016 Leaders
Marie-Claude Elie (Keynote Speaker) Google Canada
George Attar McKesson Canada
Vicky Boudreau Bicom
Sylvain Boulé Montrusco Bolton
Mike Boychuk Corporate Director
Erik Charton Jones Lang Lasalle
Robert Fetherstonhaugh
Marie-Josée Gariépy Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation
Mike Kuzmicki Brookfield Financial
François Laurin Laurentian Bank
Ron Lloyd Waratah Capital Advisors
Andrew Mystic RP Investment Advisors
James O’Sullivan Scotiabank
John Redfern Lafarge
James Reid Norton Rose Fulbright
Alexandre Synnett La Caisse de dépôt et placement
Dominique Vézina La Caisse de dépôt et placement
Georgia Tournas EY
Ron Vincelli Dome Development
Jon Wener Canderel
George Attar

George Attar, Chief Technology Officer at McKesson Canada

Francois Laurin

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