BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

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.

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Vice President, Strategy and Shared Services – Advisory Services
Business Development Bank of Canada

Marie-Hélène Nolet was appointed Vice President, Strategy and Shared Services, BDC Advisory Services in 2017. 
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. 

VICE PRESIDENTS

Chief Executive Officer
Réseau Capital 

Partner
Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)

Pascal de Guise is a partner practicing in business law. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity, public offerings, going-private transactions and corporate governance and compliance. Pascal regularly acts for reporting issuers on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, as well as private companies, promising start-ups, underwriters and investors.
Pascal is a member of BLG's Innovation, Private Equity, Corporate Finance and Merger & Acquisition Steering Committees

Partner and Head of the Securities Group
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Client Chief Officer
Deloitte

Profile
Experience at Deloitte: As Client Chief 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

 

TREASURER

Vice President, Deputy Controller & Planning
BCE, Bell

PRESIDENT EX OFFICIO

Linda is a partner in PwC’s Montreal office. For more than 25 years she has been providing audit services and serving as a trusted advisor to a diverse client group, mainly in the Retail, Consumer Goods, Industrials and Pharmaceutical Products sectors and, more recently, in the Financial sector.

Linda favours a collaborative approach. She provides practical advice to her clients, as well as feedback to the management teams and boards of directors of fast-growing public and private companies, some of which are controlled by private investors. She is involved in corporate acquisition and reorganization mandates, as well as in the coordination of international engagements. Linda provides her clients with multidisciplinary advice and effectively coordinates contributions from the specialized resources in the PwC network.

Linda serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of The Canadian Club of Montreal, a forum dedicated to leaders from the business, political, sports and cultural communities. She is also responsible for the PwC Foundation in Quebec. The Foundation integrates corporate and environmental responsibility objectives and seeks to strengthen the leadership skills of communities and PwC employees.

Linda’s current and past clients include Desjardins Group, Dollarama, Danone, L’Oréal, Essilor, Bio-K +, Yves Rocher, Starfrit, Mega Brands, Atis Group, Algorithme Pharma, Valeant, the World Anti-Doping Agency and several other private companies.

 

DIRECTORS

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 Director, Office of Montreal
Miller Thomson LLP

Pierre Paquet is a well-recognized senior commercial litigator and the Managing Partner of Miller Thomson’s Montréal office. He has acted in numerous trials and disputes having led to precedent setting decisions.
Acting on behalf of plaintiffs or defendants, he has represented numerous clients before common law courts and specialized tribunals at all levels regarding commercial matters, including requests for special orders under industrial supply contracts, guarantees under share purchase agreements, interpretation of earn in provisions in mining agreements as well as disputes regarding professional liability and insurance claims.
In addition to pleading before national and international arbitration boards, Pierre has acted in arbitrations held in Geneva under the International Chamber of Commerce rules of arbitration and represented parties in litigation under the American Arbitration Association rules.
In recent years, Pierre has successfully represented clients in a number of complex trials, such as the defence of a world leader in IT in the context of a claim pursuant to a technological implementation and the promoter of a large energy project pursuant to a claim of use of confidential technology or know how.
Pierre is perfectly bilingual. He represents his clients in both French and English in hearings and pleadings.
Pierre has extensive experience in litigation relating to directors, officers or shareholders. He has also acted in many cases involving insurance claims, as well as the professional liability of public officers, trustees, accountants, actuaries and financial advisors. 

Partner
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Director, Corporate Credit
TD Securities

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. 

Partner
NATIONAL Public Relations 

Nicole Delorme is a partner with the firm NATIONAL Public Relations and heads the Marketing Communications group. Her extensive experience in this field has made her a brand image management specialist. With her knowledge of public issues, her understanding of various stakeholders and her familiarity with market data and consumer behavior, Nicole is a sought-after consultant when it comes to positioning strategies. Her clients are active in many sectors of the Quebec economy, including real estate, restaurant industries, and health. She advises real estate developers on their communications issues and provides support to major clients for all of their brand image management needs. She also provides ongoing counsel in brand image and public affairs issues management to many companies. Nicole is accustomed to working in sensitive situations that involve numerous stakeholders. She also works on complex crisis management projects and resolution of labor disputes. With her experience in this area, she has worked with many companies dealing with major issues in all industries. Before joining NATIONAL, Nicole worked as a consultant with a leading ad agency. She also held several communications positions with organizations in the financial sector and in the tourism industry, where she managed communications for large-scale international events.

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.

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

Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Banking
National Bank Financial Inc.

Partner
Accenture inc.

Partner Audit, Market Leader
KPMG LLP

Background
Over the last 25 years, Nathalie has acquired great expertise in accounting standards, assurance and financial consulting to medium and large North American and European corporations.

Professional experience
Nathalie sits on the Montreal Management Committee as the Québec lead of clients and market, and she is responsible for the Energy sectors within the Energy and Natural Resources practices in Montréal. As part of her duties, she also acts as a partner responsible for the audit and review of quality with several private and public companies, engaged primarily in the energy, mining, infrastructure, and private equity industries. Nathalie has a proven track record in transitioning new audit clients, having been successfully involved in many over the past years.
She worked in KPMG’s Professional Practice Department in Paris and Montréal for four years. In the scope of her responsibilities, Nathalie has been responsible for analyzing various complex accounting issues and finding proper solutions related to the application of Canadian, US and International Accounting standards. Nathalie also has an in-depth knowledge of financial instruments and topics such as debt/equity classification and accounting for derivatives having been a member of the national Technical Topic Team of professionals who specialize in financial instruments.

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.
 

Partner and Local Chair, Business Law, Montréal
Norton Rose Fulbright

Nicolas Labrecque’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law and commercial real estate. Experienced in complex transactions of all sizes in various sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, renewable energy and retail, Mr. Labrecque is known for his business sense and his ability to find with our clients original and innovative solutions. His mergers and acquisitions experience includes numerous private and public Canadian, US and cross-border transactions where he has represented Canadian, US and European companies in acquisitions and sales of businesses in Canada, the United States and Latin America. In his real estate practice, Mr. Labrecque has represented owners, developers and industrial tenants in purchasing and leasing real property in Canada. During his law studies, Mr. Labrecque worked as a research assistant for the Registrar and the legal services department of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1999 to 2000, he worked with the law firm of Russin Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mr. Labrecque is Montréal chair of the business law group. 

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
Fasken 

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.

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