Andy Nulman
President

Just for Laughs – Some days we have fun. Most days, we ensure others have fun.

While young in spirit, snappy in dress and extreme in jewelry, Andy Nulman has been creating and leading major media projects for over three decades.

Currently, as “Chief Attention Getter” of 375 MTL, he’s responsible for audacious, head-turning projects to set the stage for Montreal’s spirit-renewing 375th Anniversary celebrations in 2017. In addition, he’s directing a musical fundraiser for the Segal Centre Theatre, and is about to launch a future-oriented start-up with a handful of prestigious partners from the packaged goods and tech sectors.

Back in July of 2010, Andy took on the position of President, Festivals and Television, of Montreal’s renowned Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival, the world’s first and largest comedy event. This was Andy’s second go around at JFL; from 1985 until 1999, he literally transformed the event from a two-day show to a month-long cultural happening, attracting over 2 million visitors per year to see talent the likes of Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Adam Sandler, and created/Executive Produced over 150 Festival TV shows, in a variety of languages, all over the world.

During the decade in between Just For Laughs stints, Andy was President and CMO of Airborne Technology Ventures, a company celebrated as a pioneer in the industry of mobile media and marketing. In 1999, Andy co-founded Airborne (then Airborne Entertainment) with Garner Bornstein, and provided the company with the insight and creativity necessary to successfully strengthen brands like Family Guy, Disney, Maxim, the NHL and the NFL through the creation of innovative mobile content and applications. Airborne was sold for over $100 million to Cybird of Japan in 2005 and was honoured the following year as North America’s 4th-Fastest Growing Tech Company in Deloitte’s Fast 500 ranking.

Andy is an acclaimed, thought-provoking and risk-taking public speaker, who has motivated and entertained Fortune 500 companies the likes of GM, Eveready/Energizer, 3M and Wal-Mart. In 2013, Andy broke new ground as his “Grow Wings” speech was the most popular presentation at Montreal’s annual C2-MTL commerce and creativity event. He has also been a frequent speaker at McGill University, including being honored to speak at the prestigious McGill Alumni Leacock Luncheon and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He now teaches the revolutionary “Marketing and Society” class in the school’s BCom program, where his students learn how to build YouTube channels and use them as a powerful corporate tool.

Over and above his speaking, Andy has written three books: “How To Do The Impossible,” “I Almost Killed George Burns” and his most recent “Pow! Right between The Eyes! Profiting From The Element of Surprise.” Other accomplishments include being named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” business leaders by the Financial Post in 1997, being voted one of the Top 100 Montrealers of the 20th Century by the Montreal Gazette in 2000, and being honored as a distinguished recipient of the McGill Management Achievement Award in 2004.

In his spare time, Andy is also an inventive stage director, half-decent snowboarder, obsessive gym rat, newbie hockey forward (after 20 years as a goalie) and gutsy rock singer. Married with two grown children and two rambunctious dogs, his major disappointment is that he has only one life to live…but he’s working on a solution.

Claire Domenget
Google for Work Account Executive

Google Montreal

Claire Domenget is the Eastern Canada Google for Work Account Executive and as part of her role she helps large Canadian companies foster innovation and internal collaboration. Based in Google Montreal office, she was previously the new business account executive for online advertising. Claire started her career in France at a media research company, then moved to a Business Intelligence manager role for a video game company and also worked for an agency specialized in search. When she decided to move to Montreal she worked at MSN and Microsoft prior to joining Google Canada three years ago. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montreal and a another one in Marketing and Communication from the University of Paris II.

Caterina Rizzi
Co-Founder

Breather – provider of on-demand rooms in large urban areas. Recently featured on CNN and Fortune.com, in the Huffington Post, Business Insider, the Economist and the New Yorker. Named one of “the 12 best apps for New Yorkers” by Refinery.

Spending the better part of her life absorbed in either the design or fashion world, Caterina has played a leading role in the successful creation and launch of international campaigns that engage and create meaningful experiences for several retailers and brands.

Presently co-founder & CCO of Breather, she is responsible for conceiving of the Breather “peace & quiet, on demand” concept and curating the full experience for Breather’s members, including designing the spaces, directing brand strategy, and much more.

Vincent White
Spokesperson & Quebec Manager

Movember leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health

Vincent is the Chief Mo Bro and Spokesperson in Quebec for Movember. His role consists of orchestrating the hairy campaign and inspiring thousands of men to grow a moustache to support men’s health. To date, Movember has raised over 574 million dollars worldwide benefiting prostate cancer research, testicular cancer and mental health.

Ethan Song (replaced by Michel Delisle, HR Director)
Co-Founder

Frank & Oak Montreal-based online menswear shopping destination with over 1M members and $15M in venture capital funding received in 2014.

Independent and determined, Ethan has launched and collaborated on an array of creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. As co-founder, CEO, and Creative Director of menswear e-tailer Frank & Oak, Ethan enhances everything customer-facing, including the product, marketing campaigns, and online shopping experience. His vision of creating a simple and innovative company at the nexus of fashion, technology, and retail makes him an inspiration to his team and those around.

Originally from China, Ethan has traveled and worked on most continents, including more pronounced stints in Shanghai, Paris, and Vancouver. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and professionally performed and studied drama and dance for several years.

Ethan’s extensive retail experience and interest in sales and marketing made his early career as a strategic management consultant a natural fit. In 2012, he co-founded Frank & Oak to revolutionize the traditional retail model and offer men the simplest way to shop online. Ethan’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for both the arts and sciences make him a successful driving force behind the innovative brand.

Georges Levesque
Founder

GAL Consultants – A boutique Private Equity firm providing advisory and investment services for small to medium-sized companies.

Georges Levesque is the President of GAL Consultants and a partner in Speed of Trust Ventures, both Montreal-based private-equity firms specializing in small to medium-sized companies.  Investments and holdings are in the fields of technology, sports, travel, distribution, consumer goods and leasing.

For almost a decade Georges was a Senior Vice-President of Global Business Development for EF Education, the world’s largest private educational organization with over 34,000 staff in 54 countries.  His career began as an entrepreneur in 1992 selling leather goods to the luggage, handbag and wallet market.  Following numerous years of growth, his company merged with Mundi Canada in 2001 creating one of the largest companies in the industry with over 100 employees.  The corporation was successfully sold in 2004.

He has also led, developed and restructured dozens of sales and business development teams over his career.

Georges Levesque speaks on topics of entrepreneurship, competitive landscape and personal development. He has addressed companies and organizations in 9 nations and sits on the advisory board of numerous small and medium-sized entreprises.

A business graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Georges lives in Montreal, Canada with his wife Joanne and two children, Cassandra & Luke. Georges is trained in advanced negotiations and business strategy from both the MIT School of Entrepreneurship and the Harvard Business School. He is a board member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), the world’s foremost association for business owners and has traveled to over 90 countries.

Simon Lauzier
Talent Discovery Specialist

Pharmascience – One of the largest pharmaceutical employers in Quebec, with most of its more than 1,300 employees based at its headquarters, research laboratories, manufacturing plant and logistics facilities in Montreal.

Armed with 12 years of experience in talent acquisition in a wide variety of fields, as well as with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Laval, Simon Lauzier has pioneered a variety of innovative and creative recruitment strategies. Coming with in-depth knowledge of social media and the digital world at large, he has helped gaming, engineering, web and now pharmaceutical companies optimize their talent acquisition and retention strategies.

Isabelle Daoust
Talent Acquisition Specialist & Professional Coach

Pharmascience – One of the largest pharmaceutical employers in Quebec, with most of its more than 1,300 employees based at its headquarters, research laboratories, manufacturing plant and logistics facilities in Montreal.

Isabelle Daoust is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), as well as the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agrees, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration from UQAM with a Major in Human Resources. She has over 18 years of experience in strategic roles with large organizations in a variety of industries, such as retail, distribution, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. Isabelle has numerous achievements under her belt in organizational transformation, change management, coaching and recruitment.

Chris Arsenault
Founder

iNovia Capital  A venture capital firm that partners with exceptional entrepreneurs. With offices in Montreal, New York City, Calgary and recently Waterloo, iNovia has invested in Beyond the Rack, Lightspeed, Luxury Retreats, AppDirect, Busbud and Well.ca, among others.

Chris Arsenault is Managing Partner at iNovia Capital and has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for the last two decades. Chris currently serves as a director or observer on the boards of AppDirect, Beyond the Rack, Gamerizon, LightSpeed Retail, Luxury Retreats and Well.ca. Chris is a board member of Réseau Capital, Co-Chair of the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) and is an active Charter Member of the C100 (supporting the Top Canadians in the Silicon Valley).

Before joining the firm in 2002, Chris founded, co-founded or funded a number of Software, Mobile and Consumer Internet technology start-up companies, including 2 spin-offs of telecom giants Microcell and Teleglobe. Chris is also proud to have been instrumental in the creation of the ENABLIS Entrepreneurial Network (a $30+ million G8-sponsored venture capital seed fund). Chris’ entrepreneurial and investment experience includes a number of notable exits that generated large shareholder returns, such as Airborne Entertainment, Corpernic.com, Wanted Technologies, i5 Inc., up2 Inc. and SIT Inc. His work in the mid-90s as founder and CEO of SIT provided him with the opportunity to play an important part in the initial growth of the Internet. As one of Netscape’s first Development Partners, Integrator and International reseller, SIT’s security products and dial-up technology eventually grew to become an integral part of Netscape’s deployment.

Chris believes that Entrepreneurship is a “state of mind”, and thus part of one’s core. It may be dormant (waiting to be activated, nurtured or mentored), but it can’t be taught or infused. Entrepreneurship is not a profession; entrepreneurs have unique character traits that enable them to do amazing and impossible things.

Ilona Dougherty
Founder

Apathy is Boring – A national non-profit organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy.

A lifelong social innovator, Ilona’s diverse experiences range from being a Canadian delegate to a United Nations conference at 17 years old to working with youth in a small community above the Arctic Circle. In January 2004, Ilona co-founded Apathy is Boring, (www.apathyisboring.com) a national non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy and encourages them to vote.

With Apathy is Boring, as Executive Director for 9 years and as its current President, she has accompanied the Governor General of Canada on the 2009 State Visit to the Ukraine and Norway, been featured by the national media (CTV’s Canada AM, CBC’s The Current, The Toronto Star), and worked with rock stars (Raine Maida, K’naan, Melissa Auf der Maur). Ms. Dougherty is a regular commentator on CTV News Channel and CTV Montreal News, is a published author (Nelson Education, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and Greystone Books: Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group), and speaks to audiences across the country about how we can tap into the full potential of our young people (Association of Municipalities Ontario – keynote opening for Premier Wynne, Human Resources Professionals Association, New Frontier School Board, Aga Khan Foundation Canada).

Ms. Dougherty recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo. She was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, an Ashoka Fellowship in 2009, and a Yukon Women’s Award in 1999.

Dr. Joe Flanders
Founder

MindSpace Clinic – A Montreal-based centre for psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, and coaching, let by doctoral-level clinical psychologists committed to supporting meaningful life changes using the best scientifically-validated tools available.

Dr. Joe Flanders is a psychologist and the founder and director of the MindSpace Clinic. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at McGill University. Joe has been meditating for over 15 years, which provides the foundation for his private practice and mindfulness training with individuals and groups. He has extensive experience teaching mindfulness in professional settings, including in the corporate, educational, and health sectors.

Marie-Josée Labelle
Head of Talent Acquisition

TC Transcontinental (TSX : TCL.A, TCL.B) – the first printing company in Canada, with a current headcount of 8,500 employees across Canada and the US and posted revenue of 2.1 billion Canadian dollars in 2014.

Marie-Josee Labelle joined Transcontinental in March 2013 with the objective of creating a talent acquisition expertise center, which commenced its operations in July 2013. Its core mission has been to take ownership over recruitment mandates of professionals and specialized positions, as well as supporting the various stakeholders in the talent acquisition strategies.

Marie-Josee is also Head of Employer Branding at TC Transcontinental, which includes Media, Printing and Packaging. Prior to joining TC, Marie-Josee had implemented a similar model at BPR (now Tetra Tech). She has also worked within the Talent Solution team at TELUS for nearly 8 years. From the beginning of her career at Standard Life in 2001, Marie-Josee has also had a particular interest in talent acquisition and retention within organizations.

Konval Matin
Head of Culture

Shopify Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario that develops computer software that powers both online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. It is Canada’s first Internet startup since the dot-com crash to reach a billion-dollar valuation.

Konval is Head of Culture at Shopify and focuses on staying true to the company’s mandate and values as it evolves and grows. While her job has included setting up a companywide ping pong tournament, her focus is to create an environment where employees are actively engaged and working towards making commerce better for everyone.

Annick Desy
Vice-President, HR & Partner

Sid Leecutting edge marketing agency founded and headquartered in Montreal, co-owned by Cirque du Soleil, creator behind C2Mtl and consistent award winner.

Lawyer by trade, Annick quickly swapped the gown for an MBA before joining Sid Lee’s account management group. Seven years later, her background, together with the fact that she knows the agency inside out and understands its business reality (and its cast of characters) make her the ideal candidate for the VP HR position. Four years later, she does everything she can to hire, inspire, recognize, support, retain, and develop the best talent there is in order to support Sid Lee in its mission to transform brands and people.

Michelle Aboud
Group Account Director

bleublancrouge – advertising agency founded in 1987 and headquartered in Montreal. Known for their game-changing work, BBR’s team crafts and manages creative campaigns for Ubisoft,  Air France, Toyota and Loto-Québec, to name just a few.

Michelle is an energetic, make-it-happen kind of person. Having worked on both the client and agency sides, she sees both sides of the same coin and understands the results-driven mindset of her clients. Before being recruited by BBR, Michelle worked in the news media industry, with six years at The Montreal Gazette developing the company’s digital strategy for emerging web properties. From there, she moved to YPG’s Mediative agency, where she developed vendor co-op and media sales programs with major national retailers such as Walmart and Future Shop.

As Group Account Director at BBR, Michelle oversees the general management and operations of the account services team. She quickly established her leadership by organizing the account services team to become an efficient machine that delivers work of exceptional quality. Michelle is a people person who helps guide clients through what can sometimes feel like a hazy creative process. She knows clients need to be courageous or comfortable, yet they cannot always be both. She is there at every step to reassure the clients. You’ve got to excel at relationships to make it in the industry.

She is known for her extraordinary organizational talents, for clarifying blue-sky ideas and for putting together the right team to get things done. She believes that proper planning is needed to accomplish great things. In other words, think clearly, communicate well, work effectively, play fair and the rest will fall into place.

Paul Vital Mahop
Technical Director of Development

MindGeek – global adult entertainment firm with 1000 plus employees worldwide, developing unparalleled technologies for high traffic, high volume online entertainment websites. With over 100 million daily visitors to our portfolio of online properties, MindGeek has dedicated the past decade to enhancing its technological capabilities and continues its expansion with the acquisition and licensing of some of the most iconic brands in entertainment media.

As Technical Director of the Ads Engineering Group, Paul oversees the operations of the on-demand advertising platform that serves more than 3 billion ads each day. Paul is responsible for creating value mining big data, using multiple channels to track, analyze and monetize over 5 billion events a day.

Prior to joining MindGeek in 2009, Paul Vital served as an IT consultant to numerous organizations in Montreal, in addition to working in R&D for OZ Communications and Ericsson Canada. He holds a Master in Computer Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal, a Master in Project Managements from the School of Management ESG-UQAM, as well as many professional certifications, including PMP.

JeanNicolas Guillemette
General Manager

Uber – A smartphone-based car service, recently valued at $40 billion and launched in over 200 cities.

Jean-Nicolas Guillemette has been General Manager of Uber Montreal from the office’s inception in Quebec in 2013. Uber currently has hundreds of partnerships with local drivers and a clientele that spans across tens of thousands of Montrealers who use the company’s services on a weekly basis.

Prior to joining Uber, Jean-Nicolas was a cofounder and COO of TransacXion Technologies, in addition to having spent 3 years working in management consulting. He holds an MBA from the prestigious INSEAD, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from HEC Montreal.

Migüel Caron
Entrepreneur

As Head of Studio at Behaviour Interactive, Migüel Caron oversaw the performance and growth of the Online studio and spearheads the production of original and well known online games such as Star Citizen and Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade in order drive scalable growth for Behaviour.

Miguel is Results-driven sales, marketing, financial and operations executive with over 15 years of organizational leadership experience. As CEO, he consistently drove profitable double digit growth for companies like Lyrtech, NoWire Telecom and BCM International. More recently, he was the CEO at Funcom Games Canada where he founded the studio and grew it to 250 employees in less than 2 years while launching 3 MMOs.

Migüel as studied at the Royal Military College of Canada in Polemology with specialization of Social Studies of War and Military strategy. Migüel’s result awarded him Best young Québec CEO of the year and finalist for best Québec Tech CEO of the year.