Edition 2018

Judges in Round 1 & 2

In Round 1 & 2, the judges evaluate 53 teams’ online submissions. In round 1, projects are evaluated by their business concept presentation, stakeholder analysis, and proof of social support. Click here to see Round 1’s evaluation form. In round 2, teams are evaluated by their online pitches and crowdfunding performances. Click here to see Round 2’s evaluation form.

Alice Chipot Rivera, Consellor – Strategy and financing research

Alice holds a master’s degree from the Rennes Institute of Political Studies. She first became interested in the role of public institutions, guarantors of the quality of living together and of the respect for the general interest. Subsequently, her attention shifted to organizations and the role they play in society. She then understood that any organization, whether private or anchored in the social and solidarity economy, is a potential vector of social transformation. Thanks to a master’s degree at the École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Montréal (HEC Montreal), Alice has developed her analytical skills. Today, she helps organizations “to build” their strategic vision, better understand the ecosystem in which they operate and develop approaches aligned with their mission and growth objectives. A Franco-Dominican of origin, Alice works regularly in the Dominican Republic and she is interested in the political evolution in Latin America. She wonders how to create alternative bridges between so-called “northern” communities and our contemporaries in the “south”.

De Jorge Mejía, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/jorge-h.mejia.html)

Jorge Humberto Mejia, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at HEC Montreal, previously served as a full time faculty member at ITAM Business School. Professor Mejia holds a Ph.D. from HEC, Paris, a MSc at Paris-Dauphine University, a MBA and B.B.A. with a special major that combined international and strategic entrepreneurship at ITAM. Recently he participated as a visiting research scholar at Texas Christian University, USA. Professor Mejia’s research is focus on: 1. Entrepreneurial intentions, purpose of life, social entrepreneurship and ethics; 2. Entrepreneurial networks of immigrants and families; 3. SMEs management, new ventures, scalable businesses and technology based firms; 4. Corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial boards, Top Management Teams and environmental issues in organizations. Jorge Humberto has coauthored numerous journal publications, conference articles, books and book chapters in the aforementioned topics. Professor Mejia’s research has earned scholarly recognition from Strategic Management Society, USA, Federal Business Disciplines, USA and CONACYT in Mexico. Jorge Humberto is an award-winning educator who teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship to undergraduates, MBAs, EMBAs and Executives. He is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma AACSB-Honor Society. Prior and during his academic career, he worked as a consultant of large corporations, entrepreneur and CEO of SMEs.

Geneviève Handfield, Coordinator IDEOS Hub (https://ideos.hec.ca/)

Geneviève Handfield has always worked in the field of social organizations and sustainable development. She holds a Master degree in information sciences from University of Montreal and a DESS in territorial planification and local development from University of Quebec in Montreal. From developing a active transportation program and infrastructures across the province of Quebec to managing programs and activities for university students or local organizations, passing by collecting data for researches, Geneviève is trying to be a part of a social change.

Hugo Steben, Director of social entrepreneurship – Maison de l’innovation sociale (https://www.mis.quebec/)

Hugo Steben is Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Maison de l’innovation sociale (MIS), an organization that supports the emergence and deployment of social innovation initiatives. Before joining MIS, Hugo Steben worked mainly in consulting in strategy and innovation management, as well as a university lecturer on various topics related to strategy, innovation management and organizational development. In the context of his functions at MIS, he leads efforts to develop social innovation capabilities at the organizational, territorial and community-level, as well as to support the deployment of the social impact initiatives that emerge from MIS’s activities in their transition from idea to impact.

 

Jean-Michel Champagne, Sustainable Development Manager at HEC Montréal

Jean-Michel Champagne acts as HEC Montréal’s Sustainable Development Officer since 2018. Before joining HEC, he has been working for 8 years as an environmental and sustainability advisor in infrastructure and real estate management, serving public and private institutions across the country. He has completed his Environmental Sciences Master (M.sc.) at UQAM in 2012 and his MBA at HEC Montréal in 2017. His fields of specialization includes infrastructure environmental management (energy, water, waste, pollution control) and ecosystemic management of urbanized and natural landscapes.

Lamiya Morshed, Executive Director, Yunus Centre, Bangladesh 

Ms Morshed has been the Executive Director of Yunus Centre, the global hub for social business activities of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, since its inception as the Yunus Secretariat in 2006 and its formal incorporation in 2008. She has worked with Grameen for more than 23 years. In 1994, she joined Grameen Trust, which supports and implements poverty-focused microcredit programs in more than 45 countries, and was part of numerous high level missions to develop partnerships and create microcredit institutions around the world including project and business plan development of microcredit programs in Kosovo, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Turkey. During her tenure at Grameen Trust and Yunus Centre, she has participated and presented at high level international forums, conferences, and summits around the world on the subject of microcredit and social business, on many occasions representing Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with whom she works very closely. In addition to her responsbilities at Yunus Centre, she serves as the Managing Director of Grameen Healthcare Trust. Ms Morshed serves as board member of the following social businesses Grameen Healthcare Services Ltd, Grameen Creative Lab (Germany), Grameen Intel, Grameen Uniqlo and Japan Automechanic Co Ltd. She also serves as the Board Director of Grameen Trust, as well as Yunus Social Business, Albania. She is member of the Management Committee of Grameen Caledonian Collage of Nursing (GCCN), a joint venture nursing collegue established by Grameen Healthcare Trust and Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.

Laurence Beaugrand-Champagne, Project Manager at IDEOS Hub

Laurence Beaugrand-Champagne is an Alumni of HEC Montreal. She graduated in 2015 with an M.Sc in Management. She has also completed a first-degree diploma in Anthropology. Her thesis was on the evolution of leadership in the history of humanity. Laurence is a full time staff at Pôle IDEOS as a project manager. After graduating from HEC MTL, she worked for Exeko, a non-profit organization in social innovation. Through her job at Pôle IDEOS, Laurence works with business students on campus to promote social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social initiatives; and to catalyze their ideas into activities aimed at the HEC MTL community. She is also a board member for Temps Libre Coop, a co-working and free public space

Linda Bensalah, PhD Candidate at HEC Montreal

Linda Bensalah is a PhD student at HEC Montreal in management, strategy and organization. Her research interests are organizational theory with a particular focus on sustainable development, social innovation, social impact and practices. She is also a teaching assistant for “Organizational Theory” and “Sustainable Development” courses. Prior to joining HEC she worked at the United Nations Development Program where she initiated, managed and monitored several development projects with high social and environmental impacts.

Manaf Bouchentouf, Executive Director of Business Support, HEC Montréal Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Acquisition and Business Families Hub – HEC Montreal (https://iebn.hec.ca/equipe/)

Manaf Bouchentouf is Executive Director and Coach at Pôle entrepreneuriat, repreneuriat et familles en affaires at HEC Montréal. He cofounded and and directs Accélérateur Banque Nationale – HEC Montréal as well as Incubator entrePrism. He is certified in Project Management (PMI) and Regulatory Affairs by Harvard University. In exective education programs at HEC Montreal, he provides customized training in entrepreneurship and technological innovation at the business model level. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Université Laval and an MBA from HEC Montréal.

Marie-Ange Masson, Lecturer at HEC Montreal and Coordinator of Parcours entrepreneurial Rémi-Marcoux (http://iebn.hec.ca/)

Marie-Ange Masson worked as a coordinator and co-created the Rémi-Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track that supports young entrepreneurs in their early stage project and soft skills development. She is deeply engaged in different training projects like MOOCs, books, action-based workshops, executive education. She coaches entrepreneurs and uses their feedback to always improve tools, supports, workshops, etc. She has a MSc in marketing from HEC Montréal and a Business Model Certification. She is interested in business models, entrepreneurship, innovation and intrapreneurship.

Mathieu Bouchard, PhD Candidate at HEC Montreal

Mathieu Bouchard is PhD candidate at HEC Montréal’s department of management. He studies the influence of clientele activism on professional practices and occupational jurisdictions in the empirical context of mental health care. From a theoretical standpoint, he explores the emergence of negotiated order theory within symbolic interactionism and its recent rediscovery by a group of researchers associated with organizational institutionalism. Mathieu is also interested in cross-sectoral relations and is currently lecturer in sustainable development and environmental management at the bachelor’s degree.

Pénélope Codello, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/penelope.codello.html)

Pénélope Codello, professor at HEC Montréal and Gestalt coach. Trained for a long time at Gestalt Therapy at IFAS – Gestalt Humanist School (www.gestalt.fr), Pénélope Codello is a Gestalt therapist in France and today a Gestalt coach in Canada and France as well. About her university education, she has a doctorate in management. She has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University in France for more than 15 years and is currently a Professor at HEC Montréal. Pénélope Codello has been developing coaching and team management courses for MBA / DESS / Master / BAA students and managers for several years.

Rym Lamrani, Business and Partnership Development, CERESO

Rym Lamrani works at the CERESO, a centre of expertise and support in social innovation based in the Cégep regional de Lanaudière of L’Assomption. She holds a Masters Degree in Bioorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry from Grenoble-Alpes University and a DESS in Management and Sustainable Development from HEC Montréal. She got involved in social innovation networks in 2011, following the thought that the people should come before the dollar. She believes that community-based project and bottom-up approaches can democratize economy and reduce inequalities, with the condition that an inclusive governance is laid out.

Susana Esper, PhD Candidate at HEC Montreal

Her research interests are organizational theory and critical management studies with a particular focus on corporate social responsibility, business ethics and the relation between business, governments and the civil society. Empirically, she is interested in developing countries.

Thu Trang Tran, Lecturer, Foreign Trade University

Thu Trang Tran, who earned her PhD in Management from HEC Montréal, has been teaching at Foreign Trade University (Hanoi) since 2007. Her research projects focus on social innovation, entrepreneurship and institutional change in developing economies. Trang is among the trainers for Vietnam Youth Social Innovation Program (VYSIP) supported by British Council Vietnam. She has been a mentor for the Enterprising for Development (EFD) Program of Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) – the first incubator of social enterprises in Vietnam. In addition, Trang has served as a jury member of several local and international student competitions such as “Greenovation Challenge” and “Hult Prize Challenge”.

Verónica Zuñiga-Salas, professional researcher at IDEOS Hub (https://ideos.hec.ca/)Bio to come!

 


Judges in Semifinal Round

In the Semifinal Round, 25 teams were selected to present at HEC Montreal, 3000, chemin de la Côte Sainte Catherine, H3T 2A7 on Monday September 17, 2018. They are evaluated on their social and business innovation as well as the feasibility of their business model. Click here to see Semifinal evaluation form and here to see the schedule of presentations

Bruner Nozière, Founder of Bruner Canada (http://www.bruner.ca)

Mr. Bruner Nozière currently manages the Entrepreneurship acceleration & incubation program for startups within the Groupe3737. He worked in his home country for Scotiabank and Media company Mediacom as a senior accountant. After immigrating to Canada in 2005, he decided to start his consulting and training firm. He was nominated twice Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and 2010. In addition to being an entrepreneur and teacher, Mr. Nozière continues to work as entrepreneur in financial technology. He recently founded with his partner a Fintech company Netdollar.ca while working with young entrepreneurs as coach. Former member of the board at the Haitian Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCCH). On October 3, 2008, Mr. Bruner Nozière received from the Minister of Employment and Solidarity M. Sam Hamad, the public award by the Société Lavaloise de Credit Communautaire (SOCLE) and the Community Credit Quebec Network(RQCC). He served on several boards including Zap.coop (Montreal-wifi) and  the Committee’ selection of the Montreal Young metropolitan chamber of commerce (JCCM). Mr. Nozière involves in many philanthropic activities as volunteer and speaker. He also teaches in high school and college to promote entrepreneurship and technology. He advocates against dropping out in collaboration with government organization such as the Association for the Development Research and Innovation of Quebec (ADRIQ). He also involves and supports startup projects as a mentor for young entrepreneurs in the Caribbean with the Center Richard Branson. He got in 2010 recognition from the foreign minister for his mission in Africa by the Franco-Quebecois Youth Office(OFQJ). He is the author of two electronic books business opportunities and Fundraising raising Guide. Mr. Nozière advocates for e-business and Edu-action which enabled him to receive awards and grants to travel to Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His motto is simple: #LAUGH, #LEARN, #LIVE, #LOVE.

Christopher Baenninger, President and Creative Director of NewBase Media (http://www.newbasemedia.com)

Christopher Baenninger has extensive experience leading teams in delivering excellence in the fields of marketing & communication. He has founded several successful Creative shops, including Blast Media, where he & his partners delivered world class creative content & marketing strategies to companies like Tetra Pack, Adidas & Bombardier. In late 2011, Christopher founded NewBase Media, an advertising agency specialised in the promotion of Sustainable products and services For A Better World. He and his super talented team have been going from success to success and are rapidly setting themselves to become the premiere Sustainable Advertising Agency in Canada. Christopher also has a keen passion for Art and is currently setting up a new AI-based online art platform to help give exposure to undiscovered Artists, to be launched in 2019.

Emile Roux, General Manager of the Social Development Society (http://www.courtier.social)

Emile Roux is General Manager of the Social Development Society, the largest social broker in North America. He began his career working in Europe and Africa for the television group Canal +. In 2012, he moved to Montreal to launch a music discovery application and then became marketing director for Metix, a consulting firm specialized in the development of IT solutions. He holds a master’s degree in communication and marketing from Istec Paris.

Jean-Michel Champagne, Sustainable Development Manager at HEC Montréal

Jean-Michel Champagne acts as HEC Montréal’s Sustainable Development Officer since 2018. Before joining HEC, he has been working for 8 years as an environmental and sustainability advisor in infrastructure and real estate management, serving public and private institutions across the country. He has completed his Environmental Sciences Master (M.sc.) at UQAM in 2012 and his MBA at HEC Montréal in 2017. His fields of specialization includes infrastructure environmental management (energy, water, waste, pollution control) and ecosystemic management of urbanized and natural landscapes.

Ludivine Ventura, Analyst at SVX Quebec (www.svx.ca)

Ludivine has been using finance as a tool to have an impact for the past 10 years with experiences in microfinance, banking, philanthropy and non-profits. She has worked for BNP Paribas in 4 different countries, for Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation, the McConnell Family Foundation and World Wide Hearing. Analyst for SVX Québec, she supports social businesses in defining their financial needs and seeking funding, and motivates investors to turn to impact investing. Ludivine is particularly interested in collaborating with stakeholders from various sectors to solve the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time.

Luis-Felipe Cisneros-Martinez, Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/luis-felipe.cisneros-martinez.html)

Luis Cisneros is associate professor and scientific director of the Entrepreneurship and Business Families Hub at HEC Montréal (Canada). He cofounded the Entrepreneurial Track Rémi-Marcoux, the Institute for Entrepreneurship National Bank / HEC Montréal, the incubator EntrePrism, and the Business Families Center Deschênes / Molson / Lesage at HEC Montréal. He teaches creativity, entrepreneurship, and business modeling at HEC Montreal. He has published several chapters, articles and study cases about entrepreneurship and family business management. Dr. Cisneros holds a Masters in Management (University of Aguascalientes, Mexico), an MSc in Management Control (University Paris-Dauphine, France) and a PhD in Management (Group HEC Paris, France).

Mabel-Paola Gonzalez-Pacheco, Founder of El negro está de moda (https://www.elnegroestademoda.com)

Mabel has more than 12 years of experience, managing social, cultural and economic programs as well as building partnerships in Colombia, Germany, Egypt, Bolivia and Canada. Her work has mainly focused on areas such as sustainable development, human rights, public policies and transparency. Originally from Colombia, she lives in Montréal since 2014 with her two girls and husband. In 2016, Mabel and her sister participated in the first Social Business Creation Programme, with a project called “El negro está de moda”, aimed at fighting discrimination in Colombia. Their project was selected as first among the 5 team that best perform in round 2 and as third among the three finalists After the competition, Mabel and her sister established a social enterprise called Nuestro Flow and are now running several initiatives in Colombia, Chile and Peru and working with different public and private partners such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the city of Bogotá. Mabel combines her time working as co-founder and responsible of business development at Nuestro Flow with her role as Head of the Canadian branch of Vigeo Eiris, an European company offering tools and research to investors with the aim to promote responsible investments by integrating the way companies manage their social, environmental and governance risks into the investment decision process.

Nguyen Pham, Manager in EY Business Modelling group based in Montreal (www.ey.com/ca)

Nguyen Pham is a Manager in the Business Modelling group in the EY’s Montreal office. With his background in Operations Research, his focus is on developing analytical solutions to decision-making problems in business using optimization, simulation, and statistical models. Nguyen has obtained his doctorate at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland with research topics on complex scheduling solutions and their applications in healthcare and transportation. His research works have been published in international peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining EY, he has worked at a utility in Canada, where he has developed solutions and quantitative models to various planning problems.

Rislaine Benfelkat, Cofounder and General Manager at Ma MobiClinique

General pediatrician with nearly 9 years of experience in pediatric hospital, nursery and pediatric emergencies. Significant interest in the development of community-based pediatrics. In 2017 she co-founded Ma MobiClinique, a mobile pediatric clinic actually installed in a bus and intended to offer medical care for children in Montréal’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The MobiClinique is an innovative alternative to drop-in pediatric clinics, and includes a web application that parents can easily use to sign up a day ahead. With the contribution of Pôle IDEOS, Rislaine and her partners won for their project, the Toqueville Challenge (2018), a competition aimed at fostering community engagement, building citizen solidarity and promoting social responsibility and innovation.

Sidiki Sow, Founder and president of ProtERA (http://www.proterafarms.com/)

Agro-Environmental economist by training from McGill University, Sidiki A. SOW will shortly become a Professional Agronomist by entering the Order of Quebec Agronomists. As a consultant, he has already developed a project worth ½ a million dollars of profit for a multinational West African agribusiness firm. He recently founded ProtERA Farms, a disruptive start-up that aims to tackle the challenge of sustainably feeding 2 additional billion people by developing insect farming for feed and food in West Africa. ProtERA recently received the first prize at HEC Social Business Creation and was selected as one five winners at Accelerate 2030 launched by Impact Hub Geneva in collaboration with the UNDP.

Tanya Giannelia, MBA, Ph.D. Candidate HEC MontrealBio to come.

 

Thibaud Joubert, Chief Sales Officer, ECOTIERRA(https://www.ecotierra.co)Bio to come.
Tiberius Brastaviceanu, Founder of Sensorica (http://www.sensorica.co/home)

Co-founder of SENSORICA and initiator of the Multitude Project, Tibi is a leader in the peer to peer and open source movement. Trained as a physicist, Tibi’s technical background is in laser applications and non-linear optics – he is very active in optical sensing projects. In working with this passion, Tibi saw the need to create an alternative to traditional hierarchical working conditions. Starting with the Multitude Project and continuing to innovate with SENSORICA, Tibi co-developed a framework for peer to peer production, using a robust tool to track and capture the work produced by a diverse and collaborative cohort of workers. The framework is now commonly referred to as the Open Value Network Model, or OVN. Animated by big ideas and adventure, Tibi loves freedom in action, is invigorated by chaotic environments, and brings a wealth of knowledge of the on the ground processes and conditions needed for a peer to peer network to thrive.


Judges in Grand Final

Three finalists will be selected among the top 5 teams of the semifinal round (best team from each of the 5 rooms) to pitch to the grand public in the evening of Monday September 17, 2018 at HEC Montreal, 3000, chemin de la Côte Sainte Catherine, H3T 2A7. They are evaluated by their ability to captivate the audience with their social business. Click here to see Final evaluation form.

Jean-Francois Archambault, CEO and Founder of La Tablée des Chefs and Executive Director, Fellow of Ashoka Quebec (http://www.tableedeschefs.org)Soon after his studies in Hotel Management at the ITHQ, Jean-François became a manager in the hospitality industry. After working as a sales representative at Château Vaudreuil and Fairmont Tremblant, Jean-François worked as a sales manager at several major hotels in the metropolitan area. In 2002, he presented his concept of food recovery from hotels and caterers to leaders of the culinary and hospitality industry; his project then took shape and became La Tablée des Chefs. With this organization, Jean-François hopes to socially mobilize chefs and cooks because he believes in their incredible ability to intervene on the issue of hunger and to address its many challenges.

Diane Bérard, Les Affaires (https://www.lesaffaires.com/auteur/diane-berard/682)

Diane Bérard is a columnist and impact reporter for the newspaper Les Affaires. She contributes to the printed edition, Web content and event animation. She practices “solution journalism” which is to present, critically, initiatives that attempt to solve societal problems. Her areas of interest are the new capitalism, social innovation, ethics, governance and entrepreneurship.

Ghani Kolli, CEO – Créateur d’Impact at HumanYo+Impact (https://HumanYoImpact.com)

Having spoken to 3,600 people over the past 15 years at workshops, conferences, and consulting assignments, Ghani knows how critical is the alignment of individuals with their organizations and organizations with their clients need. His career as an entrepreneur and intrapreneur shapes his contribution to innovative projects aimed at creating value for his clients. It is this commitment to business that he shares with passion as impact entrepreneurs, strategic advisor and business coach. Co-creating and innovating with his clients, in collaboration with his peers in a framework that leaves space for creativity and excellence, is his the main driver. Ghani Kolli is a certified Business Model & Value Proposition Designer as well as Business Model You practitioner. He helped entrepreneurs and business leaders successfully rethink their business models. He founded HumanYo project, an Artificial Intelligence startup that predict team efficiency and co-founded the strategic design firm HumanYo+Impact to create human impact within innovative organizations by using design thinking, lean startup, customer development, design a better business, and blue ocean methodologies. Ghani is co-creator and contributor of the books Business Models for Teams and The Real Startup Book. Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/ghanikolli .

Lucy Stoyak, Director of Mosaic Summer School (http://ecole-ete.hec.ca/en/)

Lucy Stojak has over 15 years of experience in the development and management of international, interdisciplinary and intercultural educational programs. She served as Director of the Space Studies Program, a 9-weekprofessional development program in the aerospace field, offered by the International Space University (ISU). She is a lawyer specialized in space law. Her fields of interest include security and space, the commercialization of space, and intercultural negotiation and team building. She has been a member of the Canadian delegation to international organizations such as the United Nations, the EU, the OECD, the Conference on Disarmament and the European Space Agency (ESA). She is a Faculty member of the ISU..

Natalie Voland, President of Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis inc. (https://www.lofts-mtl.com/)

Natalie Voland has been reinventing the process of real estate development over 20 years. Her roots as a social worker allows her to have a unique and purpose driven design centered outlook on development that priorities historical protection of civic assets while being forward thinking to help buildings unite communities. She is a leader of the Quebec B Corp Movement where her companies are stewards of the environment, foster social inclusion, while making market driven profit to help the economic development of Montreal. Natalie controls 1.5 million square feet, supports over 500 entrepreneurs, and is an active public speaker. She partners with several universities to use her assets as teaching and prototype tools for pushing the concept on what city do we want to build as citizens and is a Professor of the Harvard School of Public Health in Sustainable Leadership for CEO’s. She has won extensive awards for her work and lectured on the global stage; while remaining true to her values of social and economic inclusion.

Pinard Claude, Saputo Foundation (http://www.saputo.com)

Over the past 25 years, Claude Pinard has honed his skills in communications, public relations, philanthropy, marketing and professional sports management. Claude Pinard is currently Executive Director of the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation and acts as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Jolina Capital, a private family holding in Montreal. Claude has held different positions in both the public and the private sectors. He acted as Special Advisor to the Chairman at Hydro-Québec before joining Saputo in August 2001 as Vice President of Communications, where he was responsible for internal and external communications, press relations and investor relations. He was appointed to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of this Division in 2006, a position that he held for three years.

Edition 2017

Judges in Round 1

In Round 1, the judges evaluate teams’ online submissions: business concept presentation, stakeholder analysis, and proof of social support. Click here to see Round 1’s evaluation form.

1 Luciano Barin Cruz, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/luciano.barin-cruz.html)

Luciano Barin CruzLuciano Barin Cruz is an Associate Professor of Management and Sustainability at HEC Montréal, Canada. He leads several research projects and teaches in the field of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and social innovation, in different regions of the world, with a particular focus on Latin America. He has been a visiting scholar in several Universities in Latin America. His research, which investigates the role of organizations for social and environmental inclusion, has been published in Journal of Management Studies, World Development, Organization, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Decision and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

2 Mai Thi Thanh Thai, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/mai-thi-thanh.thai.html)

Mai Thi Thanh ThaiMai Thi Thanh Thai, MBA. Ph.D. is Associate Professor at HEC Montreal where she teaches entrepreneurship, strategies in emerging markets and qualitative methods. She is also the Editor-in-chief of Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, an international journal that publishes both in English and French. Her research focuses on the link between entrepreneurship and its socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts. She published two books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed several book chapters, and presented at numerous academic conferences. For her excellence in research and teaching, she has received several local and international awards

3 Joey El-Khoury, Lecturer at HEC Montreal

Joey El-KhouryJoey El-Khoury is a lecturer at HEC Montreal, teaching “Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Sustainability management”, and founder of Jardins Sans Frontières. His nine-year career in business development in Mali, West Africa ignited in him a passion for ecological agriculture, community development and social and organizational innovation. It was after this experience with the community Kamaka in the Sahel region that he undertook his big green. Through a partnership with CREDIL and Québec Without Borders, he undertook Winter 2013 Action Research in Senegal on permaculture with Baback Serere community. Today, he is working with GRIDD-HEC (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Sustainable Development) as part of his doctoral studies in Applied Human Sciences at the University of Montreal. His thesis is on permaculture and social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social and organizational innovation.


Judges in Round 2

In Round 2, the judges evaluate teams’ business concept pitch and proof of crowdfunding campaign results. Click here to see Round 2’s evaluation form.

1 Lamiya Morshed, Executive Director, Yunus Centre, Bangladesh (http://www.muhammadyunus.org/)

Ms Morshed has been the Executive Director of Yunus Centre, the global hub for social business activities of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, since its inception as the Yunus Secretariat in 2006 and its formal incorporation in 2008. She has worked with Grameen for more than 23 years. In 1994, she joined Grameen Trust, which supports and implements poverty-focused microcredit programs in more than 45 countries, and was part of numerous high level missions to develop partnerships and create microcredit institutions around the world including project and business plan development of microcredit programs in Kosovo, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Turkey. During her tenure at Grameen Trust and Yunus Centre, she has participated and presented at high level international forums, conferences, and summits around the world on the subject of microcredit and social business, on many occasions representing Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with whom she works very closely. In addition to her responsbilities at Yunus Centre, she serves as the Managing Director of Grameen Healthcare Trust. Ms Morshed serves as board member of the following social businesses Grameen Healthcare Services Ltd, Grameen Creative Lab (Germany), Grameen Intel, Grameen Uniqlo and Japan Automechanic Co Ltd. She also serves as the Board Director of Grameen Trust, as well as Yunus Social Business, Albania. She is member of the Management Committee of Grameen Caledonian Collage of Nursing (GCCN), a joint venture nursing collegue established by Grameen Healthcare Trust and Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.

2 Marie-Ange Masson, Lecturer at HEC Montreal and Coordinator of Parcours entrepreneurial Rémi-Marcoux (http://iebn.hec.ca/)

Marie-Ange MassonAt HEC Montreal, Marie-Ange Masson develops action-based entrepreneurship education and tools to support entrepreneurs wishing to create or take over a company. She is interested in the relationship between the entrepreneur and the opportunity to develop business models, innovation and intrapreneurship. She has co-written books on the creation of business opportunities and coordinated the entrepreneurial course Rémi Marcoux to help young entrepreneurs develop their soft skills.

3 Christopher Baenninger, President and Creative Director of NewBase Media (http://www.newbasemedia.com)

Christopher BaenningerCHRISTOPHER BAENNINGER has hadextensive experience leading teams indelivering excellence in the field of advertising& communication for over 12 years. He hasfounded several successful Creative shops,including Blast Media, where he & his partnersdelivered world class creative content tocompanies like Tetra Pack, Adidas & Bombardier for the worldwide launch of theirGlobal 7000. In late 2011, Christopher foundedNewBase Media, an advertising agencyspecialized in the promotion of Sustainableproducts and services For A Better World. He and his super talented team have been goingfrom success to success and are rapidly settingthemselves to become the premiere SustainableAdvertising Agency in Canada. Christopher isalso an international Art consultant with a keeninterest in Art across the ages and he is apractising multimedia artist himself, when hefinds the time.

4 Luciano Barin Cruz, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/luciano.barin-cruz.html)

Luciano Barin CruzLuciano Barin Cruz is an Associate Professor of Management and Sustainability at HEC Montréal, Canada. He leads several research projects and teaches in the field of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and social innovation, in different regions of the world, with a particular focus on Latin America. He has been a visiting scholar in several Universities in Latin America. His research, which investigates the role of organizations for social and environmental inclusion, has been published in Journal of Management Studies, World Development, Organization, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Decision and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

5 Mai Thi Thanh Thai, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/mai-thi-thanh.thai.html)

Mai Thi Thanh ThaiMai Thi Thanh Thai, MBA. Ph.D. is Associate Professor at HEC Montreal where she teaches entrepreneurship, strategies in emerging markets and qualitative methods. She is also the Editor-in-chief of Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, an international journal that publishes both in English and French. Her research focuses on the link between entrepreneurship and its socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts. She published two books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed several book chapters, and presented at numerous academic conferences. For her excellence in research and teaching, she has received several local and international awards.

6 Nguyen Pham, Manager in EY Business Modelling group based in Montreal (www.ey.com/ca)

Nguyen PhamNguyen Pham is a Manager in the Business Modelling group in the EY’s Montreal office. With his background in Operations Research, his focus is on developing analytical solutions to decision-making problems in business using optimization, simulation, and statistical models. Nguyen has obtained his doctorate at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland with research topics on complex scheduling solutions and their applications in healthcare and transportation. His research works have been published in international peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining EY, he has worked at a utility in Canada, where he has developed solutions and quantitative models to various planning problems.


Judges in Round 3

Round 3’s presentations will take place on Monday September 18, 2017 at HEC Montreal, 3000, chemin de la Côte Sainte Catherine, H3T 2A7

Pitch Round (9 am – 12 pm in two parallel sessions)

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1 Christopher Baenninger, President and Creative Director of NewBase Media (http://www.newbasemedia.com)

Christopher BaenningerCHRISTOPHER BAENNINGER has hadextensive experience leading teams indelivering excellence in the field of advertising& communication for over 12 years. He hasfounded several successful Creative shops,including Blast Media, where he & his partnersdelivered world class creative content tocompanies like Tetra Pack, Adidas & Bombardier for the worldwide launch of theirGlobal 7000. In late 2011, Christopher foundedNewBase Media, an advertising agencyspecialized in the promotion of Sustainableproducts and services For A Better World. He and his super talented team have been goingfrom success to success and are rapidly settingthemselves to become the premiere SustainableAdvertising Agency in Canada. Christopher isalso an international Art consultant with a keeninterest in Art across the ages and he is apractising multimedia artist himself, when hefinds the time.

2 Marie-Ange Masson, Lecturer at HEC Montreal and Coordinator of Parcours entrepreneurial Rémi-Marcoux (http://iebn.hec.ca/)

Marie-Ange MassonAt HEC Montreal, Marie-Ange Masson develops action-based entrepreneurship education and tools to support entrepreneurs wishing to create or take over a company. She is interested in the relationship between the entrepreneur and the opportunity to develop business models, innovation and intrapreneurship. She has co-written books on the creation of business opportunities and coordinated the entrepreneurial course Rémi Marcoux to help young entrepreneurs develop their soft skills.

3 Guy Gervais, Président at HumanID (http://humanid.ca)

Guy GervaisAs a CEO, Guy has led the success of Vulcain, a manufacturer of gas detection monitors. On top of achieving outstanding financial results, the company was awarded numerous awards for its innovation ability and steady growth. Since his exit in 2004, Guy is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is actively involved in the strategy and operations of companies in which he invests his financial capital. He also acts as a coach / mentor in several accelerators such as Impact 8 and Espace Inc. Guy invests solely in impact ventures.

4 Bruner Nozière, Founder of Bruner Canada (http://www.bruner.ca)

Bruner NozièreBruner Nozière currently heads BRUNER CANADA a Business and IT consulting firm he founded 10 years ago. He previously worked as a consultant for an Internet company Mediacom and a Scotiabank as a senior accountant in his home country, Haiti. After his immigration to Canada in 2005, he decided to start his own business and get noticed at the Entreprendre show in may 2006 as speaker and entrepreneur. By combining its passion in computer science and his studies as accountant while studying e-business in Université of Quebec in Montreal, with the firm he started offering IT tools such as customer relationship management (CRM) solutions using Open Source technologies.Two times nominated for entrepreneur of the year in 2008 and 2010, M. Nozière received the Réseau Québecois Credit Communautaire (RQCC) public choice award from the Labor Minister 2006. He continues to work with startup entrepreneurs via his business. And he’s also now managing partner of the startup program of incubator Groupe3737.

5 Mélanie Gagnon, Director of Corporate Donations, HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/fondation/nous-joindre/index.html)

Mélanie GagnonMélanie Gagnon has been at the HEC Montréal Foundation for more than 10 years now. As Director of corporate donations, she has contributed too many fundraising campaigns with enterprises and the HEC Montréal Young Philanthropists Club (Club des 100) allowing the Foundation to raise up to $14 million annually in the last few years. She previously worked at UNICEF Québec as Youth Programs Director, with the Red Cross Emergency and Disaster Services and as Youth Ambassador for the Department of Foreign Affairs anti-personnel landmines campaign. Mélanie has been involved as a volunteer in various not for profit organizations such as the Bruny Surin Benefit Gala Executive Committee, the Centraide-HEC Campaign Committee, the UNICEF Québec Board and also participated in the Québec-Montréal Relay Race to raise funds for the HEC Montréal Foundation and is now involved in innovation and social business related projects.

6 Alain-Olivier Desbois, Executive Director, SVX Québec

 Alain-Olivier Desbois
Alain-Olivier Desbois is Directeur principal of Social Venture Connexion (SVX) Québec, a full service online platform that connects social enterprises and funds with accredited investors looking to make investments with demonstrable social and/or environmental impact and the potential for financial return, from non-profit education projects to health ventures focused on early cancer detection. He is a result-oriented entrepreneur with more than 20 years of finance, venture capital, operational, business creation and strategic development experience in start-up companies and private equity investment funds. Alain-Olivier has a passion for impact investment and development of new business models that integrate sustainability and life cycle analysis. He brings an extensive network of collaborators and broad experience as an investor, board member and hands-on value creation advisor to make start-up companies financing ready and to connect them with the right investors. LinkedIn

Final Round (3 pm – 6 pm in Banque Nationale on RC floor)

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1 Natalie Voland Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis inc. (https://www.lofts-mtl.com)

Natalie VolandBy blending the worlds of social work and real estate development over the last twenty years, Natalie Voland has built a portfolio consisting of 1.5 million square feet and 500 SME’s, namely located in the Southwest of Montreal. As a leader of the B Corp movement, Natalie’s portfolio demonstrates that economic performance can include social and environmental stewardship. She leads Gestion Immobilière QuoVadis as an interdisciplinary real estate solutions company as an innovator, designer, and branding expert. Natalie is an active public speaker and is a board member of the Quartier de l’Innovation with McGill University, ÉTS, and Concordia University, to redesign impact into real estate development.

2 Manaf Bouchentouf, Director entrepPrism (http://iebn.hec.ca/equipe/)

manafManaf Bouchentouf established and directed the accelerator National Bank – HEC Montreal and HEC Montreal incubator (entrePrism). He is also a coach and instructor in the field of project management and valuation. He provides customized training in entrepreneurship and technological as well as business model innovation. He holds a Masters and PhD in Bioengineering (Laval University) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. He completed several certifications including Project Management (Project Management Institute) and regulatory affairs (Harvard University).

3 Marie-Lucy Stojak, Mosaic (http://ecole-ete.hec.ca/en/)

Lucy Stojak Lucy Stojak has over 15 years of experience in the development and management of international, interdisciplinary and intercultural educational programs. She served as Director of the Space Studies Program, a 9-weekprofessional development program in the aerospace field, offered by the International Space University (ISU). She is a lawyer specialized in space law. Her fields of interest include security and space, the commercialization of space, and intercultural negotiation and team building. She has been a member of the Canadian delegation to international organizations such as the United Nations, the EU, the OECD, the Conference on Disarmament and the European Space Agency (ESA). She is a Faculty member of the ISU.

4 Johanne Turbide, Full Professor at Pôle IDEOS, HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/johanne.turbide.html)

Johanne TurbideJohanne Turbide is professor at HEC Montréal. She hold a PhD degree from the University of Warwick, UK and is a member of Quebec CPA Order. She is Director of Sustainability Development at HEC and co-funder of IDEOS, a hub dedicated to management practices for social enterprises and social innovation. Her main research interests include governance, strategic, financial management and performance evaluation for non-profit organizations. She directed different partnership research grants financed by governmental agencies and the Social sciences and Humanities Research Council. Different textbooks, governance tools and management guides are available. Professor Turbide is a member of non-profit boards such as Conseil des arts de Montréal, Fondation du Dr Julien and ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir).

5 Diane Bérard, Columnist at Journal Les Affaires (https://www.lesaffaires.com/auteur/diane-berard/682)

Diane Bérard is a columnist and impact reporter for the newspaper Les Affaires. She contributes to the printed edition, Web content and event animation. She practices “solution journalism” which is to present, critically, initiatives that attempt to solve societal problems. Her areas of interest are the new capitalism, social innovation, ethics, governance and entrepreneurship.

6 Claude Pinard, Saputo Foundation (http://www.saputo.com)

Claude PinardOver the past 25 years, Claude Pinard has honed his skills in communications, public relations, philanthropy, marketing and professional sports management. Claude Pinard is currently Executive Director of the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation and acts as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Jolina Capital, a private family holding in Montreal. Claude has held different positions in both the public and the private sectors. He acted as Special Advisor to the Chairman at Hydro-Québec before joining Saputo in August 2001 as Vice President of Communications, where he was responsible for internal and external communications, press relations and investor relations. He was appointed to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of this Division in 2006, a position that he held for three years.

7 Chad Lubelsky, Progam Director, The J. W. McConnel Family Foundation (www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/)

Chad LubelskyA proud Montrealer, Chad is the program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. RECODE provides social innovation entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change (www.re-code.ca, @letsrecode). Chad also serves as a Mentor for the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation and as a Board Member for l’Abri en Ville, a Montreal-based Mental Health organization. Prior to joining the Foundation, Chad was the Executive Director of Santropol Roulant; developed leadership and community engagement programs for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation; worked as an Assignment Editor for NBC news in San Francisco; managed global Internet Rights advocacy for the South African based Association for Progressive Communications; and was a Founding Trustee of the Montreal Awesome Foundation. Chad holds a BA in Communications, Master Degrees in Communication and Leadership and is excited to be at his first EWB conference.

Edition 2016

Judges in Round 1 and Round 2

In Round 1, the judges evaluate teams’ online submissions: (business concept presentation, stakeholder analysis, and proof of social support. Click here to see Round 1’s evaluation form. In Round 2, the judges evaluate teams’ business concept pitch and proof of crowdfunding campaign results. Click here to see Round 2’s evaluation form.

1 Michael Brohm, Managing Director at Grameen Creative Lab (http://www.grameencreativelab.com)

Michael Brohm has more than 16 years of experience in event business while working at different live communication agencies. He holds a Master’s degree in politics, sociology and philosophy. Besides managing Grameen Creative Lab, he works as a freelancer for different research projects at Institut für Sozialforschung Frankfurt.

2 Luciano Barin Cruz, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/luciano.barin-cruz.html)

Luciano Barin Cruz Luciano Barin Cruz is an Associate Professor of Management and Sustainability at HEC Montréal, Canada. He leads several research projects and teaches in the field of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and social innovation, in different regions of the world, with a particular focus on Latin America. He has been a visiting scholar in several Universities in Latin America. His research, which investigates the role of organizations for social and environmental inclusion, has been published in Journal of Management Studies, World Development, Organization, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Decision and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

3 Mai Thi Thanh Thai, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/mai-thi-thanh.thai.html)

Mai Thi Thanh Thai Mai Thi Thanh Thai, MBA. Ph.D. is Associate Professor at HEC Montreal where she teaches entrepreneurship, strategies in emerging markets and qualitative methods. She is also the Editor-in-chief of Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, an international journal that publishes both in English and French. Her research focuses on the link between entrepreneurship and its socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts. She published two books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed several book chapters, and presented at numerous academic conferences. For her excellence in research and teaching, she has received several local and international awards.

4 Marie-Ange Masson, Lecturer at HEC Montreal and Coordinator of Parcours entrepreneurial Rémi-Marcoux (http://iebn.hec.ca/)

Marie-Ange Masson At HEC Montreal, Marie-Ange Masson develops action-based entrepreneurship education and tools to support entrepreneurs wishing to create or take over a company. She is interested in the relationship between the entrepreneur and the opportunity to develop business models, innovation and intrapreneurship. She has co-written books on the creation of business opportunities and coordinated the entrepreneurial course Rémi Marcoux to help young entrepreneurs develop their soft skills.

5 Johanne Turbide, Full Professor at Pôle IDEOS, HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/johanne.turbide.html)

Johanne Turbide Johanne Turbide is professor at HEC Montréal. She hold a PhD degree from the University of Warwick, UK and is a member of Quebec CPA Order. She is Director of Sustainability Development at HEC and co-funder of IDEOS, a hub dedicated to management practices for social enterprises and social innovation. Her main research interests include governance, strategic, financial management and performance evaluation for non-profit organizations. She directed different partnership research grants financed by governmental agencies and the Social sciences and Humanities Research Council. Different textbooks, governance tools and management guides are available. Professor Turbide is a member of non-profit boards such as Conseil des arts de Montréal, Fondation du Dr Julien and ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir).

Judges in Round 3

Round 3’s presentations will take place on Monday September 12, 2016 at HEC Montreal, 3000, chemin de la Côte Sainte Catherine, H3T 2A7

Pitch Round (9 am – 12 pm in three parallel sessions)

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Pitch Room 1 (Demers Beaulne, 1st floor, green section):

1 Guy Gervais, Président at HumanID (http://humanid.ca)

Guy Gervais As a CEO, Guy has led the success of Vulcain, a manufacturer of gas detection monitors. On top of achieving outstanding financial results, the company was awarded numerous awards for its innovation ability and steady growth. Since his exit in 2004, Guy is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is actively involved in the strategy and operations of companies in which he invests his financial capital. He also acts as a coach / mentor in several accelerators such as Impact 8 and Espace Inc. Guy invests solely in impact ventures.

2 Natalie Voland Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis inc. (https://www.lofts-mtl.com)

Natalie Voland By blending the worlds of social work and real estate development over the last twenty years, Natalie Voland has built a portfolio consisting of 1.5 million square feet and 500 SME’s, namely located in the Southwest of Montreal. As a leader of the B Corp movement, Natalie’s portfolio demonstrates that economic performance can include social and environmental stewardship. She leads Gestion Immobilière QuoVadis as an interdisciplinary real estate solutions company as an innovator, designer, and branding expert. Natalie is an active public speaker and is a board member of the Quartier de l’Innovation with McGill University, ÉTS, and Concordia University, to redesign impact into real estate development

3 Diane Berard, Columnist at Les Affaires (http://www.lesaffaires.com)

diane Diane Bérard is a columnist for the popular newspaper Les Affaires. Previously she directed the magazine Commerce for seven years. Regularly invited to comment on the economic news in the media, she is appreciated for the her ability to democratize complex information and desire to bring out human issues. Author of three bestsellers (“Deux filles le mercredi soir”, “Les fous du roi” and “J’ai perdu ma montre au fond du lac”), Diane employs her limitless energy to transmit her passion in the business world. Specialist in international issues, she is particularly interested in new challenges of capitalism, ethics and governance as well as entrepreneurship. She writes a blog called “Le fil de Diane”.

4 Marie-Ange Masson, Lecturer at HEC Montreal and Coordinator of Parcours entrepreneurial Rémi-Marcoux (http://iebn.hec.ca/)

Marie-Ange Masson At HEC Montreal, Marie-Ange Masson develops action-based entrepreneurship education and tools to support entrepreneurs wishing to create or take over a company. She is interested in the relationship between the entrepreneur and the opportunity to develop business models, innovation and intrapreneurship. She has co-written books on the creation of business opportunities and coordinated the entrepreneurial course Rémi Marcoux to help young entrepreneurs develop their soft skills.

Pitch Room 2 (Cogeco, 1st floor, blue section):

1 Louis Cleroux, President of LeadWeb (http://www.lead-web.com)

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2 Bruner Nozière, Founder of Bruner Canada (http://www.bruner.ca)

Bruner Nozière Bruner Nozière currently heads BRUNER CANADA a Business and IT consulting firm he founded 10 years ago. He previously worked as a consultant for an Internet company Mediacom and a Scotiabank as a senior accountant in his home country, Haiti. After his immigration to Canada in 2005, he decided to start his own business and get noticed at the Entreprendre show in may 2006 as speaker and entrepreneur. By combining its passion in computer science and his studies as accountant while studying e-business in Université of Quebec in Montreal, with the firm he started offering IT tools such as customer relationship management (CRM) solutions using Open Source technologies.Two times nominated for entrepreneur of the year in 2008 and 2010, M. Nozière received the Réseau Québecois Credit Communautaire (RQCC) public choice award from the Labor Minister 2006. He continues to work with startup entrepreneurs via his business. And he’s also now managing partner of the startup program of incubator Groupe3737.

3 Christopher Baenninger, President and Creative Director of NewBase Media (http://www.newbasemedia.com)

Christopher Baenninger Christopher Baenninger has had extensive experience leading teams in delivering excellence in the field of advertising& communication for over 12 years. He has founded several successful Creative shops, including Blast Media, where he & his partners delivered world class creative content to companies like Tetra Pack, Adidas & Bombardier for the worldwide launch of their Global 7000. In late 2011, Christopher founded NewBase Media, an advertising agency specialized in the promotion of Sustainable products and services For A Better World. He and his super talented team have been going from success to success and are rapidly setting themselves to become the premiere Sustainable Advertising Agency in Canada. Christopher is also an international Art consultant with a keen interest in Art across the ages and he is a practising multimedia artist himself, when he finds the time.

4 De Jorge Mejía, Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/jorge-h.mejia.html)

jorge Jorge Humberto Mejia, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at HEC Montreal, previously served as a full time faculty member at ITAM Business School. Professor Mejia holds a Ph.D. from HEC, Paris, a MSc at Paris-Dauphine University, a MBA and B.B.A. with a special major that combined international and strategic entrepreneurship at ITAM. Recently he participated as a visiting research scholar at Texas Christian University, USA. Professor Mejia’s research is focus on: 1. Entrepreneurial intentions, purpose of life, social entrepreneurship and ethics; 2. Entrepreneurial networks of immigrants and families; 3. SMEs management, new ventures, scalable businesses and technology based firms; 4. Corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial boards, Top Management Teams and environmental issues in organizations. Jorge Humberto has coauthored numerous journal publications, conference articles, books and book chapters in the aforementioned topics. Professor Mejia’s research has earned scholarly recognition from Strategic Management Society, USA, Federal Business Disciplines, USA and CONACYT in Mexico. Jorge Humberto is an award-winning educator who teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship to undergraduates, MBAs, EMBAs and Executives. He is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma AACSB-Honor Society. Prior and during his academic career, he worked as a consultant of large corporations, entrepreneur and CEO of SMEs.

Pitch Room 3 (Rona, 1st floor, blue section):

1 Fernando Ruiz, Founder of Social business à Montréal (http://www.socialbusinessamontreal.com)

Fernando Ruiz Fernando Ruiz is the founder of Social Business à Montréal at which he launched 3MINMAX campaign to raise awareness about global emission and stop idling cars as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Montreal. More than 800 drivers have been informed and 350 engines are turned off. He is working on EPARK, a solar station to generate electricity for mobile phones and other devices in developing countries. This project aims at providing clean energy at affordable price to create sustainable communities.

2 Guillaume Coulombe, Founder of Procédurable (http://procedurable.com/)

guillaume Guillaume Coulombe is a resource person for Communautique which which he cofounded Fab Labs Québec. Guillaume specializes in merging lean process design with the art of hosting and sometimes, operational semantics. He is the Founder of Procédurable, a firm working in team at a tactical level, transforming operation systems into continuously improving operation systems.

3 Mélanie Gagnon, Director of Corporate Donations, HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/fondation/nous-joindre/index.html)

Mélanie Gagnon Mélanie Gagnon has been at the HEC Montréal Foundation for more than 10 years now. As Director of corporate donations, she has contributed too many fundraising campaigns with enterprises and the HEC Montréal Young Philanthropists Club (Club des 100) allowing the Foundation to raise up to $14 million annually in the last few years. She previously worked at UNICEF Québec as Youth Programs Director, with the Red Cross Emergency and Disaster Services and as Youth Ambassador for the Department of Foreign Affairs anti-personnel landmines campaign. Mélanie has been involved as a volunteer in various not for profit organizations such as the Bruny Surin Benefit Gala Executive Committee, the Centraide-HEC Campaign Committee, the UNICEF Québec Board and also participated in the Québec-Montréal Relay Race to raise funds for the HEC Montréal Foundation and is now involved in innovation and social business related projects.

4 Philippe-Aubert Messier, President & CEO at APOLLOMUSICSTORE® (http://www.apollomusicstore.com)

Philippe-Aubert Messier Philippe-Aubert holds a bachelor degree in music from Montreal University and an MBA from McGill University. Having been a music composer and a sound engineer, he founded and co-founded multiple creative companies since 2000. Under the Apollo Group umbrella, the companies strive to deliver creative production services to the advertising industry in a dozen countries. Philippe-Aubert is the current CEO of Apollo Music.

Final Round (3 pm – 6 pm in Banque Nationale on RC floor)

Click here to see Final evaluation form.

1 Claude Pinard, Saputo Foundation (http://www.saputo.com)

Claude Pinard Over the past 25 years, Claude Pinard has honed his skills in communications, public relations, philanthropy, marketing and professional sports management. Claude Pinard is currently Executive Director of the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation and acts as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Jolina Capital, a private family holding in Montreal. Claude has held different positions in both the public and the private sectors. He acted as Special Advisor to the Chairman at Hydro-Québec before joining Saputo in August 2001 as Vice President of Communications, where he was responsible for internal and external communications, press relations and investor relations. He was appointed to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of this Division in 2006, a position that he held for three years.

2 Manaf Bouchentouf, Director entrepPrism (http://iebn.hec.ca/equipe/)

manaf Manaf Bouchentouf established and directed the accelerator National Bank – HEC Montreal and HEC Montreal incubator (entrePrism). He is also a coach and instructor in the field of project management and valuation. He provides customized training in entrepreneurship and technological as well as business model innovation. He holds a Masters and PhD in Bioengineering (Laval University) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. He completed several certifications including Project Management (Project Management Institute) and regulatory affairs (Harvard University).

3 Marie-Lucy Stojak, Mosaic (http://ecole-ete.hec.ca/en/)

Lucy Stojak Lucy Stojak has over 15 years of experience in the development and management of international, interdisciplinary and intercultural educational programs. She served as Director of the Space Studies Program, a 9-weekprofessional development program in the aerospace field, offered by the International Space University (ISU). She is a lawyer specialized in space law. Her fields of interest include security and space, the commercialization of space, and intercultural negotiation and team building. She has been a member of the Canadian delegation to international organizations such as the United Nations, the EU, the OECD, the Conference on Disarmament and the European Space Agency (ESA). She is a Faculty member of the ISU

4 Johanne Turbide, Full Professor at Pôle IDEOS, HEC Montreal (http://www.hec.ca/en/profs/johanne.turbide.html)

Johanne Turbide Johanne Turbide is professor at HEC Montréal. She hold a PhD degree from the University of Warwick, UK and is a member of Quebec CPA Order. She is Director of Sustainability Development at HEC and co-funder of IDEOS, a hub dedicated to management practices for social enterprises and social innovation. Her main research interests include governance, strategic, financial management and performance evaluation for non-profit organizations. She directed different partnership research grants financed by governmental agencies and the Social sciences and Humanities Research Council. Different textbooks, governance tools and management guides are available. Professor Turbide is a member of non-profit boards such as Conseil des arts de Montréal, Fondation du Dr Julien and ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir).

5 Danica Straith, Canadian director Ashoka U (http://canada.ashoka.org)

danica Interim Ashoka U Director Danica Straith has an ambitious goal: to make changemaking education the new normal in Canada. She is one among many in a national network of change leaders putting social innovation at the forefront of higher education. While seeking out and engaging prospective Changemaker Campuses, she continues to grow support among students and administrators alike. “We all have it: some skill or perspective that, when combined with others, becomes incredibly powerful. Changemakers can range from a silent supporter to a charismatic leader, from a thoughtful mediator to a bold entrepreneur.” Danica was a changemaking student herself, co-founding a social enterprise between completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at McGill. She has also worked in Germany and East Africa as a researcher and consultant for social enterprises. Living and breathing the idea of “Everyone a Changemaker,” Danica is a firm believer in education as the driver of positive social change.

6 Chad Lubelsky, Progam Director, The J. W. McConnel Family Foundation (www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/)

Chad Lubelsky A proud Montrealer, Chad is the program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. RECODE provides social innovation entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change (www.re-code.ca, @letsrecode). Chad also serves as a Mentor for the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation and as a Board Member for l’Abri en Ville, a Montreal-based Mental Health organization. Prior to joining the Foundation, Chad was the Executive Director of Santropol Roulant; developed leadership and community engagement programs for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation; worked as an Assignment Editor for NBC news in San Francisco; managed global Internet Rights advocacy for the South African based Association for Progressive Communications; and was a Founding Trustee of the Montreal Awesome Foundation. Chad holds a BA in Communications, Master Degrees in Communication and Leadership and is excited to be at his first EWB conference.

7 Guy Belisle, Directeur général Banque Scotia (www.scotiabank.com)

Guy Belisle Guy Bélisle He has over 35 years experience in banking with the company. He was Managing Director, Global Transaction Banking for Scotiabank and responsible for deposits and cash management services to large companies in eastern Canada. Previously, he was Vice President, Risk Management, Strategic Development and International Trade for RBC Royal Bank. Guy holds a BBA from HEC Montreal and an MBA from Columbia University. He is also Vice Chairman of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Montreal.