Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
Chair of the Board, Shahir Guindi**
Vice-Chairman, Richard Speer*
President and CEO and Secretary of the Board, Michel Leblanc*
Treasurer, Pierre Laporte*
* Member of the executive committee
* Member of the executive committee
Administrator and coach
Co-founder, 8D Technologies Inc.
With an outstanding reputation that extends beyond Canada’s borders, Isabelle Bettez makes a vital contribution to the promotion and influence of Quebec’s information technology industry.
In July 2000, Isabelle and her brother Jean-Sébastien teamed up to build 8D Technologies, a company that develops one of the world’s most advanced point-of-sale (POS) technologies—machine-to-machine (M2M)—for real-time wireless electronic payment in the commercial parking and bike-sharing sectors. It is this wireless and solar-powered point-of-sale solution that controls the innovative fourth-generation BIXI self-serve bicycle rental system.
Under Isabelle’s leadership, the company has enjoyed impressive growth, deploying its solutions on four continents. 8D’s technology has also earned a number of international accolades, including the prestigious Duke’s Choice Award from Sun Microsystems and the Gold award for best product in the Energy and Sustainability category at the prestigious Edison Best New Product Awards. In addition, it has been named one of Time magazine’s Best Inventions of the year.
In February 2017, following 8D’s merger with Motivate International, a New York-based owner and operator of public bike systems, including the Big Apple’s Citi Bike, Isabelle joined Motivate’s board of directors. The merger turned out to be a tremendous opportunity to showcase Montréal’s talent, strengthen the city’s position as a global technological hub and consolidate 8D’s international reputation as an innovative and visionary company. 8D and Motivate were acquired by Lyft, a dominant player in urban mobility, in 2018.
Keenly involved in communities, Isabelle is a current or past member of the boards of directors of Fondation Montréal inc.—which strives to support entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35—the École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and the Foundation of the Factry, the school of creativity sciences. She also sits on the Investment Review Committee of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)and serves as coach/entrepreneur-in-residence at Centech (ÉTS), a world‑class incubator dedicated to high-tech companies (deeptech) with strong growth potential.
As a prominent entrepreneur, Isabelle is a sought-after speaker at technology, marketing, leadership and entrepreneurship events in North America and Europe. Appointed an ambassador of Technopolys, the movement to promote Quebec’s technology sector, she contributes to the important effort to catalyze the voices of the industry’s many stakeholders.
An HEC Montréal graduate in marketing and international management, Isabelle has been honoured on numerous occasions for her flair for technological innovation and her remarkable leadership, which play an ongoing role in expanding the boundaries of the Canadian high-tech industry and enhancing our pride.
Isabelle is the mother of 18-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.
Vice - President, Policy & Governmental Affairs
Merck Canada Inc.
Jennifer Chan was appointed Vice President, Policy and External Affairs, at Merck Canada Inc. as of June 1, 2014 and is responsible for the company’s team of government relations and public affairs specialists. Prior to this role, she held the position of Vice President, Policy and Communications at Merck Canada since December 2011.
A native of Montreal, Jennifer began her career in academic research before joining Schering-Plough in 1993 as a Clinical Research Associate. Since then, she has worked in various areas of the business, primarily in Regulatory Affairs, Specialty Services and Medical Affairs. She was Director of Regulatory Affairs, for Schering Plough at the time of the merger with Merck in 2009.
Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery and the Quebec Network for Personalized Health Care. She is a member of the board of Life Sciences Ontario and has served as a Merck for Mothers ambassador in Canada since the program was launched in 2011. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physiology and a Master of Science degree in pharmacology and therapeutics, both from McGill University in Montreal. She completed the last year of her master’s degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal (JCCM)
Regional Director, Women Entrepreneurs, Quebec Region.
TD Bank Group
Déborah Cherenfant joined TD Bank Group in 2020 as Regional Director, Women Entrepreneurs, Quebec Region.
Since she arrived in Quebec in 2005, Déborah has volunteered with many organizations, as a result she is active today as Chair of Compagnie F, and as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the KANPE Foundation active in Haiti, and social innovation organization Humanov·is. She was appointed to the Council on the status of women by Quebec’s Members of Cabinet in 2018.
With a degree in international economics as well as entrepreneurship, Déborah has applied her strategic skills over the last 10 years as a business counselor for startups, in addition to managing and developing entrepreneurship programs. She also launched her own initiatives such as Mots d’Elles, the first of its kind in Quebec, promoting women in business; Atelier Coloré, a fashion and design studio; and Marché Coloré, a pop-up concept store bringing together designers with a passion for prints. She also co-founded BiAS, a cultural and artistic think tank that showcases talents from diverse communities.
A TEDx Fellow, Déborah is an outstanding speaker, trainer and facilitator, and the business community often calls on her to share her expertise and speak about entrepreneurship, women’s leadership and diversity representation in business. She is also one of the official speakers of Plurielles, the first agency for women speakers.
In addition to representing Canada at the 2015 G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit, Déborah has received many honours, including YWCA Montreal’s Woman of Distinction Award in the Entrepreneurship category (2016), and was one of 12 winners chosen to illustrate Black History Month in 2019 for their contribution to the advancement of our society.
Déborah is the 2020-2021 Chair and Spokesperson of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal, the largest junior chamber in the world.
Executive Vice-President, Legal and Economic Affairs, and Corporate Secretary
Benoit Dubé joined CGI in 2003 and now holds the position of Executive Vice President, Legal and Economic Affairs, and Corporate Secretary. He leads CGI’s legal team located in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, and is a member of CGI’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Dubé is responsible for areas such as contractual risk management, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, litigation, economic affairs, as well as the company’s data privacy program and CGI’s Global Security team..
Previously, he led the legal department of Cognicase Inc., a publicly traded company that was acquired by CGI in 2003. He was also an associate at one of Canada’s leading law firms and acted as legal counsel for a major telecommunications company and the Canadian Bankers Association.
In 2012, Mr. Dubé was awarded the ZSA Quebec General Counsel Award in the “Chief Legal Officer of the Year” category.
Benoit Dubé holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University, a Master of Business Administration from The University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey School of Business) and a Certificate in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Hydro-Québec Distribution et Services partagés
Éric Filion was appointed President of Hydro-Québec Distribution et Services partagés in June 2020. This division supplies the Quebec market with electricity and delivers reliable power and constantly evolving services to 4.4 million customers throughout the province. In addition, it provides essential services to the entire company, including materials, real estate and vehicle fleet management, as well as food, lodging and air transportation services.
Mr. Filion joined Hydro-Québec in 2016 as Vice President – Customers and was promoted President of Hydro-Québec Distribution in 2018. Previously, he spent 20 years in the aeronautics industry where he held several operational management positions, notably in engineering, industrial production, procurement and logistics, product development, and customer relations. He worked at CAE Électronique, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Bombardier, where he was Vice President and General Manager for Challenger business aircraft and successfully carried out a two-year assignment in the UK. Over the course of his career, he implemented several lean transformations that resulted in significant business performance improvements and an enhanced customer experience.
Éric Filion earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a master’s in aerospace engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Deeply involved within the community, he sits on the board of the Institut du cancer de Montréal. He has chaired the fund-raising campaign of Maison Tangente, a hostel for young adults in difficult circumstances, since 2017, and is codirector of the Industry/Transportation division of Centraide of Greater Montreal’s 2020 campaign.
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Magda Fusaro holds a PhD in communication and information sciences from Université Paris XIII. She was a professor in the Department of Management and Technology at the School of Management Sciences (ESG) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) from 2006 to 2016 and has held the UNESCO Chair in Communication and Technologies for Development since 2007. At ESG, Magda Fusaro directed the information technology programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels from 2008 to 2015. In 2016, she was appointed chair of the UNESCO Chairs network in Canada and has spoken out in favour of the internationalization of universities, which she considers crucial to the development of research. She was Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, between January and June 2016, and became Vice-Rector of Information Systems at UQAM on August 1, 2016. Known as a committed instructor and visionary manager, she sees the development and use of technology as a means for pursuing teaching, research and creative activities. Convinced of the benefits of maintaining relationships between the socio-economic and academic spheres, Magda Fusaro sits on numerous boards and committees. Since January 7, 2018, she has been putting these commitments into action by serving as Rector of UQAM.
Claude Gagnon *
BMO Financial Group, Quebec
Claude Gagnon is President, Operations, BMO Financial Group, Quebec. He oversees the integration of the Bank’s various partner companies in Quebec, maintaining the many internal and external business relationships and social and community engagements in Quebec.
Mr. Gagnon joined BMO in 1975. Over the course of his career he has held several strategic positions in the personal and private banking sectors, including sales teams, financial services, investment activities and business development, where he was responsible for the implementation of a large team of investment specialists and business development strategies within this vast distribution network.
He has also held leadership positions in human resources and training for Eastern Canada. Prior to his recent appointment as President, Operations, Mr. Gagnon was Managing Director, Operations, and Head, Office of the Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns, and President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec.
Mr. Gagnon is retiring chairman of the board of the FCCQ and he is President of Youth Fusion. He also sits on the executive board of Finance Montréal and on the boards of directors of CIRANO, the Breast Cancer Quebec Foundation, Robotique FIRST Quebec, Mobilys Foundation and Montréal International. He serves on the management committee of both the Research Chair in Cultural and Religious Diversity Management and the BMO Chair of Diversity and Governance at the Université de Montréal. In addition, he supports Montréal’s next generation of business people as a sponsor of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM).
Mr. Gagnon is the recipient of the 2004 MS Leadership Award of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the JCCM’s 2012 John Molson Award, in recognition of his community involvement.
Claude Gagnon is an MBA graduate of UQAM, holds a certificate from the Institute of Canadian Bankers and is a member of the CVMQ and IQPF. He is also a member of the Association des MBA du Québec.
Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, National Bank Financial
Executive Vice-President – Wealth Management
Member of the Office of the President
Martin Gagnon was appointed Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, National Bank Financial, and Executive Vice-President – Wealth Management in July 2016. He is responsible for all wealth management-related activities at National Bank, including full-service securities brokerage, services for high-net-worth individuals, trust services, third-party clearing services, as well as investment product manufacturing and distribution and self-directed brokerage solutions. He is also a member of National Bank’s Office of the President.
Mr. Gagnon began his career in 1987 in National Bank’s Treasury department. He subsequently occupied various management roles in financial markets, financial engineering and asset/liability management. From 1993 to 2003 he held positions at Goldman Sachs Canada in Toronto, at Laurentian Bank, and then again at Goldman Sachs, this time in New York as Vice-President – International Equities. Mr. Gagnon rejoined National Bank in 2003 at its subsidiary responsible for hedge fund operations, Innocap Investment Management Inc., where he went on to become the Co-Chief Executive Officer. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Gagnon was Senior Vice-President – Intermediary Business Solutions, Wealth Management.
Mr. Gagnon is Chairman of the boards of directors of National Bank Trust lnc., Natcan Trust Company and National Bank Investments Inc., and Co-Chair of the board of National Bank Financial Inc. He is the Chairman of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation and also serves on the boards of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.
Mr. Gagnon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of British Columbia. He is also a CFA® charterholder.
Founder and President
Sarra Ghribi holds a Bachelor’s in English and Spanish with a major in International Business from Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 university, and a Master’s from École Supérieure de Gestion in Paris.
She began her professional career in France, working for a variety of sectors in the sales and marketing field (including construction, insurance and event-driven business). Later on, in Quebec, she excelled through her interpersonal and communications abilities in her role with an event-driven company, which paved the way for her first public talk in a long series presented to large audiences.
A woman of integrity and courage, in addition to being an ambitious and visionary young woman entrepreneur, Sarra Ghribi knows how to take risks in business. Determined to change women’s mentalities regarding body image, in the space of 7 years, she has successfully devised a new business model. A novel school of thought, consisting of promoting responsible consumerism (through her dress rental and consignment business), and a form of education amongst women, on the importance of regaining self-esteem, while encouraging them not to be concerned with the dictates of the fashion world. Sarra’s belief is that women occupy major roles in our societies. They therefore always deserve only the best – to be valued and taken care of. Sarra also conveys her social engagement, through denouncing deviant textile production methods that result in human and environmental problems.
Generous and open-minded, she is characterized by her mixed oriental and occidental flair. She acts as a bridge between different cultures – someone who is simultaneously knowledgeable about the various origins of her clientele’s dress codes and gifted in her approach of disadvantaged young people (through volunteering for Junior Achievement, in Montréal).
Sarra Ghribi has been recognized several times, particularly by the Congrès Maghrébin au Québec (Coup de cœur award in 2015), African Business Network (Entrepreneur of the year award in 2016), Grands Prix de la Relève d’Affaires of the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (Entrepreneur of diversity award in 2017), Women Inc. (Inspiring woman award in 2019), Racine (Immigrant woman award in 2020 for International Women’s Day), and the National Assembly of Québec (Certificate of recognition in 2020).
Shahir Guindi *
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Shahir Guindi is the national Co-Chair of the firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and a member of the firm’s Partnership Board. He was Managing Partner of the Montréal office for seven years prior to becoming national Co-Chair. He has over 25 years of experience. He is a leading M&A, private equity and corporate finance lawyer in the Canadian market. His private equity and venture capital experience includes advising funds on their domestic and cross-border portfolio investments and divestitures and on their fund formations. He acts for a number of the country’s most successful technology and biotechnology companies. He is among the most recognized individuals in the fields in which he practices.
Mr. Guindi sits on the boards of directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada, of GFL Environmental Inc., in addition of sitting on the boards of several other companies. He was also Co-Chair of Réseau Capital (Québec’s private equity and venture capital association) between 2010 and 2013.
Mr. Guindi has received significant industry recognition and was also recipient of the Advocatus Emeritus distinction for 2017 awarded by the Québec Bar.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Cherif Habib is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dialogue, Canada’s leading virtual care company. Launched in 2016 and having raised over $100M in venture funding, Dialogue offers its service to millions of individuals, and provides care to more patients every day than the largest emergency rooms in the country. Dialogue has received several industry accolades, including Deloitte’s Top 50 Companies-to-Watch award. Before launching Dialogue, Cherif was the CEO of EMcision, a medical device company sold to Boston Scientific, and spent three years at McKinsey as a senior management consultant. He has an undergrad in Computer Science, a Master of Law and an MBA from Wharton with majors in Marketing and Operations.
Co-founder, Groupe 3737 and Femmepreneur
Co-founder and President, V Kosmetik
Vickie Joseph is a businesswoman, creator and tireless entrepreneur. She is co-founder and president of V Kosmetik, a complete line of cosmetics, and founder and creator of Nu.i [pronounced new eye] by Vickie, an exclusive line of clothing for women, created in 2006.
In March 2012, Vickie Joseph and her husband, businessman Frantz Saintellemy, founded Groupe 3737, the largest private enterprise incubator in Quebec. A non-profit organization located in the heart of Saint-Michel, Groupe 3737’s mission is to facilitate the creation of new, innovative businesses by culturally diverse entrepreneurs in Quebec (Migrantspreneurs) as well as entrepreneurs who care about community development through innovation, knowledge transfer and philanthropy. Ms. Joseph recently founded the Femmepreneur 3737 movement, a lever and mutual assistance community to provide more and distinct support for women entrepreneurs.
L’actualité named her one of the rising entrepreneurs in the next Québec Inc. She received the Philanthropy Tribute Award at the Gala Dynastie and recently received the Community and Charitable Giving Award from BMO. She was also the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the JCCH and is a member of the 2016 cohort of Excellence Québec. She sits on the boards of directors of the TNM and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and on the advisory committee for the Plan commerce de la Ville de Montréal. The 2017 laureate for Black History Month, Ms. Joseph was the patron of the 34th Vues d’Afrique Festival in 2018 and finalist in the Women’s Leadership category at the RJCCQ’s 2018 Grands Prix de la Relève d'Affaires. She also received the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Gala de la Nuit de l’excellence, the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Startup Canada and the 2019 National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Vice President, Corporate Development & Growth
Vincent Kou is responsible for corporate development and growth of Brivia Group, including real estate investments, acquisitions and partnerships.
Prior to joining the Brivia Group, he held numerous senior positions over 15 years period with Rio Tinto, a global mining company. Most recently, he was based in Singapore for four years with the Commercial Group of Rio Tinto. Prior to his recent posting in Singapore, he was successively Chief Counsel & Director of Mergers & Acquisitions (Asia) and Chief Representative of Alcan Group in China, and Chief Counsel, Business Development & Growth for Rio Tinto Alcan for more than 10 years, based in Montréal, Beijing, Shanghai & Singapore respectively, where he had responsibility for the company’s legal function in Asia, focusing primarily in commercial, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestments. He was also General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, based in Hong Kong, for a mining company with operating assets in Mongolia which, prior to its divestment, was a Rio Tinto Group company listed on both the TSX and HKSE.
Lawyer and member of Barreau du Québec since 1997, Mr. Kou has a vast experience in Asia, notably in China, including doing business with Chinese private and state-owned enterprises. He is very active and engaged with the Asian communities and various non-profit organizations in Montréal and internationally.
Mr. Kou holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from Université de Sherbrooke, a Graduate Certificate in Marketing Advanced Program from INSEAD and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance from the National University of Singapore.
Pierre Laporte, FCPA, FCA*
President, Deloitte Quebec
Vice-Chair, Deloitte Canada
Pierre Laporte has been a senior partner at Deloitte for 12 years and has a wealth of experience managing complex and multi-jurisdictional files. He is President of Deloitte Quebec and Vice Chair of Deloitte Canada. He is responsible for business development for the Québec market and serves as a leader on several major accounts. He specializes in financial restructuring and has spent much of his career consulting on business recovery. He is a good motivator and facilitator and has achieved his objectives by exercising a positive, action-oriented style of leadership. Harnessing his expertise at the top levels, he has participated in several highly publicized cases, such as Davie Shipbuilding in Lévis (Quebec), Papiers Gaspésia and the restructuring of the ABCP program across Canada. Throughout his career, Mr. Laporte has advised many senior executives and business leaders both in Canada and abroad.
Mr. Laporte is very engaged in the community and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM), where he was recently appointed Treasurer and Chair of its Audit Committee. He is Chair of the Board of the Régie des installations olympiques and of the Quartier international de Montréal. He is a member of the Board, Chair of the Audit Committee, and Treasurer of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, and a member of the Board of the Marie-Vincent Centre.
A lover and collector of contemporary art, he is also interested in all forms of art—dance, theatre, cinema, music—and frequently attends shows and performances for business purposes or personal enjoyment.
President and co-founder of Irosoft, Alain Lavoie is one of those who have followed, and sometimes anticipated, the evolution of information technology and electronic document management in Quebec. Holding a Master's degree in Operations Research (1989) from DIRO (Department of Computer Science and Operations Research) at Université de Montréal, he worked on research projects in the Department until the founding of his company in 1995.
He thus founded Irosoft with his partner and friend René-Luc Morin to make the most of the power of SGML (a language that would become XML in 1997) by semantically tagging electronic documents.
Since then, Irosoft has been a service and technology company specializing in the valorization of structured and unstructured data. It develops tools, algorithms and products based on natural language processing (NLP) and on modern machine-learning and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that enable its clients to transform simple information into practical, usable data. Irosoft is also internationally recognized for its legislative systems and its expertise in the field of legal information.
Alain has been very involved in the ICT and artificial intelligence ecosystems in Quebec for almost 20 years. He sits on several boards and committees in these sectors. He is mainly known for defending the interests of information technology SMEs while promoting the ICT field. He is also involved as a speaker in order to raise public and organizational awareness regarding artificial intelligence and to democratize its understanding.
President and CEO
Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
Michel Leblanc is President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Quebec’s leading private economic development organization. In this position, he is the official spokesperson of the organization, and is responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and monitoring all its operations.
With extensive experience in the public and private sectors, Michel Leblanc has an in-depth knowledge of metropolitan issues. A trained economist, he has a clear understanding of economic questions and the challenges facing the business community.
Michel Leblanc is a recognized expert in economic strategy and development and was an Associate Partner at SECOR. He had previously occupied senior-level positions at Génome Québec, Montréal International, and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He has also worked as an economist for the Department of Finance Canada.
Michel Leblanc received a Bachelor of science in economics in 1987 and a Master of science in economics in 1992 from Université de Montréal. He has been named the 2009 honorary graduate of the Université de Montréal’s Economics Department. In October 2012, he was honoured by the Université de Montréal’s alumni association for his professional achievements.
Michel Leblanc chairs the Advisory Committee on the Economic Development of the Territory of Montréal, created by Mayor Valérie Plante. He also chairs the board of directors of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. He also sits on the boards of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal Foundation, C2 Montréal, SCALE.AI (Supply Chains and Logistics Excellence AI) and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). He is also a member of the Conseil emploi métropole, of the Comité directeur sur la mobilité des personnes et des biens dans la grande région de Montréal (Mobilité Montréal), and of the Steering Committee of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis. He is also an ambassador of the Quartier de l’innovation (QI).
Senior Vice President, Client Experience, Bell Business Markets
Domenica Maciocia is Senior Vice President, Client Services and Sales Operations for Bell Business Markets. She leads a team of service professionals supporting the mission critical services of Canada’s Fortune 500 firms, while simultaneously delivering multiple innovative service transformation programs. She has over 25 years of experience championing a succession of performance enhancing client experience solutions – all at a lower cost of operations.
Ms. Maciocia is committed to excellence. Her focus on strategic simplification, applied innovation and best-in-class engagement delivers lasting benefits for clients, employees, partners and shareholders. Enabling team members to make customer satisfaction and loyalty their number one priority is an essential ingredient of her success. Equally she is committed to making a difference in employee growth and career development. She believes in the value of team diversity and has been an active member of Bell’s Diversity Leadership council since its inception in 2014.
Ms. Maciocia is at the forefront of business-to-business (B2B) digital transformation, leading the design and implementation of this program on Bell’s behalf. She is applying her innovation dexterity to developing real-time and end-to-end process automation to improve time-to-market, enabling next generation network services to deliver real-time on-boarding and configuration capabilities for customers, and generating customer business insights to improve decision-making and create new revenue streams.
Ms. Maciocia holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and regularly speaks at industry forums and events. Recognized with numerous awards and honours, this includes the Leadership Foundation Fellowship of the International Women’s Forum (Harvard / INSEAD). She participated in the Rotman School of Management – Judy Project, a leading executive program for women in Canada.
Outside of her responsibilities at Bell, Domenica Maciocia serves as a board member for the “Fondation Jeunes en Tête”, an organization dedicated to the well-being and mental health of young people. She was appointed to the board of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal in 2017.
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications and Chief of Staff
As Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications and Chief of Staff, Élise Proulx is in charge of internal and external communications, including public and government affairs, media relations, donation and sponsorship, reputation management and corporate branding.
A seasoned manager with more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Proulx joined Ivanhoé Cambridge in March 2020. She was previously Vice President, Communications, Government Affairs and Indigenous Relations, at Hydro-Québec. Before holding that position, she founded her own public relations firm, where she quickly acquired an enviable reputation for leadership, team spirit and intellectual rigour. She advised numerous decision makers in various areas of the public and private sectors, including culture, luxury goods and customer service, as well as several Quebec municipalities and a regional county municipality. Before starting her own business, she served as Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, at Hydro Ottawa and as Strategic Advisor and Corporate Spokesperson at Hydro‑Québec.
In the 2018 edition of the prestigious Mercuriades contest held by the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce, she was named an Exceptional Young Businesswoman in the large companies category, in recognition of her leadership. She sits on several boards of directors, including that of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and Montréal International.
Ms. Proulx holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and an Executive MBA from UQAM’s École des sciences de la gestion. She also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an accredited sommelier for her own enjoyment.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Computer Engineering graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada, and of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Paul Raymond has thirty years of experience in the business world. Before becoming President and CEO in 2012, this visionary leader held several key senior management positions in a major IT firm and officer roles in the Canadian Armed Forces. In addition to overseeing Alithya’s organizational development and managing its accelerated growth, he promotes the company in Canada and internationally. He holds director roles on the boards of a public company and non-profit organizations.
With a B.A.A. in finance from the Université Laval and a law degree (LL.B) from the Université de Montréal, Richard Speer founded Attraction in 2002. Today the head of a leading company with recognized expertise in television and film – advertising production, distribution, content delivery and radio broadcasting – Richard Speer undeniably possesses the qualities of inspirational leaders who surround themselves with others who share their vision and their passion for their profession.
Since its creation in 2002, Attraction and its divisions have some 3,000 advertising campaigns for such major companies as the National Bank, Coca-Cola, Hyundai and Rogers; 5,000 hours of television productions; 13 feature films; and 50 digital projects to their credit.
In addition to his responsibilities at Attraction, Richard Speer has been the President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in Quebec from 2012 to 2015. A member of the Cercle des présidents du Québec, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) (he was President of the Quebec chapter from 2011-2012), Richard Speer won the Young Entrepreneur of Quebec 2013 Arista contest sponsored by the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.
Co-Founder and Partner
Adopted by Montréal in 2007, John Stokes is the co-founder and co-Managing Partner of early-stage venture capital firm Real Ventures, a lead actor and major catalyzer of Canada’s startup ecosystem. In his role, he has led investments into companies such as Frank and Oak, Breather, Transit App, Ossiaco and Unsplash and, in 2018, L’actualité named him as one of the “100 most influential people in Quebec.”
Mr. Stokes was also recognized by the Montreal Gazette as one of the “24 Quebecers we love” for his contributions to Montréal’s entrepreneurship renaissance. In addition to co-founding Real Ventures, he is co-founder of the OSMO Foundation, the entrepreneurship focused not-for-profit that acquired Notman House and St Margaret’s Hospital and turned them into a vibrant startup campus.
Mr. Stokes sits on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and obtained his Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.d) in 2019.
He began his career in sales and marketing at organizations such as Fuji Xerox and BellSouth New Zealand, while also playing semi-professional soccer. He received his BSc. (Hons) in Sports Science from MMU (Manchester, UK).
John Stokes is a citizen of the UK, New Zealand and Canada and resides in Montréal with his wife and young daughter.
Head of Real Asset and Private Equity
President and Chief Executive Officer
Macky Tall has been Head of Real Assets and Private Equity since April 2020. In this role, he leads the teams responsible for infrastructure, international private equity, financing solutions and global research. He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra, a CDPQ subsidiary whose mandate is to plan, execute and operate public infrastructure projects. CDPQ Infra is currently implementing the largest public transit project – the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) – in the Greater Montréal in the last 50 years.
Mr. Tall sits on CDPQ’s Executive Committee and Investment-Risk Committee in addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ivanhoé Cambridge, CDPQ’s world-class real estate subsidiary. He previously held the position of Head of Liquid Markets and was responsible for the Equity Markets and Fixed Income teams. He was also Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure, overseeing infrastructure strategy and investments. Mr. Tall joined CDPQ in 2004 as Director, Investment, Infrastructure, and accelerated the implementation of a business model focused on strategic partnerships with the largest infrastructure operators in the world, mainly in the sectors of power generation – particularly renewable energy – airports and ports, energy transportation and distribution, highways and passenger transport, and social infrastructure. With this approach, a portfolio valued today at over CAD25 billion was built. The team’s expertise also facilitated the implementation of a unique public infrastructure model, with the launch of CDPQ Infra.
Before joining CDPQ, he held several senior management positions with companies in the energy and finance sectors, namely Hydro-Québec, MEG International, Novergaz and Probyn & Company.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from HEC Montréal and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ottawa. He also completed an undergraduate degree in Economics at Université de Montréal.
Mr. Tall sits on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. He is also a member of the Infrastructure Advisory Board of Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund Investments Committee. He also served as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Global Infrastructure Facility of the World Bank.
Jonathan Tétrault recently joined Sagard Holdings as Managing Partner. Sagard Holdings is a global alternative asset management platform investing in PE, VC, credit, and royalty transactions. In that new role, Jonathan is responsible for the development and scaling of the platform globally as well as for the development and coordination of its ecosystem of partners and investors. He is also in charge of the value creation team supporting portfolio companies.
Prior to this role, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cirque du Soleil, where he was overseeing all the operations and business development activities of the group. Prior to joining Cirque du Soleil, he was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he spent 14 years. During that period, he has served as Managing Partner of the Montréal office and co-lead the Institutional Investor practice globally. Over the years, he advised institutional investors, private equity firms, asset management firms and banks on a broad range of strategic and investment matters, in more than 25 countries. As a trained lawyer, he also practiced M&A law at Borden Ladner Gervais in Canada and Andersen in France.
Mr. Tétrault holds an MBA from Oxford University, an LL.B. (law degree) from the Université de Montréal, and a CEP from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. He is also a member of the Barreau du Québec and serves on several boards, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, One Drop International Foundation, C.D. Howe Institute and Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Anik Trudel is Chief Executive Officer at Lavery and has more than 30 years of experience working in professional law firms. Her desire to help transform the legal industry led her to take the helm of the largest independent law firm in Quebec in April 2017.
A lawyer by training, she began her career in a prominent firm (Canadian and international), where she worked as a partner and practiced commercial litigation for twenty years. She represented several large national and international public and private companies before courts of original general jurisdiction, courts of appeal and arbitration boards.
Ms. Trudel then spent more than ten years in public relations, where she successively held the positions of General Manager of Edelman Montréal and Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Citoyen Optimum, part of the Vision7 group. Both firms are renowned internationally as leaders in the communications industry. She has advised and coached senior executives at Canadian and international companies regarding multiple business challenges, organizational transformation, corporate identity management, public relations and issues management.
Throughout her career, she has been a board member for various business, cultural and charitable organizations, including the Port of Montréal, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, the Space for Life Foundation and Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Anik Trudel is also a certified neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner. She gives lectures in various forums, particularly about women and leadership.