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.

Sean Finn
Sean Finn

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.

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.

Sophie Barbe

Sophie Barbe
Senior Director Québec – Universal Music Group


Julie Bélisle
Executive Director, Talent and Culture – KPMG

G Brouillard

Geneviève Brouillard
Regional Senior Vice President, Quebec & Eastern Ontario Region – Scotiabank

Marie David

Marie David
Partner, Leader Innovation in Audit – KPMG


Carmela De Luca
Partner – Bereskin & Parr

John bombardier

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

Dr. Marie Di Maso

Dr. Marie Di Maso
Executive Director of Analytical Development – Corealis Pharma

David Druker UPS

David Druker
President – The UPS Store Canada

Soodeh C2RO

Soodeh Farokhi
Founder and Chief Technology Officer – C2RO Cloud Robotics


Ghislain Gagné
Associate Partner – McKinsey & Company

Brigitte Giasson

Brigitte Giasson
Founder, President, Design and technical management
specialists for executive aircraft – Giasson Desing


Elana Gorbatyuk
Chief Strategy Officer, Partner – Sid Lee

Anne-Marie Guertin

Anne Marie Guertin
Chief Financial Officer – Imagia


Louis Lachapelle
President – A+


Élyse Léger
Vice-President, Investment Counsellor – Fiera Capital Corporation

Andrea Limbardi

Andrea Limbardi
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives – Indigo Books & Music

Adam Martelli

Adam Martelli
Director of Residential Real Estate Development – Broccolini

Luc Maurice

Luc Maurice
Founder and President – Le Groupe Maurice

Lidia Minicucci

Lidia Minicucci
Founder and architect – Minicucci Architecte Inc.

Simon-Pierre Monette

Simon-Pierre Monette
General Manager, Aluminum Strategy and Business Analysis – Rio Tinto

Thi Be Nguyen

Thi Be Nguyen
Director, Office of the President & Philanthropy – National Bank

Andy Nulman

Andy Nulman
Co-Founder – Just for Laughs
Co-Founder & CEO – Play The Future


Ronda O’Gallagher
Vice President, Corporate Affairs – Pfizer Canada

Philippe Patrice

Philippe Patrice
Director Backend Development – Ubisoft

Minesh Perera

Minesh Perera
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships – Appnovation

Martin Spalding

Martin Spalding
Regional Vice-President & General Manager
radio & television (Quebec) – Bell Media

Karl Tabbakh

Karl Tabbakh
Managing Partner, Québec Region Partner – McCarthy Tétrault

Alex Toulch

Alexandra Toulch
CEO and Founder – REBL House Media

Alan Vesprini

Alan Vesprini
Regional Manager, Technology – Morgan Stanley

Ron Vincelli

Ronald Vincelli
Owner and President – Jack Vincelli Inc. and Dome Development


Natalie Voland 
President and Founder – Quo Vadis Real Estate