The Board of Directors meets to review management performance across all divisions, provides insights and recommendations for achieving consistent growth and prosperity.
Chairman of the Board
Co-CEO of Groupe Lune Rouge and President of Guy Laliberté’s family office, Robert Blain, FCPA, has also contributed to the growth of Cirque du Soleil as its Chief Financial Officer. For over 20 years, he has cultivated relationships with prominent companies, such as MGM, Disney and Apple Corps (Beatles), as well as the trustees of the Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley estates. This long and illustrious career has led him to be involved in various committees and boards of directors; most notably, the One Drop Foundation, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and the Guy Laliberté Foundation.
Dr. Viviane Yargeau
Dr. Viviane Yargeau is a Professor in Chemical Engineering at McGill University and an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment. Her expertise is in chemical & environmental engineering. She is a leader in the control of environmental pollutants and her research focuses on both fundamental and technological aspects leading to improvement of technologies to mitigate the release of pollutants in the environment and the development of green alternatives. Dr. Yargeau has co-developed the two Earth Alive flagship products. She leads her own group of researchers and has established strong research collaborations internationally as well as industrial collaboration. Her multidisciplinary research program also includes working closely with toxicologists in order to assess the impact of contaminants on the environment and public health. Dr. Yargeau serves on various committees including the international management committee of the International Water Association (IWA) Advanced Oxidation Processes Specialist Group. The innovative aspects of her research have already been recognized by several publications in peer-reviewed journals and international research awards.
Benoit La Salle
Mr. La Salle is the President and CEO of Windiga Energy, a Canadian-based independent power producer focused on developing, owning and operating renewable energy facilities on the African continent. Mr. La Salle is the founder of SEMAFO (a TSX-listed company) and a well-known mining entrepreneur in Canada and Africa. Mr. La Salle brought SEMAFO from junior explorer to a +250,000 ounce-per-year gold producer with three mines in operation in West Africa. Mr. La Salle is also the Chairman of the Canadian Council on Africa.
Mr. Patterson is a corporate entrepreneur with over 25 years experience developing markets for both U.S.-and Canadian-based businesses. Throughout his life, Todd has been immersed in the world of agriculture. He grew up on a working farm in southern Ontario and has managed multi-level functionality for businesses in the agricultural, natural food, and produce sectors for over 25 years. As the Founder/President/Owner of P4 Group Inc., Todd focuses on developing national or international growth for companies ranging in size from start-ups to over $55 million. Over the course of his career, Todd has launched some exceptionally innovative and profitable brands to North America, including POM Wonderful, Gourmet Garden, Snapple and just recently Big Mountain Foods. He also has considerable experience managing government relations, sales, marketing, and logistics for companies wishing to expand their product reach across borders.
Mr. Saviuk has a B.Comm from Concordia University. He started his career in accounting at KPMG and quickly moved to venture capital investing through Manitex Capital Inc., a company he co-founded over 30 years ago, and which still actively invests in emerging companies with a focus on the life science, renewable energy and sustainable resource sectors. He also co-founded Valeo Pharma in 2003 and has since served as its President and CEO. Mr. Saviuk transformed Valeo Pharma to a fast-growing full service Canadian pharmaceutical company and was also instrumental in the sale of certain assets to Valeant Canada.
Nikolaos Sofronis is Founder and President of BS Family Office Asset Management S.A., Geneva, a firm specializing in financing, wealth and private equity management mainly in the pharmaceutical, biotech and commodities sectors. Mr. Sofronis has over 16 years of experience in private banking, having held positions of significant responsibility at several of the foremost financial institutions in Luxembourg and Switzerland, including PARIBAS and Republic National Bank of NY Luxembourg. Mr. Sofronis played a key role in the success of the Groupe Jacques Bogart S.A. leveraged buyout (LBO) in 2015. Groupe Jacques Bogart S.A. was owner of the prestigious luxury brand Balenciaga trademark and was listed on the Paris stock exchange. Mr. Sofronis is a member of the Board of Director and Chairman of the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Committee of Aya Gold & Silver Inc. (TSX:AYA). Previously, Mr. Sofronis served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cyprotex PLC (LSE:CRX), a publicly-listed Bioscience Company based in the UK.
Ms. Paula Caldwell St Onge
(B.Sc.Queen's University, MBA (Leadership and Sustainability) University of Cumbria, ICD.D-Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman School of Management (UofT), recipient of the Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Policy and the Queen’s Gold Jubilee medal, began her career in the Public Service in 1989. She worked in several government departments where she gained expertise in communications, environmental sustainability, international trade and political risk. She has been a Director General of Canada’s Environmental Federal national programs on Enforcement, Environmental assessments and Emergency and Preparedness as well as Director General of the Pan African bureau at Global affairs Canada. She has lived and served abroad for 28 years having been brought up in Latin America and the Caribbean and served as Senior Trade Commissioner, Minister Counsellor of Trade, Consul General and Ambassador in Brazil, Mexico, Texas (and 5 surrounding States), and Haiti respectively. She speaks five languages and is married to Daniel St-Onge.