Team

Ghyslain Goulet, B.A.A.

President and CEO

Ghyslain Goulet, B.A.A.

President and CEO

  • Business management and development
  • Business development
  • Development strategies

Ghyslain shares his wide-ranging experience in business start-up and development, including the critical stages of creating a tech company.

Professional experience

  • President and CEO of ACET (past year)
  • President at A+ Stratégies (7 years)
  • Director General of the Centre local de développement de la MRC de Memphrémagog (18 years)

Education

  • B.A.A in Finance, Université de Sherbrooke

Jacques Lajoie, B.Sc.A., M.Sc.A, M.B.A.

Director of Recruitment, University and Government Relations

Jacques Lajoie, B.Sc.A., M.Sc.A, M.B.A.

Director of Recruitment, University and Government Relations

  • Commercialization, technology transfer and intellectual property
  • Government granting networks and university networks
  • Assessment of technological potential

Jacques brings to the table a vast network in the research and granting sectors, providing access to both research and business contacts. He helps entrepreneurs with issues related to technologies’ business potential.

Professional experience

  • Cofounder and Vice President of ACET (past 7 years)
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau de liaison entreprises – Université de Sherbrooke
  • Valorization Officer at the Bureau de liaison entreprises – Université de Sherbrooke

Education

  • B.ASc., Université de Sherbrooke
  • M.ASc., Université de Sherbrooke
  • MBA, HEC Montréal

Cécile Vincent

Marketing & Business development Director

Cécile Vincent

Marketing & Business development Director

  • Communication strategy
  • Partnerships strategy
  • Design and implement the event plan
  • Press relations managing and media strategy

Passionate about marketing and communication, Cécile puts her business acumen at the service of our organization in order to  promote ACET ‘s initiatives in entrepreneurial ecosystem and to create a dynamic community around her.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Marketing/ Communication Manager- Cynosure France (LASER Medical aesthetic division of Hologic group)- 11 years
  • Marketing/ Communication Manager- Lumenis France ( LASER manufacturer in ophthalmology, dermatology and surgery) – 6 years

Education

  • Master of Business Administration- École de Gestion- Sherbrooke
  • Master’s Degree in Health Engineering- Biomedical technologies option- Institut d’ingénierie de la santé – France

Martial Bilodeau, B.a.a., M.Sc.

Investment Director

Martial Bilodeau, B.a.a., M.Sc.

Investment Director

  • Financial analysis
  • Business opportunities analysis
  • Financial packages and funding searches

Martial contributes extensive experience with funding in order to help find project financing and optimize financial packages.

Professional experience

  • Venture-Capital Director at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) (5 years)
  • Subordinated Debt Director at BDC (5 years)
  • Branch Director at BDC (5 years)
  • Account Manager at BDC (5 years)

Education

  • B.A.A., Université de Sherbrooke
  • Master’s Degree in Project Management, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Romuald Messina

Director of Market Intelligence

Romuald Messina

Director of Market Intelligence

  • Market analysis
  • Competitive analysis
  • Strategy definition

Romaud helps entrepreneurs understand and take stock of their market so they can clarify their strategy. To do so, he draws on local and international experience with competitive analysis in the industrial as well as service and new technology sectors.

Professional experience

  • President and Advisor at M.I.4.D inc.
  • Lecturer in knowledge management and market intelligence at Université de Sherbrooke
  • M.Sc. in Industrial Economics
  • Manager of Global Competitive Intelligence for Philips Lighting
  • BI Department Head at BRP

Marie-Pierre Tardif

Administration/Finances coordinator

Marie-Pierre Tardif

Administration/Finances coordinator

  • Accounting systems setup
  • Mastering the accounting process
  • Self-directed learner

Marie-Pierre is an expert at setting up the right accounting system for the short, medium and long terms in order to ensure sound management.

Professional experience

  • Comptroller at Technologies CDWare (9 years)
  • Gestion M-P Tardif (3 years)
  • Assistant Comptroller at Wulftec (3 years)

Education

  • DES – Commercialization Agent

René Houle

Director of Support and Entrepreneurial Development

René Houle

Director of Support and Entrepreneurial Development

  • Support the entrepreneurs in the development of their business
  • Supervise and coordinate the ACET team of coaches
  • Elaborate and promote the entrepreneurial development of ACET companies

With his experience as an entrepreneur, René supports our companies and guides them through the crucial stages of their development.

 

Professional experience

  • Technological companies advisor at Centre régional d’entrepreneurship (CRE) (2 years)
  • Marketing advisor at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (3 years)
  • General director of CPC stores (1 year)
  • President of Vision-R Consultation (15 years)
  • Entrepreneurial transfer coach at l’École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB) (5 years)
  • Lecturer in marketing entrepreneurship and technology at Université de Sherbrooke (23 years)

 

Education

  • Master of business administration, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Bachelors Degree in philosophy, Dominican University College of Ottawa

Martin Laforest

Director - Quantum Strategy

Martin Laforest

Director - Quantum Strategy

  • Quantum strategy
  • Quantum Investment Fund
  • Support for quantum companies

Martin plays an important role in the development of an investment fund dedicated to quantum technologies, in the technical due diligence of companies, in the support of entrepreneurs, in the development of the transaction flow and in the relations with the various partners in the quantum ecosystem.

 

Professional experience

– Director of special projets | Institut quantique, Université de Sherbrooke

– Seasonal lecturer | University of Waterloo (6,5 ans)

– Senior Product Manager and Quantum Technology Expert | ISARA corporation (2,5 ans)

– Senior Business Development Manager and Quantum Technology Expert | ISARA corporation (8 mois)

– Senior Advisor, Strategic initiatives | Institute of quantum computing (1 an)

– Senior Manager Scientific Outreach | Institute of quantum computing (6 ans)

– Manager, Scientific Outreach | Institute of quantum computing (2 ans)

 

Education

– Ph.D., Physics, quantum computing | University of Waterloo

– Certificate in University Taaching, education | University of Waterloo

– B.SC. Mathematics and Physics | McGill University

Olivier Nadeau

Communication and marketing advisor

Olivier Nadeau

Communication and marketing advisor

  • Digital strategy
  • Strategic communication
  • Communication strategies for technology startups

Thanks to his creativity and his sense of strategy, Olivier deploys several communication initiatives to contribute to the growth of our organization and the notoriety of our incubated startups, especially by exploiting all of our digital opportunities. His parallel passion for entrepreneurship also leads him to work with some of our startups by offering them strategic communication support.

Professional experience

  • Master’s degree in international strategic communication – Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec and Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium
  • Freelance communication consultant – 3 months
  • Social media manager at ACET – 5 months
  • Communications internship at ACET – 4 months
  • REMDUS communications manager – 2 years

Education

  • Master’s degree in international strategic communication – University of Sherbrooke in Quebec and Catholic University of – Louvain in Belgium

Suzanne Bergeron

Executive assistant

Suzanne Bergeron

Executive assistant

  • Management team support
  • Administration management and planning
  • Bookkeeping

With several years of experience in the field and endowed with a keen sense of organization, Suzanne supports ACET’s growth by supporting the activities of the management team, and by ensuring file management and the communication of our corporate messages.

 

Professional experiences

  • Administrative assistant at Déry Barrette, Claims adjusters (3 years)
  • Administrative assistant at Groupe SM International inc. (2 years)
  • Executive Assistant at BRP (10 years)
  • Executive Assistant at Industrie Bodco (1 year)
  • Executive Assistant at SPS Management (2 years)

 

Studies

  • Electrical engineering, Collège de Sherbrooke

Pénélope Paradis-Gravel

Startups development coordinator

Pénélope Paradis-Gravel

Startups development coordinator

  • Commercialization of innovations
  • Project management and planning
  • Advice to entrepreneurs
  • Development of tools and training

Pénélope helps companies in their seed, start-up and growth phase, while supporting the improvement of our support for entrepreneurs incubated at ACET.

Professional background

– Advisor in the marketing of digital innovations at PME MTL Centre-Ville (3 years)

– Project controller at Desjardins (1 year)

– Web project manager at Combustible (5 months)

– Management Consultant and Head of Marketing at Coboom (3 years)

– Head of marketing and communications at Metix (6 months)

 

Studies

– Bachelor’s degree by combination of programs: Certificate in socio-digital communication of organizations (UQAM), Certificate in administration (UQAM) and Certificate in project management (HEC)

– Technique in business management (Cégep André-Laurendeau)

Chloé Archambault

Business Development Director - Quantum

Chloé Archambault

Business Development Director - Quantum

  • Technology transfer
  • Intellectual property
  • Partnerships
  • Analysis of technological and commercial opportunities
  • Development of quantum technologies

Drawing on her experience in a quantum startup, Chloé is working on the development of an investment fund dedicated to companies working in the field of quantum technologies. Chloé also works at setting up a structure for launching and supporting new quantum startups; project that will certainly draw on his experience in technology transfer.

Professional experience

  • Management of partnerships and intellectual property; Quantum R&D – Anyon Systems (3 years)
  • Director of technology transfer projects in science and engineering – Univalor Management (4 years)
  • Applications Specialist, Multi-Physics Simulation – Infolytica Corporation (1 year)

Studies

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in Engineering Physics – École Polytechnique de Montréal

Dominic Denis

Investment Director

Dominic Denis

Investment Director

  • Tech business model understanding
  • Opportunity analysis and financial analysis
  • Complex and creative financial packages

In addition to being an active collaborator in the ACET financial ecosystem, Dominic supports our incubated companies in the preparation of financing rounds and their financial arrangements, and by analyzing their file with a view to potential investments from our investment fund. private ACET Capital.

Professional experience

  • Senior Account Manager, Technologies Group – BDC (5 years)
  • Senior Account Manager – BDC (5 years)
  • Financial Security Advisor – La Capitale (1 year)
  • Department of Institutional Events and Sponsorships – University of Sherbrooke (2010)
  • CSP Customer Marketing and Events Manager – Molson Coors (5 years)
  • Chef Marketing – Molson Coors (5 years)

Studies

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance (1998)

Alexandre Therrien

Marketing and Communication Intern

Alexandre Therrien

Marketing and Communication Intern

  • Social media and website management
  • Content creation
  • Digital marketing strategy

With his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for marketing, Alexandre creates and publishes contents that reflect the ACET values in order to transmit the bite to future entrepreneurs.

Professional experiences

  • Co-founder and owner of an outdoor-related services business – 3 years
  • Social media manager for the « Club entrepreneur du Cégep de l’Outaouais » – 4 months

Studies

  • Currently doing a BAC in business administration, entrepreneurship and marketing concentrations – University of Sherbrooke