Advisory committee

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Jean-René Halde - President

Mr. Halde is a corporate director. He sits on the board of the TD Bank Group (TD), RONA Inc., the Conference Board of Canada, and is Chairman of the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), one of the largest engineering schools in Canada. He has held a number of President and CEO positions in companies such as the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Livingston Group Inc., Culinar Inc., and Metro-Richelieu Inc..

During this time, he was also an administrator for numerous public and private companies, as well as non-profit organizations. He holds a M.A. (Ec.) from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also has the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Stéphane Gagné - Member

Top-performing Executive with over 15 years of strategy, sales, international development and operating experience in technology, media and communication businesses. A serial corporate entrepreneur with a passion for game-changing innovations and everything digital. Stéphane is currently Chief Executive Officer at Ovation Logistics, while also advising many driven entrepreneurs and investment funds. He previously held executive positions at several leading companies, including Google as Head of Industry for Quebec, TC Transcontinental as VP Digital and Business Development and, Metro International as Managing Director for Canada.

Mr. Gagné holds a MBA from the London Business School, as well as a bachelor degree in Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He also attended a Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Diane Lafontaine - Member

Having held leadership roles in a variety of sectors, including more than 12 years with Radio-Canada and 8 years with Sun Life, Diane Lafontaine has built a solid experience in customer experience. Active in governance for many years, she sits on various boards, including those of the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS) and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). A graduate of the University of Ottawa, the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) and Laval University, she holds the Administratrice de sociétés certifiée (ASC et C.Dir) designation. She is passionate about rallying talent around an inspiring vision and brings a strategic perspective to create value for organizations and satisfaction for teams. With her strong leadership skills and results-oriented management, Diane loves to accomplish transformations. Her management values are listening, respect, authenticity, curiosity and ambition. A phrase sums up her approach: “What gets measured, gets done” (Peters).

Jacques Nantel - Member

Jacques Nantel has taught at HEC Montréal since 1981. There, he successively held the posts of Director of the Marketing Department, Associate Member of the Omer DeSerres Chair of Retailing, and Director of Academic Programs. In 2002, he became the first holder and founder of the RBC Financial Group Chair in Electronic Commerce. He was Secretary General of HEC Montréal from 2007 to 2012.

Jacques Nantel has been a member of the Board of Directors of several companies and organizations, including: Groupe Vidéotron, PLB international, Groupe Renaud-Bray, Groupe Pierre Belvédère, Hotels Germain, BMO Advisory Board on Retirement, the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ), Aubainerie, La Vie en Rose Souris Mini, as well as Centraide of Greater Montreal.

Jacques Pigeon - Honorary member

Jacques Pigeon is a retired executive who has worked in both the public and private sectors with a special focus on communications. He was deputy-minister of Communications for the Quebec government and vice-president Marketing and Communications for DMR Consulting as well as senior liaison officer with senior management at Fujitsu in Japan. He then set up his own consulting firm and mentored ADVISO shortly after its creation.

During his career, he sat on the board of numerous organisations and companies such as Télé Québec, the CEFRIO, SOQUIJ, QADRAT International (Australia), TELSOF, a joint Investment venture (Télésystème – DMR) as well as many technology companies such as Atrion International et Novo Technologies.
He now lives in Dunany where he blogs for his community through Dunany.ca and manages the lake protection program.