Judges

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 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

 

3 Joey El-Khoury, Lecturer at HEC Montreal

Joey El-Khoury Joey 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 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.

 

 

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

Christopher Baenninger CHRISTOPHER 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 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.

 

5 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.

 

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

Nguyen Pham 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.

 


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 three parallel sessions)

Click here to see Pitch evaluation form

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

Click here to see Final evaluation form.

Judges and rooms to be confirmed

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 BrohmMichael 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 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.

3 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

4 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.

5 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).

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)

Click here to see Pitch evaluation form

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

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

Guy GervaisGuy is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor since 2004. He is actively involved in the strategy and operations of companies in which it invests its financial capital. He is also coach / mentor accelerators Impact 8 and Espace Inc. Since 2015, particularly investing in social impact businesses.

2 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

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

dianeDiane 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 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.

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 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.

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

jorgeJorge 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 RuizFernando 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/)

guillaumeGuillaume 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 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.

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

Philippe-Aubert MessierPhilippe-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 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.

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

danicaInterim 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 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

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

Guy BelisleGuy 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.