Our mentors

Mentors from the Mentorat BIOSUCCÈS network come from the life sciences and health technologies sector and have been involved in the various phases of creation and development of successful organisations in this field. Our mentors are objective and have no financial interest in your business. Their independence is a guarantee of confidence.

We display hereafter a list of our mentors along with a short bio.

Please note that assigning a mentor to a mentee is a based on several criteria such as availability, geographical location, complementarity, etc. Potential mentees can’t therefore request to be associated to such or such mentor in this list.

François Arcand / Région de Québec

Entrepreneur in life sciences (SiliCycle inc., Québec, 2013/17 ; ERA Biotech, Barcelona 2004/2010 ; Conference on Plant-made pharmaceuticals, Québec 2003, Montréal 2005 ; Medicago, Québec, 1997/2002) and in arts and culture (1978/1997). Co-author of « Novel Protein-Production Systems » (2004) and « Audace et ingéniosité, moteurs du développement économique et sociétal » (Institut du Québec, 2017).

Currently attempts to improve treatments for solid cancers (Pharma in silica inc., Québec).

Appreciates sea kayak, cinema, most types of music and certain people.

Born in Québec City in 1955; Executive MBA from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montréal (1995).

André P. Boulet / Montréal Region

Dr. Boulet is an executive with broad experience in all aspects of pharmaceutical product development and it’s financing. He has a direct experience with clinical research, health economics, venture capital, corporate management and all of its related financing activities. He offers a global solution by reconciling and optimising the compatibility of his skills. Through his strengths, he masters the art of convincing a vast variety of stakeholders coming from diversified fields. A team worker, he can rally people behind a vision with the ultimate goal of producing winning products. His interest is in companies with innovative technologies/approach, venture capital.

Gilles Chaumillon / Montréal region

Gilles Chaumillon is an experienced manager who has worked for over 20 years in the life sciences and medical devices field.
Holding a Ph.D. degree in biology and MBA in the management of biotechnology, he started his career as R & D and process development Director for a biopharmaceutical company well known in Quebec city area. He then joined several biotechnology companies where he held various senior positions in project management and product and business development, before becoming General Manager of a CRO specialized in phase IV and pharmacoeconomics. Until recently CEO of an animal nutrition company; he devotes himself, among other, as an advisor to technology and science companies and to implementation projects for ISO 13485 and HACCP compliance. His expertise covers all aspects (R & D, clinical, quality assurance, regulatory submissions) of biopharmaceutical, natural health products, veterinary, food and medical devices product development. This allows him to help companies from research and development to marketing in compliance with the appropriate regulations. Meanwhile, he has completed several due diligences for merger and acquisition projects and participates in the development of financing plan for various industrial projects.

Gilles Derome / Montréal region

Mr. Derome has over 25 years experience in the pharmaceutical sector coupled with coaching and experience in canvassing start-ups in Life Sciences .In pharmaceuticals, he has held various positions in sales, marketing and new product development , leading to manage a commercial unit in NeuroScience where he had full responsibility for the Business Unit . He has worked in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical service sectors as Vice President , Business Development for two companies where he participated in the creation of several partnership agreements with pharmaceutical companies . As Vice President, in Life Sciences at the Centre d’entreprise et d’innovation de Montreal, Mr. Derome has worked in development of young companies, providing services in strategic market analysis, business plans, commercialization support and strategic partnership. He initiated the activities of the Commercialization Office at the Centre of Excellence in Drug Discovery – University of Montreal , where he contributed to the establishment of strategic partnership agreements with the pharmaceutical industry.

Ibrahim Bruno El-Khoury / Région de Montréal

Founder, mentor, professional coach, recognized for his entrepreneurial resilience and actor of the circular economy. His practices include teaching contemporary management, developing leadership and designing transformational innovation models. He has worked as a senior executive and turnaround advisor to US IT and international telcommunications leaders, including Unisys, Cerner, HP, Citrix, Cisco and Stratus, for whom he has developed emerging markets all around the world by carrying out large projects.
Graduate in Business Administration, Business Management, Organizational Process Analysis and a concentration in Organizational Leadership from HEC Montréal. He followed graduate studies and professional development courses in Social Responsibility of Organizations at ESG-UQAM and  the Scandinavian Model – Tools of Success at the University of Montreal CÉRIUM and the Masters in Management at ÉNAP. He is a candidate for MBA International at Hult Boston University, Shanghai, China campus. He received his professional training in banking and healthcare IT solutions at the Unisys International Center, Milton Keynes, UK.
He continues his private research on the models of success, with the emotional dimension of well-being, through the emotional education FEEL © of which he is a designer.
He stands out for his restructuring capabilities and expertise covering continuous improvement, applied psychology, change management in a difficult context, the development of international business in technology and strategist of smart cities according to the Nordic model. in connection with the NORPLAN Global Consulting Group.
He was one of the first HEC Montréal graduates mentors in 2011 as well as the REPAF network of entrepreneurs, while being part of the management team of the Tandem HEC Montréal 2012-2014 mentoring program and continues to be a mentor for a number of entrepreneurs, as well as doctoral students in occupational psychology at the SQPTO. His creations include a range of professional coaching programs. From 2013 He got involved in politics by becoming a candidate in municipal and federal elections.

Michael Fahey / Montréal region

Michael Fahey is a Senior Leader with over 30 years of international experience in systems engineering, information technology, life sciences and healthcare technologies. He is a catalyst for innovation and encourages the development of talent and a culture of entrepreneurship that focuses on customer needs and delivering value. He works with chief executives to facilitate the review and development of go-to market strategies, venture financing, business development and critical talent and succession management. Mr. Fahey holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering).

Claude Gaumond / Montréal region

Claude Gaumond is the founder of GAUMOND MEDICAL GROUP INC., a firm specializing in design and manufacturing of equipment treating patients thru exposure to a pressurized environment enriched with pure oxygen.

A former elite athlete, he ranked 4th at the 1998 World Masters Cross-Country Ski Championships, the third fastest time in Canada (5km) and obtained in 1991 a 12th place in the World Triathlon Championships in Memphis. .

He holds a military background in civil engineering and a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

René Gosselin / Montréal region

Mr. Gosselin has more than 30 years of experience in the life science industry and since 2009, is founding-shareholder and president of Menodys, a medical device company. Prior to 2009, he was managing partner at CREA Group, and has also been president of Val-CHUM LLP the technology transfer organisation of CHUM (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Montréal) where he oversaw all the technology transfer activities of CHUM’s affiliated research centers.From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Gosselin also served as president and general manager of a start-up company in the veterinary and agri-food industry. During his tenure there, he secured more than $16 million in financing and built the company up to more than 90 employees with operations in Canada and the United States (St. Paul, MN). The company’s multinational activities generated over $10 million worth of sales per year after only five years of operations. Mr. Gosselin, through CREA and its own management firm, has been involved with many start-ups in executive positions.

Mr. Gosselin holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a MBA from the University of Sherbrooke, as well as a certificate in business law from the University of Montreal. Mr. Gosselin is co-inventor on two patents in the medical device sector.

Michel Lamontagne / Montréal region

Michel Lamontagne is a tax lawyer by training, a member of the Quebec Bar (LL.L), a graduate of the Collège des administrateurs du Québec and a certified company director (ASC / C.Dir.). He works mainly as board member with public, parapublic, private and philanthropic organizations, in the field of financial institutions, health, the environment, medical information and technologies, governance and planned giving. He has always pursued his professional career with active community involvement in the areas of business, health, philanthropy, youth, disadvantaged families and the arts.

Claude LeDuc / Montréal region

Mr. Leduc is a professional Executive CEO / COO with 27 years of international experience and achievement in private and Fortune 500 Companies. His qualities include exemplary leadership; ability to set clear goals and oversee their effective execution, and directing/coaching/inspiring teams and individuals to shine. An organization that is strategically committed to producing substantial, sustainable growth for all stakeholders can benefit from the professional and personal equity that he will invest.

Meir Levi / Région de Montréal

Engineer by trainng (B.Eng. Technion Institute, Haifa, Israel, M. Eng. McGill), innovator at heart and realistic at the core, Meir Levi built two hightech companies to successful exits, the last one to Varian Medical Systems – the global leader in multi-disciplinary cancer care solutions – where he serves as a senior director. Meir vast experience have already helped young startups in strategic positioning, global market entry, IP, Licensing & contract negotiations, securing mission and value to create strong story to VCs and strategic partners.

As a strategic business leader, seasoned CEO and visionary innovator, Meir has served and is serving on the board of several companies private and public and is mentoring entrepreneurs thru winning business models.

Josée Morin / Québec city region

Josée Morin is a successful entrepreneur and seasoned bilingual Corporate Director with more than 30 years of experience in information technology and healthcare. She launched two technology companies that were sold to large US corporations. She is known as a strategic thinker with the ability to identify growth opportunities and provide guidance to companies working through complex issues.

Josée is a Certified Board Director (ASC/C.Dir), Professional Engineer, (P. Eng), and holds an MBA and a BA in Electrical Engineering. Coupling that education to her professional business experience, she is a respected Board member, actively contributing to the sound governance of organizations. She shows expertise in the areas of strategic planning, cyber and IT governance, risk management and digital transformations.

Josée has served as a Corporate Director for a variety of private companies, not-for-profit, and technology investment fund Boards for the last 25 years. She now sits on the Board of major corporations. She participates in the creation of collective wealth by advocating diversity, transparency, digital agility and solid business ethics.  She writes regularly on governance.

Samir Mounir / Montréal region

Dr. Mounir has several years of experience in the venture capital field and in the world of investment in the life sciences and health technology industry. Previously, he had spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. After obtaining his Ph.D., he built himself a career as researcher, professor, then as manager in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, where he managed several R&D projects , that led to the development of clinical candidates. Then, having completed an MBA, his career takes a new turn. After a number of years, as senior analyst responsible for a sizable portfolio of enterprises in the life sciences and health technology industry, he co-founded two biotechnology firms. It is based on this dual background that he has become an expert, renowed in the healthcare sector as well as the world of investment in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and medical technology industries.

Jean-Maurice Plourde / Québec city region

Mr. Plourde has over 40 years of experience in planning of scientific and technological development, in management and strategic consulting, in innovation as well as innovation to SMEs in bio-industry projects. He is an economist by training and holds a Masters in industrial relations. He is active in several organizations devoted to the technological and industrial development of Quebec. Member of several boards of Directors of emerging technology companies and organizations, including the Presidency, in 1997 and 1998, of the Quebec bio-industries Association, that became BioQuébec.

Luc Sirois / Montréal region

With a degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Luc Sirois is known in Quebec and across the globe for a creative approach to innovation and for his leadership in digital technology. He leads Prompt, a collaborative research consortium supported by Quebec’s Ministry of Economy and Innovation. Prompt funds research and innovation in the areas of ICT, Artificial Intelligence, and Cybersecurity. Prompt is the Quebec lead on the ENCQOR project, the biggest 5G initiative in Canada, and is mobilizing businesses to develop and test new technology in 5G innovation hubs across the province.

Patrick Tremblay / Montréal region

Mr. Tremblay holds the position of Senior Vice President at Caprion where he is responsible for corporate development strategies and development of diagnostics. He has extensive training and experience from academic field, biopharmaceutical and investment . He holds a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Montreal , and completed his postdoctoral studies in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry . He has worked with the U.S. investment firm Pappas Ventures and has also held the positions of Vice- President Research and Development at BioAxone Therapeutics and Director of Pharmacology at Neurochem where he developed drugs for the disease of Alzheimer and injuries to the spinal cord . Patrick was also an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of California at San Francisco where he worked on neurodegeneration induced by prions with the team of Stanley Prusiner , Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology (1997). He is also involved in many innovative initiatives in the field of life sciences and has recently co-founded the Partnership for personalized cancer medicine ( PMPC ) and worked closely with the creation, financing and launch of the new Institute dedicated to the development Neomed innovative new drugs.

Claude Vezeau / Montréal region

Dr. Claude Vezeau is an experienced leader and entrepreneur with a breath of experience in academia, life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries including the start-up and financing of several biotechnology companies. After working in several executive positions in the large pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Vezeau became a partner in BioCapital, a successful investment fund in biotechnology. He then joined BioChem Pharma to lead the BioChem Vaccines division. He was the founder of Innodia and the CEO of Intellivax, ProScan and Katana biopharma. He currently serves as consultant for several biotechnology and medical device companies and investment funds.

Philippe Walker / Montréal region

Philippe Walker has 30 years experience in Pharmaceutical Research & Development across several therapeutic areas. After studies in Switzerland (UNI Lausanne) and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Philippe established a laboratory of molecular biology and was assistant professor at the CHUV in Lausanne. In 1994 he moved to Montreal to help build the first North American RD site for ASTRA where he was head of molecular biology from 1994 to 2000 and Vice President of RD and site Manager at AZRD Montreal from 2000 to 2010. In 2010 he was global head of CNS research for AstraZeneca, supervising RD sites in US, Canada and Sweden. In 2012, Philippe founded the NEOMED Institute where he has been Chief Scientific Officer in charge of a pipeline of drug discovery projects covering multiple therapeutic areas. Since 2017, Philippe is President of PW Consulting. His consultancies cover multiple aspects of drug discovery and early development in multiple therapy areas.