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The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Chair of the Board, Anik Trudel*
Vice-Chair, Vickie Joseph*
President and CEO and Secretary of the Board, Michel Leblanc*
Retiring President and Treasurer, Pierre Laporte, FCPA, FCA*

* 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 (“Lion”), 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.

 


David Amiel

President and CEO
Maroline Inc.

David is President and CEO of Maroline Distributing, one of Canada’s largest distributors of luxury kitchen appliances. David earned a bachelor’s degree from Carleton University.  David is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation after having completed a term as President of the Board of Directors at Federation CJA (2017-2019). Additionally, David is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation (since 2019) as well as a new member of the Board of Governors of Lower Canada College (2022). David and his wife Robyn have three teenage children.

 


Grégoire Baillargeon

President
BMO Financial Group, Québec

A native of Quebec City, Greg is Co-Head BMO Capital Markets, Québec and responsible for Investment & Corporate Banking activities for BMO in the province. On November 1, 2022, he will take on a new role as President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec.

In his current role in BMO Capital Markets, Greg acts as a relationship manager and trusted advisor for large corporations in a wide range of economic sectors. He leads a team in the region that deals with some of the bank’s largest and longest-standing clients, providing complex advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, as well as structuring equity and debt financings for Quebec based clients, including IPOs, public and private equity and convertible debt financings, bank and bond financings, and project finance assignments.

Prior to joining BMO in 2004, Greg practiced as a corporate and securities lawyer at Telesystem International Wireless Inc. (2001-2004) and at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Montreal) and Winston & Strawn LLP (New York City) between 1996 and 2001. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the Bars of Quebec, New York and Massachusetts, having earned bachelor’s degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University.

Greg supports numerous organizations that strive to close the fairness gap by eliminating barriers to full economic inclusion. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Centraide of Greater Montreal, the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the McCord Museum, and has been actively involved in fundraising for several not-for-profit groups, such as Portage and FitSpirit/Fillactive. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Quebec chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In Greg’s new role as BMO Financial Group’s President for Quebec, he will also be named Vice-Chair, effective November 1.

 


Marc-André Blanchard

President
Executive Vice-President and Head
CDPQ Global
Global Head of Sustainability
CDPQ

As Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global and Global Head of Sustainability, Mr. Blanchard is responsible for coordinating CDPQ’s international operations. He oversees CDPQ’s international offices, ensuring the organization’s positioning as an investment partner of choice. He also supports the international growth and development of Québec companies. In addition, he oversees the organizations sustainability orientations and activities and leads CDPQ’s strategy to integrate ESG factors into all investment activities. He sits on the Executive and Investment-Risk Committees. Before joining CDPQ in September 2020, he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York from 2016 to 2020. From 2017 to 2020, he sat on Canada’s North American Free Trade Agreement Council. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s leading law firms.

In addition to a Bachelor of Laws from Université de Montréal, Mr. Blanchard holds an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in International Affairs, both from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He was called to the Québec Bar in 1992.

Very active in the community, Marc-André Blanchard is Co-Lead of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance’s Task Force on Multilateral Development Banks, Co-Chair of the Investor Leadership Network (ILN) and Co-Chair of B20 Indonesia Finance & Infrastructure Task Force. He is a actively involved in the Sustainable Markets Initiative, which was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Canada-India Business Council and of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on SDG Investment. His philanthropic activities include serving as a member of the Advisory Council of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security, Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Rector of Université de Montréal and Director of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. In 2016, Canadian Business ranked him one of Canada’s 50 most powerful business leaders. In 2013, Catalyst Canada awarded him the CEO Recognition Award for his leadership on diversity. In 2016, he received the Avocat émérite award from the Barreau du Québec.

 


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.

 


Nassib El-Husseini, Ph.D

President and CEO
The 7 Fingers

Committed to exploring the horizons of human creativity in all its complexity. Nassib El-Husseini has charted a singular and eclectic course. Following studies in public administration and international relations at the American University of Beyrouth (AUB), he obtained a Ph.D. in political science from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 1996, and published L'Occident Imaginaire (Éditions PUQ) in 1998. After leaving his native Lebanon in the 1980s, Nassib worked as an advisor and volunteer with numerous Quebecois, Canadian, and international governmental and non-governmental agencies.

In the 90s, Nassib put his conflict resolution and international business development expertise at the service of Canadian Crown corporations as well as other actors from the private sector in Quebec and Canada, mainly in the postal and telecommunications sectors.

Nassib El-Husseini's trajectory took a major turn in 2003, when his path crossed that of seven artists determined to make their mark on the world of contemporary circus. With their first show just created, a clear-eyed ally was all the troupe needed to conquer the world. Nassib placed his experience and his passion for art and innovation at the service of the nascent troupe that would become one of the jewels of artistic expression.

As Chief Executive Officer of the company, Nassib has brought his resolutely avant-garde, innovative vision and has turned towards a vast exploration of possibilities. Propelled by these ideas, The 7 Fingers have become a major player in the world art scene.

Involved in his community, Nassib El-Husseini is currently the President of the board of directors of CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts). He sits on the boards of La Société des arts technologiques (SAT) as well as that of Le Quartier des spectacles and he is a founding member of the Movement Arts Creation Studio in Boston. Previously he was a member of the board of Le Conseil des arts de Montréal, the National Theatre School of Canada as well as a member of the organizing committee of the Canadian Arts Summit in 2019 and a member of the National Advisory Committee for the National Creation Fund of the National Arts Center of Ottawa (CNA).

Nassib is Laureate Cèdre et Érable of La Chambre de Commerce et de l’Industrie Canada-Liban. In 2013, he was awarded the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)’s Prix Reconnaissance in recognition of his exceptional career. In 2014, he received the Artists for Peace Award on behalf of The 7 Fingers. In 2019, he received the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management’s Cultural Manager Award from HEC Montréal. Shortly after, he was named Knight by Université du Québec à Montréal.


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.

 

 


Marie-Josée Gagnon, ARP*

CEO and Founder
CASACOM

Founding President of CASACOM, Marie-Josée Gagnon is recognized as an expert in strategic communications and governance. 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 and a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP), 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.

 


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).

 


Philippe Johnson

Managing Partner
Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg

Philippe Johnson has been the Managing Partner at the Montréal office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP since 2017. He has spent more than two decades advising leading Canadian, American and international companies with respect to their most important Canadian investments and strategic issues. He regularly counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, private investments, financing, corporate reorganizations and joint ventures.

In addition to serving on the firm’s Management Committee since 2012, Philippe is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a global community of business leaders, and a director of the World Law Group and of Startup Montréal, a non-profit organization that funds and supports the start-up ecosystem in Montréal. He is also a director of Fondation Serge Marcil, which focuses on improving the well-being of children in Haiti and Africa.

Philippe holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Bachelor of Civil Law from Université de Montréal.

 


Vickie Joseph*

Co-founder
Groupe 3737 and Femmepreneur
Co-founder and President
V Kosmetik

Co-founder and President of V Kosmetik International (VKI), specialist in beauty and skin care products - The brand of 50 shades of ethnicity, inspired by her life, personality, character and passion to give back to women.

VKI is distributed across Canada and internationally, notably in the USA, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Benin, Saudi Arabia and South Africa under its “V Kosmetik©” brand.

A fulfilling mother of three children, the designer and businesswoman is committed – according to her, “success confers the responsibility to help others”. To this end, she co-founded Groupe 3737, a major center for entrepreneurial innovation promoting the emergence of new businesses and the creation of thousands of jobs. She co-founded FemPreneurs to help women develop their business ventures with special support and programs offered to women of diversity and the ones living with difficult situations including financial limitations.

Ms. Joseph is the recipient of several distinctions, including - Top 6 Canadian designers among more than 20,000 candidates by the Black Canadian Awards, News: one of the entrepreneurs of Quebec Inc., Gala Dynasty: Tribute to Philanthropy, BMO: Community and donations award, Startup Canada: Regional and National Entrepreneur (2019) and Femmessor-Evol: one of the 100 entrepreneurs changing the world Palmarès Première en Affaires one of the 100 most successful companies in Quebec. Member of the Council - Chamber of Commerce of Montreal. Newly she slipped into the list of the 110 most successful women-owned businesses across Quebec, amounting to 5-50 million in revenue.

 


Daniel Jutras

Rector
Université de Montréal

With degrees in law from Université de Montréal and Harvard University, Daniel Jutras has been UdeM’s rector since June 1, 2020. A specialist in civil and comparative law, his expertise is internationally recognized, the result of a long career devoted to the study of contract law and civil liability, class actions and judicial institutions. As a seasoned teacher and an early player in the integration of a comparative and pluralist perspective in the teaching of law, Mr. Jutras has played a leading role in the transformation of legal education programs in Quebec and elsewhere in the world.

In addition to his academic activities, Daniel Jutras has contributed to Canadian public and political life as an ethics consultant to the Canadian Judicial Council, as a member of the independent advisory committee on Senate appointments and as a member of the independent advisory committee on the appointment of the Governor General of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada has appointed him as amicus curiae in two of the most important constitutional cases of the last decade. Between 2002 and 2004, Daniel Jutras was also senior counsel to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin.

Today, he is a member of numerous boards of directors in the university sphere and in civil society organizations such as the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the Interuniversity Cooperation Office and the U7+ international university network.

At the time of his appointment as UdeM rector, Daniel Jutras held the Wainwright Chair in Civil Law of McGill University’s faculty of law. At the same faculty, between 1985 and 2020, he was in turn vice-dean, director of the Institute of Comparative Law and finally dean, from 2009 to 2016.

His contributions to academic life, Canadian political life and educational innovation have been recognized by his appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada. As a McGill professor, he received an award for excellence in teaching. He was also awarded the Médaille du Barreau du Québec in 1983, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, the distinction of Advocatus emeritus of the Quebec Bar in 2014 and the Mérite du Barreau du Québec in 2016. In 1982, upon completion of his studies at the UdeM, Daniel Jutras proudly received the Academic Medal of the Governor General of Canada.

 


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.

 


Benoit Lacoste Bienvenue*

Regional Managing Partner – Québec
Partner, International and M&A Tax
KPMG in Canada

Benoit Lacoste Bienvenue has been the managing partner for the province of Québec at KMPG Canada since October 2016. In this role, he oversees growth and client relationships, and is responsible for the engagement of more than 2,000 staff members. Prior to this position, he was the National Service Line Leader - Canadian Corporate Tax.

He has over 22 years of experience in complex cross-border tax structuring, M&A transactions, financing and restructuring transactions. Benoit has led several cross-border M&A engagements for Canadian and foreign-based multinationals, as well as major private equity firms and Global pension funds. Benoit currently advises several Canadian based companies, both public and private, on their Tax Structures and Strategies and Compliance requirements. Benoit has developed and maintains a strong network of professionals across the world, the members of which are highly responsive and dedicated to client service excellence.

Benoit holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Law and Common Law from McGill University and is a member of the Barreau du Québec. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University and sits on the boards of Justice Pro Bono and the Eulalie Durocher Foundation.

 


Pierre Laporte, CPA, CA*

President
Deloitte Quebec
Vice-Chair
Deloitte Canada

Pierre Laporte has been a senior partner at Deloitte for 13 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 Past president of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM) and the Olympic Park. 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 Fondation Santé Urbaine.

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.

 


Grégory Larroque

Vice-president, Economic Affairs
CGI

Grégory Larroque is Vice-President, Economic Affairs at CGI. More specifically, he is responsible for the promotion of CGI’s economic interests, he advises the executive team on strategic orientations of the company.

Prior to joining CGI, Gregory was legal counsel and chief of staff to former Quebec Premier Jean Charest at McCarthy Tétrault's Business Law Group since 2013. During this time, he coordinated strategic mandates for international clients, participated in strengthening McCarthy Tétrault's strategic and legal positioning, and contributed to several international initiatives.

In his previous roles, Grégory was special advisor to the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade of Quebec and advisor to the Minister of Finance of Quebec.

He is also actively involved in Montreal’s cultural community, notably as member of the board of Festival TransAmériques (FTA).

Gregory holds a master’s degree in business law from the University of Aix-Marseille III in France and obtained a second bachelor of law degree from the University of Montreal. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2007.

 


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 in the spring of 2020. Since then, he has been a driving force behind Bombardier’s successful repositioning as a company purely focused on business aviation. Under his leadership, Bombardier is evolving its industry-leading portfolio of business jets and expanding its service footprint around the world while delivering strong financial results. He is deeply committed to the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance strategy, notably its goals of increasing diversity and the number of women in management positions and shaping a more sustainable future for business aviation. Mr. Martel is also a member of Bombardier’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 of 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 of 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.

Mr. Martel holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia University in 2019. He was elected as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2022.

Mr. Martel has been actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal for over 20 years, and co-chairs the fundraising campaign of the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. He is also a member Board of Directors of the Corporate Angel Network.

 


Nadine Renaud-Tinker

President
Quebec Headquarters
RBC Royal Bank

Appointed President in 2017, Nadine Renaud-Tinker is responsible for managing RBC Royal Bank’s business priorities in Quebec.

She enthusiastically oversees the development of strategic objectives while helping personal and business clients thrive, fostering employee engagement and supporting community prosperity. With a holistic, strategic and cooperative approach, she also works closely with the teams of investment and retirement planners, wealth management experts and private bankers to support clients with advice that meet their needs, goals, and priorities.

Bringing with her a wealth of extensive international experience, Nadine joined RBC in Montreal in 1998. Throughout her professional career, she has risen to the many challenges encountered, gaining vast experience within business units of various sizes: Business Financial Services, Personal Banking, Risk Management and Special Loans. Earning numerous promotions along the way, Nadine has held such roles as Branch Manager, Financial Planner, Commercial Account Manager and Regional Vice President, Integrated Markets, in both Quebec and Toronto.

A proven leader, Nadine is recognized for her creativity, entrepreneurship, passion and superb ability to engage her teams. In recent years she has successfully overseen the growth and development of branches and advised a number of small, medium-sized and large businesses.

Alongside her professional activities, Nadine provides ongoing support to various mentorship, talent development and advisory programs, both internally and externally.

With a strong commitment to mental health and children’s causes, Nadine Renaud-Tinker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation, the Jewish General Hospital Foundation and the Fondation Jeunes en Tête. She is actively involved in various philanthropic events in the community, including the Urban BBQ event, which she heads up in support of the Cancer Research Society.

In 2021, she received the Financial Personality of the Year award, in the financial institutions with national scope category, as part of the Top Financial Industry Leaders in Quebec, awarded by Finance et Investissement.

A native of Montreal, Nadine has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa. She also holds an executive MBA from Athabasca University and a diploma in personal financial planning from the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

 


Anik Trudel*

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Lavery

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, Evol, 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

Premier 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.

 


Laurence Vincent

President
Prével

Laurence Vincent is president of Prével, a real estate company with close to 100 employees founded over 40 years ago. Over the past 18 years, she has been actively involved in the construction of many of Prével's 11,500 housing units, as well as the development of landmark projects for the urban landscape.

Recognized for her contribution to built heritage and home ownership, Laurence Vincent is involved in creating environments that promote human interaction and diversity. She sits on the board of directors of the public interest organization Vivre en Ville and the Urban Development Institute of Quebec. She also chairs the Metropolitan and Urban Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from HEC Montréal.

Laurence is also the author of the book Bâtir Montréal à la table 45 published by Éditions du Septentrion.

 

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