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.

13-NOV-2020 - L'industrie financière à l'ère de la COVID-19 / The financial industry in the age of COVID-19

Moderated by: Vickie Joseph, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

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Geneviève Brouillard

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: Branch Banking, Commercial Banking; Small Business Banking, as well as Training and Efficiency in Sales. 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 Institute of Canadian Bankers.

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Olivier Désilets



Olivier Désilets is a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. He has extensive experience in equity and debt public offerings, takeover bids, plans of arrangement, private placements and corporate governance matters, as well as general securities law compliance. Public companies, investment banks and private equity funds – Canadian and international – can count on Olivier’s meticulous approach and thoughtful manner. He has significant expertise in the retail, entertainment, media and mining industries. Olivier is a member of the Advisory Committee on Corporate Finance of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec’s securities regulatory authority). Olivier is also the coordinator of the Capital Markets practice in the Montréal office. He chairs our Montréal Student/Stagiaire Evaluation Committee and is a member of our Lawyer Evaluation Committee.

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Roger Rouleau

Vice President & Portfolio Manager

Dynamic Funds

Roger Rouleau joined Dynamic in 2012 as a member of the Credit Team, which is responsible for managing over $6 billion in credit-related asset classes including investment grade corporate bonds, preferred shares, high yield bonds and loans, along with floating rate and credit absolute return strategies.

Roger has more than 17 years of industry experience that includes analytical and portfolio management responsibilities in the corporate bond, high yield bond and preferred share markets within North America. His previous experience includes sell-side research and analytical work in the consumer staples and consumer discretionary industries for a leading North American brokerage firm. Roger also gained valuable experience in venture capital investing within a number of sectors, including biotechnology, telecommunications and industrials.

Mr. Rouleau graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charterholder.

20-NOV-2020 - Science & COVID-19
Dr. Brett Burstein

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.

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.

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 lifethreatening infections.

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 underdiagnosis and the potential harms of over-investigation.

Frédéric Leduc
Frédéric Leduc

CEO and Co-founder

Immune Biosolutions

Frédéric is the CEO and co-founder of Immune Biosolutions, a biotech company focusing on the fast discovery and engineering of next-generation biologics through its proprietary chicken antibody discovery platform. Winner of the 2013 National Grand Prize of the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest, Fred received several innovation prizes and entrepreneurship awards, including the Spin Master/Futurpreneur innovation and growth awards, Devtech Bio contests (2013, 2016, 2017) and several others.

Frédéric is an active member of the Canadian life science (board of BioQuébec, co-organizer of the Sweet Pharma Day 2019) and entrepreneurial communities.

Frédéric holds a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from UQAM, a M.Sc. in Ecotoxicology from McGill University and a
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Université de Sherbrooke.

27-NOV-2020 - La créativité en temps de COVID-19 dans le monde du divertissement / Creativity during COVID-19 in the Entertainment World
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Martin Spalding

Regional Vice-President & General Manager
radio & television (Quebec)

Bell Media

Martin Spalding is currently Regional Vice-president and general manager, local radio and television of Bell Media, Quebec.  Previously he was Vice-President and General Manager at Grand Prix F1 du Canada Inc. having promoted 11 Grand Prix, 3 Champ Car and 1 NASCAR race.

Martin holds an MBA from the John Molson School of Business and a post-MBA in Strategy from McGill University He is faculty lecturer at McGill University School of Continuing Studies.  He is a certified professional coach (PCC) from the Concordia University.  John Molson School of Business.  An avid triathlete and alpinist, having completed 4 Ironman triathlons and summited the likes of Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro and Mount-Rainier

Bruce Hills
Bruce Hills


Just For Laughs

He oversees Just For Laughs in all its forms in all English speaking markets around the world focusing on building unique festivals and growing their production partnerships with a multitude of national and international TV networks and platforms.

Mr. Hills 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.

He is an alumnus of Concordia University

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Nick Farkas

Senior Vice-President, booking, concerts and events


Nick Farkas has been booking shows in his hometown of Montreal for over 25 years. He started booking punk and metal acts in the late 1980’s, eventually co-founding Greenland Productions in 1993. Four years later, he was recruited by legendary Montreal promoter Donald K. Donald. Nick worked for DKD from 1997 to 2002; over this 5 year period the company merged into DKD/Universal, then Universal Concerts Canada and finally House of Blues Concerts Canada.

For the past 18 years, Nick has headed the Talent Buying division of Evenko (formerly Gillett Entertainment Group). He is responsible for overseeing a department that books over 1,500 shows a year in venues ranging from small clubs, to arenas and large outdoor venues, in Montreal, Quebec, Atlantic Canada and Vermont. He is also responsible for The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival as well as Heavy Montreal, Ile Soniq and Lasso which take place in Montreal every summer.

04-DEC-2020: L'industrie du transport en temps de COVID-19 / Transport Industry during COVID-19
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Paul Butcher

Vice-President, Investor Relations


Mr. Butcher joined CN in 1993, initially working as a project officer in Financial Planning before moving to Marketing in 1999, serving in the Revenue Planning, Metals and Minerals, as well as Intermodal groups. He was involved in key growth projects at CN such as the new container port at the Port of Prince Rupert, among others.

Prior to his most recent appointment, Mr. Butcher had been Senior Manager of Investor Relations since November 2009. Before joining CN, Mr. Butcher worked two years as an economist in Ottawa at Informetrica Limited.

He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Economics from the University of Montreal.

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Yana Lukasheh-Couture

Manager | Government Affairs | Corporate Office


Yana is currently Manager of Government Affairs at Bombardier’s Corporate Office, responsible for developing and supporting the company’s external activities, focusing on providing public policy and strategic stakeholder outreach advice. As a driven Public Affairs and Government Relations professional of over thirteen years, Yana garnered and fostered relationships throughout various levels of governments and community stakeholders. She advised Mayors and Ministers in both Quebec and Ontario as well as various Senators in Canada’s Upper Chamber.

Yana is a graduate of Concordia University, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Milad Jawabra
Milad Jawabra

Vice-President – Strategy and Transactions – Mergers & Acquisitions


Milad is a seasoned and versatile finance professional who brings 10 years of mergers & acquisitions experience. Milad is a vice president at EY as a M&A advisor who focuses primarily on owner-managed businesses in the mid-market and in the aerospace sector. He also has considerable experience servicing large multi-national public corporations. Prior to EY, Milad worked at Novacap, the largest private equity firm in Québec. In addition, he also worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at CGI Group Inc. Milad is a CFA charterholder.