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François-Xavier Seigneur

Chairman –

Corporate Governance, Human Resources and Compensation Committee – Member

François-Xavier Seigneur

Mr. Seigneur joined the Board of Directors in January 2014.  He is presently the President of EFFIX INC., the exclusive advertising and sponsorship sales agency for the Montreal Canadiens, the Bell Centre and Evenko.  Over the years, Effix has also contributed to the corporate development of other major partners in multiple fields.

In 1986, he founded EFFIX INC., a firm specializing in sports marketing which is the exclusive advertising and rights sales representative for the Montreal Canadiens.  Prior to that, he joined the Montreal Canadiens as Vice-President Marketing, he was the Vice-President of Pinso Sports, Director of Marketing for the Quebec division of the Bank of Montreal, Chief of Cabinet to the Canadian Minister of Supply and Services and the Assistant to the Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Olympics organizing committee.

François-Xavier Seigneur was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He attended St-Laurent and Ste-Marie colleges, earned his B.A., and went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the Université du Québec in Montréal in May 1972.

Frank Hennessey

President & CEO

Frank Hennessey

Mr. Hennessey was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director on September 8th, 2014.

Mr. Hennessey is a restaurant professional with over 27 years of experience in both franchise and corporate environments in both Canada and the United States. He was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Bento Sushi, a North American private-equity owned sushi concept with over 400 sushi bars in both Canada and the United States.

Prior to his tenure as President & Chief Executive Officer of Bento Sushi, Mr. Hennessey spent 11 years at Cara Operations Limited in different roles, including President of Harvey’s Restaurants and Senior Vice-President of Guest Experience, and also worked for 11 years at Darden Restaurants.

Mr. Hennessey holds an undergraduate degree from Western University and a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Gary O’Connor

Audit and Risk Committee – Chairman

Gary O’Connor

Mr. O’Connor joined the Board of Directors in January 2014.  His career was with KPMG Canada (1968 – 2009) and KPMG Barbados (2009- 2012), including 30 plus years as a partner, retiring in 2012. During his career he had various management responsibilities within the Firm including heading one of the audit teams comprised of 65 professionals. He was also a member of various Firm committees including Professional Development and Information Technology Systems Audits. He is a member of the Quebec Order of Certified Professional Accountant.

Mr. O’Connor has extensive experience with both SEC registrants and Canadian public companies as well as owner managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. His industry experience includes retail  (Reitmans Canada and Henry Birks) , Consumer products ( Dorel Industries ), financial institutions (Bank of Montreal, Montreal Trust, Roynat) as well as numerous other manufacturing and distribution businesses.

For the past 10 years Mr. O’Connor has been a member of the Board of Trustees of a private Foundation associated with Concordia University.

Pierre A. Raymond

Corporate Governance, Human Resources and Compensation Committee – Chairman

Pierre A. Raymond

Pierre A. Raymond retired in May 2014 from Stikeman Elliott LLP, a Canadian national law firm, where he was a partner in the Montreal office.

Mr. Raymond’s practice focused primarily on corporate finance and securities as well as public and private mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Raymond served as a member of Stikeman Elliott’s Partnership Board and Executive Committee from 1997 to 2012 and as Chair of the firm from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Raymond is currently a corporate director and sits on the board of directors of Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX: CYT) and of Pethealth Inc. (TSX: PTZ).

Michael Forsayeth

Audit and Risk Committee – Member

Michael Forsayeth

Michael Forsayeth joined the Board of Directors in November 2014. Mr. Forsayeth is currently Chief Financial Officer of Granite REIT, one of the largest publicly listed industrial real estate investment trusts in Canada. Mr. Forsayeth has over 30 years of financial reporting, capital markets and operating experience in a number of industries including hospitality and foodservice, real estate and property management as well as transportation and manufacturing.

He has held senior executive financial and operating positions in several large public and private Canadian organizations, including Intrawest, Cara Operations Ltd, Laidlaw Inc., Derlan Industries Limited and Bank of Montreal. Mr. Forsayeth is a CPA, CA and also spent nine years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in various areas including the audit practice, the insolvency group, as well as a secondment in their London, England office.

Roula Zaarour

Corporate Governance, Human Resources and Compensation Committee – Member

Roula Zaarour

Ms. Zaarour joined the Board of Directors in March 2016. Ms. Zaarour is a member of the executive team at Morneau Shepell since October 2015. Her mandate is to drive integration of services across the lines of businesses, deliver further growth through innovative offerings and improve the enterprise effectiveness and profitability. Prior to the current role, she was at CBC/Radio-Canada as Vice-President, People & Culture, delivering the Corporation’s human resources and labour relation services under a large re-structuring plan. Before that, Ms. Zaarour spent close to 6 years in South America as Vice-President of Business Transformation at the Argentinean airline Aerolineas Argentinas, where she led the implementation of their transformation plan, and as a Senior Advisor at MatlinPatterson Global Advisors LLC, an American private equity firm specialized in distressed investments. In this role, she performed due diligence of potential acquisitions, developed and led the execution of the restructuring plans. Ms. Zaarour had also occupied senior management positions at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Air Canada.

Ms. Zaarour holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and an MBA from Concordia University. She was a member of two Boards representing the investors in her role at the Private Equity, and she was until recently on the Pension Board of Trustees of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Patrick H. Sugrue

 

Patrick H. Sugrue

Mr. Sugrue joined the Board of Directors in November 2014. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Saladworks, a 100-unit salad chain. Prior to that, he was an investor and business consultant leveraging his extensive executive experience in the manufacturing, corporate and franchise retail, packaged goods and restaurant industries.  He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sofina Foods, a Markham, Ontario based privately held premium meats and deli company. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fearmans Pork Inc., a private equity owned pork processing business acquired by Sofina, and Chief Operating Officer of Honeybaked Ham Company.  Mr. Sugrue began his career in Consumer Packaged Goods with The Gallo Winery and The Coca-Cola Company and has an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Emory University.  He serves on the Board of Directors for Vida Holding Inc. a Venture Cap green technology firm in Burlington Ontario and lives in Palm Coast, Florida.

Anne-Marie Laberge

Audit and Risk Committee – Member

 

Anne-Marie LaBerge

Ms. LaBerge joined the Board of Directors in June 2016. She is currently Senior Vice President, Global Brands and Communication at BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products). Ms. LaBerge is a business executive with 20 years of experience of brand and marketing experience in the telecommunication industry. In 1996, Ms. LaBerge began her career at TELUS, the second largest telecommunications company in Canada. Since 1998, Ms. LaBerge has held various management positions within TELUS and she has been acting up until May 2016 as Vice President, Brand and Marketing Communications. She was honored as a winner of the 2011 Strategy magazine’s Marketer of the Year award and the 2011 Québec Women in Business award.