Charles Boulanger

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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A serial entrepreneur who has successfully raised over $625M in financing and completed several acquisitions and sales transactions, including two IPOs and one management leverage buyout (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 over $250M in sales.

Mr. Boulanger became LeddarTech’s CEO in 2014 after being acting CEO for two years. Since 2008, 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 as of 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 following a partnership with Phénix Capital.

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, Pieridae Energy and LeddarTech. In addition, he has been very active in Québec’s investment and entrepreneurial sectors with an investment portfolio of fifteen companies. Mr. Boulanger is also a limited partner of Fonds Innovexport (and representative of the private investors group) and a limited partner with Fonds Entrepreneur Capital Investments. He has been an active member of Anges Québec of which he was on the board of directors for over three years.

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.

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

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

Mr. Doré served at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1981 to 1988 (Quebec City and Toronto), and was Director of Finance with SNC-Lavalin, a leading international engineering group, from 1988 to 1993 in Toronto. He also 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).

Antonio Polo

Vice President, Engineering

Antonio Polo joined LeddarTech as Vice President, Engineering in June 2018. In his new role, he will work closely with the entire engineering team to support LeddarTech’s growth and accelerate product development.

With a passion for building great teams that build great products, Antonio brings a solid engineering career spanning over 25 years to his new position at LeddarTech. With more than 10 years’ experience in key leadership positions, he has served as Head of Systems Engineering, VP of Engineering, and Head of Software Engineering, a position he held for more than eight years during an 18-year career at EXFO, where he played a key role in positioning EXFO as the worldwide optical test solutions market leader in the Telecom industry.

In addition to his leadership positions, Antonio has held various engineering-related management positions, including Project Manager, Engineering Project Lead, and Lead Software Engineer, a role he held for over six years at Cubanacan S.A.

Antonio holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Software Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA) from Laval University. He also undertook studies in the Executive Entrepreneurship Program at Babson College.

Michael Poulin, Eng.

General Manager, Automotive Solutions

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Michael Poulin has been with LeddarTech since 2010 and is now managing the Automotive Solutions business unit after several years directing product development and product management. Over the course of his career, Michael has acquired extensive experience managing teams that have successfully delivered a wide range of LiDAR and other advanced technological products.

At present, he is leading a highly skilled and dynamic team responsible for product management and sales, and quickly expanding this team with new locations in Europe and in the US. The team is devoted to satisfying market requirements and establishing win-win relationships with partners and clients, in addition to supporting them in the development and commercialization of their own solid-state LiDAR systems based on LeddarTech’s unique LeddarCore systems on chip (SoCs) and digital signal processing software.

Before joining LeddarTech, Michael specialized in digital signal processing and embedded systems development, and led various system and software engineering activities and teams in the development of innovative products such as implantable neurosensing and neurostimulation medical devices and motorized prosthetics.

Carl Paquet

General Manager, Module Solutions

Carl Paquet joined LeddarTech as General Manager, Module Solutions Business Unit in March 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience in management, optics, R&D, engineering and systems design. In his new role, Carl will be responsible for developing and executing LeddarTech’s strategy to accelerate revenue and profit growth in the modules market in partnership with the existing team.

Over the course of his 24-year career, Carl has held several leadership positions, most recently serving as Senior Manager, Packet Optical Platforms at Ciena. Prior to that, he worked for TeraXion over an 11-year period, advancing from Product Line Manager to Director of Product Line Management. During that period, he was a key player in positioning TeraXion as the worldwide market leader in optical dispersion compensation.

In addition to these leadership roles, Carl held various engineering and systems design positions at ONI Systems and Ciena in San Jose, California, over a period of five years. His professional journey began as a researcher for INO (National Optics Institute), where he contributed to several patents. Carl holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Engineering Physics and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Optics from Université Laval.

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.

Board of Directors

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.

 

Robert Baumann
Board member

Mr. Robert Baumann has been serving as a member of the LeddarTech supervisory board since 2018. He is the CFO for the Automotive and Special Lighting Business Unit of Osram AG, in Germany. From 2001 to 2018, he held several leading finance positions in the US, Asia and Europe, and has a strong experience in implementing new business models. Mr. Baumann holds two Master’s degrees, one in business administration and the other in law.
He is described as an energetic and communicative finance executive with more than 20 years’ global finance experience in B2C and B2B within various industries (automotive, consumer electronics and lighting), is results- and improvement-driven and acting as a strong business partner to the CEO/Management team. He combines strong leadership skills with a focus on people and team development through empowerment and coaching, and has worked and lived in Austria, Denmark, the USA, Singapore, Netherlands and Germany.