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 Boards 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 PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2012.
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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 Polytechnique Montréal and an MBA from Cornell/Queens.
Simon C. Morris
Simon Morris is a serial technology entrepreneur and business leader with over 25 years of experience, leading three technology start-ups focused on the development of innovative signal processing technologies, in particular for automotive applications. Most recently he was founder CEO for IRYStec Software from January 2016, and in that role raised both seed and series-A financing while securing multiple automotive Tier-1 and OEM design wins and a production win with a major German OEM. IRYStec was acquired by automotive Tier-1 Faurecia-Clarion in March 2020. Simon was also CEO of CogniVue Corporation, launched in 2010, which developed a patented low-power computer vision and neural net processor technology, tools, and embedded vision libraries deployed in automotive camera systems and consumer smart camera products. With its computer vision processor in production vehicles, CogniVue was then acquired by Freescale Semiconductor (later NXP Semiconductor) in September 2015, delivering one of the highest ROIs for its venture investors. Prior to launching CogniVue, Mr. Morris was Director at BDC Venture Capital. From 1995 to 2006, he held various senior and executive leadership positions at Atsana Semiconductor, which was his first start-up, and held a number of senior management positions at Texas Instruments (TI) in Dallas, Texas and Nice, France, including leading the definition and development of TI’s first 3G wireless base station chipsets based on the first C64X DSP core.
Mr. Morris also provides business coaching to several tech entrepreneurs, including Nuport Robotics, a Toronto-based start-up focused on the autonomous vehicle market, and InventionShare, where he is leading its Sensors in Motion affiliate to develop a plan to license its breakthrough transistor technology in the mobility market. Mr. Morris holds an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is also a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and was an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2014.
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 U.S., 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 U.S.A., Singapore, Netherlands, and Germany.
Peter Marks joined the LeddarTech Board of Directors in October of 2018. He is the owner of Executive Consulting Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. Mr. Marks has extensive experience serving as a member on several Boards of Directors. He is presently a board member at Broadcom Inc. and Executive Advisor at Gryphon Investors. He has decades of automotive industry experience, most notably in his past position as Chairman, President and CEO of Robert Bosch LLC, where his responsibilities included the Americas, as well as the global coordination of manufacturing worldwide.
Mr. Marks has 35 years’ experience in industries such as automotive, technology, consumer goods, and building technology, as well as in businesses serving different sales channels worldwide, including in North America, South America, Germany, Hungry, Russia, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Japan, Korea, India, China, Australia, and South Africa. He has a keen interest in organizational development for leadership, strategic planning, production systems (“lean” manufacturing), engineering systems, project management, and global business unit organization. Mr. Marks holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Fachhochschule University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Dominique Bélanger is Managing Partner, Co-Investments with BDC Capital. He is also Managing Partner of Diversified Portfolio and GO Capital.
Dominique joined BDC in 2010 as a Director, Strategic Investments for BDC Venture Capital. He was promoted to Vice-President and managed the Strategic Investments & Partnerships fund. Dominique also worked as Managing Director, Fund Investments before heading the Co-Investments team in 2017.
Before joining BDC, Dominique was co-founder and President of Gamerizon Studio Inc. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer of the venture-backed Quazal Technologies Inc. (acquired by Ubisoft). He also advised various technology companies and private investors on investments, financing, start-ups, and restarts.
Dominique began his professional career as a communications officer for the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994. Then, as a senior consultant with Deloitte Consulting, he went on to carry out several IT strategy operationalization mandates for multiple Fortune 500 companies. In 2003, he joined the venture capital firm Innovatech Montreal as Investment Manager, IT and Telecom, and then continued to manage the assets once Coller Capital acquired Innovatech’s portfolio.
Dominique holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MBA from HEC Montréal, Université de Montréal’s business school, as well as a certificate in entrepreneurship from MIT.