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.
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer
Sean Finn was appointed Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer in December 2008. He is responsible for a wide array of legal, government, regulatory, public affairs, risk mitigation and security matters. Mr. Finn joined CN in January 1994 and led the Company’s corporate tax function while being involved extensively in CN’s privatization in November 1995. He was appointed Treasurer and Principal Tax Counsel in August 1996, Vice-President, Treasurer and Principal Tax Counsel in January 2000, Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in December 2000, and Senior Vice-President Public Affairs, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in February 2003. As Corporate Secretary, he is actively involved and responsible for CN’s Corporate Governance Practices and the implementation of the CN Business Code of Conduct.
Prior to joining CN, Mr. Finn was the managing tax partner with the Montreal law firm Lavery, de Billy, where he was involved in domestic and international tax planning, cross-border financing, and corporate financing and reorganizations.
Mr. Finn graduated from the faculty of law of the University of Montreal in 1981 and completed a Masters degree in tax law at the University of Toronto in 1983. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1983. Mr. Finn was named Tax Lawyer of the Year 2000 by his peers.
He is a former Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (2006-2007) and of the Quebec Chamber of Commerce (2002-2003), and he is currently the only Canadian member of the US Chamber of Commerce. He was also Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal for a one-year mandate (2017-2018). In September 2018, Mr. Finn was selected to be the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Emeritus Leaders’ Circle award, in recognition of his demonstrated commitment to advancing the CCC’s mission and vision, and for supporting the Chamber in achieving excellence in operations and delivering value to members.
He was also the mayor of the City of Saint-Lambert, Quebec from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Finn was a lecturer for 20 years in tax legislation and policy for the masters in taxation at Université de Sherbrooke and for the graduate diploma in taxation at McGill.
Quebec Managing Partner
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.
Chief Strategy Officer, Partner
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.
McKinsey & Company
Vincent helps lead our work with institutional investors and is one of the firm’s investment strategy, risk management, thematic investing, and real estate experts. He works with pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, and asset managers on issues involving strategy and corporate finance.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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.
In 2009, he was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” in recognition of his achievements in the private sector. He has also been an active leader in supporting Centraide/United Way campaigns as well as numerous other volunteer projects for not-for-profit organizations.
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.
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.
Managing Partner, Québec Region
Karl Tabbakh is the Regional Managing Partner for Québec and serves on the firm’s executive as member of the Senior Leadership Team. 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.
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.
Karl acts as a director on the boards of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the National Circus School. 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.
Marie has over 10 years of experience in auditing large to small size businesses, both listed and non-listed, in various industries, including services, mining, manufacturing as well as technologies. She also has financial advisory experience in special audits, deals and offering documents, including conducting IPOs. She has provided services to a large range of clients from various industries and has developed a unique expertise in the mid-market that is full of highly entrepreneurial-type companies. Because of her strong understanding of their needs and priorities, she acts as a business adviser for all her private company clients.
Owner and President
Jack Vincelli Inc. and Dome development
Ronald Vincelli is the owner and president of Jack Vincelli Inc. and Dome development.
Established in 1909 by Mr. Vincelli’s grandfather, Jack Vincelli Inc. is a general contracting firm involved in residential and commercial construction in the greater Montreal area. The company is one of Montreal’s first established landscape contracting firms and was one of the largest in Eastern Canada until the 1990s.
Dome development is a commercial real estate firm, specializing in strip shopping centers in the Greater Montreal Area. Mr. Vincelli entered the real estate development field in the 1960s.
Today, both companies are managed by Jack Vincelli (J.D. / MBA, York University and Chris Vincelli (Architectural Studies(BAS), Carleton University), Mr. Vincelli’s sons.
Jack Vincelli will also be seated at the table with mr. Vincelli at the Déjeun’aide event.
Co-Founder and General Partner
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.
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
C2RO Cloud Robotics
Soodeh is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of C2RO Cloud Robotics, an award-wining software startup in Montreal, Canada. C2RO offers real-time cognitive AI solutions via an enterprise SaaS platfrom for smart devices.
She is a visionary technology entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in computer science (cloud specialist), who was selected among the top 750 digital IT innovators of the world in 2018 and the top young entrepreneur in Quebec in 2018. Soodeh is an energetic and strong leader with over 7 years of industrial experience such as product manager and R&D lead in cloud, telecom. and web service domains, along with six years of technology research background. Her entrepreneurial experience started with co-founding the first research-industrial institute in the field of service-oriented architecture in Iran in 2011. She received her PhD. from Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and has an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. both in software engineering.
Managing Director, Quebec
Alan Vesprini is the Regional Head of Morgan Stanley’s Technology Centre in Montreal.
Alan joined Morgan Stanley in August of 2010. He has more than 35 years of experience in technology and in operations; the last 25 within the financial services industry.
Alan has served as the North American CIO for Computershare Technology Services and has held CIO and executive operations positions in North America and Europe for Credit Suisse Group. In his role as Head of Technology and Operations at Credit Suisse Financial Services he was part of the team responsible for building and launching Credit Suisse’s Internet Bank.
He has also led the business and technology integration of a number of acquisitions. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley he was the COO of AppsGo, which created a mobile development platform for mobile devices.
Vice President, Investment Counsellor
Élyse Léger joined Fiera Capital in 2012 following its acquisition of Natcan and is currently Vice President, Investment Counsellor. Ms. Léger has over 25 years of experience in the investment management industry. She started her career at a leading Canadian consulting firm as an actuary and investment consultant. Ms. Léger also held various positions in the investment management industry, namely as Investment Manager at a major Canadian pension fund as well as Vice President at a major investment management firm.
Ms. Léger is highly dedicated to her community, namely as a member of the Board of Directors for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is also involved with a number of non-profit organizations and has been a guest speaker at numerous events related to alternative investments.
Ms. Léger graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc), majoring in Actuarial Mathematics. She later became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA). She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation from the CAIA Association.
Regional Senior Vice President, Quebec & Eastern Ontario Region
Ms. Geneviève Brouillard joined the Scotiabank team in April 2018. She is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction, goals and execution of key initiatives for the Branch Network across Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region.
Over the past 30 years, Genevieve has held various positions of increasing responsibility and has worked her way through the ranks of different Banking sectors such as: Retail Branch Banking, Commercial Banking; Small Business Banking, as well as Training and Sales effectiveness. She is passionate about sourcing and developing new talents, creating an inclusive culture, and building high-performing teams that focus on delivering solutions and building financial literacy for our customers.
Genevieve holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), a Bachelor’s degree from the Université de Sherbrooke and is a member of the Canadian Bankers Association.
Executive Director, Culture and Talent
Titulaire d’un BAC et d’une maîtrise en relations industrielles (RH) de l’Université de Montréal, Julie a plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans les domaines les plus variés des RH, au sein des grandes compagnies multinationales pharmaceutiques et de services-conseils, dont Bristol Myers Squibb, CIMA, Pharmascience et KPMG. Certifiée CRHA et coach exécutive, elle est une gestionnaire chevronnée en ressources humaines avec de réalisations remarquées dans la gestion des différentes fonctions RH: Recrutement, Gestion des talents, Formation et développement du leadership, Design organisationnel, Gestion des opérations stratégiques RH.
Son esprit créatif, sa franchise, son sens des affaires, son profil entrepreneurial ainsi que sa pensée stratégique lui servent quotidiennement à définir des stratégies innovantes d’attraction et de gestion de talents, à favoriser des cultures d’entreprise engageantes, à bâtir des relations stratégiques et à bâtir, inspirer et développer efficacement des équipes performantes RH.
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Pediatric Emergency Physician
Montreal Children’s Hospital
Dr. Burstein obtained his medical degree from McGill University (2010), graduating from the combined M.D/Ph.D program with a doctorate from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2008). He completed both his residency training in General Pediatrics (2013) and his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2015) at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where he is currently a Pediatric Emergency physician and Trauma Team Leader. Dr. Burstein completed a MPH degree from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and was appointed as a Clinician-Scientist of the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute in 2018. He is also a provincially recognized FRQ-S Clinical Research Scholar since 2019.
His primary research interest is the management of fever in infants below 3 months of life. Fever remains among the most common reasons for presentation and hospitalization in this vulnerable population at elevated risk of life-threatening infections. The optimal management strategy for febrile young infants remains uncertain and consequently there exists significant variation in care. Dr. Burstein’s research focuses on diagnostic testing and clinical decision tools to guide management of these infants, with the aim of balancing the risk of under-diagnosis and the potential harms of over-investigation.
His work in this area has received a CIHR Professional Development Grant and national awards from the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease of Canada.
|Martin-Luc Archambault (Keynote Speaker)||AmpMe|
|Sylvain Boulé||Montrusco Bolton|
|Mike Boychuk||Corporate Director|
|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|
|François Laurin||Laurentian Bank|
|Charles Nadeau||Stikeman Elliott|
|Richard Pilosof||RP Investment Advisors|
|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 Archambault, Founder and CEO at AmpMe
Carole Chapdelaine, Executive Vice-President at Scotiabank
Jean-François Gagné, Founder and CEO at ElementAI
|Marie-Claude Elie (Keynote Speaker)||Google Canada|
|George Attar||McKesson Canada|
|Sylvain Boulé||Montrusco Bolton|
|Mike Boychuk||Corporate Director|
|Erik Charton||Jones Lang Lasalle|
|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 Reid||Norton Rose Fulbright|
|Alexandre Synnett||La Caisse de dépôt et placement|
|Dominique Vézina||La Caisse de dépôt et placement|
|Ron Vincelli||Dome Development|
George Attar, Chief Technology Officer at McKesson Canada
François Laurin, Executive Vice-President and CFO at Laurentian Bank
Jonathan Wener, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Canderel