Dominic provides entrepreneurs with a well-structured strategic vision of commercialization so each dollar is invested in the right place, at the right time. He also has a person-centred vision of entrepreneurship that emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Benoit shares his extensive expertise with young entrepreneurs. Over 25 years, he has rubbed shoulders with some of Quebec’s most creative individuals, an experience that has convinced him that the best solutions are those that draw on both hemispheres of the brain.
Claude supports young entrepreneurs by creating a positive and enthusiastic climate. He is known for his diligence but also his empathy with entrepreneurs, whom he helps take on challenges while always being mindful of the human dimension of events and solutions.
Jean-Sébastien leverages a practical approach based on many years of intellectual property (IP) experience to help develop business projects and products, as well as commercialize and transfer companies’ IP assets.
Guy brings solid management skills to the table and is an expert at spotting business opportunities, as well as how to innovate and stand out from the competition.
Jean-François Giguère has an extensive background working for top advertising agencies including Cossette, PALM, Lg2 and Draftfcb. For more than 20 years, he put in place solutions for major clients such as Air Canada, Bell, Molson, Labatt, Sobeys Québec, Videotron, Hydro-Québec, Volkswagen, Ultramar, A. Lassonde and many others. Recently, he has forayed into entrepreneurship by creating Quebec’s first organic microbrewery, for which he is head of marketing.
B.A.A. in Public Communication, Université Laval
Pierre provides new businesses with an affordable and focused export strategy, an exceptional network of contacts in the United States, and a down-to-earth approach in order to help penetrate markets as quickly as possible.
Thanks to his experience with big businesses, Jonathan is able to effectively introduce young entrepreneurs to concepts that have a real impact and that will empower them to reach their goals via digital approaches.
When coaching young entrepreneurs, Paul’s goal is always to help them grow their business using strategies that capitalize on their distinctive value proposition.
Michel Gagnon worked as a tax advisor, comptroller and business advisor at the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for 17 years. He went on to pursue a career in industry. He held the position of Vice President, Finance for a software company before becoming Senior Vice President of Shermag inc. He then became Vice President, Finance and Administration for the H H Brown Canada shoe factory. Michel continues to share his experience and expertise with businesses as President and Chief Advisor of his company AMG Conseils en Gestion inc.
He is also dedicated to helping emerging technological businesses succeed by leveraging his knowledge and experience to assist budding entrepreneurs.
For Martin, HRM is more than a job. He came to the world of consulting later in his career, after holding positions as a strategic manager at the helm of human resources for renowned companies. Martin is known for his complete dedication to the causes and projects he undertakes, and is able to provide your organization with the right solution by always putting people first in decision-making. In addition to being a team player, he maintains a global vision so that his very person-focused approach is always in alignment with the strategic objectives of the companies in which he operates—thus enabling them to truly progress.
President of DUBÉ RH Inc.
Co-founder and VP of the company GO RH
Lecturer at the School of Management of Université de Sherbrooke since 2005
Lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Administration of Université Laval since 2013
Vice President, HR at Industries Fontaine (a subsidiary of Rexnord)
HR Director – Camoplast
A graduate of the UdeS School of Management with a concentration in marketing, Denis-Robert Elias is an entrepreneur and manager with more than 40 years of experience. Mr. Elias began his career as Administrative Director of the School of Management before joining the private sector as President and CEO of Sisca inc., an information technology firm boasting more than 175 IT specialists. After more than 20 years at the helm of Sisca, he became Senior Vice-President at Cognicase, a major IT player with more than 4,000 employees, then President and CEO of Alliance Novare and finally Director General of Internships and Professional Development (SSDP) at Université de Sherbrooke.
Concurrently, Mr. Elias cofounded many companies such as Gexcel Telecom International in the call centre industry, the Trelpo Conseil firm created for takeover operations, and the Réserve du Cafetier roastery firm, which was sold to a major Quebec group in the field.
During her career in the pharmaceutical industry, Ms. Proulx developed expertise in product development, from basic research up to product marketing. She now sits, among others, on several boards of directors and committees mandated with facilitating the commercialization of university research.
Researcher at Université Laval
17 years in major pharmaceutical companies
Vice-Principal, Research at McGill University (3 years)
Senior management positions (VP and research centre management) in various biotech companies
Partner in the Sanderling Ventures investment fund specializing in life sciences
Member of several boards of directors for public and private companies
Postdoctoral studies at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden
Doctorate from Université Laval
Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Université de Sherbrooke
Diploma from the Institute of Corporate Directors
The holder of a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a former master’s level lecturer in engineering management, Philippe Racette held several leadership positions for manufacturing companies from 1993 to 2005, including Director of Technical Services, Quality Director and Director of Operations. He then had the opportunity to transform a business supported by former Kaizen masters from Toyota Gosei. Leveraging his experience, he launched a consulting and coaching firm focused on business transformation from the traditional model to a management model comparable to the Toyota system, called Lean Management. Today, his company counts a team of 5 senior expert advisers in Lean transformation.
Since 2006, he has coached more than 50 companies in making this shift and carried out a number of corporate financial recovery projects in the manufacturing and service sectors.
Mr. Lemieux is a business coach specializing in helping high-tech company CEOs and management teams, especially in telecommunications, electronics and information technology. He began his career with Bell Canada, first in technical services related to transmission, switching and computer communications. He then held positions in marketing and IT before assuming management of national sales for Northern Telecom. He went on to become President of Bell Mobility Radio, a voice and data services provider in Canadian emergency telecommunications. Subsequently, he became CEO of Nertec Design (remote-reading meter manufacturer) and of LTRIM Technologies (precision analog semiconductors manufacturer). He has served on the boards of directors of InterTrade (e-commerce), Vizimax Inc (electrical network automation), iMetrik Global (M2M network and solutions provider) as chairman of the board, NoviFlow (advanced high speed data-switching systems), Aligo Innovation and Valeo (commercialization and financing for university technologies) as well as Usito (the electronic dictionary). He holds a Licence in Business Administration (concentration in finance) from Université Laval and occasionally acts as an advisor on technology investment funds.
In 25 years of career in financing innovation, Line has supported more than 500 clients in almost all fields, including industrial mechanics, IT, pulp and paper, elastomers, food and agriculture industry and many others.
She was able to use her great creative sense, her scientific knowledge and her rigor in the scientific and accounting defenses of requests for grants and tax credits against government authorities and at the tax court to thus succeed in obtaining more than 97% of the $ 170 million claimed on the 2,300 projects submitted.
His skills in management, business development and budget forecasting have enabled him to create 4 profitable businesses which have been recognized by his peers.