Board of directors
The board of directors is composed of seven members and a chairman who sits without voting rights. the composition of the board reflects an entrepreneurial focus, in that the majority of members represent the business community.
LAURENT BEAUDOIN, C.C., FCA
President, Bombardier Inc.
Laurent Beaudoin was born in Laurier Station, Québec, in 1938. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sainte-Anne College in Nova Scotia, Mr. Beaudoin went on to complete a Master of commerce degree at Université de Sherbrooke. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés.
He joined L’Auto-Neige Bombardier in 1963 as Comptroller, became General Manager in 1964 and President and CEO in 1966. When he joined the company, it manufactured snowmobiles that had been designed and commercialized by Joseph-Armand Bombardier, the company’s founder. Mr. Beaudoin subsequently guided Bombardier’s growth and diversification, first into rail transportation and later into aerospace. In June 2008, Mr. Beaudoin handed over his responsibilities as chief executive officer to his son, and remained as Chairman of the Boar
CEO of Orford Express and Escapades Memphremagog
Businessman André L’Espérance was named the University of Sherbrooke’s Grand Ambassador at the Gala Convocation of graduates for 2012.
Among other recent honours, the CEO of Orford Express and Escapades Memphremagog has been named Personality of the Year at the Grand Prix of Tourism Estrie, Business Personality of 2011 by the St. Jean Baptiste Society of Sherbrooke and Grand Estrien of 2011. Mr. L’Espérance was selected for these honours in recognition of his exceptional career as a business man and his outstanding leadership qualities.
PAUL GOBEIL, FCA
Vice President of the Board of Directors of Société Métro
Mr. Gobeil is a Chartered Accountant and has held management positions in various companies in the food sector as well as within the Government of Quebec where he was inter alia Minister for Administration, Chair of the Treasury Board and Minister of International Affairs. He holds a Master of Commerce degree and a Master’s degree in Accounting from Université de Sherbrooke and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is a director of DiagnoCure Inc., National Bank of Canada, MDN Inc. and Yellow Media.
NATHALIE BEAUREGARD, MBA, B.C.L., LL.B
Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Ms. Beauregard’s practice focuses on financings, M&A transactions and strategic commercial matters. She acts for a broad spectrum of companies including businesses established to commercialize newly acquired technologies. Her practice also includes negotiating and advising in respect of national and international strategic alliances, licensing, distribution and other similar commercial arrangements and government contracts, procurement and franchising. She regularly helps businesses create employment arrangements for their employees and senior executives and advises companies and boards of directors on their executive hires and terminations.
As an adviser to many venture capital funds, Nathalie has been involved in numerous cross-border private financings and M&A transactions.
Nathalie Beauregard is also a founding member of Réseau Anges Québec.
MICHEL COUTU, MBA, LL. B.
Independent Director Rite Aid Corporation
Over the last 20 years, Michel Coutu has made a place for himself in international markets as a result of hard work and perseverance. After graduating from the University of Sherbrooke with degrees in Finance and Law,, Michel Coutu left Québec to undertake his MBA in Rochester, NY. As the son of well-known pharmacist Jean Coutu, Michel bought his first pharmacy in 1987 under Group Jean Coutu USA. In 1994 he went on to acquire 224 Brooks Pharmacies. Ten years later, he acquired 1,560 pharmacies under the Eckerd banner, and in doing so raised Group Jean Coutu into forth place in the giant North American marketplace.
Mr. Coutu has succeeded where many have failed by persuing an in-depth knowledge of the marketplace, and a strong analytical work ethic acquired during his studies at the University of Sherbooke. Today he is a well-known and respected entrepreneur in the US.
PATRIK DOUCET, Eng., Ph. D
Dean, Engineering Faculty, Université de Sherbrooke
Patrik Doucet is engineer and professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Université de Sherbrooke, since September 2000. He has been elected Dean of the Engineering Faculty in June 2013, after having served as vice-dean for education during four years. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in mechanical engineering, a Ph.D. in Education (Universite de Sherbrooke) and a Ph.D. in Sciences of Information and Communication (Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France).
MATTHEW CASSAR, MBA, LL.B
Co-Founder and President SherWeb Inc.
Matthew Cassar co-founded SherWeb with his brother Peter in 1998. Over a decade later, he still sees the Internet as a revolutionizing medium that will replace traditional enterprise software technology with on-demand software offered as a service. Matthew provides the dynamism and vision that has helped position SherWeb as a market leader in both Web hosting and Hosted Exchange
ROGER NOËL, FCA
With a master’s degree in accounting, Mr. Noël is a full professor in the Accounting Department at the Université de Sherbrooke, where he was also dean of the Faculty of Administration for eight years. Named FCA by the Order of Chartered Accountants in 1995, he received the Calculare Award (OCA Estrie section) in 2004 and was chosen for the Mérite Estrien. Roger Noël played a major role in the development of several local enterprises as founding shareholder (Sisca Informatique, C-Mac, Gexcel Télécom, Médiatrix Télécom). Very active in his community, he sits on a number of committees as strategic advisor and on the boards of several private corporations and non-profit organizations.