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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Hélène Desmarais
Hélène Desmarais
Chairman of the Board

Hélène Desmarais, holder of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from HEC Montréal, is president and chief executive officer of the Centre d’Entreprises et d’Innovation de Montréal, Canada’s largest incubator of technology companies. Ms. Desmarais chairs several other boards, including those of the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain, HEC Montréal, the Société de développement économique Ville-Marie and the Société d’investissement jeunesse. She also heads the advisory boards of the faculty of medicine of the University of Montreal and of the Conference of Montreal. (High resolution photography)


Jean Bernier
Jean Bernier
Director

Jean Bernier is Group President Fuel Americas and Operations North-East at Couche-Tard. Prior to joining Couche-Tard, Mr. Bernier was Executive Vice President of Valero Energy Corporation as well as President of Ultramar Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary of Valero where he was responsible for Valero’s retail operations as well as corporate functions of communications, supply chain management and information services. From 1996 to 2011, Mr. Bernier held various senior management roles with Ultramar Ltd, including Vice-President–Retail Operations in 1998-1999 and President since 1999. Prior to joining Ultramar Ltd, Mr. Bernier served for nine years in a variety of senior management positions at Provigo, Inc. and has previously held President, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer level positions. Mr. Bernier holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Waterloo, Ontario as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from the Université de Montréal.


Randall Birks
Randall Birks
Director

Randall Birks is the Chief Investment Officer and Vice-President at Birinco Inc, a Montreal based merchant bank. Previously he was a Partner and the Head of Research at a multi-family investment office in New York. Mr Birks has also worked at HSBC in NY and State Street Corp, a financial services company, in Boston. Mr. Birks holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Investment Management from Boston University. He completed his BA in East Asian Studies at McGill with a year abroad in Tokyo at Jochi Daigaku (Sophia University). Further he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Birks Family Foundation where he chairs the Investment Committee.


Reuven Brenner
Reuven Brenner
Director

Reuven Brenner worked with Bank of America, Knowledge Universe, Bell Canada, with investors in Canada, the US and has been involved in the private equity markets as partner in Match Strategic Partners. He has pursued entrepreneurial ventures and has been serving on company boards, and was also expert witness in cases covering financial, anti-trust and bankruptcy matters. Brenner also testified before US Congressional Commissions and Canada’s Senate’s Banking and Finance Committee He holds the Repap Chair at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management since 1991, and is on the Board of McGill's Pension Fund. He authored books published by University of Chicago, Cambridge University Press and Presses Universitaires de France. His articles appeared in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Post, Asia Times, Le Figaro and The Financial Times. Forbes dedicated a cover story to his works and endeavors, received the Killam Award, and is elected fellow of the Royal Society.


Léon Courville
Léon Courville
Director

Léon Courville holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University. Most of his career has been devoted to teaching and research in economics and management at the University of Rochester and mostly at l’École des HEC. In 1984 he joined the National Bank of Canada where he later became president and chief operating officer. He has published research papers as well as books. His book The storm; Navigating the New Economy won the Coppers Lybrand management book of the year. His active retirement project is his winery le Domaine les Brome started in 1999. He is also associate professor in economics at HEC Montréal where he chairs the Montreal Structured Finance and Derivatives Institute. He sits on the boards of directors of PSP Investments and the Foundation of the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec.


Stéphan D. Crétier
Stéphan D. Crétier
Director

Stéphan Crétier, MBA, is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Garda World Security Corporation. Garda provides a full range of security services including armored transportation of currency and valuables, protection of persons and premises, and electronic security solutions. The company also conducts special investigations.


Jacques Drouin
Jacques Drouin
Director

Jacques L. Drouin has more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and executive positions. After 15 years working for BMO Nesbitt Burns, KPMG Corporate Finance, and Deloitte Corporate Finance as an expert in private and public financings and M&A transactions, Mr. Drouin became the CFO and eventually the CEO of one of the largest upstream O&G process equipment providers in the world, trading on the TSX, with offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. At Keira Capital, Mr. Drouin, as Co-President, covers the energy and industrial sectors for both financing and M&A transactions. In 2009, he was honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ and received an “Oilweek Magazine Rising Stars” award.


Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy
Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy

Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy has taught economics at HEC Montréal since 1992. She also taught economics for several years at the University of Montreal and at UQAM. She is the author of La face cachée des politiques publiques, published in 2006 by Les Éditions Logiques, and she produced a Quebec adaptation of the 6th edition of Microeconomics, by Pyndick and Rubinfeld. Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy is also a columnist with Le Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec. She worked during part of 2008 as a senior economist with the Fraser Institute. She holds a master’s degree in management from HEC Montréal, with a specialization in applied economics and a thesis on the federal budget deficit. Her research interests focus on assessing public policy. (High resolution photography)


Richard Hylands
Richard Hylands
Director

Richard Hylands has over 30 years of experience in the development and repositioning of commercial real estate projects across the country. After a period spent at Cadillac Fairview in Toronto, Richard decided to return to Montreal in 1986, where he contributed to many prestigious projects for Westcliff before founding Kevric Real Estate Corporation in 1997. Manager and co-owner of Place Bonaventure, Kevric has also acquired and repositioned in Toronto 150 Bloor Street, 99 Atlantic and Consilium Place. Its new 35 storey LEED Altoria building/Tour Viger, situated in the heart of the Montreal’s Business District, combines, 10 office floors with 25 condo floors. In addition, Kevric is redeveloping 7250 Mile-End as a 325 000 square feet LEED office building.


Michel Kelly-Gagnon
Michel Kelly-Gagnon
Director

After having been head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006, Michel Kelly-Gagnon was president of the Quebec Employers Council from March 2006 to December 2008. Early in his career he practiced law and then went into business as an associate in a company specializing in employee training. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Kelly-Gagnon served on the boards of directors of Quebec Workers Compensation Board (CSST). He was one of six people from Quebec honoured in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ 2008 awards. The winners were chosen from among 1,100 nominees by an independent selection committee. Mr. Kelly-Gagnon serves on several boards of directors, including that of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which disburses several hundred million dollars a year in order to finance Canada's research infrastructure. He is back at the helm of the MEI since January 2009 (Biography, full version).

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Stéphanie Kennan
Stéphanie Kennan
Director

Stéphanie Kennan is president and founder of Bang Marketing, an agency specialized in B2B marketing solutions for the medium-sized business. An entrepreneur since 1998 and a graduate of HEC Montréal in marketing, Stéphanie is the recipient of numerous honours including Personnalité d'affaires au féminin (Les Affaires, 2012); Businesswoman of the Year, small business category (Réseau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec, 2008); and the Mayor of Montreal Award (2007) for her volunteer work with young entrepreneurs. Over the years, she has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, and of the Fondation Montréal Inc. Stéphanie is also a professional speaker, a blogger for lesaffaires.com, and the author of a book entitled Mon site web chez le psy, published by Éditions Transcontinental.


Normand Lebeau
Normand Lebeau
Director

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of West Florida, Normand Lebeau joined Trans-Canada Glass Inc. as a Marketing Management trainee. In 1986, he left Trans-Canada and, along with another partner, founded what was to become one of the largest P.O.S. manufacturing firms in Canada. After successfully growing the business throughout Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, Mr. Lebeau sold his equity position in late 1996 to join Mandrake Groupe Conseil as the president of the company's Montreal office. His accomplishments also include being named Quebec Young Businessman of the Year in 1989, serving as Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Young Chamber of Commerce in 1991 and volunteering for the Quebec Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. Since 2008, Mr. Lebeau has been a mentor in the talent development program of the Young Chamber of Commerce of Montreal as well as for the Enablis foundation helping African entrepreneurs start a business in their home country. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious trophy "Cross-border Assignment" at the IESF annual general meeting in Bangkok. An avid athlete, Mr. Lebeau was awarded a tennis scholarship in the NCAA after being ranked amongst the top junior singles players in Canada.


George F. Lengvari Jr.
George F. Lengvari Jr.
Director

Between 1968 and 1994 George F. Lengvari Jr. practiced International Fiscal and Transactional Law in Montreal. From 1994 to 2009 he was Vice Chairman of Weider Health and Fitness, a Los Angeles based holding company with operations in publishing, vitamins and nutrition as well as fitness equipment. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Schiff Nutrition International a NYSE listed company. He is also the founder of an international licensing group, as well as Chairman of Lengvari Capital Limited, a private equity investment company. Mr. Lengvari resides in London, England.


Marc Meunier
Marc Meunier
Director

For the past 25 years, Mr. Meunier has been the President and CEO of Groupe Formatrad Inc., a firm specializing in customized on-the-job training. He studied law at the Université de Sherbrooke and economics at Bishop’s University. After his studies, Mr. Meunier prepared a course on the economic analysis of law, to be jointly taught at Université de Sherbrooke with Professor Michael Krauss, now at the George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Meunier was called to the Quebec Bar in 1985. He was Director of Legal Services at the Quebec Chamber of Commerce, and practised law at Byers Casgrain, which has since become Dentons. It is around this time, in 1987, that he joined a group of businessmen in order to co-found the Montreal Economic Institute. He translated into French for the Paris publisher Les Belles Lettres some of the core texts of Ayn Rand’s moral philosophy, a work which appeared in 1993 and was reissued in 2008. Mr. Meunier also holds a master’s degree in music from the Vincent d’Indy School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and has taught music at the college level.


Pierre Simard
Pierre Simard
Director

Mr. Simard is President and Managing Member of Champlain Financial Corporation (Canada), based in Montreal, Canada and is a co-founder and Managing Director of Champlain Capital Management LLC in the U.S., a merchant banking firm with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Prior to co-founding Champlain Capital Management and founding Champlain Financial Corporation, Mr. Simard spent over fifteen years working in investment banking and corporate banking with Lazard Frères & Co., Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Lancaster Financial Corp and CIBC. Mr. Simard is currently on the Board of Directors of Genivar Inc. as well as on the Board of a number of private companies. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Miss Edgar’s & Miss Cramp’s School (ECS) in Westmount and of the Giant Steps School Foundation. Mr. Simard received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Laval University, a Graduate Degree in Management from the Université Catholique de Louvain, and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University where he regularly teaches as a visiting executive.


Guy Tremblay
Guy Tremblay
Director

Guy Tremblay is Partner at BCF. From 1997 to 2011, he was Co-managing National Partner at Heenan Blaikie, one of the leading law firms in the country. Over the years, Mr. Tremblay has built a reputation for excellence in employment law and labour relations. Lawyer and member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec, Mr. Tremblay has been ranked among the leaders in its field by several specialized publications. A seasoned negotiator and shrewd strategist, he has been a key player in many labour disputes. His legal expertise combined to an extensive business experience makes him a sought-after counsel. Thus, he was president of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec and currently serves as director of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers. He is also involved in the board of directors of several non-profit organizations.



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