• The Speakers

    Jocelyn Auger

    BCF Business Law

    Jocelyn Auger has over twenty years of experience as a law practitioner. Specializing in new technologies, he advises businesses and institutions alike in the areas of licensing and commercialization of innovations and intellectual property strategy.


    Recognized by the legal and business communities as one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in new technologies, Jocelyn has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of technical matters and of innovative and creative licensing and other strategies to capture value in an open innovation environment.


    He has spoken and written at multiple occasions on the topics of licensing and open source and also acts as coordinator of Imagine, BCF’s technology startup program.

    Philippe Babin


    Avec un Bac. en ingénierie et un MBA de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Philippe Babin a démarré sa carrière en 1994 chez les Microcircuits C-Mac d’abord en tant qu’ingénieur des procédés pour rapidement progresser à travers divers des postes de gestion techniques pour terminer comme directeur de la fabrication des substrats, contribuant ainsi à la croissance des revenus de 600% pour cette période dans l’une des usines les plus rentable de la division EMS . En 2001, Philippe Babin a joint les rangs de Mediatrix Telecom, maintenant connue sous le nom de Media5 Corporation, initialement comme chef de la R&D, mais par la suite en tant que directeur de la gestion des produits, chef des ventes et marketing et finalement directeur général, ou il a eu l’opportunité d’effectuer un redressement d’entreprise significatif. Avant de rejoindre AEPONYX comme président, M. Babin a démarré et opéré une agence de commercialisation avec un réseau d’agents à l’international.

    Dominic Bécotte

    XPND Capital

    Dominic is a Partner at XPND Capital since 2011. XPND Capital is a private equity fund based in Montreal. The organization aims to encourage the emergence of the next generation of large-size businesses in Quebec by contributing strategic capital and assisting entrepreneurs.


    Dominic sits on the board of directors of Direxyon Technologies, The Lion Electric Company, iPerceptions, Taxelco, Mishmash, and GSM Project. He is also one of the co-founders of Taxelco and Téo Taxi. He is also very involved with the Marie Vincent Foundation by sitting on its board of directors and, in particular, by organizing for six years the flagship event Marvin on the Rock.


    Prior to joining XPND, he was Senior Vice President - Investment Banking for Messier Maris & Associates, a mergers and acquisitions consulting firm specializing in international transactions in the TMT industry, for which he worked for eight years in New York and Paris. He previously spent four years in corporate finance for National Bank Financial in Montreal.


    Dominic specializes in the technology, Internet, media, telecommunications, entertainment and retail sectors. A graduate of HEC-Montreal, he holds a Master of Science in Finance (2001) and a Bachelor of Finance (1999). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

    Vincent Bergeron


    Vincent Bergeron specializes in information technology, copyright, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and technology transfer. He also practices in the areas of entertainment law and business law.

    He advises clients on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property assets related to information technology, in the fields of software, mobile applications, Open Source software, gaming industry, Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, virtual reality and augmented reality. His practice also includes litigation and the protection of intellectual property assets in general.

    Vincent Bergeron is actively involved in multiple associations and organizations, such as Vice-President of the Information, Telecommunication and Intellectual Property section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Quebec division, as Chair of the Young Members Congress (YMC) of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), as well as a member of the executive committee of the Licensing Executives Society (L.E.S. USA & Canada), Quebec City Chapter.

    Ghyslain Boisvert

    Polytechnique Montréal

    Ghyslain Boisvert has over ten years of experience as research advisor in support of professors and researchers in the development of grant proposals and the financing of research projects through multiple sources of funding.

    He holds a PhD in physics from Université de Montréal. After his graduation, Ghyslain worked in the private sector as a software developer / team leader for a few years. In 2003, he went back to his Alma Mater to oversee the operations of the High Performance Computing research center, now part of Calcul Québec, and became a Senior research advisor in 2007. He joined the office of research at Polytechnique Montréal in 2014 and leads the Grants, Contracts and Technology Transfer team since March 2017.

    Pierre Boivin

    Claridge inc./MILA

    Pierre Boivin est président et chef de la direction de Claridge inc., une société d’investissement privé qui représente les intérêts de la famille Bronfman. Il dirige une équipe de professionnels dans le développement d’un portefeuille diversifié de placements privés, de placements sur les marchés publics et d’investissements immobiliers.

    En plus d’être administrateur de Claridge inc., M. Boivin est membre du conseil de la Banque Nationale du Canada, de Canadian Tire, du Groupe CH (Canadiens, evenko, Spectra), et de Solotech. Il est également président du conseil d’administration du Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal, coprésident du comité d’orientation de la grappe en intelligence artificielle du Québec et président du conseil d’administration de MILA.

    M. Boivin est très engagé dans le développement de l’entrepreneuriat à titre d’entrepreneur-entraîneur de l’École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce et d’intervenant dans les programmes de l’Institut de leadership en gestion. Il est fondateur et président du conseil de la Fondation des Canadiens pour l’enfance et coprésident de la campagne majeure Plus mieux guérir de la Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine. Il a reçu, en 2009, un doctorat honorifique de l’Université de Montréal et a été nommé officier de l’Ordre du Canada. Il a été désigné le haut dirigeant le plus engagé socialement par le journal Les Affaires en 2015. Il est chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec depuis 2017.

    Lyne Bouchard

    Université Laval

    Lyne Bouchard cumulates more than twenty years of experience in the business world, in information technologies as well as in research and education in universities. Before obtaining a doctoral degree in business management, which a major in information systems and a minor in strategy from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Bouchard also obtained an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Université Laval. A certified board member (ICD.D.), Dr. Bouchard has served on several boards as board or committee president, secretary or as a regular member. Dr. Bouchard is actually serving on the board of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and on the risk governance committee of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.


    Following her work at Université Laval as a tenured professor during the 90s, Dr. Bouchard went on to assume several strategic functions in the private and public sectors. She was, in particular, the Eastern Canada director of executive programs at Gartner, president and CEO of TechnoMontréal, and chief strategy officer at Fujitsu Canada/DMR. In the public sector, Dr. Bouchard was assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of Justice at the Gouvernement du Québec. Coach of several CIOs and high-level managers, she often acted as strategic advisor in the context of reorganizations, organizational change and information technology governance or adoption. Dr. Bouchard is a sought-after speaker at business or IT events.


    Today, Dr. Bouchard is vice-rector, human resources and professor at the school of management at Université Laval.

    Guy Chevrette


    Formally trained as Electrical and Software Engineer with more than 30 years experience in managing technology businesses and IT projects, Guy Chevrette is the founder and president of IMETRIK Global a provider of global industrial IoT or machine to machine (M2M) solutions. He has managed complex product development programs involving multi-disciplinary teams at Noranda Technology Center, worked on the robotics program of the space station with the Canadian Space Agency and founded Tetra Technologies, a provider of fleet management and telematics solutions. Guy is a proven problem solver in distributed information systems and industrial automation. He has spent his career overseeing the delivery of ruggedized industrial systems combining real-time embedded computer systems, wireless communication infrastructure and mission critical application software. Since 1995, he acted as team leader, project manager, managing director and CEO, involved in the management of specialized departments engaged in system engineering, manufacturing, provisioning, quality assurance, human resources and pricing. Guy has a strong interest in complex projects that require the combination of various domains of expertise and he is always passionate about quality and client satisfaction.

    Maxime-R. Clerk


    Diplômé de l’UQAM en Administration des affaires, M. Clerk est reconnu pour son implication dans le secteur des TIC et de l’innovation au Québec. Il a été Directeur des communications ainsi que Directeur Général du Centre de Formation et de Transfert au CRIM jusqu’en 2014. M. Clerk est un leader créatif et axé sur la collaboration. Il a eu l’occasion de travailler de près avec plusieurs joueurs clés du secteur des TIC et a contribué directement à plusieurs projets mobilisateurs et structurants de notre industrie.


    M. Clerk a également été VP Stratégie et communication chez Vortex Conseils, une firme spécialisée en performance organisationnelle qui commercialise notamment une technologie pour la gestion de système qualité. M. Clerk a eu l’occasion d’accompagner diverses équipes de direction du secteur des TIC dans la réalisation de leur planification stratégique ainsi que dans l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre de stratégies de commercialisation et de communication.

    Jean-François Connolly


    With an interest in all aspects of machine learning, from algorithm development to product marketing, Jean-François Connolly has gained over 13 years’ experience through his studies (MScA in applied mathematics, PhD in face recognition) and work experience (natural language processing, Ad Tech). He oversees entrepreneurship at IVADO.

    Denis Couillard

    Ultra Electronics TCS

    Diplômé en Génie Électrique et en Gestion des Technologies de l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, Denis Couillard est actif dans l’industrie des télécommunications depuis plus de 30 ans. Il fut impliqué dans le développement et le lancement de plusieurs produits en radiocommunication et travaille en étroite collaboration avec la Chaire de recherche d’Ultra Électronics TCS à l’École de technologie supérieure (ETS) depuis 2004. Denis est l’auteur d’un livre en gestion stratégique des technologies et détient 2 brevets américains en attaque et protection électronique. Denis est présentement Directeur, Stratégies Gouvernementales à Ultra Electronics TCS à Montréal.

    Anciennement connu sous le nom de Canadian Marconi Company, Ultra est le concepteur des premières radios cognitives de l’industrie et le fournisseur des radios tactiques à haut débit qui supportent tous les déploiements importants des armées de terre américaines et canadiennes.

    Martin Couillard

    HEC Montréal

    Martin is an Advisor, Research and Knowledge Transfer at HEC Montréal where he assists researchers in their collaborative research with the industry. Before that, Martin has been a scientist in various Canadian universities (Ph.D. in Biochemistry - Université de Montréal; and postdoc in human genetics - McGill University). Also, he has obtained a DESS in Technology Transfer from Université de Sherbrooke, where he acquired strong knowledge about the valorization processes of the research and inventions emerging from universities. Martin’s professional background led him to become a Regulatory Affairs Advisor in biotechnology, as well as a Technology Transfer Advisor in valorization firms and more recently, a Patent Advisor in private practice. Martin is a team player, both in sports and in the workplace. He is an active member of various networking organizations involved in valorization such as the FORPIQ (International Intellectual Property Forum - Quebec) and the Montreal chapter of the Licensing Executive Society, two supportive organizations of the Symposium.

    Myriam Côté


    With MILA since 2009, Executive Director since 2015, and in charge of the MILA R&D team since 2017, Myriam has over 15 years of professional experience in artificial intelligence, project management and software development, in the industrial as well as in the academic research environments. She holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and a Bachelor degree in Physics Engineering.


    She is also the Director of Collaborative Research Hub Deep Learning at IVADO, The Institute of Data Valorisation. As such, and because MILA wishes to strengthen the collaboration with its colleagues in Data Sciences and Operations Research and contributes to the economic growth of Montreal through industrial partnerships, she establishes the liaison between both institutes.

    Daniel Dardani

    MIT Techonoly Licensing Office

    Daniel Dardani, Technology Licensing Officer, is an intellectual property licensing professional at the MIT Technology Licensing Office – the country’s premier technology transfer office. Daniel has over 15 years of experience at MIT managing a large and sophisticated portfolio of technologies including: computer and information technology, patented algorithms, copyrighted software, digital imaging, video games, machine learning/AI, and cyber security technologies. Daniel has negotiated license agreements with many business ventures from startup companies to Fortune 500 global corporations. He counsels university inventors and entrepreneurs on how to protect and leverage university technologies into commercialization opportunities. Daniel is a Certified Licensing Professional TM, and also co-teaches a survey course on intellectual property at Harvard University’s Summer School. Daniel is an advisory board member to the FAME (Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment) Law Center at Cardozo law school in New York City. He has degrees in physics and political science from the University of Rochester.

    Jean-Nicolas Delage


    Jean-Nicolas Delage specializes in intellectual property strategy for rapidly growing technological clients.


    Jean-Nicolas often helps clients with intellectual property matters during commercial transactions, including licensing, cooperation agreements, due diligence investigations, etc. He participates in implementing patent pools in the wake of new standards adopted by standard-setting bodies and advises clients on intellectual property issues that arise during the standardization process. He also contributes to developing intellectual property management strategies and policies for grant agencies and businesses forming part of a research consortium that includes the government, businesses, universities and government research centres.

    Jean-François De Rico

    Langlois Avocats

    Jean-François De Rico is a partner and a member of the firm’s executive committee at Langlois Lawyers. He has developed an uncommon expertise in information technology law. His main areas of focus and legal services are:

    • IT governance;
    • Legal and regulatory compliance;
    • Privacy and the protection of personal data;
    • Cybersecurity
    • Sofware development
    • Licensing, integration agreements;
    • Cloud agreements;
    • IP rights management;
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Data analytics;
    • Distributed ledger technologes (blockchain)

    He also provides advice on issues pertaining to cloud migration, the development of software applications, the outsourcing of IT services, the supply and procurement of IT equipment and the implementation of E-business processes.


    In addition, he assists clients in the drafting of organizational policies on the protection of personal data, electronic communications (commercial emails, social media), and information security.


    He represents businesses, financial institutions and public bodies in litigious matters in various areas of activity such as the outsourcing of IT services, IT-related calls for tenders, and disputes involving trade-marks and domain names.


    He is a member and co-operates with members of Lexing, the world's leading international network of law firms dedicated to technology law.


    He has been included in both the Best Lawyers® in Canada listing and the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2016, for Technology Law.


    Guy Desaulniers

    Polytechnique Montréal

    Guy Desaulniers is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal since 2000 and the Director of the GERAD research center since 2015. He received BSc and MSc degrees in mathematics from Université de Montréal and a PhD degree in mathematics from Polytechnique Montréal. Before becoming a professor at Polytechnique, he was a professor at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and at Université Laval, and also held researcher positions at Polytechnique. His main research interests are in operations research (mathematical optimization), especially in mathematical programming decomposition algorithms, integer programming, and dynamic programming, with applications in transportation and personnel scheduling among others. He has published more than 90 scientific papers in international journals and has participated in many industrial projects.

    Robert Déziel


    Robert Déziel has been the Manager of the Quebec Regional Office for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) since June 2012. He has more than 25 years of R&D experience in several pharmaceutical companies, including five years as Vice President of research in a biotechnology company and 13 years as Associate Director in a multinational pharmaceutical company.

    Mr. Déziel has also worked as a consultant to various biotechnology clients and has developed a number of business plans and strategies for financing, licensing and marketing. He is the author and co-author of over 50 research papers and the inventor and co-inventor of over 40 patents. Mr. Déziel holds a doctorate in chemistry and a master’s in business management and administration from HEC Montréal.

    Awa Carole Diop

    Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

    An electrical engineer by training, Awa Carole Diop focuses on matters related to information technology (telecommunications, software, electronics, optics), mechanics and medical devices.

    Ms. Diop drafts patent applications and prosecutes them before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. She is also involved in prosecuting patent applications elsewhere in the world, most notably before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. Her experience also includes preparing patentability, infringement and validity opinions.

    She also assists her clients, which include university-based clients, startups, and large corporations, with the decision-making process for intellectual property management. In addition, she has been involved in due diligence reviews of intellectual property portfolios.

    Before joining our Montréal office, Ms. Diop worked at an IP boutique in Montréal after having gained valuable industry experience working for a venture capital firm and managing the intellectual property portfolio of a technology start-up company.

    Rubén D. Flores-Saaib

    University of California, San Diego

    Flores earned his doctorate in chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA, and began his career in the San Diego biotechnology industry at BD Biosciences Pharmigen. He has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in R&D, marketing, business development and technology commercialization. His professional career includes Biosite, where he helped design, initiate, negotiate and monitor clinical trials; and later Chemicon (now Millipore-Sigma), where he managed R&D, worldwide clinical-trial operations, and marketing activities for diagnostic products. While at Millipore-Sigma, Flores also created the world-wide Scientific Collaborations and Business Development group, tasked with working with academic partners across the globe for the development of early-stage academic research. Most recently, Flores served as Vice President of Business Development and Technology Transfer for the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where he focused on fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem for startups in Los Angeles.

    Paul Gagnon

    Element AI

    Paul is a lawyer at Element AI, a company at the forefront of the transformations generated by artificial intelligence. Specialized in information technology, intellectual property and competition law, Paul previously worked in-house (Cirque du Soleil, Intel) as well as in law firm (Fasken). A graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke, Paul also obtained a LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Competition Law from the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (Max-Planck Institute) in 2012. His master's thesis was on the competition law applicable to patent trolls.

    Maxime-Jean Gérin

    Finalta Capital

    Maxime-Jean Gérin, President and CEO of FINALTA CAPITAL, is a seasoned financier, known for his ability to innovate.


    As First Vice-President, Maxime has contributed to the rapid expansion of TAL GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, a leading Canadian portfolio management company with over $56 billion in assets under management in 2002, where he assumed final decisions for global asset allocation strategies for more than $24 billion in client assets and more than $5 billion in currency allocation strategies.


    In 2003, Maxime joined the founding group of FIERA CAPITAL which saw its assets under management grow from $5 billion to $22 billion in three years.


    In partnership with FIERA CAPITAL, he then founded AXIUM INFRASTRUCTURE in 2009, which has now become a Canadian leader in infrastructure investment with more than $2 billion in assets, and where he still serves as Vice-Chairman.


    Maxime then undertakes to accelerate innovation in Canada and founds FINALTA CAPITAL to provide investment tax credit financing for scientific research and experimental development, for the development of eBusiness activities and the production of multimedia titles, specifically based on the needs of entrepreneurs.


    Maxime holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and a Master’s in Business Administration in International Finance from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

    Louis-Pierre Gravelle


    Seasoned patent agent and lawyer, working mainly in the patent sector of the firm. In addition to the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, Louis-Pierre Gravelle is involved in due diligence matters and in managing patent portfolio. He is also involved in strategic counselling for medium and large-sized businesses.

    He completed his studies at University of Ottawa, where he obtained a Bachelor in Applied Sciences, Electrical Engineering (B. Sc. A) in 1991, a Bachelor in Civil Law (LL.L.) in 1994 and a Bachelor in Common Law (LL.B.) in 1995.

    Member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Louis-Pierre was called to the Québec Bar in 1995. He is also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ).

    Louis-Pierre Gravelle is past-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and past president of the Joint Liaison Committee – Patents between the Patent office and the profession. He is also a Councillor for FICPI Canada.
    He is named since 2012 by Best Lawyers among the most remarkable lawyers in Montréal in intellectual property.

    Louis-Pierre also sits on the business development committee, the information technology committee and the office automation committee of the firm. The introduction of AI tools in law firms is a topic that fascinates him.

    Marie-Josée Hébert

    Université de Montréal

    Titulaire d’un diplôme d’études spécialisées en néphrologie de l’Université de Montréal et d’une formation postdoctorale à l’Université Harvard, Marie-Josée Hébert est néphrologue-transplanteuse et chercheuse au CHUM, professeure à la Faculté de médecine et titulaire de la Chaire Shire en néphrologie et en transplantation et régénération rénales. Elle est également codirectrice du Programme national de recherche en transplantation du Canada et a fondé de grands groupes de recherche interdisciplinaire et trans-sectorielle.


    Ses travaux ont notamment permis de découvrir des nouveaux mécanismes à l’œuvre dans le rejet d’organes greffés. En 2015, la Dre Hébert remportait le prix Dr. John B. Dossetor de la Fondation canadienne du rein en reconnaissance de sa contribution exceptionnelle à la recherche sur les maladies du rein. Elle occupe depuis 2016 la fonction de Vice-rectrice à la recherche, à la découverte, à la création et à l’innovation à l’Université de Montréal.

    Eric In

    CIC Capital Canada Inc.

    Eric cumule près de 10 ans d’expérience en investissement en capital de risque et en capital de croissance principalement en technologie, media, communication. Il a également lancé la filiale nord-américaine d’un éditeur de logiciel en cyber sécurité et gérait le développement des affaires avec des bureaux à Toronto et Montréal. Eric est passionné d’innovation, croissance et développement international. Il a développé une forte expérience dans des contextes multiculturels. Eric détient un diplôme d’ingénieur en informatique de l’ENSIIE et un mastère spécialisé en Finance de l’ESSEC.

    Scott Kaplanis

    Epic Capital

    Mr. Kaplanis has nearly 15 years of Canadian capital markets experience and is currently a partner at Epic Capital Management Inc., a Toronto-based venture capital firm focused on investing in growing Canadian medical technology and digital health companies. Epic was the first venture fund in Canada dedicated to health technology and it has invested in 26 companies across two funds, catalyzed more than $200 million into the sector and helped create more than 400 new jobs since 2014. He currently sits on two corporate boards, both emerging software companies. He is also an advisor to The Funding Portal, which specializes in simplifying how Canadian companies source and secure government grants and incentives.


    Prior to joining Epic, Mr. Kaplanis worked as Vice President, Research at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada, a division of the global investment bank (2003-2008). At Macquarie, he built a profitable franchise by covering companies in a variety of industries including information technology, manufacturing, infrastructure, energy services, transportation and clean technology.


    Mr. Kaplanis holds an HBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder. He is also a registered as an Advising Representative and Dealing Representative with the OSC.


    Mr. Kaplanis is an active entrepreneur as he is currently incubating two businesses. He has also participated on committees in association with the Ontario government in exploring regional clustering and social impact investing.

    Jayant Kumar

    TEC Edmonton

    Jay Kumar has held leadership positions with TEC Edmonton for two decades. As the Vice President of Technology Management, Jay heads up the Technology Transfer office, supervises the provision of intellectual property services to inventors and entrepreneurs in the region and helps create new spin-off companies from University of Alberta inventions. In his career, Jay has been directly involved in creating more than 40 new spin-off companies. He is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Jay holds an MBA with a specialization in Technology Commercialization, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science in Physics.

    Pierre-Luc Labelle

    Finalta Capital

    Mr. Pierre-Luc Labelle, Vice-President, Tax Incentives at FINALTA CAPITAL is a technology professional with a keen business sense.


    Even before completing his engineering studies, Pierre-Luc founded a sports and ergonomic services company. Operating in parallel to the field of industrial technologies, Pierre-Luc then decided to diversify his company by adding a research and development consulting division.


    In 2012, after joining the consulting firm COGNIFISTECH as technical advisor, Pierre-Luc significantly increased his expertise in the analysis and preparation of Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit claims.


    Following the merger of COGNIFISTECH and RAYMOND CHABOT GRANT THORNTON in 2015, Pierre-Luc assumed the role of consultant and project manager in the tax, R&D and innovation department, serving small to very large industrial clients across Canada mainly in aeronautics, electrotechnical and mechanical technologies. In close collaboration with tax specialists, Pierre-Luc also expanded his expertise to other technological fields as well as other forms of tax incentives.


    In 2016, Pierre-Luc joined FINALTA CAPITAL where he is responsible for assessing and managing risks associated to tax incentives as part of the granting and monitoring of related business financing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses across Canada. He reaches in 2018 the position of Vice-President, Tax Incentives. Pierre-Luc holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, from École Polytechnique de Montréal, for which he has been awarded the De Vinci Excellence Profile.

    Julien Lacheré

    BCF Avocats d'affaires

    Julien Lacheré specializes in advising companies on intellectual property matters relating to software, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. He is a professional engineer who completed is Master of Advanced Studies in Knowledge Discovery in Databases at GERAD, a multi university research center regrouping experts from HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, McGill University and Université du Québec à Montréal. He is also a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States.


    Julien has extensive experience in the building of patent portfolios for companies of various sizes, from start-up ventures looking to increase their value and attract funding, to multinational organizations preparing to enter new markets. Julien has particular experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the United States, Canada, Europe and China, advising on patent infringement and avoidance issues, and shaping and implementing comprehensive intellectual property strategies supporting business objectives and corporate strategies.

    Sylvain Lagacé

    CM Labs

    Sylvain Lagacé is CM Labs’ Vice President, responsible for the company’s finances, operations, contracts, legal dossiers, and human resources. Sylvain has a wealth of experience fostering strategic growth in hi-tech product & service companies, as well as extensive expertise in M&As, corporate subsidies, and international expansion. Prior to joining CM Labs, Sylvain was Director of Corporate Affairs at Averna (Montreal), where he implemented strategic processes and structure for sustaining growth. Sylvain graduated from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1995 with a B.Eng.

    Audry Larocque


    Audry Larocque, serial entrepreneur and executive, has helped create several successful companies in the high-tech, analytics, big-data, machine learning, Internet ecosystem since 2000.

    Under his leadership as CEO of iPerceptions, the company was fully restart in early 2013 with new positioning, branding and vision. iPerceptions saw its revenue grow +300% in 40 months, reached exceptional renewal rates, grew its customer base to over 100 Fortune 500, filed 13 patents and transformed the industry with the launch of the award wining and patented Active Recognition Technology. Prior to that, Audry spent 5 years as Co-Founder CEO of Neuralitic, growing the company and positioning it as a business intelligence leader in the wireless ecosystem. Neuralitic was named one of the ten Canadian wireless companies to watch by IDC in 2010, won the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ award. Under Mr. Larocque’s leadership, Neuralitic developed its SevenFlow product suite, filed over 22 patents, marketed the product in over 20 countries, attracted over $20M in venture capital to fuel growth, Neuralitic has been acquired in January 2013 by Guavus.

    Before co-founding Neuralitic, Mr. Larocque was CEO and co-founder of Cilys, a wireless software infrastructure vendor founded in 2001 that provides network acceleration and optimization technology to mobile operators. He led Cilys through successive rounds of financing totalling $8M and established a foothold in international markets. Mr. Larocque also spent time in Geneva, creating a European presence for Cilys. He was integral to the acquisition of Cilys by Openwave Systems in 2005 and then spent over a year at Openwave integrating Cilys as a business unit, leading product strategy and building a healthy pipeline. During the integration, Mr. Larocque worked in Silicon Valley, developing a vast network of contacts.

    Mr. Larocque has extensive experience in business strategy,global commercialization strategies.

    Alain Lavoie


    Mr. Lavoie is President of Irosoft, a leader in digital transformation in the context of information management, he acts as expert on several strategic mandates, particularly in the context for supporting projects leading to the use of natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI).


    Mr. Lavoie has also been very involved in the ICT ecosystem in Quebec for almost 20 years. He is recognized for defending the interests of SMEs in information technology while promoting the field of ICT. Mr. Lavoie sits on the board of directors and the committee of several organizations, including AQT, FCCQ, CyberCap and CEFRIO.


    A graduate of the Université de Montréal in Computer Science and Operations Research, Mr. Lavoie cofounded Irosoft in 1995.

    Pierre-Majorique Léger

    HEC Montréal

    Professor Pierre-Majorique Léger is a researcher, inventor and entrepreneur. He is the senior chairholder of the NSERC-Prompt Industrial Research Chair in User Experience (UX). His research seeks to improve the user experience (UX) while learning or using technology. He does this by analyzing massive amounts of bio-physiological data that are generated during human-IT interactions (HCI), which allow him to qualify emotion and cognitive responses in users. His industrial research partners includes Deloitte Digital, Sobeys, Desjardins, D-Box technologies, Videotron, JDA Software, CAE and Banque Nationale. He is a full professor of IT at HEC Montreal, as well as invited professor at the prestigious Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College and the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. He is the author of over 50 scientific articles, he holds at least 10 invention patents and has also been involved with several start-ups. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and has done post-doctoral studies in information technologies at HEC Montréal and NYU Stern School of Business.

    Van Lindberg

    Python Software Foundation

    Van specializes in the intersection of technology and law and was in 2012 named one of "America's Top 12 Techiest Attorneys" by the ABA Journal. With his software engineering background, Van has particular expertise in the area of Open Source, with extensive work addressing the legal, economic, and social aspects of engaging with Open Source communities. He is the author of “Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code,” published by O’Reilly Media, and helps businesses with everything from Open Source compliance to business strategy. He has been an officer of the Python Software Foundation since 2007, serving as the foundation’s chair from 2012 through 2016. He was also a member of OpenStack Foundation’s board of directors from 2013 through 2017. Prior to joining Dykema, Van was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Rackspace, a managed cloud-computing company, where he set the strategy and policy around patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and Open Source matters.

    Luc Mayrand


    Luc is an experienced manager in research and development in the field of telecommunications and software engineering. He received both his Masters and Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He held various technical and management positions in all areas of the development cycle at Ericsson for almost 20 years during which he introduced many successful new products to market, and lead and developed engineering units across several countries. In 2005 Luc became VP R&D at Blueslice Networks, which was acquired by Tekelec in 2010. In 2012 he joined NoviFlow as a founding member of the management team were he acts as VP R&D.

    Thomas Martinuzzo

    Fonds de solidarité FTQ

    Thomas Martinuzzo joined the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ in September 2016 as Senior Investment Advisor – Innovation. Thomas has worked in the field of innovation since 2006. He held several positions at Gestion Univalor, s.e.c, where he notably led the team of professionals who commercialize physical sciences and engineering inventions from Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, HEC Montréal and affiliated hospital research centres. Mr. Martinuzzo also founded eValorix.com, a web platform that commercializes digital tools arising out of public research. He also served on the board of directors of several start-up companies (Bâton Simulations inc. and Ortho Regenerative Technologies inc.) and is currently a director of Castor Optics Inc.

    Thierry Pagé


    Thierry is Senior Director, Business Development Sciences & Engineering, at Univalor, the Technology Transfer Office of Campus Montreal. He has an international track record in technology commercialization, business management at growth and start-up stages, business development and technology licensing. Driven by an entrepreneurial mindset, he is passionate about innovation and business with a particular interest in instrumentation, simulations & modeling, machine learning and IoT applied in several industries where he has worked: cleantech sectors, smart cities, energy, mines and agri-food. He founded and managed Odotech Inc. for 18 years leading to sales in 22 countries, the first spin-offs of Polytechnique in artificial intelligence and cleantech. Thierry holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Polytechnique with graduate studies at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and at MIT Sloan, Cambridge.

    Jean-François Pelland

    Gowling WLC

    Jean-François Pelland is a partner in Gowling WLG's Montréal office. His domestic and international business law practice focuses on corporate, public and private financing, as well as mergers and acquisitions, structuring and tax planning.


    Jean-François assists businesses at various stages of their corporate evolution, from start-up to growth through financing in equity, debt and acquisitions, to exit by divestiture or initial public offering. Jean-Francois also supervised the first Canadian Initial Coin Offering completed under the supervision of the Canadian regulators and the first Canadian equity crowd-funding using a numeric portal, the whole in accordance with Canadian securities laws.


    Jean-François has acted as lead counsel for private corporations, reporting issuers, investors, dealers and capital pool corporations — particularly in emerging sectors such as life sciences, information technologies, videogames, social media, mining, oil and gas exploration and cleantech. He also occasionally serves as director or as officer for private corporations, trusts and reporting issuers listed on the TSX and TSX-V.

    Jacques Robert

    HEC Montréal

    Jacques Robert est professeur titulaire au département de technologies de l’information à HEC Montréal. Il détient un B.Sc. et une M.Sc. en sciences économiques de l’Université de Montréal et un doctorat (Ph.D.) en de l’University of Western Ontario (1989).

    Après 12 années comme professeur en sciences économiques, il s’est joint à HEC Montréal en 2001. Il a été directeur du département de TI entre 2010 et 2016. Depuis 2014, il est directeur associé à la recherche et au transfert. À ce titre, il est responsable des pôles de transfert à HEC Montréal. Finalement, depuis janvier 2016, il est aussi directeur du programme de doctorat de HEC Montréal.

    Ses intérêts de recherche comprennent la théorie des jeux appliquée , la conception du mécanisme et de l'économie expérimentale, et l’enseignement des technologies de l’information. Les revues scientifiques dans lesquelles il a publié incluent Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Quaterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Information & Management, European journal of operational research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Annals of Finance, et Neural computation.

    Jacques Robert est un fellow du CIRANO, un centre interuniversitaire de recherche, de liaison et de transfert, depuis sa création en 1994. Au CIRANO, il a dirigé d’importants projets en commerce électronique. Il est présentement membre de son conseil d’administration.

    Le professeur Robert est un des co-inventeur de ERPsim, une simulation d’affaires utilisée dans plus de 200 universités à travers le monde. Il est membre du Lab ERPsim. Il a été président du conseil d’administration de Baton Simulations, la firme qui détient les droits commerciaux de ERPsim, depuis sa fondation en 2009 jusqu’à mars 2016. Il siège présentement comme membre du Conseil.

    Le professeur Jacques Robert est Gouverneur de la Fondation HEC Montréal.

    Kurtis Scissons


    Kurtis Scissons is a Senior Manager of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Founder and Director of the University of Toronto research accelerator UTEST. Over the past 10 years with UofT Kurtis has helped over 60 companies raise over $200M in investment capital with 6 acquisitions including 3 AI acquisitions to Google and Twitter. Prior to UofT Kurtis worked at Nortel Networks and Oracle in various finance and innovation roles.

    Helge Seetzen


    Helge is an award-winning technologist, entrepreneur, and a recognized global authority on technology transfer and display technologies. As General Partner of TandemLaunch, he works with inventors and entrepreneurs to build high growth technology companies. His past successes include the transformation of raw university IP into fully commercialized LED TV technology, including selling his last company - Brightside Technologies - to Dolby Laboratories after sealing partnerships with several of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Helge holds over 80 patents in the fields of display, camera and video technology.

    Jean-François Simard

    Université Laval

    Jean-François Simard is a microbiologist by training and also owns a MBA in pharmaceutical management. He worked for 12 years in various management positions in the biotech and food sectors including Medicago and Atrium Innovations, where he was actively involved in public and private financing, business development and business strategy and in mergers and acquisitions. He has been at Université Laval for more than 6 years where he first worked in technology transfer for affiliated hospital centers and with the university's valorization company (SOVAR) and as a technology officer dedicated to various industry partnership programs prior to be named Director of the Unviersité Medium Liaison Office.


    Jacques Simoneau


    Jacques Simoneau is President & CEO and of Univalor, a limited partnership with a mission to commercialize innovations created at Université de Montréal and its affiliated health institutions, at Polytechnique Montreal and at HEC Montreal.


    Dr. Simoneau is a seasoned executive with more than 35 years of experience in investment, science and technologies. He was responsible for venture capital and private equity portfolios worth a billion dollars invested in all sectors of the economy. He also hold positions in business development, as research scientist and as university professor.


    Dr. Simoneau is a mechanical engineer with a M.Sc. from Laval University and a Ph.D. from Queen’s University. He is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and of Professional Engineers Ontario, and he is certified ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

    Luc Sirois

    Prompt Innov

    With a degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and another in business administration from Harvard University, Mr. Sirois is a manager and entrepreneur known for his creative approach to innovation and for his involvement in the field of digital technology in Quebec and around the world. His wealth of professional experience includes working at McKinsey & Company as a strategic advisor, being an experienced medical technology entrepreneur at Resonant Medical (now Elekta Canada), and working in the corporate sector, notably for Telus, as a senior executive.


    He recently brought Quebec expertise into the limelight as the co-founder of Hacking Health, an international health innovation movement present in more than 20 countries, and as the founder of the Hacking Health Accelerator. Mr. Sirois works with many start-ups and non-profit organizations focusing on youth, health, science and education, including the YMCAs of Quebec and INRS University.

    Jason Stanley

    Element AI

    Jason Stanley is Design Research Lead at Element AI, where he helps drive the company's efforts to make human-centric AI products. In the recent past, he spent five years working as a data scientist, design researcher, and product leader in several start-ups, including at Breather, where he helped build out the company's early data science and insights team. He has over 15 years of experience in social research around the world, including in India, China, South Africa, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, and spent over two years working on high-level public policy for the Government of Canada. Jason has multi-disciplinary graduate degrees from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.

    Jesse Vincent-Herscovici


    Jesse’s interest in evolutionary; neuro and organizational Psychology was the motivation behind his obtaining a graduate degree, while keeping one foot in the private sector. Through his involvement in a breadth of industries ranging from telecommunications and micro-electronic component distribution to niche haute couture labels, Jesse actively developed his relationship-centered approach to business development.


    Jesse has been a member of the Mitacs Business Development team since 2009. As acting Vice-President, he is responsible for the strategy and national business development team.


    Working under a mandate to help foster Canadian innovation; Mitacs works with the world’s most innovative companies, helping to structure and support their research strategy with universities across the country.

    Derrick Wong

    McGill University

    Derrick is one of the Technology Transfer Managers with McGill’s Office of Innovation and Partnerships. He is responsible for managing and commercializing the intellectual property created by McGill’s researchers from the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics, the School of Computer Science as well other software focused intellectual properties from other Faculties. In addition, he provides guidance to students and researchers who are exploring technology entrepreneurship. Prior to joining McGill, he worked in Sales, Business Development and Program Management with technology companies in the networking/telecom, optical and semiconductor industries. He has an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and engineering, a Master of Science in Financial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, and is a licensed professional Engineer in Ontario.

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