May 23, 2019
French Ambassador in Canada
Minister Plenipotentiary First Class Kareen Rispal was named Ambassador of France in Ottawa by decree of the President of the Republic on April 20, 2017. She assumed her duties on June 22, 2017. Serving as Director for the Americas and the Caribbean from 2014 to June 2017, Ms. Rispal is also the Senior Officer for Gender Equality with the Ministry of Affairs of Foreign Affairs and sits on the High Council for Equality between Men and Women. As an Officer of the National Order of Merit, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, and Chevalier of the Order of Agricultural Merit, Ms. Rispal presented her credentials to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on June 22, 2017.
CEO @ Socan
As the head of the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada, Eric Baptiste is one of Canada’s most influential music industry leaders. Under his direction since 2010, SOCAN has grown its membership base and increased the number of organizations licensed to use music to record-high levels. With more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Eric Baptiste has influenced broadcast media and cultural policy, and promoted new talent around the world.
CEO @ Public Inc.
Phillip Haid co-founded PUBLIC in 2008 to disrupt the way companies think about doing “good”. Driven by a passion to prove that social impact is a key business driver to achieve profit with purpose, he set out to build a hybrid company – part consultancy/part creative agency– designing social purpose brands, community impact strategies and social change programs and campaigns. As CEO, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic and creative growth of the business, including oversight on some of PUBLIC’s North America clients including: NBC Universal, Converse, The Body Shop, Tiffany’s & Co, Johnson & Johnson, Rogers, TD Bank, and the LCBO. Phillip is also a columnist for Fast Company writing on “profit with purpose”.
VP, Advertiser Direct & Marketing Cloud @ Nielsen Canada
Cynthia Pachovski leads the Nielsen Media & Marketing Cloud Group in Canada, delivering the full range of Digital Products Suite for clients to plan, activate, measure and optimize their digital strategies. Along with her team, she focuses on designing data-driven solutions, strategies and recommendations, leveraging Nielsen-owned unprecedented data coverage and powered by next gen software and AI technologies.
CMO Canada @ Microsoft
Katia Houbiguian is the CMO and leads the Central Marketing Organization at Microsoft Canada, managing go-to-market, center-of-excellence and operations teams to drive integrated digital marketing, advertising, social media, events, and analytics across consumer and commercial businesses. Prior to joining the Canadian subsidiary in January 2016, Katia held various roles at the Microsoft France subsidiary, including leading the Commercial Marketing Team and managing the subsidiary’s Business, Strategic Planning and Operations. Previous to Microsoft, Katia had held a number of progressively senior roles within great IT companies (Compaq and HP), giving her strong experience in P&L management, sales, communications and marketing.
President @ IE alumni
With over 10 years international experience in public and private sector organizations, Maryse has built her career working in international trade for the tech and creative industries, fashion and the consumer goods/entertainment business, most recently driving business development and strategy implementation for a major US entertainment company. An IE Business School and ESSEC MBA alumni, she's also long had a foot in the small business venture and entrepreneurship world, having launched her first business in her late teens and later co-founding Capital Fashion Week, a national fashion business and showcase event. She has engaged with and advised startups in tech, fashion and digital on business structuring and fundraising. As President of the IE Canada alumni network - GTA, Maryse founded INSIGHTS, a branded speaker series which features candid interviews with founders, executives and other thought leaders in such fields as e-Commerce, AR, Healthcare and Fintech while providing a platform for B-school alumni and partners to connect, network and learn.
Co-Founder & CEO @ TransPod
Sebastien Gendron is the founder and CEO of TransPod Hyperloop. He founded Transpod in 2015 to build hyperloop as an alternative to the means of travel we have today. With the mission of building a tech leader based in Canada, Mr. Gendron brings more than 11 years of experience leading engineers at global transportation manufacturers, including Bombardier, Safran S.A., and Airbus Group. He holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from ISAE-SUPAERO and Aix-Marseille University in France.
Co-Founder @ Blockchain Research Institute
Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, which has been translated into more than 15 languages. His TedX San Francisco talk: Blockchain is Eating Wall Street has been viewed over 600,000 times.
President @ AIE
In his current role as President of Amercanex International Exchange, with offices in Toronto, Denver and Sacramento, Dennis has been actively working with Federal, Provincial/State and Municipal Regulators with the intent of launching a compliant B2B marketplace in Canada as his company has done in Colorado and California. Amercanex has also recently announced an imminent merger with Helix TCS Inc., a publicly traded leading provider of integrated operating environments to the cannabis industry.
Founder & CEO @ Impak Finance
With more than 20 years of experience in management, marketing and funding of innovative companies in growth environments specifically in the media and technology industry, Mr. Allard is currently founder and President of Impak Finance Inc. Since 2015, he has been a senior advisor at Redwood Capital, an investment bank specialised in M&A based in New York.
Founder @ Nerve Strategic
Founder Marjorie Malpass started as an actor when she was a teenager. She toured Improv, Stand-up and Theatre internationally, including Italy, Finland, Hong Kong, Broadway and Winnipeg in February. She has voiced cartoons, acted on-camera and has been in over 50 commercials. Nerve Strategic has worked coaching and workshop facilitating for major corporations such as Bruce Power, Insurance Bureau of Canada and TD Bank. Combining her knowledge of the corporate world and the entertainment industry, Marjorie recently provided On-Camera coaching for CBC Music personalities and the Dragons from the hit show, Dragon's Den. Nerve Strategic is dedicated to helping people be the best versions of themselves through professional development.
Senior Vice President @ Telaria
Damien Véran is Senior Vice President at Telaria (NYSE : TLRA) where he oversees Canada, France and outstream video globally. Telaria is the leading independent supply-side platform (SSP) built to support the unique requirements of connected TV, mobile and over-the-top content. It is used by leading global publishers such as Hulu, SlingTV and Bloomberg. Previously, Damien was the CEO and founder of SlimCut Media (acquired by Telaria in 2018). Additionally, Damien has over 12 years of marketing experience working at P&G, Pepsi and Mars. Damien holds a master’s degree in engineering specialized in telecommunications and a master’s degree specialized in marketing from HEC Paris.
President Financial Services Canada @ Nissan
After a first bubbly step with LVMH in South Africa as Marketing manager for Moet & Chandon brand, Alain drove his career to develop over 20 years of experience with Financial Services in Renault Nissan Alliance around the world. He assumed responsibilities such as CEO and Founder of a Financial company in South Korea, Regional Director for Sales Finance Alliance operations in South America, Managing Director in charge of international development leading start-up projects and strategic cooperation in countries such as India, Russia and Colombia. Currently President of Nissan Canada Finance based in Toronto, he was sponsor and mentoring the Infiniti Lab accelerator program in Canada. Alain has a Master in Audit & Finance in Business Administration from Kedge Business School, Auditor of the French Institute of Strategic Defense Studies (IHEDN) and certified International Director in Corporate Governance from INSEAD.
Co-founder @ FJ Labs
Fabrice Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors. He has over $300 million in exits and 150 angel investments. Fabrice has served as CEO for three multinational companies and has an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Lending Club, Delivery Hero and Brightroll. Fabrice is currently investing in startups and building companies through FJ Labs, which he cofounded with business partner Jose Marin. Fabrice is also co-founder and executive chairman of Beepi, a next generation used car marketplace. Beepi recently raised $60 million in series B funding.
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