Board of Directors
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