At just 31 years of age, Simon De Baene is the dreamer and visionary at the helm of GSOFT. Home to over 200 employees, GSOFT has built software used by more than 15,000 organizations in 110 countries. His entrepreneurial journey quickly made him realize that happiness at work was the key to success.
Lisa Fecteau has been an entrepreneur for over 25 years. In collaboration with her family, she founded Régitex. The values of sharing, listening, and the desire that each person around her develops their full potential, inspired Lisa Facteau to create an avant-garde management model. She’s currently a mentor at the School of Entrepreneurship in Beauce. Her vision: Think big with confidence.
President at Sid Lee Montreal, Martin Gauthier is multimedia pioneer in Canada. His progressive views on interactive communications and relationship marketing have profoundly influenced the agency over the years. His love for Montreal knows no bounds, having notably contributed to the birth of C2MTL, an essential yearly event centered on creativity and innovation.
As Co-President of Group Germain Hotels, Christiane Germain oversees operations and marketing for all of the Group’s properties. Dynamic, tenacious and inventive, her entrepreneurial qualities have been honored on several occasions by Canada’s business people and by the tourism community. In addition to presiding over a growing business, Christiane Germain serves on several boards and is involved in supporting numerous charities.
Konval Matin has a passion for creating meaningful employee experiences. Her focus on culture reaches deep within Shopify, spanning geographies, teams and roles. Her thirst for answers means she’s continually asking ‘why’ with a goal of scaling Shopify’s strong internal culture for the long term.
LP Maurice is the CEO & co-founder of Busbud, an e-commerce startup focused on bus travel worldwide. Previously, LP worked at Yahoo AND LinkedIn in product management, marketing and business development. LP is active in the Montreal startup community as a partner of angel investment fund Interaction Ventures and has helped launch initiatives like Startup Open House, La Tournée des Entrepreneurs and La Gare.
Cédric Orvoine is particularly interested in the impact that HR and communications activities and efforts have on the employee experience. Cédric’s 20-year career has allowed him to develop an expertise in various fields, including communications, public relations, team management and human resources. Today, he works to make a positive difference in the lives of the 3,000 or so employees at Ubisoft’s Montreal studio.
Alexandre Taillefer is a serial entrepreneur who started and expanded several projects over the years, all of which were integral to Montreal’s and Quebec’s cultural landscape. He is the principal associate at XPND Capital, an independent investment fund. As a relentless defender of culture, he presides over several boards of directors, notably the Montreal Piloting Committee, Voir Communications, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
Antoine has been Project Management Director since 2014 at Moment Factory, a Montreal multimedia studio specializing in immersive environment design. Antoine has developed his vision of corporate culture, which he applies on a daily basis at Moment Factory, thanks to a career path that includes Ubisoft, the Olympic Games, and Club Med.
A lawyer by training, Kahina Ouerdane was initially involved in global issues and led initiatives in international law for several years, on four continents. Later as a management consultant, she accompanied leaders and their teams to help them work better together, to dare to do things differently. At GSOFT, she helps managers keep up with the needs of their teams and of the organization as a whole. Through her initiatives, she strives for collective action.
Barbara Rufo puts her passion at the service of human and collective intelligence by combining rigor, creativity and humor. As a psycho-sociologist, she is a woman of knowledge who manipulates the art of synthesis and a woman of heart who facilitates connections. She recently founded her own agency, Avec grand plaisir, to ensure that happiness is at the center of her life, and of those around her. She shares her values in an atypical way, while contributing to the success of organizations.