BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Vice President, Strategy and Program Support
BDC Advisory Services

Marie-Hélène Nolet was appointed Vice President, Strategy and Shared Services in 2017, then Vice President, Strategy and Program Support - BDC Advisory Services since November 2019. 
In this role, she leads a transversal team responsible for coordinating strategy, budgeting, reporting and performance management, project management, policy coordination and other initiatives across the BDC Advisory Services team. 
Ms. Nolet brings with her more than 20 years of management, investment and negotiation experience in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, providing her with a broad base of skills gained through a diversity of projects, clients and work.
Since joining BDC in 2006, Ms. Nolet has occupied a number of positions including Vice President, Implementation, High-Impact Firms; Assistant Vice President, Corporate Relations and Partnerships, where she oversaw BDC’s partnership strategy; and Assistant Vice President, Operations and Strategic Initiatives for BDC Capital’s Venture Capital division. She played an important role in the establishment of The Montreal Group—a global forum for development banks dedicated to micro, small, medium and large enterprises. 
Prior to joining BDC, Ms. Nolet worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Coopers & Lybrand, an accounting firm; at GTI Capital, a venture capital firm; at Cesky Mobil, a mobile operator in the Czech Republic; and in the investment arm of Hydro-Quebec, a Quebec state-owned public utility company. 
Ms. Nolet holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a CFA charterholder. 

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Chief Client Officer
Deloitte

Profile
Experience at Deloitte: As Chief Client Officer, Marc leads Canada and Chile’s client and industry agenda, driving the go-to-market strategy and encompassing programs. Marc is part of the Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm and committed to delivering Deloitte’s vision.  Marc chairs Canada’s Clients & Industries Management Committee that includes industry, large and priority clients, voice of the client, thought leadership and market positioning, relationships, and key market platforms. Together, with a group of the firm’s senior market-facing partners, Marc is focused on extending Deloitte’s impressive position of market leadership.

Beforehand, Marc served as Managing Partner for the Quebec Region. During his 4 year-term, Deloitte consolidated its position as a true market leader by developing new services and innovative solutions to better serve our clients while finding ways to further engage our people and offer them new experiences.

He also previously served as chief of staff for the Office of the Managing Partner and Chief Executive (MP&CE) of Deloitte Canada. In this role, he assumed a broad range of responsibilities to help the MP&CE and executive team lead the firm.

Marc has also served as chairman of the board for the Deloitte Foundation. He is known for bringing his determination, attention to detail, and leadership to everything he undertakes, helping his teams consistently deliver exceptional results.

He has 25 years of experience providing audit and consulting services to a diverse client base in both the manufacturing industry and the technology, media, and telecommunications industry. He has extensive experience in major corporate transactions and public filings (IPOs; prospectuses; and takeover bids and information circulars in the context of mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations).

Education
CA, 1997
BA, Université de Sherbrooke, 1995

Selected clients
National Bank of Canada
Cirque du Soleil
Cogeco
Yellow Pages Group
Telecon
Université de Montréal

Current community involvement
Member of the board of directors of Montreal Innovation District
Member of the board of directors of Adopt inc.
Member of the board of directors and vice-president of the Canadian Club
Chair of the board of directors of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal Foundation
Governor of the Fondation de Recherche en Administration de l’Université de Sherbrooke

 

VICE PRESIDENTS

Chief Executive Officer
Réseau Capital 

Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon S.E.N.C.R.L./s.r.l.

Pascal de Guise is a Partner in the Blakes Capital Markets and Corporate & Commercial groups.

With over 20 years of experience with M&A and corporate finance, Pascal advises the Firm’s clients on capital markets, venture capital, growth equity and private equity on matters ranging from private placements, fund formation, public offerings and going-private transactions to plans of arrangement, take-over bids, private M&A transactions, governance and compliance.

Pascal is a member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association’s (CVCA) Private Capital Model Committee and Fund Formation Model Committee. He also sits on the board of the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Partner, Leader of the business law group for the Quebec region 
McCarthy Tétrault

TREASURER

Vice President, Deputy Controller & Planning
BCE, Bell

PRESIDENT EX OFFICIO

Managing Director & Co-Head
BMO Capital Markets – Quebec

Greg is Co-Head BMO Capital Markets, Québec and responsible for Investment & Corporate Banking activities for BMO in Montréal.  He acts as a relationship manager and advisor for large corporations in various sectors. In his role at BMO Capital Markets, Greg has completed several financial advisory mandates and mergers & acquisitions transactions (ranging from hostile takeovers to formal valuations, private acquisitions, and divestitures) as well as 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. and at major law firms in Montreal and New York City between 1998 and 2004.  
 
Greg is a member of the Board of Directors of the McCord Museum in Montreal and of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.  He also acts as President of The Canadian Club of Montreal and is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for United Way Montreal. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and he has completed the Canadian Securities Course. He holds Bachelor degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University and is admitted for legal practice to the Bar of Quebec, New York and Massachusetts.

DIRECTORS

Partner, Transaction advisory services
EY

Fany Boucher is a Partner in the Transaction Advisory Services group working in the Montréal office where she also the private equity and venture capital industry leader. She specializes in both buy-side and sell-side due diligence.
Fany has led the overall due diligence process—from multi-billion dollar cross-border transactions to small and medium entity buy-outs and minority transactions. Fany works in M&A since 2003. Fany’s experiences include deals in technology and traditional industries. 
Before re-joining the EY family in the Montréal office, Fany worked in due diligence for another Big 4 accounting firm and for the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, a labour-sponsored private equity fund. From 2005 to 2008, Fany worked for EY in transactions in the Silicon Valley (California) with a short-term assignment in their Paris office. Prior, she spent two years in CGI’s corporate finance department, working on valuations, acquisitions, divestitures and financial modeling. She started her career at Arthur Andersen. 
Fany received her Honours in Accounting and Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University (Douglas Mellor award), and is a member of the Québec Order of Chartered Accountants. She is also a Chartered Business Valuator in Canada. She is fluent in English and French, with basic Italian knowledge.
Fany is a board member of Réseau Capital and the Canadian Club. She is a mentor to McGill MBA students and she is a founder and treasurer of a charity running event. 

Vice President, Portfolio Manager​
RBC Wealth Management - Dominion Securities

Jean-François Dion, CFA, is vice president and portfolio manager with the Bruce Kent Group, Canada’s largest private client discretionary portfolio management group at RBC Dominion Securities. As a Partner in the Group, Jean-François is in charge of Investment Strategy, Research and Portfolio Implementation. Before joining the Bruce Kent Group, Jean-François was Head of Equity Portfolio Management at RBC Dominion Securities, where he led a Toronto-based team of equity specialists and portfolio managers. His team was responsible for advising over 1700 portfolio managers and investment advisors across Canada on wide-ranging investment topics and ideas for Canadian, U.S. and international markets, as well as managing equity mandates directly. Jean-François holds a B.Comm from Concordia University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Managing Director
Accenture Technology

Annie is a Managing Direct in the Accenture Technology group and has 13 years of complex Program Leadership experience across different industries. She is currently leading the SAP Eastern Canada Practice for Accenture. She specializes in both program/project management and has led global teams for Manufacturing, Mining and Retail clients.

Annie is also active in the community. She has been volunteering as a board member of non-profit organizations for the past 6 years. Annie is also the Accenture Canada Women’s Employee Resource Group Sponsor.

Lead Engagement Partner - Audit
KPMG LLP

Background
Nathalie has acquired extensive expertise in accounting standards, certification and financial consulting with medium and large North American and European corporations. She worked in KPMG’s Professional Practice Department in Paris and Montréal for four years.

Professional experience
Nathalie sits on the Board of Directors of KPMG Canada and on KPMG’s Executive Committee in Quebec. She is also responsible for the Energy sector in Quebec’s Energy and Natural Resources practice and as part of her duties, she also acts as an audit and quality assurance partner for a number of private and public companies, working primarily in the energy, mining, infrastructure and private placement sectors.

Community involvement
– Member of the board and finance and recruiting committees of the Canadian Club Montréal; – Governor of the Winter Triathlon of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.

Education, licenses & certifications
– BBA, HEC, Université de Montréal

Professional associations
– CPA, CA – Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec

Senior Vice President, Regulatory, IT, Logistics and Chief Financial Officer
Énergir

Mr. Éric Lachance joined Énergir in January 2017 as Vice President, Finance and was appointed Senior Vice President, Regulatory, IT, Logistics and Chief Financial Officer on June 1, 2018. From February 2000 to December 2016, he held various positions at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the last 3 years as Regional Director – Europe within its subsidiary CDPQ Paris where he led the team responsible for ensuring the supervision and valuation of the Caisse’s European infrastructure investment portfolio. He represented Caisse as a board member for many portfolio companies such as Fluxys Belgium, Colonial Pipeline, Keolis and Heathrow Airport. 

Mr. Lachance holds a degree in business, finance and economics from McGill University and has been a chartered financial analyst since 2000.

Partner, Canada Market Leader 
Oliver Wyman

Patrick Lortie is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Global Transportation Practice and leads Oliver Wyman’s Rail sector activities globally.    

Based in Montreal, Patrick is also Oliver Wyman’s Market Leader for Canada and is a member of the firm’s Americas Leadership Team.

Over the past two decades, Patrick has advised Boards and Executive Teams on a global basis in the transportation industry. He has led assignments with leading airlines, railroads, equipment manufacturers, postal and courier companies and service providers.  He works with firms in both the private and public sectors.

Patrick is a recognized expert in strategy, operations, and organizational transformations.  He specializes in designing growth strategies and bringing those strategies to life through large-scale transformations.

Patrick sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Club of Montréal, and is a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Northwestern University Transportation Center, a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution serving the transportation industry.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Patrick worked for regional airlines in France and Argentina, and for Virgin Trains, a leading passenger train operator in the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and a M.B.A. in finance, marketing, and organizational behavior from the Kellogg School of Management.  He is fluent in French and English.

Director, Global Investment Banking 
Scotiabank 

As a Director in Scotiabank’s Investment Banking team, Adrian is responsible for origination and relationship management efforts related to numerous companies in Quebec. Adrian joined Scotiabank in 2007 having previously worked in Finance and Engineering capacities in the Retail and Aerospace sectors. Adrian holds a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

Partner
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Director, Corporate Credit
TD Securities

Senior Director, Private Equity, Québec
Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec

Annie Houle is a Senior Director in CDPQ’s Québec private equity team. In this role, she is involved in all areas of the investment process and post-investment management, and has led transactions in subordinated debt and equity involving mid-to-large cap Québec-based companies. She also sits on portfolio company Boards of Directors.

Prior to joining CDPQ in 2017, Ms. Houle worked for more than 15 years in global banking, covering a range of industries. She spent most of these years at HSBC Bank Canada, where she built the global banking team and department in Montréal. She originated, structured and negotiated several international financing transactions involving bank and bond financing, project finance and public equity, in addition to being involved in all other relevant corporate banking services.

Ms. Houle earned her Bachelor’s Degree with honours in Economics from Université de Montréal and an MSc. in International Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. She is also a member de l’Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agréés du Québec (CPA, CGA) and is a CFA charterholder.

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Partner
Stikeman Elliott S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.

Aniko Pelland is a partner in the corporate group of Stikeman Elliott LLP. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and securities law compliance matters.

Vice-President and Sector Lead, Transportation and Urban Mobility
NATIONAL Public Relations

With an in-depth knowledge of public affairs issues and extensive media experience, Edith Rochette helps her clients communicate with decision-makers, the public and stakeholders. Her expertise in the management of issues related to new projects, particularly in the transport sector, helps implement effective consultation strategies and rally public acceptability. With her experience and knowledge of various stakeholders, she assists companies in enhancing their profile and manages their reputation by implementing crisis prevention and crisis management plans.

A journalist by training, Edith has worked for a variety of publications and as a political staffer. With more than 20 years of experience in communications, she currently serves as a consultant specializing in public affairs and transportation issues management. Edith sits on the boards of directors of the Club de trafic de Montréal and the Canadian Club, where she serves on the conference committee and the communications committee. She is also a member of the transportation committee of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

Partner, co-leader of the Private Equity
Fasken

Managing Partner, Greater Montréal
PwC Canada

Nochane Rousseau is the Greater Montréal managing partner for PwC Canada and, as such, is a member of the Canadian Extended Leadership Team. He has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, tax, internal controls, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and finance.

Nochane is a market-focused leader and has deep relationships with industry stakeholders and influencers in the Quebec market. Prior to this role, Nochane was a member of the Quebec Leadership Team as the leader of the Energy, Utilities, Mining, Metals and Industrial Products (EUMI) group for the province of Quebec. He was also the Mining industry group leader for Quebec, and a member the EUMI and Mining Canadian leadership teams.

Nochane holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (with honours) and an advanced studies diploma (DES) in accounting (with honours) from Laval University. He obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CA) in 1999.

Nochane is a member of the Quebec Mining Association (AEMQ) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). He is also a member of the Mining committee of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec (FCCQ). Nochane is one of the founders of Mine d’Avenir and PDG Mine d’Avenir, which are initiatives designed to stimulate entrepreneurship in the mining sector in Quebec, and he is the co-founder, along with Le Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, La Caisse de Dépôt et de Placement du Québec, Ressources Québec and SIDEX, of the monthly mining lunches held in Montréal, where mining companies have the opportunity to present their projects to the industry.

Partner
Miller Thomson s.e.n.c.r.l.

Hubert Sibre is a business law partner in the Montréal office of Miller Thomson. His practice focuses mainly on commercial litigation, securities and restructuring. He has led multiple transactions and major projects with regard to real estate and infrastructure. His roster of clients includes all types of businesses which have to deal with high-risk situations. Entrepreneurs and executives constantly rely on him for his business acumen and to deal with important business and strategic issues.

In 2015, the Legal 500 ranking classed Mr. Sibre amongst the best litigation lawyers in Canada. He has also appeared in Best Lawyers both in insolvency and in commercial litigation. Moreover, Mr. Sibre has been named as a Leading Lawyer Under 40 by Lexpert Rising Stars and Global Restructuring and Insolvency Review. Thereafter, Lexpert would name Hubert Sibre as a Canadian litigator to watch.

He started his career as legal counsel with the National Bank of Canada and GMAC. He has authored and co-authored books and articles pertaining to restructuring, insolvency, credit and civil procedure, including a publication on civil procedure and the enforcement of security interests in Quebec. He has also been frequently called to plead before courts and instances of all levels, including more than once before the Supreme Court of Canada. Furthermore, he has been a jury member for the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy with regard to trustee licensing.

Mr. Sibre’s expertise is frequently sought by legal and academic institutions. He has taught secured rights and priorities at the École du Barreau du Québec (Law School) where he was responsible for the insolvency curriculum. Mr. Sibre regularly lectures in Canada and the United States regarding insolvency and credit issues for many organizations.

Co-Head & Managing Director, Telecom, Media, Technology & Healthcare, Investment Banking
National Bank Financial Inc.

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