The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Chair of the Board, Pierre Laporte*
Vice-Chairman, Anick Trudel*
President and CEO and Secretary of the Board, Michel Leblanc*
Treasurer, Claude Gagnon*

* Member of the executive committee

* Member of the executive committee


Isabelle Adjahi

Vice President, Investor Relations and Sustainable Development
The Lion Electric Company

Isabelle Adjahi is Vice President, Investor Relations and Sustainable Development at the Lion Electric Company, a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, where she led the public listing of the company, on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. She is a top-ranked Investor Relations Officer who has won multiple awards in Investor Relations, including Best Investor Relations Officer in Canada.

Prior to joining Lion Electric, Isabelle was, for 10 years, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications at WSP, and Senior Director of Investor Relations and Communications with Axcan Pharma, where she developed and implemented strategic investor communication plans directed at capital markets, both in the Canadian and US markets.

Isabelle holds a Bachelor of Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Lyon (France). She also took courses in securities, communications, and finance.

 


Jennifer Chan

Vice president, Policy and government affairs
Merck Canada Inc.

Jennifer Chan is Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs, at Merck Canada Inc. 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.

Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery and the Montreal Chamber of Commerce. She 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.

 


Benoit Dubé

Executive Vice-President, Legal and Economic Affairs, and Corporate Secretary CGI Inc.

Benoit Dubé is Executive Vice-President, Legal and Economic Affairs, and Corporate Secretary of CGI Inc. He leads CGI's legal team located in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, and is a member of CGI's Executive Committee.

Benoit 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.

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.

He 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.


Éric Filion

Executive Vice President – Chief Operating and Customer Experience Officer
Hydro-Québec

Éric Filion was appointed Executive Vice President – Chief Operating and Customer Experience Officer in 2022, as part of a major restructuring initiative at Hydro-Québec. In this capacity, he manages electricity supply, the operation and maintenance of all generation, transmission and distribution assets, as well as technical services and customer interactions. He also oversees shared services, including the management of materials, real estate and the vehicle fleet, as well as food, lodging and air transportation services. He is also in charge of operations-related health, safety and environment activities.

Mr. Filion joined Hydro-Québec in 2016 as Vice President – Customers and was promoted to President of Hydro-Québec Distribution in April 2018. He assumed responsibility for Hydro-Québec's shared services in May 2020 and for strategic procurement in February 2021, at which time his division was replaced by a group and he became Executive Vice President – Distribution, Procurement and Shared Services.
Previously, Mr. Filion spent 20 years in the aeronautics industry. He worked at CAE Électronique, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Bombardier, where he was Vice President and General Manager for Challenger business aircraft.

Mr. 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. He is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. Deeply involved in the community, he sits on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and the Institut du cancer de Montréal. He has chaired the fundraising campaign of Maison Tangente, a hostel for young adults in difficult circumstances, since 2017. He is co-chair of the 2021 fundraising campaign "Together…healing homelessness" at La Rue des Femmes and has been the division co-chair for the Industry/Transportation sector of Centraide of Greater Montreal's campaign since 2020.

 

 


Claude Gagnon*

President, Operations
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.

 


Marie-Josée Gagnon, ARP

CEO and Founder
CASACOM

Marie-Josée Gagnon is recognized by peers and clients alike as one of Canada's most progressive public relations experts. She helps CEOs and executive teams improve their brand image and increase their impact in their markets. She is known for her clear and ambitious vision as shown by the unique positioning of CASACOM, the integrated PR and communications firm she founded in 2001.

Headquartered in Montréal with an office in Toronto, CASACOM provides strategic counsel to support the business strategy of renowned brands in various industries, such as Expedia, Toyota, Aeroplan, Kiewit and Agropur. An Alumni of Harvard Business School's Owners/Presidents Management program, Marie-Josée brings innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial flair into all she does. Marie-Josée began her career first as a journalist (Montreal La Presse) and then as the press attaché at the Québec Government. Thereafter, she held several key positions within major organizations (Quebec General Delegation in Paris, Laurentian Bank of Canada and AXOR).

She is actively involved in her community, notably through Fondation Montréal Inc., The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Capsana, Worldcom PR Group and the Garde-Manger pour tous, a Montreal charity that distributes 3,500 school lunches to kids. Over the years, she received many awards whether from Women of Influence, EY Quebec Entrepreneur's Grand Prix Final, Profit Top 100, RBC or the communication industry associations, to name a few.

In 2017, in order to involve herself even more in the women's success cause, Marie-Josée launched Brave, a series of interviews with women who dared recorded during networking events and broadcast in podcasts.

Marie-Josée is married to Louis-Martin O'Neill, a corporate litigator, and is the mother of two boys, Philippe and Henri.

 


Martin Gagnon*

Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer
National Bank Financial
Executive Vice-President – Wealth Management
Member of the Office of the President
National Bank

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 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.

 


Habi Gerba

President-designer
Gazelles
President
Le Groupe AE
President and Spokesperson
The Junior Chamber of commerce of Montreal

Habi Gerba is president and designer of Gazelles, a clothing line for businesswomen. At 16, Habi began attending business meetings with her entrepreneurial mother, where she was introduced to passionate women of power from various sectors of society. She instantly fell under the spell of those women of strength and ambition, and set as her goal and challenge to contribute in her own way to their success – by clothing them!

Upon graduating from Cégep Marie-Victorin with a degree in fashion design, she undertook business management studies at HEC Montréal. In 2016, she was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Youth Medal for her community and social involvement.

Thereafter, she launched Gazelles, a manufacturer of high-end clothing and an image management firm specially for businesswomen.

Pieces from the Gazelles collection were worn by talented American actor Aubrey Plaza in the film Best Sellers, co-starring British screen icon Michael Caine. Closer to home, Gazelles clothes have been worn by local celebrities such as Émily Bégin, Mariana Mazza and Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin. In 2021, Habi received Black Designers of Canada's Award of Excellence. She also launched the podcast Osez ("dare"), to give young girls new models for success and to encourage women to dream big. She has hosted numerous successful Quebec women, among them Nadine Renaud-Tinker, President, Quebec Headquarters at RBC Royal Bank; Kathy Baig, President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec; and entrepreneurs Danièle Henkel, Vickie Joseph and Jessica Harnois. With an initial slate of 13 guests, half of whom hail from ethnically diverse communities, the podcast has been warmly received, impressively garnering over 80,000 views on the Web in its first season.

Habi is also president of Groupe Afrique Expansion (AE), an advisory group founded by her parents in 1995 and specializing in government communications and public relations.

As well, she used to sit on the board of directors of the Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec (2017- 2022) and on the advisory board of the prestigious annual ball organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) Foundation.

 


Sarra Ghribi

Founder and President
Loue1Robe/Loue1Tux

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*

National Co-Chair
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.

 


Cherif Habib

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dialogue Health Technologies Inc.

Cherif Habib is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dialogue (TSX : CARE), Canada's leading virtual care company. Launched in 2016, Dialogue offers its Integrated Health Platform to millions of Canadians and provides care to more patients every day than the largest emergency rooms in the country. Dialogue has received several industry accolades, including The Globe & Mail and L'Actualité 2020 Canada's Top Growing Companies. The company has raised over $100M of venture capital from investors such as Sun Life, CDPQ and Portag3, and recently completed a 10x oversubscribed $100M IPO.

Before launching Dialogue, Cherif was the CEO of EMcision, a medical device company acquired by Boston Scientific, and spent three years at McKinsey as a senior management consultant. He has an undergrad in Computer Science and a Master of Law.

 


Vickie Joseph*

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.

 


Daniel Jutras

Rector
Université de Montréal

Graduate in law from Université de Montréal and Harvard University, Daniel Jutras taught at the McGill Faculty of Law from 1985 to 2020, where he held the Wainwright Chair in Civil Law for ten years. From 2009 to 2016, he served as dean of the McGill Faculty of Law, successfully carrying out a major reform of its teaching programs and completing a campaign that raised over $35 million. Specialist in civil and comparative law, Daniel Jutras has devoted his research work to judicial institutions and dispute resolution issues, from a comparative and pluralistic perspective. He was director of the Institute of Comparative Law at McGill University from 1998 to 2002.

From 2002 to 2004, Professor Jutras was on leave from the Faculty of Law to serve as executive legal officer for the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin. He has appeared before the Supreme Court on two occasions at the invitation of the Court. He sat on the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments from 2016 to 2018 and acted as an ethics consultant to the Canadian Judicial Council.

With his recognized expertise in academic governance, Professor Jutras has served on a number of independent audit committees for top-ranked institutions such as Harvard University, HEC Paris and, in Canada, the faculties of law at the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and Queen's University.

Recently, in recognition of his contributions to university life, Canadian political life and innovation in teaching, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. As a professor at McGill, Daniel Jutras received an award for excellence in teaching. The Barreau du Québec awarded him its Advocatus emeritus distinction in 2014 and its Mérite award in 2016. He was also awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

 


Vincent Kou, LL. B

Chief Investment & Development Officer
Brivia Group

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, CPA, CA*

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.

 


Michel Leblanc*

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.

Recognized expert in strategy and in economic development, Michel Leblanc 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 Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), an organization that brings together the presidents of the chambers of commerce of nine major Canadian cities. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Economic Development of the territory, created by Mayor Valérie Plante, and 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, Scale AI and Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is also a member of the Conseil emploi métropole, the Comité directeur sur la mobilité des personnes et des biens dans la grande région de Montréal (Mobilité Montréal), and the Steering Committee of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis. He is also ambassador of the Quartier de l’innovation.

 


Éric Martel

President and Chief Executive Officer
Bombardier

Éric Martel was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. on March 11, 2020 and officially started in the role on April 6, 2020. He is also a member of the Corporation's Board of Directors.

Prior to his appointment, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec since July 2015. From 2002 until 2015, he held positions of increasing responsibility within Bombardier, including President of Bombardier Business Aircraft, President Bombardier Aerospace Services, Vice-President and General Manager of the Global and Challenger platforms and he also worked at Bombardier Transportation from 2002 to 2004 as Vice President Operations for North America. Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various other high-profile multinational companies, such as Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.

Éric Martel holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Laval University and was awarded an honourary doctorate by Concordia University in 2019. He is also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

On February 18, 2021, Mr. Martel was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). In addition, he has been actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal for over 20 years. He served as co-chair of the organization's 2019 campaign. Mr. Martel also co-chairs the fundraising campaign of the Fondation de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. He sits on the board of Robotique FIRST Québec and is a member of the advisory board of Concordia University's Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.

 


Élise Proulx*

Head of Quebec Economic Development
Ivanhoé Cambridge

As Head of Quebec Economic Development, Élise Proulx leads Ivanhoé Cambridge’s business development and investment strategy, with a view to securing the organization’s legacy within the province and executing on its dual mission of creating value for its depositors and communities. A seasoned manager with over 20 years of experience, Ms. Proulx joined Ivanhoé Cambridge in March 2020 as Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications and Chief of Staff. In these roles, she led all communications efforts for Ivanhoé Cambridge, including reputation management, public affairs, government relations, and the involvement of the company, as well as its employees, within their communities.

Previously, Ms. Proulx served as Vice President, Communications, Government Affairs and Indigenous Relations at Hydro-Québec. Prior to this role, she had founded and managed her own public relations firm, where she quickly acquired an enviable reputation for leadership, teamwork and intellectual rigour. She counseled numerous decision-makers in multiple public and private sectors organizations, including culture, luxury goods and customer service, as well as several Quebec municipalities and a regional county municipality. Before starting her own business, she managed communications at Hydro Ottawa and acted as a strategic advisor and corporate spokesperson at HydroQuébec.

In the 2018 edition of the prestigious Mercuriades competition held by the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Ms. Proulx was honoured as an Exceptional Young Businesswoman in the Large Companies category, in recognition of her leadership. She sits on several Boards, including that of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, and Montréal International.

Ms. Proulx holds a Bachelor’s in Communications (major in Public Relations) from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and an Executive MBA from UQAM’s School of Management (ESG). She also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and became an accredited sommelier for her own enjoyment.

 


Paul Raymond

President and Chief Executive Officer
Alithya

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.

 


John Stokes

Co-Founder and Partner
Real Ventures

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.

 


Jonathan Tétrault

Managing Partner
Sagard

Jonathan Tétrault is a Managing Partner at Sagard, an alternative investment platform active in private equity, venture capital, credit and pharmaceutical royalties. He is responsible for leading the platform's global expansion activities and coordinating the development of its ecosystem of investors and partners. He also leads the value creation team's activities to support the portfolio companies.

Prior to this role, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cirque du Soleil for four years where he oversaw all operations and business development of the group. Prior to that, he was a Senior Partner with the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he served as Managing Partner of the Montreal office and Co-Leader of the global Institutional Investment practice. During his 14 years with the firm, he advised institutional investors, private equity firms, fund managers and banks on a variety of strategic and investment-related matters in more than 25 countries. Earlier in his career, he also worked as a business lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais in Canada and at Andersen Legal in France.

Mr. Tétrault holds an MBA from Oxford University in England, a law degree from the University of Montreal and a CEP from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris. He is also a member of the Barreau du Québec and sits on several boards of directors, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, One Drop International Foundation, C.D. Howe Institute and Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

 


Anik Trudel*

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Lavery Lawyers

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.

 


Reno Vaillancourt

Vice-President, Labour Relations
Bell

As Senior Vice-President, Labour Relations at Bell, Reno Vaillancourt is responsible for establishing and executing Bell's labour relations strategy, and supporting all business units in the management of non-managerial employees.

As the leader of a team of human resources and labour relations professionals, he helps to effectively strengthen relationships with union officials and lead the transformation of collective bargaining to support investment, innovation and growth in the Canadian telecommunications industry.

Member of the Quebec Bar since 1998 and of the Quebec Order of Certified Human Resources Advisors since 2001, Reno has worked at Bell since 2001, first as a labour law lawyer, and as a labour relations professional since 2011.

In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations and his law degree, Reno also completed his EMBA at McGill University/HEC Montreal in 2015.

Reno has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Federally Regulated Employers-Transportation and Communications (FETCO) since 2018. This organization is made up of employers in the transportation and communications sectors subject to federal legislation. Its members collaborate on issues relating to human resources and labour relations, including issues governed by various laws, including the Canada Labour Code, the Employment Equity Act and the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Reno is also very involved with the Learning Disabilities Institute of Quebec. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, he volunteers his time and expertise to support the Institute's activities.

 

By continuing to use this website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and the use of cookies to offer you content and services tailored to your interests. Learn more about our Privacy Policy