Jean-Claude Tshipama

Chief Executive Officer Broadband Africa


In his capacity as CEO of Konnect Africa, a Eutelsat Group initiative, Jean-Claude Tshipama is committed to providing Sub-Saharan Africa with reliable and affordable broadband Internet connectivity solutions by leveraging satellite technology. Among other responsibilities, Jean-Claude coordinates the strategic and commercial development of Konnect Africa, as well as its technical and operational deployment across the African continent.

While Africa is currently undergoing a major digital transformation, the continent will soon become a world-class technological hub: Jean-Claude and his team are determined to actively engage in this process, contributing to its economic and social development and to reducing the digital divide. 

Since 2018, Jean-Claude has inspired the Konnect Africa team to work hand in hand with local African partners to provide fast and reliable broadband access, offering Internet solutions designed specifically for Sub-Saharan Africa. Konnect Africa delivers broadband services in urban and rural areas where they are available to all types of users: individuals, companies, public authorities, etc. Konnect Africa is an initiative of the Eutelsat Group, which draws on its global position and 40 years of experience in satellite operations.

With more than 16 years of experience in the telecommunications, IT and pay-TV industries, Jean-Claude has solid expertise in business development, marketing, sales and distribution in Africa, Europe, North America and the Pacific region.

Prior to joining Konnect Africa, Jean-Claude was President and CEO of Zympala Inc. Canada and a non-executive director on the Board of Equity Bank in Kenya. He was previously Managing Director of Canal+ RDC (a subsidiary of Canal+ in the Democratic Republic of Congo). Jean-Claude also served successively as Commercial Director at Celtel in Africa, Sales and Distribution Director for 19 African countries at Microsoft Corporation and Sales and Distribution Manager at Digicel for the Caribbean and Pacific regions.

Jean-Claude Tshipama graduated from McGill University and HEC-Montréal in Canada where he completed an MBA. He also holds a Master's degree in economics from the Protestant University of Congo. He speaks several languages and is fluent in French and English, to name a few.


Kim Hurtault-Osbornne

Executive Secretary for
Integral Development

Organization of American States


Kim Osborne is the Executive Secretary for Integral Development at the Organization of American States, with responsibility for the Development Pillar; one of the four pillars of the organization.  For almost two decades, Ms. Osborne has dedicated herself to the socio-economic development of the Latin American and Caribbean region. As a pioneer of the OAS Small Tourism Enterprise Program, an internationally recognized best practice, she focused on assisting small and medium enterprises achieve competitiveness and profitability by combining internationally recognized standards with high-value products, targeted marketing and branding. She is co-author of the Business Management and Operations Manual for Small Hotels and led the tourism training and capacity building program in the region.

From 2008 to 2011, she was appointed as the OAS Country Representative to Belize and in that role managed the OAS’ programs and relations with that country; navigating the political spectrum, while implementing numerous initiatives on sustainable livelihoods, institutional capacity building, tourism training and certification, women’s empowerment, among others.  Osborne is a founding member of the Center for Community Resource Development, an NGO set up to assist the most disadvantaged communities, by combating poverty through the application of an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) methodology. 

More recently, Osborne has served as the head of the Technical Cooperation Section at the OAS Secretariat for Integral Development where she led the Organization’s Development Cooperation and partnerships program. In that capacity she spearheaded  the re-structuring of the OAS Development Cooperation Fund and promoted the application of an alliance model to maximize multi-stakeholder partnerships for development and south-south cooperation.

Ms. Osborne has successfully negotiated and secured several partnership agreements with international and regional organizations to foster the work of the OAS in the hemisphere. She is a three-time winner of the organization’s outstanding performance award and in 2016 was elected as President of the Staff Association, where she led the effort towards the establishment of the OAS’ alternative work schedule scheme. She currently chairs the OAS Medical Benefits Trust Fund.

Before joining the OAS, Ms. Osborne was employed at the National Development Corporation of Dominica and has also held private sector positions in both Dominica and the Netherlands Antilles. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management and Bachelor’s degree on Hospitality Management-Travel and Tourism Studies.

Avant de se joindre l’OEA, Mme Osborne travaillait pour la Société nationale de développement de la Dominique et a également occupé des postes dans le secteur privé à la Dominique et aux Antilles néerlandaises. Elle est titulaire d’une maîtrise en administration publique avec une concentration en gestion publique et d’un baccalauréat en gestion de l’hôtellerie, des voyages et du tourisme.


Macky Tall

Head of Liquid Markets, CDPQ
President and Chief Executive Officer, CDPQ Infra


Macky Tall has been Head of Liquid Markets since March 2018. In this role, he leads the Equity Markets and Fixed Income teams. He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra, a CDPQ subsidiary whose mandate is to plan, execute and operate public infrastructure projects. CDPQ Infra is currently implementing the largest public transit project – the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) – in the Greater Montréal in the last 50 years. Mr. Tall sits on CDPQ’s Executive Committee and Investment-Risk Committee.

He previously held the position of Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure, overseeing infrastructure strategy and investments. Mr. Tall joined CDPQ in 2004 as Director, Investment, Infrastructure, and accelerated the implementation of a business model focused on strategic partnerships with the largest infrastructure operators in the world, mainly in the sectors
of power generation – particularly renewable energy – airports and ports, energy transportation and distribution, highways and passenger transport, and social infrastructure. With this approach, a portfolio valued today at over CAD20 billion was built. The team’s expertise also facilitated the implementation of a unique public infrastructure model, with the launch of CDPQ Infra. 

Before joining CDPQ, he held several senior management positions with companies in the energy and finance sectors, namely Hydro-Québec, MEG International, Novergaz and Probyn & Company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from HEC Montréal and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ottawa. He also completed an undergraduate degree in Economics at Université de Montréal.


Mr. Tall is a member of the infrastructure advisory board of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). He was recently co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Global Infrastructure Facility of the World Bank.


Dr Nadine Beauger

Chief Executive Officer

Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer – Commercialization of Research (IRICoR)


Dr. Nadine Beauger is CEO at IRICoR, a Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research specializing in drug discovery in oncology and related areas, based at University of Montreal. Under her leadership, Dr. Beauger has raised significant funding for her organization through federal and provincial government programs among other sources. IRICoR is rapidly expanding its project portfolio, providing academics with its tailor-made funding and support towards increasing their projects’ value and establishing strong partnerships with the private sector for innovative therapeutic solutions to reach the market faster. 

Before this appointment, Dr. Beauger was Vice-President - Scientific Liaison (intellectual property (IP), academia-industry relations) at that same organization that she joined in 2009. She was instrumental at building IRICoR’s project portfolio and related IP practice and strategy, which have led to successful licensing agreements and partnerships with industry. She had brought to IRICoR over 15 years of experience in technology assessment and transfer, venture capital, IP and project portfolio management, due diligence, and clinical and biotechnological research with thorough experience in both the private and the academic sectors.

Dr. Beauger began her career as a Patent Consultant at Robic, a Montreal-based IP boutique, where she undertook drafting, prosecution and IP strategic management. She went on as Associate at VantagePoint Venture Partners (now VantagePoint Capital Partners), a leading California-headquartered venture capital firm with more than $4 billion under management. Just prior to joining IRICoR, Dr. Beauger was Business Development Manager at Paladin Labs Inc, a top specialty pharmaceutical company based in Montreal (now an Endo international company).

She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Hematology and Oncology), an M.Sc. in Cellular Biopathology from Université de Montréal and a B.Sc. in Anatomy from McGill University. She also holds an MBA degree from HEC Montréal (Excellence Studentship Award and Best Speaker Award). Dr. Beauger has been an invited speaker at a number of national and international events and is a Board member at CHU Ste-Justine Foundation and at ExCellThera, one of IRICoR’s spin-off companies.


Gregory Chrispin, CFA, IAS.A

Executive Vice-President, Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance, Desjardins Group

President and Chief Executive Officer, Desjardins Financial Security


Gregory Chrispin is Senior Vice President, Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance. In this capacity, he is responsible for the activities of Desjardins Securities, Desjardins Investments, Desjardins Global Asset Management and Desjardins Financial Security. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Financial Security. Gregory oversees the development of products and services geared to the specialized savings and life and health insurance needs of our members and clients. He also supports the integrated distribution of these products in the caisse network and the complementary networks. He also chairs the Quebec committee for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA-Quebec) and is vice-chair of the board of Aviso Wealth, a leading investment management service provider.

Gregory has worked in the financial sector for more than 30 years. He joined Desjardins Group in 2010 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Desjardins Global Asset. Prior to this, he was President and Managing Director of State Street Global Advisors Canada (SSgA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial mathematics from Université de Montréal, is also an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and member of both the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the CFA Institute. He became a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2011. He is on the board of CIRANO and of the YMCAs of Quebec.


Ben Marc Diendéré

Vice-président principal – Communications, affaires publiques et image de marque

La Coop Fédérée


Ben Marc Diendéré is Senior Vice President of Communications, Public Affairs and Brand Management at La Coop fédérée, the largest agri-food enterprise in Quebec, and the 2nd largest in Canada. He has held this position since 2011. In this position he is in charge of the development and execution of all communications and public relations strategies in Quebec and across Canada for the cooperative enterprise. He coordinates the communications activities and initiatives for La Coop fédérée and its network of 72 cooperatives with 90,000 members located throughout Quebec and Canada. La Coop fédérée is comprised of three divisions: Groupe BMR inc. for hardware and farm machinery activities, Olymel S.E.C. for meat processing activities, and the Agricultural Division. La Coop fédérée is also present in the energy sector through its Sonic Energy inc. subsidiary. La Coop fédérée employs 12,200 people and its annual sales are nearly $6 billion. Including its affiliated cooperatives, La Coop fédérée has over 18,350 employees and combined sales of $9.6 billion.


Ben Marc Diendéré has worked successively in public and private sector positions: for the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec and at Partenariat International. Before joining La Coop fédérée, he held the position of Senior Director for Institutional Relations, Public and Corporate Affairs for Quebecor Media Inc. from 2005 to 2011. Ben Marc Diendéré has a postgraduate degree from HEC de Montréal. He also has a Master’s degree in management and marketing from Sorbonne Assas - Institut français de presse - Paris 2, and a Master’s degree in the sociology of information and communication from the Université de Ouagadougou.

Sphere of influence

As an influential leader amongst his generation, Ben Marc Diendéré is a member of committees for several enterprises and has a seat on the board of directors for the Université de Montréal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. He is also a member of the Conseil de l’attractivité and of the Comité consultatif sur l’économie et l’innovation. Well-known in the business, academic and community sectors, Ben Marc Diendéré is a leader and a mentor. His support and mentorship activities with various organizations and foundations whose causes are as much international as in Québec (Montréal and regions), has earned him recognition in publications and numerous national awards.

Ben Marc is passionate about Montréal, Québec and their place in the world. The focus of his interests are: Business Innovations, Technology and Telecommunications, Strategic Communications, Human Resources, New Media, Education and Research, The Digital Economy, Agribusiness and, lastly, Arts, Culture and Fashion.


Frantz Saintellemy

President and Chief Operating Officer LeddarTech


Frantz Saintellemy is President - ZMD America Inc. and Exec. Vice-President at ZMDI, President & CEO of SMGT Inc., President & CEO of Q-Links Home Automation and President and CEO of Groupe Reno-Metrix Inc.

Mr. Saintellemy is former CTO, Corporate Vice-President Worldwide Advanced Engineering Group and Technical Marketing at Future Electronics, a global distributor of semiconductors and passive, interconnect and electro-mechanical components. Mr.Saintellemy has more than 18 years of experience in product development, applications & design engineering, product line marketing and technical sales leadership.

Prior to joining Future Electronics, Mr. Saintellemy Director/ GM for the consumer and automotive product groups, with complete P&L responsibilities, at Analog Devices Inc. Prior to joining ADI, Mr. Saintellemy held various product development, system design and marketing at NAD, a high-end consumer audio equipment maker.

Mr. Saintellemy received a BSEE from Northeastern University; BSc. Concentration in Marketing and Commerce from HEC (University of Montreal); and Graduate of the MIT Sloan Engineering Fellows Program on Innovations and Global Leadership.

Mr. Saintellemy is founder or co-founder of several successful companies including: SMGT Inc. – a technology-consulting firm specializing in renewable energies, power management and sensing technologies. Mr. Saintellemy is also founder and lead investor in Groupe 3737 - a business incubator and social investing organization.


Jacques Ulysse

Directeur général ville de Laval



Jean G. Orelien, DrPH, MStat

PDG de ScitoVation


François De Paul Nkombou

François De Paul Nkombou

vice-président, audit interne et gestion des risques Groupe Canam inc.



Dorothy Alexandre

Dorothy Alexandre
Présidente Conseil des Montréalaises