Charles Boulanger, Eng.
Chief Executive Officer
A serial entrepreneur who has successfully raised over $350M in financing and completed several acquisition and sale transactions, two IPOs and one LMBO, Mr. Boulanger has over 30 years of experience in senior management positions in several industrial sectors with companies both public and private. As such, he has been involved in complex financing deals, international marketing and commercialization strategies and international joint ventures, as well as leading profitable international companies with up to $250M in sales.
Mr. Boulanger became CEO of Leddartech in 2014 after being acting CEO for two years. He is also President of Moody Management Inc. (since 2011), a private investment firm. Prior to that, in 2008, he was the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Unipex SAS, and President of the Active Ingredients and Specialty Chemicals Division of Atrium Innovations (TSX: ATB) from 2004 to 2008. Before joining Atrium, he was the Founder and President of Quebec International (formerly Pôle Quebec Chaudière-Appalaches) further to a partnership with Phenix Capital.
Mr. Boulanger earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval in 1981 and graduated from the senior management program at the International Center for Research and Studies in Management (CIREM) in 1990. Over the course of his career, Mr. Boulanger has been a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, and has been actively involved with various committees, boards and associations. He currently sits on the boards of Anges Québec, Chimie Parachem, Pétrolia and LeddarTech and until recently was also a board member of Biocean Canada, Novidev Santé Active and Bonlook.
Pierre Labbé, CPA, CA
Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
With an experience of more than twenty-five years of financial management including some fifteen years as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of growing public companies, Pierre joined LeddarTech in April, 2015.
Pierre was notably CFO of Medicago Inc. until the privatization of the company in October 2013 following the acquisition by Mitsubushi Tanabe Pharma Corporation for a value of $ 357 million. He was also CFO of public companies in the mining sector in addition to having worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he participated in many M&A transaction and public financing. He also serves on the board of directors of two publicly traded companies.
Pierre holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université Laval obtained in 1987, is a member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec and is also a certified corporate director.
Pierre Olivier, Eng.
Vice-President, Engineering and Manufacturing
Upon graduating from university in 1991, he joined CML Technologies, where very early on, his ability to manage projects in a pragmatic and efficient manner became clear. He quickly moved up the corporate ladder, while developing his management skills. Pierre has also designed a number of innovative, adaptable, practical and robust products that are used worldwide in strategic applications such as emergency dispatch and air traffic control, and he holds several patents for his work. He then continued his career at Adept Technology Canada and at DAP Technologies before joining the LeddarTech team in 2010.
Pierre Olivier holds a degree in electrical engineering from Université Laval and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Québec’s order of professional engineers).
Vice-President, Sales & Application Engineering
With more than 15 years of experience in high-technology sales in various high-tech industries such as defense & security, telecommunications, audio & surround sound signal processing, automotive, battery & high-performance sensing technologies, Dakx joined Leddartech in January 2016 to lead its sales & application engineering teams.
Before joining Leddartech, Dakx was Director of Sales, Marketing & Customer Service for Multitel inc., a Canadian company developing facility management, data analytics software and facility monitoring solutions for the telecommunications and power utility industries. From 2006 to 2009, Dakx worked for Neural Audio, a Seattle-based start-up developing innovative audio & surround sound signal processing technologies for the consumer electronics & automotive markets. Dakx previously worked as Director of Corporate Sales for Lyrtech inc. (now known as Nutaq and Nuran Wireless), at the time one of the world’s foremost expert in digital signal processing technologies.
Well known for his entrepreneurial spirit, Dakx has been involved in the development and financing of numerous start-up companies in the Quebec City area. He was also secretary and vice-chairman of the Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC) mobile TV development in 2007 and 2008 while working for Neural Audio.
Dakx holds a business degree from the University of Quebec. Over his 15-year career, Dakx has been a frequent keynote speaker at various conferences, notably in the battery backup & audio industries.
With an experience of more than 15 years in technological product management and marketing, Luc Langlois joined LeddarTech in February 2016 to take charge of marketing, communications, product management and automotive business development activities.
Luc began his career in 1999 as technologist and application engineer for JDSU and EXFO, and later started working as Product Line Manager at FISO.
He joined Olympus in 2007 where he successfully held the position of Director of Product Management – Advanced Products in Quebec City. He later moved to France to support the whole EMEA sales organisation. He came back from his expatriate experience as Executive Director of Marketing – Industrial Business Units, and Global Leader of Marketing Communications for the Scientific Solutions Division at Olympus (1 billion$ annual revenues).
Luc acquired a solid background in Physics Technology upon graduating from the Cegep de La Pocatière in 1999, earned a degree in Business from the UQAM in 2007 and pursued a rigorous continuous training discipline all over his career, including Executive Education at the HEC Paris.
Michael Poulin, Eng.
Director, Product Management
Michael Poulin is has been with LeddarTech since 2010, notably as Director of Software & Systems Engineering and as Project Manager. Michael’s team enabled a fast growing variety of applications through development of several standard and OEM Leddar sensor modules and ICs.
Specializing in digital signal processing and embedded systems development, his previous work included leading and contributing to system and software engineering for the development of neurosensing and neurostimulation implantable medical devices, motorized prosthetics and embedded systems in telecommunications and other industries.
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Chairman of the Board
For nearly 20 years, Michel Brûlé has pursued two careers, in part concurrently: first, at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) as a professor, researcher and dean, and secondly in business, as an entrepreneur and the founder of six technology companies. He sold two of his companies in 2000, including Inno Media Logic (IML) Inc., a transaction that was described as the “Best VC Deal in Canada for 2000.” Around the same time, he began a career as an angel investor with the creation of Investissements M&M. He also had a hand in starting up the FIER Longueuil regional economic intervention fund. In recognition of his contribution, the National Angel Capital Organization named him “Canadian Angel of the Year” in 2010.
Michel Brûlé sits on the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec, the Anges Québec network, Cogiscan Inc., Octasic Inc. and Varitron Technologies Inc. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Ontario-based OMERS Venture Capital.
Mr. Brûlé holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He also received an honorary Ph.D. from University of Ottawa in 2012.
A graduate in engineering from Laval University in 1981 with senior management training from the International Center for Research and Studies in Management (CIREM), Charles Boulanger is recognized for his decision making ability in complex and dynamic environments.
Over the past 30 years, his leadership allowed him to occupy senior management positions both nationally and internationally in several industrial sectors with companies such as Shell Canada, Irving Oil, GSI Environment and Prolab Technologies. He has been involved in several IPO’s, LBO’s, mergers and acquisitions and complex financings as well as in international joint ventures.
Allergic to the status quo, he carries a vision and a business strategy focused on development and growth. He is known for being a creative leader with a strong capacity for analysis and synthesis and an excellent understanding of markets and marketing.
Fabio Gambacorta is Vice President, Sales and Business Development of Octasic, a global provider of media and wireless baseband processing silicon and software solutions for the converged carrier, enterprise and end-point communication equipment markets.
Prior to joining Octasic, Mr. Gambacorta served as Director of Business Development, New Network Access at NMS Communications and Director of Sales at InnoMedialogic. He draws upon his extensive experience in the telecommunications and electronics industries to guide corporate strategies, sales and business development initiatives. He holds a BSEE from the Polytechnique University of Montreal and a MBA from Cornell/Queens.
Nicolas Landrin earned his M.S. degree from ENST and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, he worked for 10 years in the telecommunications industry with AT&T and Lucent in the USA and in Europe. He was responsible for Marketing and Business Development for new operators at Lucent Technologies. Then he was the Director of Alliances and Business Development for Europe at Kenan Systems, the leading vendor of billing systems.
He joined iSource in 2001 where he’s in charge of Telecommunications investments.
Simon C. Morris
Simon Morris is the Chief Executive Officer of CogniVue Corporation which was launched in 2010 and is now a leader in licensing of embedded vision processor technology. Mr. Morris is a technical business leader with 28 years of experience, of which the last 19 years were spent building semiconductor businesses primarily based on programmable DSP based technologies.
Prior to launching CogniVue, Mr. Morris was Director at BDC Venture Capital, responsible for investment strategy with a focus on advanced technologies and semiconductor. From 1995-2006, he held various senior and executive leadership positions at Atsana Semiconductor, a venture-backed massively parallel processor company, and senior business positions at Texas Instruments (TI).
At TI, his team established the highly successful Communication Infrastructure business, leading the development of TI’s first 3G base station chipsets and TI’s first C64X based DSPs – winning nine out of ten base station customers. He also worked in the Wireless Terminals Business Unit at TI, and later led the Mobile Digital Broadcast business. In 2014 he was selected as an E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year award finalist.
Mr. Morris holds an M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario