Over the past 20 years, Michel Coutu has become established in a market that requires two essential qualities: hard work and perseverance. After studying finance and law at Université de Sherbrooke, Mr. Coutu was driven by his fascination with the American market to do his MBA in Rochester, New York. The son of famous pharmacist Jean Coutu, he bought his first pharmacy in 1987, while also working on the creation of the Jean Coutu Group USA. In 1994, he acquired 221 Brooks pharmacies. Ten years later, he acquired 1,560 Eckerd pharmacies, making this name the fourth leading North American giant in the industry.
Ms. Nicole Beaudoin is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the J.-Armand Bombarder Foundation. She has worked for several years within the foundation, notably as governor and treasurer. Ms. Beaudoin was also a member, in 2011-2012, of the board of directors of Philanthropic Foundation Canada, and still sits on the board of directors of Placements Beaudier today.
Mr. Stéphane Achard has been its Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking & Insurance at National Bank of Canada since June 04, 2018. Mr. Achard was Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking, Canada and International at National Bank of Canada till June 04, 2018 and served as its Co-Head of Personal and Commercial Banking. Mr. Achard joined it in 2017, Mr. Achard has extensive experience in the financial services industry and is well known in the business community.
Paul Gobeil is a chartered accountant and has held management positions in an array of food businesses as well as in the government of Quebec, for which he has acted as Minister responsible for Government Administration, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of International Affairs. He holds one master’s degree in commerce and another in accounting from Université de Sherbrooke in addition to having completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He is also a director for many corporations including DiagnoCure inc., National Bank of Canada, MDN inc. and Yellow Media inc.
Matthew Cassar holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s in business administration (MBA), and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2008. He earned these degrees while continuing to carry out his duties as President of SherWeb, a flagship of Estrie entrepreneurship that he cofounded with his brother in 1998.
This continually growing company has staked out its place as a leader in the North American cloud computing market with a range of services including business productivity (Office 365), infrastructure as a service, security solutions and VOIP telephony. Its impressive list of more than 100,000 client organizations across over 100 countries sets SherWeb apart as a leading Canadian provider of enterprise IT services.
Richard Voyer has an impressive academic as well as coac background. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from Université Laval and an MBA from Concordia University, and has worked in various manufacturing and technological businesses, most notably Soprema, where he has worked for the past 23 years. Mr. Voyer is a high-calibre manager known for his exceptional diligence, strategic thinking and innovative leadership.
Nathalie Beauregard is a partner of the Corporate Practice Group. Her work is focused on the financing, mergers and acquisitions transactions of technology companies and intellectual property as applied to businesses (whether start-ups, growing or established). She represents numerous companies in life sciences, information technology, green technologies and artificial intelligence with respect to negotiating national and international strategic alliances, joint ventures, licensing and collaboration agreements and government contracts. She also advises prominent franchise systems expanding in Quebec, and is a founding member of Réseau Anges Québec.
Jean-Pierre Perreault studied biochemistry at Université de Montréal before going on to complete postdoctoral studies at Yale University. He then joined the ranks of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Université de Sherbrooke, where he is now Full Professor at the Department of Biochemistry. Since 2001, Mr. Perreault has held several management positions at Université de Sherbrooke, including Director of the Biochemistry Department, Associate Dean of Development and Vice-Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for his faculty.
François Coderre is Full Professor of Marketing with the Faculty of Administration at Université de Sherbrooke. He has also been Dean of the Faculty of Administration since June of 2013. He primarily teaches brand management and marketing. Mr. Coderre has published in numerous journals addressed to both academics and businesspeople. His research interests primarily focus on brand management issues. François Coderre has also been a consultant for the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec and for many other organizations, such as the Conseil de la transformation agroalimentaire et des produits de consommation, Aliment du Québec, BRP, and Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Engineer Patrik Doucet has been a professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke since September of 2000. He was elected Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in June 2013, after having held the position of Faculty Vice-Dean of Education for four years. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, in addition to a doctorate in education and a doctoral diploma in information and communication sciences. In addition to his activities with the Faculty of Engineering, he provides a variety of organizations with training and expertise associated with machine safety. He also regularly takes on educational reform mandates for engineering schools.
Roger Noël is currently President of ACET Capital and ACET Investment. Previously, he served two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Administration at Université de Sherbrooke, and was President and CEO of ACET for six years. He was also one of the founding shareholders of Sisca Informatique, C-Mac, Gexel Télécom, Médiatrix and Biogentis. Mr. Noël is a member of several boards of directors for private companies and non-profit organizations, including ACET.
An energetic leader known for his remarkable business acumen, Ghyslain Goulet has 25 years of experience in economic development and strategic coaching for business executives. He began his career in the manufacturing industry before taking the helm of the CLD de la MRC de Memphrémagog. During this period, he was President of the Association des Professionnels en Développement économique du Québec, from 2003 to 2005. In 2010, he founded A+ Stratégies, a consulting firm specializing in investment projects for subsidiaries of foreign companies in Quebec. Six years later, he took on new challenges when he became Vice President of Financial Affairs for ACET. He has been ACET’s President and CEO since January of 2017.