Director, Investment Banking, Capital Markets, Desjardins Securities Inc.
Frederic Beausoleil holds an extensive expertise in equity research, proprietary trading and investment banking. Frédéric began his career at Merrill Lynch & Co in New York City, and returned to Montreal to work for RBC Capital Markets as an equity research analyst. He then moved on to other senior positions at National Bank Financial and Laurentian Bank Securities, before joining Desjardins Capital Markets in 2014.
Frederic’s professional practice has a particular focus on emerging issuers, both public and private. His research, trading and investment banking experience covers a wide array of industries. Frédéric is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from HEC Montréal. He is a member of the Quebec local advisory committee of the TSX Venture Exchange.
President at Sun International Communications
Nicole Blanchard, the managing partner of the group, has more than 25 years of technical, financial and analytical expertise in international capital markets. She has a University degree in Sciences (Biology and Geology) and in International Business. Nicole Blanchard has implemented communication programs for several public companies in North America and in Europe, namely in Telecom (Teleglobe, Carrier One), in Biotechnology (BioChem Pharma, Prevtec Microbia) and in the Resources sector (La Mancha). She acts as the corporate spokesperson to stakeholders, including board members, senior management, investors, debt holders, media and employees. With the support of an experienced team of professionals and collaborators, Nicole Blanchard manages corporate strategy, capital raising programs, business development and investor relations programs tailored to the industries and sectors of activities of the firm’s clients.
Chief Financial Officer of H2O Innovation Inc
Marc Blanchet joined H2O Innovation in February 2007. Mr. Blanchet is a lawyer admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2003. At the beginning of his career, Mr. Blanchet served as a business lawyer, specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Financing, in different law firms in Quebec City and in Paris, France.
Partner and Energy Sector Leader for Québec, Ernst &Young
Patrick Bossé, CPA,CA has over 30 years’ experience in Assurance and Financial Accounting Advisory Services , including the last 20 years as a partner at EY, working with a wide variety of public and private medium- and large-sized companies. He has worked on a number of IPOs in Canada, the United States and Europe. Patrick is also the Energy sector leader for Québec.
During his career, Patrick has contributed to the development of various organizations, participating in a number of projects as a business volunteer. Among others, he sits on the Board of directors of Fillactive/Fitspirit and was an instructor at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS), which awarded him its Prix reconnaissance CAS in 2010.
Chairman of Québec Bourse and Partner and Executive Vice-President at MaisonBrison Inc.
For the past twenty five years, Pierre has been involved in various aspects of North American financial markets. He worked for more than 10 years as a financial analyst covering special situations and technology companies. The quality of his work and recommendations were recognized by various institutional investor surveys over the years. He joined MaisonBrison in 2009 and works with several clients in Canada and in the U.S. Over the years, he has worked on several IPOs and shareholder activism mandates. Pierre currently serves on the boards of Québec Bourse and CIRI, the Québec Chapter. He also has been involved with la Fondation Montréal inc. and L’Ordre des CPA du Québec.
Investment Manager, SIDEX
Isabelle Cadieux holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s degree in Mineral Exploration (MINEX) from McGill University. She has more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration and financing in the mining sector. Her experience, across Canada and abroad, includes positions in Saskatchewan, Québec, Ontario, the Northwest Territories and in Burkina Faso and covers a wide range of ore deposit types and mineral commodities, in particular gold, copper, and uranium. From 1992 to 1995, she worked as a consultant, namely for Virginia Mines, providing investor relations and corporate development services.
Mrs. Cadieux is member of the Executive Committee of the UQAT-UQAM Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship and is a member of the Mine d’Avenir committee, as well as co-organizer of the Mining Lunches in Montréal. Throughout her career, she has been involved in various organizations related to the mining sector, among which the Canadian Institute of Mines and Metallurgy (CIM), the Québec Mineral Exploration Association (AEMQ) and Minalliance.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at BTB REIT
Mr. Cyr is a certified professional accountant (CPA, CA) and he holds a MBA from HEC Montréal. He has a vast experience in the accounting and financial fields within a national accounting firm. Throughout his more than 35-year career, he has held positions such as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance and Administration, within several companies, namely, Perfectly Natural Solutions Inc., from 2005 to 2007, Unicel Architectural Inc., from 2004 to 2005, Raymark Xpert Business Systems Inc., from 2001 to 2004 and Elix Inc. from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Cyr also acted as interim Chief Financial Officer of Saratoga Electronic Solutions Inc. (SAR) in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Cyr was a member of the firm Groupe Mallette Maheu, a national accounting and audit firm, for 19 years, eight of which as a partner.
Executive Director, Québec Bourse Inc.
Executive with over 30 years of experience focused primarily in capital markets with in-depth expertise in business strategy and operational management, including business development, customer acquisition, marketing, listing and problem solving skills. Currently actively involved, as executive director of Québec Bourse, an association regrouping Québec based listed companies and other markets stakeholders.
Louis is also a Director of Abitibi Royalties Inc a company listed on TSX Venture. Between October 1, 2001 and December 4, 2015 was the Vice-President, Montréal of the TSX Venture Exchange. As such, I was responsible for business development and listing activities in the Province of Québec and Atlantic Canada. Until leaving the Exchange, Louis was chairman of TSX Venture Listing Committee (the exchange committee responsible for the approval of new listing applications) and was member of the Policy committee. Also led the nationwide TSX Venture Mentorship program (a series of workshops and seminars).
Investment Director, Small-Cap Companies, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Since 2011, Martin Garand has been Director, Investments, Small-Cap Companies in the Private Equity group at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. In his role, he manages a portfolio of publicly traded Québec companies. In addition, he sits on the Québec Executive Committee and on the Québec Investment Committee. Mr. Garand has more than 15 years of investment experience. He has worked at la Caisse since 2006, where he was Financial Analyst, Small-Cap Canadian Equity until 2011. Prior to this, he worked at TAL Global Asset Management and at Montrusco Bolton as a financial analyst in the healthcare sector. Having earned the professional designation of CFA, Mr. Garand has a Master of Finance from HEC Montréal and a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal.
Partner at Stein Monast LLP
Mr. Richard Provencher is the Coordinating Partner of the Securities Law practice group at Stein Monast. Since the start of his career, Mr. Provencher has focused his practice on Securities Law, the purchase and sale of businesses as well as public and private financing. Mr. Provencher represents issuers and brokerage firms in matters such as public and private financing. He also counsels private venture capital funds, advises companies seeking financing and assists these in planning and listing securities on the stock exchange, whether via an initial public offering, a capital pool company, or through a reverse takeover. He also advises public issuers on aspects relating to corporate governance and continuous disclosure. Mr. Provencher is a co-author of the Securities Law volume of the business law collection of JurisClasseur Quebec. He is also guest speaker for the certification in corporate governance program of the Collège des administrateurs du Québec and guest speaker at the Managing a Public Company workshop given by the TSX Venture Exchange
Senior Director, Financial Reporting and Compliance for Stingray Digital Group Inc.
As Senior Director, Financial reporting and compliance of Stingray Digital Group Inc., Ms. Tremblay-Gagnon supervise and directs financial activities related to public reporting, ongoing requirements for Issuers and tax strategy and compliance. Prior to joining Stingray, Erika was Senior Manager in the Audit and Assurance group for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, with 10 years of experience in delivering audit related services to large national and multi-national public corporations. Erika is a chartered accountant, a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec and holds a Master ès sciences in administration from the University of Sherbrooke.
Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc.
Jean-Daniel joined Neptune as Director Corporate Affairs in November 2012 and has been acting as Secretary of the Board since June 2014. Appointed VP Legal Affairs in June 2017, he is in charge of all legal, corporate governance, human resources, information technology and securities law matters reporting directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer. A finalist at the 2015 Canadian General Counsel Awards as “Leader of Tomorrow”, he holds a law degree from the Université de Montréal (2005) and is a member of the Quebec Bar since 2006. Prior to joining the Corporation, Jean-Daniel was a partner in a Montreal boutique securities law firm, where he practiced in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, and general corporate and commercial law.
Dr André P. Boulet, Ph.D.
President & CEO of Devonian Health Group Inc.
Dr Boulet has a vast experience in drug development, regulatory affairs, market access, financing and restructuration in the pharmaceutical and biotech fields. Prior to Devonian, he was a managing partner of SIPAR’s biotech unit, a private investment fund investing in Québec based small cap companies. Throughout his career, Dr Boulet acquired an international expertise in drug development, regulatory affairs and health economics within Hoechst Marion Roussel, Marion Merrell Dow Canada and Laboratoires Nordic (Sanofi-Aventis).
Dr Boulet holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Biology from University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, a Master’s Degree in experimental medicine/immunology-immunochemistry as well as a PhD in physiology-endocrinology from Laval University in Quebec City. He also did a post-doctorate training at University of Pennsylvania (USA) in biochemistry-biophysics and a training program in Health Economics at York University (UK).
*Member of the Executive Committee of Québec Bourse