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.
Michael is Chief Executive Officer at Earth Alive Clean Technologies. He became CEO in June 2017 after serving as Vice-President Global Operations (Agriculture) since 2014. Michael’s career in ecological and human friendly products began when he founded LFP Solutions, an organic soil input distribution company. A lifelong nature enthusiast, Michael feels as much at home on his farm as he does in a boardroom. He has extensive knowledge concerning sustainability, organic food systems and soil health. He is frequently asked to speak on these topics in various forums.
At Earth Alive, Michael has developed several sustainability projects such as the Mocha Initiative and the Clean Fibre Initiative. He is instrumental in the development of new products and sourcing financing to ensure expansion of the company’s research and development as well as sales opportunities.
He is a board member of Regeneration Canada; a non-profit initiative promoting soil regeneration in Canada and has a business degree from Bishop’s University.
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.
Mr. Ringuet holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration from Université Laval and an MBA from McGill University. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Master Group Inc., since 2006 and was VP of Finance and Administration from 1990 to 2006. Prior to joining Master Group, where he is particularly active in corporate development and strategic investments, Mr. Ringuet worked in various departments of finance and investment at National Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal. In addition to his involvement as a private investor with different companies, he is also a member of the investment committees of the following funds: Cycle Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in clean technologies; XPND Capital, a Montreal-based growth capital fund focusing on companies in the media, entertainment and technology sectors; and most recently, BDG-Appalaches, which includes European and Canadian investors targeting the SME market in traditional sectors. He is also President of the Board of Directors of Fondation Tel-Jeunes, a non-profit organization supporting young people in Québec.
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. Paye holds a postgraduate degree in Economics, in German Literature and in International Relations. He has had a distinguished diplomatic career and was most recently Senegal’s Ambassador to Canada. Prior to his appointment to Canada, Mr. Paye exercised from 2002 to 2015 the role of Special Advisor to the Secrétaire Général de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and that of Ombudsman and Special Envoy of the Secrétaire Général during crisis in Africa. He was from 2003 to 2014 the Head of the Delegation of the OIF to the United Nations General Assembly and to the General Conference of the African Union. He also served as a Minister of Sports for Senegal.
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.
Ann Catherine Barnes, LLB, Hons. B.A.
Ann has acted as Legal and General Counsel for a number of private and publicly held Canadian and International companies including: Manulife Financial, TSN (The Sports Network), Cott Corporation, Alliance Atlantis and General Counsel at Insight Sports (a sports and entertainment media company). Her areas of legal practice include: Canadian and US corporate securities, intellectual property and information technology.
Ann left her legal career to pursue her interests in health and wellness. She founded and ran two National health food companies. Ann introduced Chia to North American health food markets and developed a line of hemp-based and trending superfoods. She has published two health food cookbooks, is a well-respected public and TEDx Speaker and an outspoken environmental advocate.
Ann's plant-based green passion led to her trailblazing through the medical cannabis industry. She started and operated the first Health Canada licensed and first operational medical cannabis licensed producer (LP) in Canada as majority owner and Chairman of Peace Naturals Project Inc. Ann acted as Chairman of the Board for over 5 years and, in 2016, sold her majority interest in Peace to Cronos Group Inc.
Ann is currently the founder and CEO of Edica Naturals, a female focused health supplement company with a digital subscription sales model. She is the proud Mom of two teenagers.