Defi Montreal 7 – final on April 24 2014


    Meet successful entrepreneurs and the investors who support them

    On April 24th, meet the entrepreneurs and investors who contribute to making Montreal a great startup city, one innovation at a time. True to our tradition, you will assist the presentations of these entrepreneurs selected for their innovation and growth potential.


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    Highlighting Montreal Entrepreneurs with Rho Canada Ventures


    The next generation of high-growth companies

    Learn more about the companies presenting here.

    Investors Present

    • Jeff Grammer

      Jeff Grammer PartnerRho Canada Ventures

      Jeff Grammer is a partner of Rho Canada Ventures. With nearly 28 years of operational and venture experience, Jeff seeks entrepreneurs who see market opportunities and possess the business acumen to nurture young companies to become industry leaders. He joined Rho Canada Ventures in 2006 and focuses primarily on investments in new media, information technology (hardware and software) and communication companies – mostly at the seed and early stages of development. Prior to Rho Canada Ventures, Jeff worked operationally at Intel, Chips and Technologies, N*Able Technologies and Ember Corporation...

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    • David Nault

      David Nault PrinicipaliNovia Capital

      David is a principal at iNovia Capital with a focus on Quebec investment opportunities. Entrepreneurship is part of David’s DNA and so is helping others in their quest to grow their businesses. His interest in venture building and deep experience in sales and marketing has attracted him to mentor a large number of promising entrepreneurs. His area of expertise include; software, e-commerce and electronic payments. He learnt early on the meaning of lean start-up while at VIPswitch when he had to get large customer validation for a disruptive telecom technology for which he later helped raise...

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    • Sean Brownlee

      Sean Brownlee PartnerRho Canada Ventures

      Sean Brownlee is a partner of Rho Canada Ventures. With nearly 15 years of operational and venture experience, he is passionate about collaborating with entrepreneurs and helping them grow their ventures to become leaders in their spaces. He joined Rho Canada Ventures in 2012 and focuses on investments in the areas of SaaS (Software as a Service), cloud, mobility and clean technology. Prior to Rho, Sean worked for nearly a decade in Boston at JMH Capital and 3i Corporation, a leading internationally focused venture capital firm. He has been involved in the early-stage finan...

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    • Ann Girard

      Ann Girard Investment DirectorEmirillon Capital

      Ann Girard is the Investment Director at Emerillon Capital. Ann Girard has over 15 years of experience in investment management, strategic planning, acquisitions, sale and financing of companies. Before joining Emerillon, Ann Girard held management positions in industry where she completed several transactions. As a manager in a private investment fund, she served on several boards of directors. A chartered accountant, she holds a bachelors’ degree from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal and an MBA...

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    • André Petitclerc

      André Petitclerc Senior Director of Business DevelopmentInvestissements Québec

      Mr. André Petitclerc serves as Senior Director of Business Development at Investissement Quebec, Investment Arm. Mr. Petitclerc focuses on information technology sector. Mr. Petitclerc served as Director of Investments of Technologies Group at Societe Generale de Financement du Quebec and SGF Tech Inc. He focused on security, computer services, and outsourcing sector. Mr. Petitclerc served as Sector Director of Information Technology at Desjardins Business Capital régional et coopératif since 2005. He has held a variety of management positions at Desjardins Venture Capital since 2000. Prior to...

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    • Luc Filiatreault

      Luc Filiatreault Vice PresidentOpenText Venture Capital

      Luc Filiatreault is Vice President at OpenText Venture Capital. He is a serial entrepreneur and manager who has built and sold 6 companies up to now including 3 publicly listed companies on Toronto Stock Exchange. He has occupied numerous senior positions in a variety of environments. He was named named one of Canada’s Top 40- under 40 by the Globe & Mail in 2005. Other accolades, include “IT personality of the Year in 2009” by the IT association of Québec Luc has a Bachelor of Engineering Physics, Laval University, 1987 with MBA in Marketing 85% completed, Laval University, 1990

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    • Senia Rapisarda

      Senia Rapisarda ConsultantHarbourVest

      Senia Rapisarda is an experienced institutional investor that is presently consulting for HarbourVest. Senia Rapisarda was Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Investments at BDC from 2012 to 2013. In this role, Ms. Rapisarda lead BDC’s efforts to develop a healthy VC ecosystem in Canada through several key strategic initiatives and investments. Ms. Rapisarda has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, including roles as senior advisor at NUR Energie, a London-based investment fund specialized in renewable energy; and Managing Director of the Te...

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    • Caroline Pelletier

      Caroline Pelletier Collaborator - Business DevelopmentAnges Quebec

      Caroline Pelletier has 10 years of experience in the media, communications and Web industries. She worked as director of web content and production at Yellow Pages Group and as account director in the Nurun and BBDO Proximity agencies. In 2011, she became a partner at Remarquable Communications, an advertising creation, branding and web agency. She has worked on several brand names, including BRP, Pepsi, Garda, Ricardo Cuisine, Ebates and Lowe’s. At Anges Québec, Caroline has been involved in a variety of projects in the ecommerce, web, information technologies, telehealth and life sciences...

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    • Louis Saint-Jacques

      Louis Saint-Jacques PresidentArchimède Solutions

      Mr. Louis Saint-Jacques is the Executive Director of Centre québécois d'innovation en biotechnologie. Mr. Saint-Jacques, founder of Archimède Solutions, has acquired a wealth of experience amongst entrepreneurs in the fields of consulting, finance, and business development. Mr. Saint-Jacques is the co-founder of Anges Québec, an organization made up of experienced entrepreneurs who have contributed to the launch and growth of innovative companies. Mr. Saint-Jacques is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Capital Organization (NACO), a pancanadian association that represents...

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