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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

Didier van der Heyden – Vice-President of TD Commercial Banking

 

 

BREAKOUT & PANEL SPEAKERS

 
Laurent Maisonnave – Founder & CEO of Seevibes

 

Laurent is an entrepreneur who live and enjoy his passion for marketing and technology product for 20 years in North America, Middle East and Europe. Laurent loves to transform business models and to develop innovative solutions. Projects often take longer than expected, but for him the challenge is worth the cost at the end of the day, and above all the adventure is always as exciting. Involved for more than 10 years in the Montreal startup community, Laurent has had the opportunity to collaborate on ambitious projects like Île sans fil and PodCamp Montreal, that have given him recognition from the industry. Since 2011, Laurent is the Founder and CEO of Seevibes, which help companies make better marketing decisions by providing data on real people to get real results.

 

 

 

Jeremy Brisset – Lawyer at Osler

Jeremy practices corporate and securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance and securities, private equity/venture capital fund formations, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate governance and compensation matters. Jeremy has extensive experience acting for both private and public companies, investment funds, investment dealers and investment banks, as well as industry leaders in a range of sectors, including real estate, technology, retail and gaming. Jeremy has advised clients in a variety of matters, including private placements and public offerings (both domestically and cross-border), initial public offerings and corporate reorganizations, general corporate governance and compensation matters, acquisitions and dispositions of shares and assets and private equity funds in connection with their formation and subsequent portfolio investments. Jeremy also has a keen interest in technology and emerging companies and is a frequent speaker at various start-up company events and incubators including the McGill Dobson Center for Entrepreneurship, Concordia’s District 3 Program and FormFintech. He is also a teacher with the Credit Institute of Canada (CIC) where he supervises groups of students and other professionals from across Canada seeking to obtain accreditation in general business and credit law and a member of Osler Montreal’s Student Committee.

 

 

Bhaskar Goswami – BODHI founder

 

From Assam, India, Bhaskar was born into the yogic tradition. He has been trained at the Transcendental Meditation school of Assam in India, and at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta in Canada. His 10-year international engineering career provided him with a strong understanding of work-life balance.  He is an acclaimed speaker, teacher and ‘yogipreneur’. In 2007 he founded BODHI (bodhiprinciple.com), a company dedicated to offering wellbeing to people in workplaces and schools. That same year he won the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest and the Accolade 2007 – Recognizing Business Excellence, both for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. In 2015 he founded daana (globaldaana.org) an organization offering give-it- forward wellness worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Marvin Liebman – Attorney at Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon

Marvin Liebman is a graduate of the McGill University Faculty of Law where he completed his B.C.L. and LL.B. with great distinction in 2002. Marvin Liebman is a partner at Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon where he has been a member of the firm’s commercial law group for more than twelve years.  While his practice covers many areas of commercial law, he focusses mainly on the fields of mergers and acquisitions, real estate and leasing, and financing.  In those subject areas and others, he participates in the realization of commercial transactions by way of organizing and implementing thorough business review processes, and drafting and negotiating the necessary agreements, in addition to counselling clients with respect to related legal issues. Marvin’s client base is varied and includes entrepreneurs, retailers of regional, national and international scope, private equity funds, Canadian and U.S. banks and other lending companies, law firms from different jurisdictions, as well as a host of others from a cross-section of industries.  He prides himself on becoming well acquainted with his clients’ businesses so as to be able to provide a broad range of both legal and practical advice.

 

 

 

Richard Pound –

 

Richard Pound has McGill degrees in accounting (B.Comm. 1962) and law (BCL 1967).  He is a
Chartered Professional Accountant (FCA/FCPA) and a lawyer (QC, Ad.E) in both Quebec and Ontario.
He is Counsel at Stikeman Elliott and his practice areas are tax and arbitration.  He is the editor-in- chief of the Canada Tax Cases and the Stikeman Annotated Income Tax Act and the author of Pound’s Tax Case Notes, a review of every reported tax case in Canada.
He is Chancellor Emeritus of McGill University  For many years, he negotiated Olympic television and sponsorship rights and was the founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

 

 

 

Alex Shee – Director at Element AI

Alex is a Director at Element AI, a platform that helps organizations embrace an AI-First world for today and tomorrow. He is passionate about helping companies launch and incubate advanced AI-First solutions.  Accomplished venture capitalist and corporate associate, he is experienced resolving complex business issues at top tier firms. Demonstrated leader he has been awarded the highest leadership awards at both McGill and Stanford University. Energetic team player with recognized ability to build trust and challenge assumptions. Challenge seeker climbing to base camp of Mt. Everest (17,600 ft). He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build their businesses and helping drive the start-up ecosystem. He co-founded the Notman House Young Founder Circle and Product Hunt MTL. He has also been involved as a mentor at the FounderFuel, Innocité and Hacking Health Accelerator programs coaching over 40+ startups. He has been an invited speaker at SXSW, International Startup Festival, Atlantic Venture Forum, HEC Paris, McGill University, Deloitte, EY, amongst many others.

 

 

Gabriel Alberola – Smarthalo

 

 

Xavier Peich – Smarthalo

 

 

 

Mike Patera

 

DESAUTELS GUEST SPEAKERS

Liette Lapointe – Associate Dean
 
Peg Brunelle – Career Advisor