Leddar Sensor Technology: Management Team | LeddarTech

Charles Boulanger

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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A serial entrepreneur who has successfully raised over $500M in financing and completed several acquisitions and sales transactions, including two IPOs and one management LMBO, Mr. Boulanger has over 35 years of experience in senior management positions in several sectors, especially in the high-tech sector, with public and private companies. He has been a key player in carrying out complex financial deals as well as international marketing and commercialization strategies, and joint ventures. Mr. Boulanger had lead profitable international businesses with up to $250M in sales.

Mr. Boulanger became LeddarTech’s CEO in 2014 after being acting CEO for two years. Since 2011, he has also been President of Moody Management Inc., a private investment firm. Prior to LeddarTech, he was the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Unipex SAS in 2008. He was 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 Québec International further to a partnership with Phénix 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 Chimie Parachem, Pétrolia and LeddarTech. In addition, he has been very active in Québec’s investment and entrepreneurial sectors with an investment portfolio in fifteen companies. Mr. Boulanger is also a sponsor and representative of Fonds Innovexport (and representative of several private investment funds) and a sponsor of Fonds Entrepreneur Capital. He has been an active member of Anges Québec of which he was on the board of directors for over three years.

Frantz Saintellemy

President and Chief Operating Officer

Frantz Saintellemy Profile SmallEngineer, innovator and internationally recognized expert in advanced technologies, Mr. Saintellemy has over 21 years of experience in the electronics and automotive sector, with specialized knowledge in automotive, autonomous driving, AI, IoT and automation applications, in addition to business and product development, applications engineering, global sales and marketing. A dedicated entrepreneur and philanthropist, he is also Co-founder of Groupe 3737, an incubator and innovation center that houses more than 30 companies and start-ups, in addition to offering a framework for ideation to revenue generation.

Frantz Saintellemy joined LeddarTech in September 2017, having previously served as VP and General Manager of the Automotive and Industrial Division of Integrated Device Technology (Nasdaq: IDTI), a California-based company specializing in a broad array of complete mixed-signal solutions. Prior to IDT, Mr. Saintellemy was President and Executive VP of Global Sales and Marketing at ZMDI AG, a global supplier of MEMs-based sensor solutions for automotive and industrial applications, which was acquired by IDT in December 2015. Prior to ZMDI, Mr. Saintellemy was CTO and Corporate VP of Technical Marketing and Advanced Engineering Group at Future Electronics, a global distributor of semiconductors and passive, interconnect and electromechanical components.

Throughout his career, Mr. Saintellemy has produced numerous patents and technical innovations. He also founded and co-founded many successful start-ups and corporations, the likes of which include SMGT Inc., Q-Links Home Automation, Groupe Reno-Metrix, Capital Plus and OMNI Global, and sits on several boards and advisory committees.

Mr. Saintellemy holds degrees in electrical engineering, business and marketing, and is also a graduate of the MIT Sloan Engineering Fellows Program on Innovations and Global Leadership.

 

Claude Doré, C.A.

Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Claude_small2Prior to joining LeddarTech in April 2017, Claude Doré had held the position of CFO at Endoceutics since 2007. Prior to that, he had served as CFO for Delphes Technologies International, a private technology corporation based in Montreal, since 2001.

Mr. Doré was with PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1981 to 1988 (Quebec City and Toronto), served as Director of Finance with SNC-Lavalin (a leading international engineering group) from 1988 to 1993 in Toronto, and served as VP Finance for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce based in Ottawa from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to January, 2001, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Nurun Inc., a major interactive technologies and communications agency.

Mr. Doré holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administrative Science from Laval University, as well as an Accounting License. He obtained the Chartered Accountant designation in 1983.

 

Pierre Olivier, Eng.

Chief Technology Officer

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Recognized for his technical expertise as well as his vision, Pierre has numerous years’ experience in the development of high-tech products.

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).

Dakx Turcotte

Vice President Sales, Module Solutions

Dakx2_small2Before 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.

Luc Langlois

Vice President, Marketing

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With more than 15 years’ experience in technological product management and marketing, Luc Langlois is responsible for developing, communicating, executing and sustaining corporate strategic initiatives. As part of this mandate, he oversees strategic planning, partnerships, marketing and the project management office (PMO).

Luc joined LeddarTech in February 2016 as head of marketing and marketing communications, overseeing the creation of the new product management, automotive business development and PMO functions in the organization.

Luc began his career in 1999 as technologist and applications 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 entire EMEA sales organization. Upon his return from abroad, he took up the position of Executive Director of Marketing—Industrial Business Units, and Global Leader of Marketing Communications for the Scientific Solutions Division at Olympus ($1 billion in annual revenues).

Luc acquired a solid background in Physics Technology upon graduating from Cégep de La Pocatière in 1999, earned a degree in Business from the UQAM in 2007 and has pursued rigorous ongoing training throughout the course of his career, which includes completion of the HEC Paris Executive Education program.

Michael Poulin, Eng.

General Manager, Automotive Solutions

Michael_small2Before joining LeddarTech, Michael specialized in digital signal processing and embedded systems, and was responsible for leading and contributing to system and software engineering for the development of implantable neurosensing and neurostimulation devices for medical applications, in addition to motorized prosthetics.

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Michel Brûlé
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.

 

Charles Boulanger
Board member

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
Board member

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
Board member

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
Board member

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

 

Dr. Dirk Linzmeier
Board member

Dr. Dirk Linzmeier has been serving as a member of the LeddarTech supervisory board since 2018. He is designated CEO of the Osram Continental joint venture which was announced in November 2017. From 2006 to 2017, he held several leading positions in the areas of driver-assistance systems and automotive electronics at Robert Bosch GmbH, where he served as Vice President and Managing Director of a business unit within the Automotive Electronics division, and as Vice President of Corporate Start-Up Management. Prior to that, he worked as a development engineer in Advanced Development of DaimlerChrysler AG. Dirk Linzmeier has two degrees, one in electrical engineering and one in business administration and management.