Speakers

Steve Case

Steve Case

Chairman and CEO of Revolution, Founder and Partner of Revolution Growth, Co-Founder of America Online, Chairman of Case Foundation, USA

Steve Case is Chairman and CEO of Revolution, and one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Third  Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future. In his role at Revolution, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Steve partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant ‘built to last’ new businesses. The mission is to establish Revolution as the premier firm outside of Silicon Valley. Steve’s entrepreneurial career began in 1985 when he co-founded America Online (AOL).

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation, CANADA

Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation; Founder, Institute of Family Business

Currently Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation, Margaret-Jean’s responsibilities include the strategic planning of her family business office and family council. Along with taking care of her roots, she is also inspired to take care of other families with the creation of IFEA (Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors) and as an active board member at both Business Families Foundation and FEX (Family Enterprise Xchange).

Andrew Molson

Andrew Molson

Board Member of Molson Coors Brewing Company, USA

A member of the seventh generation of the Molson family, Andrew serves on the board of Molson Coors Brewing Company. In 2005, he became a partner and conductor of a transition between the firm's founder and a new generation of managers. Andrew Molson is today the majority shareholder of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, a holding and management company of professional services firms offering a full range of communications services to a wide range of businesses.

Philippe Bourguignon

Philippe Bourguignon

Vice Chairman of Revolution Places, Executive Co-Chairman of Exclusive Resorts, USA

Philippe Bourguignon is vice chairman of Revolution Places, a company that is creating a new model for travel and tourism that promotes and encourages a healthy lifestyle. In addition, he serves as executive co-chairman of Exclusive Resorts, a carefully vetted collection of more than 300 privately managed multimillion-dollar residences in iconic destinations paired with highly personalized and intuitive service. Prior to joining Revolution Places, Philippe was co-chief executive officer of the Davos-based World Economic Forum in 2003 and 2004. Previously, as chairman and chief executive of Club Med, he was widely credited with a comprehensive turnaround of the company in 2000.

Antoine Mayaud

Antoine Mayaud

Founder of Affectio Project, Mulliez Family, FRANCE

Board Member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez); Chairman of CreAdev

Antoine is an active member in his entrepreneurial family, which is at the head of several businesses known as “Groupe Auchan”, in France. Antoine has contributed immensely to the Association Familiale Mulliez and was elected at the Mulliez family board to concentrate fully on the AFM in two fields. First, as Chairman of the family equity fund, “CreAdev”, which promotes an entrepreneurial spirit in young family or non-family entrepreneurs with the goal to help develop the AFM portfolio and secondly, to help develop the “affectio societatis” (shareholders’ desire to work together efficiently in the long-term) through training and education. His work continues to impact his family, community and the economy immensely, all through initiatives driven by innovation and education. Antoine is also a proud new member of Business Families Foundation’s board of directors.

Marie Pier Germain

Marie Pier Germain

Regional Director of Hotels Le Germain, CANADA

Marie Pier Germain is Regional Director and Director of Hotel Design at Le Germain Hotels, where she oversees the design and architecture of hotels under construction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an Executive MBA from McGill University and HEC Montréal. An avid world traveller and mother of two, Marie Pier speaks five languages and has a passion for classical ballet.

Nan-B de Gaspé Beaubien

Nan-B de Gaspé Beaubien

Co-Founder of Business Families Foundation, CANADA

As the founders and funders of the Business Families Foundation (BFF) and co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Nan-B and Philippe devote their time and energy to the advancement of family enterprise. Pioneers in their field, they continue to break new ground supporting global enterprising families, women’s issues, public health and environmental causes. Imparting knowledge, wisdom and serving others, their special passion is devoted to helping the next generation of women family members succeed and thrive.

Moises Naim

Moises Naim

Former Venezuelan Minister of Trade & Industry, Executive Director of the World Bank, Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA

Moisés Naím is an internationally-syndicated columnist and best-selling author. In 2013, Naim was named one of the world’s leading thinkers by the British magazine Prospect and for the past three years, Dr. Naím has been ranked among the top 100 most influential global thought leaders by GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Group of Fifty (G50), which brings together top-flight progressive Latin American business leaders, and a member of the board of directors of the Open Society Foundations as well as several global companies.

 

Patricia Saputo

Patricia Saputo

CFO Family Office of Placements Italcan Inc., CANADA

Patricia Saputo is Chief Financial Officer of Placements Italcan Inc. In her role, Patricia manages her immediate family’s “Family Office". Her specialization is in the domain of investment holding companies, personal and corporate tax, and Estate/Succession planning which includes investment planning, will planning and life insurance planning. She is developing expertise in the area of managing wealth as it is distributed to future generations so they become responsible stewards of their own wealth.

Robert Frances

Robert Frances

Founder of Peak Group, CANADA

Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group

As well as being a member of the BFF board, Robert has also served on several boards and steering committees (MFDA, IDA, CAFP) and was Chairman of the Board of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), as well as Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.  In 1992, Robert founded Peak Financial group. PEAK administers $9 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial professionals and employees.   He is also an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), of which he held the position of International Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012. He is also recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for services and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Recently, his passion for music led him to invest in LANDR, a digital mastering company, where he now serves as chairman of the board.

Helen Antoniou

Helen Antoniou

Executive Coach for corporate leaders and member of the International Coaching Federation, CANADA

Helen Antoniou is an executive coach for corporate leaders and their teams, as well as family business owners and their successors. She is the author of the Globe and Mail bestseller, Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson, a business biography of her father-in-law and past chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company, published in May 2018.  Helen is also a volunteer board member in the areas of health, education and the arts.  She is member of the International Coaching Federation and holds degrees from McGill University, Université de Paris II – Assas, and Harvard University.

Tony Bury

Tony Bury

Founder and Chairman of Mowgli Foundation, UK

Tony is a serial entrepreneur having established 18 start-ups. Launched 3sixty Capital, providing 360° capital investment to established and entrepreneurial ventures that seek and deliver maximum ripple effect impact over and above strong and sustainable commercial returns. In 2008, Tony founded and funded the Mowgli Foundation, an award winning, UK-headquartered mentoring organization in response to the need for job creation and sustainable economic development, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. Today the Mowgli Alumni has over 2,000 entrepreneurs and mentors. Since 2010, Tony has been involved in education as both a Governor and donor at Prior Park Schools, Bath, England.

Susan St Amand

Susan St Amand

Board Member of Family Enterprise Xchange, CANADA

Susan St. Amand is the Founder and President of The Sirius Group Inc. and specializes in continuity planning for enterprising families, including strategy, governance, risk and financial management. Susan is also Chair of the Board for the Ottawa Community Foundation, Past Chair of the Board of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, Director for the Family Enterprise Xchange National Board and the Family Enterprise Foundation Board, Past co-Chair and current member of the executive for the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Ottawa Chapter. Finally, she is the founder of the Women for Mental Health campaign associated with the Royal Ottawa Centre for Mental Health. 

Ali Borhani

Ali Borhani

Managing Director of 3Sixty Strategic Advisors Ltd., UK

Ali is the Managing Director of 3Sixty Strategic Advisors. He is an emerging markets geo-economic and strategy expert. His many years of experience have been developed and strengthened by helping blue-chip companies, MNCs (multi-nationals) and family businesses in some of the most challenging markets, as well as helping clients to formulate route to and market entry models, growth acceleration strategies and also supporting them to successfully execute these strategies on the ground. He is an Expert in Residence of Business Families Foundation and also mentors budding entrepreneurs through Mowgli Foundation.

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar

Senator and Author of Flight and Freedom, CANADA

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity, and inclusion. In April 2016, Ms. Omidvar was appointed to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. As a member of the Senate’s Independent Senators Group she holds a leadership position as the Scroll Manager. Senator Omidvar also served as Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. Previously at Ryerson University, Senator Omidvar was a Distinguished Visiting Professor and founded the Global Diversity Exchange. Senator Omidvar was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011.

Jean-Nicolas Beuze

Jean-Nicolas Beuze

UNHRC Representative, CANADA

Jean-Nicolas Beuze worked for more than 20 years with the United Nations in the areas of Human Rights (OHCHR), Peacekeeping (DPKO) and UNICEF at Headquarters and in the field before joining UNHCR in Lebanon as Deputy Representative for Protection and Inter-Agency Coordination. Prior to joining UNHCR, he was the UNICEF Child Protection Advisor for the MENA region (2010-13) working on emergency responses in Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and strengthening public child protection and education systems in the region. He was previously appointed as the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Unit of UN PeaceKeeping/DPKO mission in Afghanistan/UNAMA (2008-10) focusing on women’s rights, elections, poverty and the protection of civilians. He previously worked as a Research Director in a human rights think-tank (International Council on Human Rights Policy) on issues of peace agreements, transitional justice, national human rights institutions and the reform of the UN human rights system. Jean-Nicolas Beuze holds a LL.M in international human rights law from Essex University, UK, and a Master in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Relations, Geneva/Switzerland.

Ambreen Bhaloo

Ambreen Bhaloo

MSEd, 2nd Generation Leader in The Foray Group, Veritage Family Business Facilitator, Co-Active Coach, CANADA

Ambreen Bhaloo is a 2nd generation leader in The Foray Group of Companies, her family’s growing business that enriches lives through education, food and real estate in Canada and Africa.  She provides coaching services to address the humanness we face in family business as part of the Veritage Global Family Advisory firm and also coaches individuals as a trained Co-Active life coach. A mother to 3 adolescents and long-time community volunteer with organizations supporting children, Ambreen holds degrees from The University of Western Ontario and The University of Pennsylvania.

Ken Tencer

Ken Tencer

CEO of Spyder Works Inc., CANADA

Ken Tencer is CEO of Spyder Works Inc. Ken helps organizations to get their ideas off of the back of the napkin and successfully into the market. A business innovator and best-selling author who helps organizations master better futures, Ken is co-developer of The 90% Rule®, a success-tested innovation process that enables businesses of all sizes to identify, filter, and implement growth opportunities.

François M. de Visscher

François M. de Visscher

Founder and President of de Visscher & Co., USA

François is the founder of de Visscher & Co. and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise Bekaert. Bekaert, founded by his grandfather in 1880, has sales of $6 billion in over 100 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire (and related) products. François’ own endeavor, de Visscher & Co., is one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. François has a vast understanding of the many ways investments can have a positive impact that go beyond simply growing or expanding a business. He is also head of the NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-ear Technologies and chairman of Society of Friends of Belgium in America.

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

Founder of SeeChange initiative, Board Member at MSF, McGill Professor, CANADA

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is passionate about social justice and finding ways to show humanity and solidarity for people and our planet, using her background as a lawyer and activist. Most recently, Rachel founded SeeChange Initiative, a non-profit organization based on principles of community empowerment and solidarity. After working for several years with grassroots and indigenous organisations in Indonesia, Rachel joined Médecins Sans Frontières. She headed emergency humanitarian missions in Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in the 1990s. After many senior management position with MSF, Rachel has most recently served as a Director on MSF's International board. Rachel is also the founding President of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and remains on the advisory board. In 2013, Rachel was invited to be a Professor of Practice at McGill University where lectures on humanitarian action.

Mark W. Auger

Mark W. Auger

Executive Vice-President of Investments and Strategic Acquisitions at Groupe Savoie - Les Résidences Soleil, CANADA

Mark has served business families for more than twenty five years in varying leadership and functional roles. Intrigued by the concept of organizational longevity, Mark sold his interest in a multifamily office, he co-founded, to pursue his doctorate degree in strategic management and organizational behavior of dynastic business families at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. From his research on business dynasties, a Dynastic Business Family Strategy Framework emerged. Mark leads the Savoie family investment company which allocates family capital to investment opportunities in the private and public markets.

Bhoomika Saxena

Bhoomika Saxena

Co-Founder of Montreal Social Value Fund, CANADA

Bhoomika is a Co-Founder of the Montreal Social Value Fund - Quebec’s first student-led impact investment fund. She is also the Executive Director of the McGill International Portfolio Challenge - world’s premier buy-side finance case challenge bringing students from across the world to solve a critical real-life issue in the industry, presenting their proposals to industry leaders, with this year’s focus on Sustainable Investing. While managing her dedication to the aforementioned organizations, she is also a full-time student of Finance and Business Analytics at McGill University. Given her experience living in multiple developing countries and her academic pursuits, she is drawn to the intersection of Finance and Sustainability. Upon graduation, she will launch her career at BlackRock to gain industry knowledge with aspirations of landing in the impact investment space over time.

Greg Hajdarowicz

Greg Hajdarowicz

Co-Founder and Owner of GREMI Group, LUXEMBOURG

Mr. Hajdarowicz is a graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences at the Law Faculty at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In 1991, he founded a pharmaceutical company, Gremi, which initially specialized in the distribution of pharmaceutical products. In 1994, Gremi diversified its business to pre-development projects and investments on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The industrial holding company set up by Grzegorz Hajdarowicz was employing 2,500 people in 2002. Those businesses were subsequently sold to industry investors and Gremi focused on equity and real estate investments. The acquisition of Przekrój weekly in 2009 marked the beginning of a media venture. Today the company owns Rzeczpospolita, Poland’s most influential newspaper. In 2017 the capital group increased by a new investment - a former film and sound recording studio where the plan is to create an entertainment-education center with the development of VR and AR technologies.

Michelle Osry

Michelle Osry

Family Enterprise Consulting Practice Leader of Deloitte, CANADA

Michelle leads Deloitte Canada’s Family Enterprise Consulting practice, advising business families on generational transitions and helping them to build the alignment and resilience needed to flourish across generations. Committed to the whole family as a client, Michelle draws on a structured approach that melds traditional consulting experience with systems thinking and the insights and empathies needed to help families navigate the complexities of wealth and family dynamics. Michelle is the Vice Chair of the Family Enterprise Xchange, a Canadian organization dedicated to empowering enterprising families and their advisors. In 2017, Michelle was selected as one of B.C.'s Most Influential Women 2017.  In 2015, Michelle was a YWCA Women of Distinction Award Nominee.

Robert Nason

Robert Nason

Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Society at Concordia University, CANADA

Robert Nason is assistant professor of Management in the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. He also currently serves as the Academic Director of Concordia’s Certificate in Business Ownership and the KPMG-JMSB Entrepreneurial Indices Initiative. Robert’s research examines the role of entrepreneurship in society with a focus on necessity entrepreneurship, business families, firm growth, and social performance.

Anita Nowak

Anita Nowak

Academic Associate, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, CANADA

Anita Nowak, PhD is an empathy expert, award-winning educator, author and social impact coach. She teaches Leadership, Managing for Impact and Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation at McGill University. Prior to her current role as Academic Associate, she was the founding Director of the Social Economy Initiative. She has also served as an advisor to the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation’s Public Leadership Program and the McConnell Foundation’s RECODE initiative. Anita is a three-time TEDx speaker and the author of The Empaths Strike Back: Stories of Everyday Heroes Using Empathy to Change the World (forthcoming). As a certified coach, Anita supports HNWIs and their families achieve their philanthropic and social impact goals.

Charles Onu

Charles Onu

Founder and AI Research Lead of Ubenwa Intelligence Solutions Inc.

Charles is the founder and AI research lead of Ubenwa Intelligence Solutions Inc, a company that applies artificial intelligence and mobile technology to enable timely diagnosis of birth asphyxia from a newborn cry. He carries out research at the intersection of artificial intelligence and medicine. In January 2016, Charles was awarded Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), an acknowledgement of persons working to improve the lives and prospects of citizens of the commonwealth

Dr. Nir Tsuk

Dr. Nir Tsuk

Innovation & Intrapreneurship Professor & Practitioner, ISRAEL

Dr. Nir Tsuk is a seasoned practitioner, academic and facilitator with over 20 years of international experience in the fields of social capital, entrepreneurship, impact and culture of innovation. Serving as a Visiting Professor at the Bronfman Center (as well as in Osaka, Japan), Nir is now launching for New York University a new impact and intrapreneurship institute connecting New York and Tel Aviv. Prior to this, Nir helped idealist.org  the world's largest social online talent acquisition platform  to increase its size and impact as its Head of Growth, and has brought Ashoka  the world's largest social entrepreneurship organization  to Israel, after serving as a Ashoka's Global Fellowship Director in Washington DC. Nir holds a PhD from Cambridge University in social and political sciences.

Patricia Annino

Patricia Annino

Partner at Rimon’s Trust and Estates Group, USA

An Accredited Estate Planner (AEP), an acclaimed author and renowned lawyer, Patricia Annino has been inspiring men and women on the topics of wealth management and retention for over 20 years. She chairs the Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group at Prince, Lobel and Tye LLP and is also a member of the firm’s Media and Intellectual Property Group. Additionally, she is committed to her community and is a member of multiple boards and foundations that give back to causes including special education, health and alumni associations.

Dr. Dan Marom

Dr. Dan Marom

Innovative Finance and Impact Expert, ISRAEL

Dr. Dan Marom is a thought leader in innovative finance, focusing on impact investments in emerging markets. He is heading Genius 100 do tank, aiming to transform visions to impactful realities, alongside being a faculty member at the Hebrew university’s business school. He co‐authored “The Crowdfunding Revolution” and “Crowdfunding: The corporate era”, while his third book “Crowd Asset: Crowdfunding for policy makers” will be published in late 2019. Dr. Marom advises international organizations such as the World Bank, the European Commission and other organizations and foundations that are operating in the alternative finance & impact fields. He hold a PhD in Finance at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Nathalie Marcoux

Nathalie Marcoux

VP Finance of Capinabel Inc., CANADA

Nathalie Marcoux is a chartered accountant and Vice President, Finance of Capinabel Inc., a private management company. Nathalie is also President of the advisory committee of the Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track, a member of the committee of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management and a Governor of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales of the Université de Montréal. She is a member of the advisory committee of Tandemlaunch, a fund that scouts, accelerates and commercializes early stage technologies from the world’s top universities in close partnership with major consumer electronic brands.

Lina Dieudonné

Lina Dieudonné

Co-Founder and Associate, Montreal Social Value Fund, CANADA

Lina is a fourth-year student at McGill University, where she studies economics, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Last May, she co-founded the first student-led impact investing fund in Quebec - the Montreal Social Value Fund. While completing her degree, she has worked with various social impact organizations, such as Brightmore Capital, a private equity impact investment fund in West Africa. She is passionate about social and climate justice and is eager to drive structural change through inclusive and impactful tri-sector discussions. Going forward, she plans on working both in the private social impact space, as well as in public policy.

Ido Aharoni

Ido Aharoni

Ambassador, New York University, USA

Ambassador Ido Aharoni serves as Global Distinguished Professor for International Relations at New York University’s Faculty of Arts and Science. He is the founder of the Brand Israel Program and a well-known place branding practitioner. He is a co-founder of Emerson Rigby Ltd., Global Ambassador of Genius 100 Visions, a member of the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide, a Global Ambassador for Maccabi World Union and the Chairman of the Charney Forum on New Diplomacy. In the spring of 1993, Aharoni was appointed to serve under then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, as policy assistant to Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians, In that capacity, Aharoni took part in the back-channel negotiations that led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles and the Mutual Recognition Agreement (also known as the Oslo Accords).

Monette Malewski

Monette Malewski

President and CEO of M Bacal Group, CANADA

Monette Malewski is the founder of a thriving insurance family business M Bacal Group that focuses on a personalized approach where she helps donors' optimize strategies of generosity. In 2014 she was named as one of 50 most influential women in the insurance business by the Canadian Insurance and Investment Journal. She has her FEA designation and is one of the founding members of FEX. Monette is Chair of the Board of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University. She is also a founder of Genius100™. She also sits on the boards of Investissement Quebec & Anges Quebec Capital.

Jimmy Ung

Jimmy Ung

Intercultural Consultant, CANADA

Born in Montreal to a family of Cambodian war refugees, Jimmy Ung has visited 30 countries and worked for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Parliament, and charity UNIS. His interests lie in cultural citizenship, civic participation, non-formal education, and how new technology fits into society. He holds a degree in Industrial Relations from University of Montreal and has expertise in philanthropic management. He is passionate about social justice, citizen action, youth engagement, health, politics, and international solidarity. Jimmy offers conferences and workshops on themes of intercultural dialogue, world citizenship, and cultural diversity. His latest project focuses on themes of privilege and awareness.

Emilia Tamko

Emilia Tamko

Co-Founder of Université dans la Nature, FRANCE

Emilia Tamko Mansion holds a Bachelor of Laws (BA) from the Sorbonne University (Paris, France). She moved to Montreal in 2005 to head the École du Showbusiness, an artist management school, while managing the career of her husband Hubert Mansion, author and speaker. In 2014, she and the latter founded L'Université dans la Nature, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the impact of nature on mental and physical health among decision-makers. Since its foundation, she has been responsible for its executive direction. Very concerned about the inequalities of destiny among culturally diverse populations, Emilia is passionately involved in debates on social access to nature and leads numerous panels in Montreal and Toronto.

Franco Lombardo

Franco Lombardo

Founder of Veritage, Author of Safe Space: Govenance in Action, CANADA

Francesco Lombardo is the founder and lead facilitator at Veritage whose mission is to serve business families by promoting the culture of Safe Space and supporting the individuals in living governance in action. Safe Sapce holds individual family members, their relationships with each other, and the relationship they each have with their wealth, all accountable to a set of guiding principles established by the family for the family. Through his extensive work with families,Franco has identified a universal connection between people’s relationship with money (Money Motto™) and the impact this has on their relationships, family, business, and legacy.

Mary Anne Malleret

Mary Anne Malleret

Co-Author of 10 Good Reasons to Go for a Walk, FRANCE

Mary Anne graduated in History from the University of Oxford. Her early career was spent in the commercial art world in London, Paris and New York. She does voluntary work in the education sector, periodic spells of report writing for the World Economic Forum regional summits, a bit of teaching and as much time spent hiking and painting as she was able. In recent years, Mary Anne has become increasingly implicated in the development and writing of the Monthly Barometer and with the creation and production of the Summit of Minds (of which she is a director) both in Chamonix and further afield. A recent project is the co-authorship with Thierry of 10 Good Reasons to Go for a Walk - a book that conveys the vital message that walking can change not only our lives, but also our world.

Luis Felipe Cisneros-Martinez

Luis Felipe Cisneros-Martinez

Associate Professor of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at HEC Montréal, CANADA

Luis Martinez is the Director of the Institut d’entrepreneuriat Banque Nationale | HEC Montréal. He is a professor of Family Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at HEC Montreal. He also teaches in the MBA program at the Monterrey Tech (Universidad Virtual ITESM, Mexico). In addition, he was the director of the Entrepreneurship program at the ITESM campus Querétaro and the Director of MBA program at the campus San Luis Potosí. His interests in research are related to the management of SMEs, entrepreneurship, family business management and the contradictions inherent in management.

Jason Frohlich

Jason Frohlich

Founder, StimaWELL North America and Ironman 70.3 Triathlete, CANADA

Jason is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur, as well as a marathon runner, triathlete and Ironman 70.3, with over 10 years experience in social entrepreneurship and technology. Founder of Stimawell North America, specializing in advanced electrostimulation (EMS) for strength training and rehabilitation, he is passionate about empowering people to train smarter and live healthier lifestyles.

Jodie McLean

Jodie McLean

CEO of Edens, USA

Jodie W. McLean is Chief Executive Officer of EDENS, one of the nation’s leading private owners, operators, and developers of retail real estate. She was named Chief Investment Officer in 1997, President in 2002 and CEO in 2015. Overall, she has been responsible for the development, redevelopment, acquisition, and disposition of more than $12 billion in retail assets.
McLean serves as Trustee and Executive Board Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Trustee of Urban Land Institute. She serves on the boards of Cushman & Wakefield, The Real Estate Round Table, Wofford College, and Extended Stay America, as well as boards of several other institutions and charities.

O'Nell Agossa

O'Nell Agossa

2018 Canada CEO of the Year Future Funds Award Recipient, Boston Consulting Group, CANADA

O’Nell is an African Canadian fourth-year student at McGill studying strategic management and finance. He was born and spent part of his childhood in Benin, a francophone west-African country, before moving to Quebec City back in 2007.  He has had experiences with Deloitte, Accenture and will be joining the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant upon graduation. In the coming months, O'Nell will also be working with a family-owned organization in Senegal and Benin. O'Nell is also heavily involved with 24H ChronoSports, a non-profit organization in Quebec City that focuses on community-building events for immigrants. 

William Sheffield

William Sheffield

Advisory Board Member of Velan Inc. and Family Enterprise Xchange, CANADA

Bill Sheffield is a full-time corporate director. Currently, he chairs the Board of Houston Wire & Cable, is the Lead Director of Velan Inc., and serves on the boards of Hydro One, Burnbrae Farms, Longview Aviation Capital, and 4iiii Innovation, which are family-owned or controlled companies. In the not-for-profit sector, he focusses on family enterprise, serving on the board of the Family Enterprise Xchange. Previous directorships include Canada Post, Ontario Power Generation, Corby Distilleries, Royal Group Technologies, Berkline Benchcraft in Tennessee, Sappi Ltd in South Africa, UK, EU, and USA, Pan Asia Paper in Singapore, and in the not-for-profit sector, SHAD.

Hubert Mansion

Hubert Mansion

Co-Founder of Université dans la Nature, BELGIUM

Hubert Mansion was a lawyer in the showbusiness industry for 20 years before leaving his office for an isolated cabin in the North of Quebec. Struck by a severe burn-out, he chose to live alone in nature. His spectacular recovery gave birth to a new trajectory. He settled in Montreal and became a best-selling author: Tout le monde vous dira non, a book of reference in the showbusiness industry, and Le Guide de survie des Européens à Montréal, the most-read guide about Montreal. In 2014, he co-founded l’Université dans la Nature with his wife Emilia Tamko-Mansion. The goal of this Canadian non-profit organization is "to bring decision-makers to nature and its cognitive benefits so they can bring nature to their organization."

Martin Lafrance

Martin Lafrance

Founder of UEats, CANADA

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Martin knew very early on his life that he had a passion for Entrepreneurship. At age 40, he is a philanthropist and involved in his community as much in terms of business and politics as he is in terms of being involved with organizations and foundations helping people in need. Martin believes in education and encourages his employees to continue their training in order to improve and continue to learn. He holds an MBA degree from EMBA McGill - HEC Montréal, recognized as one of the two world-class MBA programs in Canada. He also recently completed the "Tech Program" at the Beauce School of Entrepreneurship as well as the "EDP" program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Ginette Mailhot

Ginette Mailhot

Founder of Capital Humain Plus, CANADA

Kai Zhang

Kai Zhang

COO at Helisis, CANADA

Kai is business development director at Helisis, where he supervises all commercial and residential real estate operations, financing and acquisitions jointly with his father. Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, Kai has helped diversify the company's operations from strictly residential, to new synergistic and innovative ventures such as property management and leasing technology, commercial co-working spaces and overseas imports of construction and furnishing material. Kai holds a BAA of finance and entrepreneurship from HEC Montréal. 

Jean Case

Jean Case

CEO of Case Foundation, Author of Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose, USA

Jean Case, the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a philanthropist, investor and internet and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs. Jean currently serves on the boards of National Geographic Partners and the White House Historical Association as well as advisory boards for the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, and Georgetown’s Beeck Center. Jean’s first book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose, was published in January and became a national bestseller that month. 

Olivier Laquinte

Olivier Laquinte

President of Talsom, B. Corp, CANADA

Olivier Laquinte is the president of Talsom, a consulting firm specialized in digital transformation. Driven by the mission of creating a positive impact on people, innovation and technology, Olivier has more than 20 years of experience in digital transformation, as a consultant, project and program manager and business executive. With a bachelor of administration from HEC Montreal, a master degree in project management from ESG-UQAM as well as PMP and Scrum Master certifications, Olivier and his team share their expertise and bring innovation trough their leadership. Moreover, Talsom actively collaborate in the creation of a technological dialogue around the globe by participating in multiples events and conferences.

James Hewitt

James Hewitt

Chairman and CEO of Hewitt Group Inc., CANADA

James Hewitt is Chairman and CEO of private equity concern Hewitt Group Inc., and Hewitt Foundation. He holds directorships of the Quebec Veterans Foundation, Montreal’s Musée Pointe-à-Callière, and Ontario’s Thousand Islands Boat Museum. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York. Throughout his career, James has been active in industry and community affairs. He is former President of the Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors. For many years he was on the Board and the Executive of the Conseil du patronat du Québec and was Chairman from 1994 to 1997.

Françoise Gagnon

Françoise Gagnon

CEO of ADGA Group Consulting inc., CANADA

Françoise Gagnon was appointed CEO of the ADGA Group in 2014 and has led the company through key periods of transition, growth, and diversification. She is one of the few female executives within the defence, security, and technology sector. Françoise holds a B.A. with Honours from the Norman Patterson School of Public Affairs at Carleton University and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Business and Rotman Institute. In 2018, Françoise received The Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award for Corporate Executives. She currently sits on the Defence Industry Advisory Group and is a member of the CADSI Board of Directors.

Georges Saad

Georges Saad

Co-Founder of Spektrum Media, CANADA

Georges is the co-founder of the web and mobile development company Spektrum in addition to the whole SPK ecosystem. That includes Apollo13 the startup incubator, the coworking space BNKR and Academie the educational branch. He’s also engaged and a partner in multiple growing startups such as Snipcart and XpertSeaGeorges is an entrepreneur and speaker who’s passionate about transparent management, smart entrepreneurship and the importance of the human-first approach within a company and its growth. He’s helped, and continue, to help multiple startups and organizations to build human, smart and profitable businesses.

Felix Giroux

Felix Giroux

Social Impact Strategy, Credo, CANADA

Both professionally and personally, Felix is dedicated to co-creating the transition to a green and inclusive society. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in sustainability management from McGill University and will continue his studies by pursuing a master’s degree in environmental policy at the LSE in 2020. He currently works at Credo, a social impact consulting firm, where he helps organizations take the leap towards having a positive societal impact. Determined to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, Felix is also involved in the environmental movement and has been named "young leader for the environment" by Environnement Jeunesse.

Wendy Sage-Hayward

Wendy Sage-Hayward

Senior Consultant of Family Business Consulting Group, Canada

Steven Hirth

Steven Hirth

CEO of S.H. Hirth & Associates, USA

Steven H. Hirth served as the director of International Marketing and Client Acquisition for the Oesterreichische Laenderbank AG (Bank Austria). While there, he worked primarily with high net worth individuals, family offices, and large institutions, servicing their banking needs. Steven was also involved in launching the first index-tracking fund in Central Europe, Euro-Index Fund. Later, he worked to bridge Malaysia Airlines and the Government of Malaysia with the State of Connecticut and the Republic of Austria to expand import/export business amongst SMEs. Steven completed the OPM program at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA. He holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York, NY and a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Steven is a graduate of Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, CT.

Ian Boeckh

Ian Boeckh

President of Boeckh Foundation, CANADA

Ian is the President and Director of the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), a private family foundation dedicated to transforming mental health services. Ian has led the foundation in the development of several multi-million dollar partnerships with Canadian governments to develop integrated models of care for youth mental health, substance use and related issues. These integrated models are now being scaled-up across Canada. The foundation also leads a number of collaborative initiatives to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration across the mental health sector in Canada and internationally.

Jeremy Frohlich

Jeremy Frohlich

Sales and Marketing Consultant, CANADA

Jeremy started working for his family business right out of school, after graduating from John Molson School of Business in 2013. Over the course of 5 years, he worked his way up from operations to sales, and became sales manager in 2017. As talks of succession planning started, Jeremy made the tough decision to leave his family business (LRDG Inc.) to gain outside experience, with the goal of bringing back what he learned. Jeremy stayed involved throughout the transition, and is now acting as a consultant. 2 years later, Jeremy and his father still discuss the possibility of returning on a daily basis, but the future is unknown.

Chantal de Malglaive

Chantal de Malglaive

Stretching Postural Trainer, FRANCE

Thierry Malleret

Thierry Malleret

Co-Founder of Monthly Barometer, FRANCE

Thierry Malleret is the co-founder and main author of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis exclusively provided to private investors and some of today's most influential opinion and decision-makers. Previously, Malleret founded and headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum, a network that brings together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and academics to look at how global issues will affect business and society in the short and long term.

Olivier de Richoufftz

Olivier de Richoufftz

President of Business Families Foundation, CANADA

With over a decade of experience with organizations supporting business families as well as growing and solidifying their networks, Olivier de Richoufftz is well seasoned in the important issues business families face from generation to generation. An MBA from HEC Paris, paired with his extensive experience in marketing, sales and development for organizations such as Euro Disney Resort and the France Tourism, bring strategic perspective and innovation to his Presidency at Business Families Foundation.

Scott McCulloch

Scott McCulloch

Journalist and Senior Communications Consultant, CANADA

Scott McCulloch is the Americas correspondent for UK-based Campden FB and Campden FO magazines, and former Editor-in-Chief of Campden Wealth’s financial titles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Concordia University, where he was a speechwriter in the Office of the President. A seasoned editor and analyst, Scott has expertise in telecoms and soft commodities sectors, as well as automotive, education and IT industries. An avid snowboarder, Scott is a minor hockey coach and volunteer for international human rights group Equitas.

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