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Influence MTL 2018

Malala Yousafzai

Female Education Activist and Nobel Prize Winner

Malala Yousafzai

Female Education Activist and Nobel Prize Winner

Born in 1997, Malala Yousafzai grew up in the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan with her parents and two brothers. From the age of 10, Malala has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education. In October 2012, the then 15-yearold Malala was shot by the Taliban while traveling home from school on the bus with her friends. Following the attack, Malala was flown to Birmingham to receive treatment at the specialist Queen Elizabeth hospital, and by March 2013 she had made a remarkable recovery and was well enough to return to school. Now studying at the University of Oxford, Malala continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school. Since the attack, she has become internationally known for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continuing her fight for the right of everyone to receive an education.

Malala’s bravery and unwavering dedication to her cause has seen her honored throughout the world, including one of the world’s highest honors: the Nobel Peace Prize. She became the youngest recipient of the prestigious award in 2014, alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Following the outpouring of support that Malala received throughout her ordeal, she set up an international fund – the Malala Fund – which is dedicated to help promote education for girls throughout the world.

Danièle Henkel

Founder
Les Entreprises Danièle Henkel Inc.

Danièle Henkel

Founder
Les Entreprises Danièle Henkel Inc.

Danièle Henkel is caring and capable businesswoman that managed to position her personal and entrepreneurial brand in Quebec. Her eponymous brands have helped pave the way to well-being and position "beauty in truth" as a new social norm in the business world.

Danièle Henkel is a genuine person of influence who lends her voice to many causes that are dear to her. She focuses, among other things, to mold a stronger and outward-looking Quebec. A strong advocate for the promotion of women entrepreneurship in Quebec, she does not hesitate to finance, support, mentor and invest in businesses in which she believes in, as demonstrated during her five seasons on Quebec’s "Dans l’œil du Dragon".

In hopes of a solid and well-trained succession — on human and economic levels — Danièle Henkel capitalizes on education. In addition to establishing her own medical cosmetic academy, she shares her knowledge by giving impactful conferences at home and abroad, notably in Europe and Africa.

Daniele Henkel is a woman who transforms every challenge into professional and personal achievements. Resettlement, immigration, emancipation... her best-selling autobiography has empowered several generations of proud and strong women. A mother of four and a family woman, Daniele Henkel manages her companies with the help of her children. While life has not always been easy for the intuitive entrepreneur, her obsession to create a softer, more caring world remains.

Nicolas Duvernois

Founder
Pur Vodka

Nicolas Duvernois

Founder
Pur Vodka

An entrepreneur at heart, Nicolas Duvernois has always been full of ideas. After his first business endeavour went sour in 2006, he decided to found PUR Vodka. Since he knew absolutely nothing about the industry, it all began with a Google search for the word “vodka.” In order to finance the project, Mr. Duvernois worked as a hospital custodian by night and developed vodka by day for nearly four years until he won “Best Vodka in the World”.

Dominique Anglade

Deputy Premier
of Quebec

Dominique Anglade

Deputy Premier
of Quebec

Born in Montréal in 1974, Dominique Anglade is a businesswoman and politician who is involved in the community. With a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the École polytechnique de Montréal and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from HEC Montréal, she began her career as an engineer in 1996 at Procter & Gamble. Two years later, at the age of 24, Ms. Anglade was promoted head of a production branch in which she managed more than 100 employees.

From 2000 to 2003, she was employed by Nortel Networks, which gave her the opportunity to specialize in the strategic management of the supply chain and global market forecasts. In 2004, she became the company’s Québec Director of Public and External Affairs. From 2005 to 2012, Ms. Anglade was part of the McKinsey & Company firm, where she acquired renowned expertise in the area of major transformations within organizations.

Until recently, she was President and CEO of Montréal International, an organization focused on attracting foreign investments, international organizations, and strategic talent to the Greater Montréal area.

Over the past 20 years, tribute has often been paid to the community involvement of this mother of three children. She has sat on the boards of some 15 organizations, including Centraide and the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, and chaired several of them. Ms. Anglade also cofounded KANPE, a foundation that provides support for vulnerable Haitian families to help them achieve financial autonomy.

Over the course of her career, she has received more than 25 awards, including the Desjardins Emeritas Award, given to outstanding MBA program graduates. The Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec recognized her unique contribution to the profession through her high level of community engagement. In January 2016, she was appointed Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy. Since October 11, 2017, she has also held the position of Deputy Premier.

Hassoun Camara

Ex-Player
Montreal Impact

Hassoun Camara

Ex-Player
Montreal Impact

Originally from Noisy-Le-Sec in the Paris suburbs, but now calling Montreal home, the player of Senegalese descent joined the Impact in 2011 and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in his only season in NASL, before making the jump to MLS. He was named to the league’s All-Star Team that year. He previously played with Olympique de Marseille and SC Bastia, in France.

Valérie Plante

Mayor
of Montreal

Valérie Plante

Mayor
of Montreal

Since the beginning of my career, I have worked hard, on the ground, collaborating with people to find solutions. I never backed down before a challenge. I decided to run for municipal office in 2013 because I knew I could make an actual difference in the daily lives of the people I met across the city. The passion and the determination that push me, I inherited them from my dad, an Abitibi businessman with whom I traveled across Quebec and who built his business from scratch.

Angel Rich

Founder & CEO
The Wealth Factory Inc.

Angel Rich

Founder & CEO
The Wealth Factory Inc.

Creating an algorithm for the stock market to win Goldman Sachs Portfolio Challenge, selling her first marketing plan to Prudential, becoming a founding employee of FINRA, authoring the first ever African American Financial Experience study, inventing the top financial literacy product in the world, and being named the “Next Steve Jobs” by Forbes – all by age 30, Angel Rich has earned the title Wealth Pioneer.

In 2009, Rich became a Global Market Research Analyst for Prudential Financial. While there she conducted over 70 financial behavior studies including the Obama’s Veterans Initiative. During her final year at Prudential, she helped the company’s Annuities division grow from #16 in Service to #4, helping the company save $6 billlion.

After leaving, Rich founded The Wealth Factory with a mission to provide equal access to financial literacy across the world. Today her company designs WealthyLife financial literacy education technology games, gaining world-class recognition for their first product, CreditStacker. It has been coined the best financial literacy product in the country by The White House, Department of Education, and JP Morgan Chase. Google named it one of the Top 10 Apps in the world of 2017.

In early 2017, Rich also released her first book – The History of the Black Dollar – with the foreword written by Dr. Maya Rockeymoore. The book takes readers on an economic journey through history to depict the major milestones, historic figures and upcoming leaders. Later that year, she was honored to be named Hamptonian of the Year and help found the Hampton University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute. She is also a proud member of the 2016 HBCU 30 Under 30, Hampton 40 Under 40 and Google Top 30 Black Female Founders.

In 2018, the United Nations named her one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the African Diaspora and one of four Icons.

Karolyne Duvernois

VP Operations
Pur Vodka

Karolyne Duvernois

VP Operations
Pur Vodka

Karolyne was born in Quebec City and grew up in the runway and fashion industry as a young supermodel. After meeting Nicolas Duvernois, she supports the household while Nicolas dreams of creating a locally produced Vodka. With the help of Karolyne, they created what has been hailed as THE best Vodka in the world and THE most awarded vodka in the history of Canada. She is at the helm of this great adventure as the VP of Operations.

Pascal Occean

National HR Partner
Deloitte

Pascal Occean

National HR Partner
Deloitte

Pascal Occean leads Deloitte Canada HR Transformation practice. With more than 18 years of experience serving domestic and global clients, Pascal specializes in all aspects of HR transformation, including strategy, service delivery, process reengineering, outsourcing, service center transitions, implementations, and support. Pascal also has in-depth knowledge of HR technology implementations for solutions such as SAP, Oracle, and Workday.

Sonia Zarbatany

President
Vince Camuto

Sonia Zarbatany

President
Vince Camuto

Sonia leads a life of passion as she puts to task her talents and energy across multiple platforms. Sonia was raised in the fashion industry, starting work at a young age and grew up to take over the family business. Today, an expert in the field of fashion and business, her skill set helps to distribute and grow huge multi-million dollar labels such as Guess Jeans, Rampage, Sanctuary and Vince Camuto Canada. Sonia’s passion is to inspire people to identify their passion, strategize and develop a plan, and execute it into a reality. As a life/business coach since 2007 as well as a public speaker and panelist, her positive energy and enigmatic characters inspires you to connect with your passion and turn it into your truth. She now lives a life of passion as she coaches full- time as well as consults on businesses.

Marcus Troy

Creative Marketing
Media personality

Marcus Troy

Creative Marketing
Media personality

Marcus Troy is a multi-faceted creative hailing from Montreal. He is the founder of Marcus Troy Inc. a consultancy that works with brands & creatives from around the world on creative ideas, content development, social media strategies, product and web design, app development.

In 2009, marcustroy.com was launched as a platform for Marcus to share his taste for menswear, his lifestyle, his ideas, thoughts and his latest projects. He uses this platform as a way to create digital brand experiences with his favourite brands. Marcus Troy created the BLOGGER PROJECT for the PROJECT & MAGIC Trade Show to highlight talented editors in the fashion community.

Marcus has since worked with an esteemed roster of clients on multiple creative projects, such as Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Sony, HP, GM, Timberland, Nike, Puma, Nickelodeon, Levi's, LL Bean, The PROJECT trade show and Converse just to name a few.

His approach to life and work has had the honour of being featured in numerous publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Details, and Esquire.

As of recently Marcus Troy has been working with professional athletes in the NBA to help build their brand off the court.

Marcus aspires to inspire.

Nalie Agustin

Wellness Blogger &
Cancer Thriver

Nalie Agustin

Wellness Blogger &
Cancer Thriver

Nalie delivers the internet's most inspirational content for anyone searching to improve and transform their health and well-being. Her magnetic personality, authenticity and positive perspective enlightens, uplifts and entertains a loyal international fanbase of over 90K followers. Thriving with cancer since 2013, her many accomplishments prove that all is possible if you truly believe. She is dedicated to empowering others to take control of their lives. Leading by example, she shares her wealth of knowledge on how to heal the mind, body and spirit - all to which have played a tremendous role in not only helping her survive, but thrive.

Amina Gerba

President
Entreprendre Içi

Amina Gerba

President
Entreprendre Içi

Camerounaise d’origine, Mme Amina Gerba est titulaire d’une maîtrise en administration des affaires (MBA) de l’École des sciences de la gestion de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Entrepreneure déterminée à prendre sa place au Québec, au Canada, où elle s’est établie depuis 1986, Mme Gerba a fondé trois entreprises à succès : Afrique Expansion, Flash Beauté/Kariderme et les Laboratoires Kariliss. Porte-étendard convaincue de l’afro-optimisme, Mme Gerba est à l’origine du Forum Afrique Expansion, la plateforme canadienne la plus importante en matière de maillages d’affaires entre l’Afrique et le Canada. Son impressionnant parcours lui a valu de figurer parmi les 25 femmes d’influence au Québec, d’être récipiendaire de plusieurs prix de reconnaissance et d’être nommée en 2014 Chevalière de l’Ordre national du Québec. Depuis 2018, elle est présidente du conseil d’administration d’Entreprendre Ici, un organisme créé par le gouvernement du Québec pour accompagner et soutenir financièrement les entrepreneurs issus de la diversité ethnoculturelle dans toutes les régions du Québec. Son souhait le plus cher est de devenir à la fois un modèle inspirant pour les immigrants entrepreneurs et une ambassadrice dont les Africains pourront être fiers.

David Souaid

President
Evolocity

David Souaid

President
Evolocity

As Evolocity’s president, and one of its co-founders, David is the driving force behind the company’s platform solutions, distribution and product marketing initiatives. David has been involved in the payment processing industry for over 14 years. Previously, he was Senior-Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Optimal Payments Inc. He later went on to become the President of Sterling Card Payment Solutions.

Marie-Pierre Gonneville

National Manager
Moet Henessy Portfolio

Marie-Pierre Gonneville

National Manager
Moet Henessy Portfolio

Miss Gonneville has navigated the Spirit Industry for the last 14 years, beginning her career as Brand Ambassador for Grand Marnier in Quebec. Two years later, she took on a new challenge offered to her in Calgary, AB where she was recruited to work in the marketing team at Penny Lane Entertainment. Marketing and Operations management at Penny Lane was under her direction. A bold move came in 2011 when she turned to the biggest luxury goods company in the world; Moet Hennessy (distributed by Charton Hobbs in Canada), and became Regional Marketing Manager for Alberta. After three years of promoting these elite brands, she was recruited to work with another liquor industry giant; Diageo, starting as the Eastern Canadian Reserve Luxury Manager. After leading a team of 8 people and the Toronto On Premise Division, for Breakthru Beverage Group, Marie seized the opportunity to go back being the face of luxury brands she is passionate about with LVMH, as their National PR and Communications Manager.

Now that this contract with Moet Hennessy has ended, she has decided to enter the entrepreneurial world by to starting her Marketing and PR agency; MPR & Co., offering full-service creative, specializing in representing clients in the premium luxury lifestyle, travel, experiences and products.

Marie has a degree in Marketing and Communications from The University of Montreal and is certified WSET 2. She travels extensively in Europe, Africa and USA and she is fluent in French and English. When she is not travelling between Montreal and Toronto, Marie loves to play golf, cycle, surf and enjoy life with friends and family.

Mariella Katz

CEO
Frenzr

Mariella Katz

CEO
Frenzr

Helping companies to standout on social media in creative and strategic ways. At Frenzr, we build communities and increase brand exposure/recognition through authentic content that drives traffic and provides our clients a ROI.

Geneviève Grandbois

Founder
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois

Geneviève Grandbois

Founder
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois

Très jeune, Geneviève Grandbois a déjà un esprit d’entrepreneurship. À l’âge de huit ans, elle vend des cartes qu’elle dessine elle-même aux touristes de la rue PrinceArthur, à Montréal. Les affaires vont si bien qu’elle invite un groupe d’amis à fabriquer les cartes pour elle. Attirée d’abord par le cinéma, elle décroche, à quatorze ans, le rôle principal dans un long-métrage de Jean-Pierre Lefèvre, partageant la vedette avec Marcel Sabourin et Daniel Lavoie.

Ce n’est qu’à l’aube de la vingtaine que Geneviève Grandbois a eu le coup de foudre pour le chocolat. Déterminée à parfaire ses connaissances dans la fabrication du chocolat, elle suit des stages de perfectionnement au Québec et en Belgique, lit tout ce qu'elle peut trouver sur le sujet et transforme peu à peu la cuisine de son appartement en atelier de fabrication. Un an plus tard, en 1997, elle ouvre sa première chocolaterie, la Maison Cakao. En 2002, après quatre années passées à mûrir son nouveau projet, à expérimenter et à raffiner ses recettes, elle lance, sous son propre nom, la nouvelle gamme de chocolats dont elle rêvait : Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois.

Par souci éthique et par intérêt pour le développement durable, l’entrepreneure fait l’acquisition en 2007 d’une plantation de cacao au Costa Rica. Ce n’est qu’en 2012 qu’elle a pu faire d’elle-même, une première micro-récolte dans ses terres. Dans un avenir rapproché, Geneviève Grandbois aspire à produire le meilleur cacao, à transformer et à maitriser la matière première du début à la fin, tout en véhiculant ses valeurs de créativité, de respect, d’authenticité et de durabilité.

Depuis la création de son entreprise, Geneviève Grandbois s’implique de différentes façons au sein de la communauté. Que ce soit par du mentorat auprès de jeunes entrepreneurs ou en supportant des causes qui lui sont chères (comme le Club des Petits Déjeuners du Canada), Geneviève porte fièrement sa mission d’adoucir la vie des gens à travers ses chocolats.

Naska Demini

Portrait &
Commercial Photographer

Naska Demini

Portrait &
Commercial Photographer

Coming Soon.

Cindy Fagen

COO
SAP Labs Canada

Cindy Fagen

COO
SAP Labs Canada

Coming Soon

Lucho Calderon

Co-Founder
FM2Mag

Lucho Calderon

Co-Founder
FM2Mag

Coming Soon

About the Event

What is Influence MTL

Influence MTL is the #1 Entrepreneur and Influencer conference in Canada. It is part of a series of Signature events that aims to promote and champion Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership. Representing The economic branch of My Voice Matters, Influence MTL mission’ is clear: Inspire + Inform + Influence the current and next generation of Changemakers. Entrepreneurs, Activists, Creatives, Intrapreneurs, professionals and student alike can take advantage of one of the most affordable conference series in Canada to exchange with local and international individuals of influence in order to positively impact their respective ecosystem.

Schedule

Influence MTL Agenda

SEPT 26th
2018
7.00 AM
Registration Opens
8.00 AM
John Doe
Opening Speech

Thierry Lindor

8.15 AM
John Doe
John Doe
Keynote

Nicolas Duvernois & Karolyne Duvernois

9.15 AM
Break
9.30 AM
John Doe
Panels & Workshop

Panel 1 - Intrapreneurship - Obama Stage with Marie Gonneville, Cindy Fagen, Pacal Occean, Elspeth Minty & Selena Lu
Panel 2 - Money + Entrepreneurship - Mandela Stage with Remi Richard, Hassoun Camara & David Souaid
Workshop - "Culture Building for Female Leaders" By Erin Willet

10.30 AM
Break
11.00 AM
John Doe
Panels & Workshop

Panel 1 - Social Warriors - Obama Stage with Setiz Taheri, Claudine Labelle, Allison Reid & Lyndsay Daudier
Panel 2 - Creativity + Entrepreneurship - Mandela Stage with Naska Demini, Lucho, Keish & Fafa Khan
Workshop - "Hollistic Living in a Busy World" by Tamara Duliepre

12.00 PM
Lunch
1.30 PM
John Doe
Keynote

Angel Rich

2.30 PM
Break
3.00 PM
John Doe
Panels & Workshop

Panel 1 - Women + Leadership - Obama Stage with Caroline Néron, Amina Gerba, Geneviève Grandbois & Dorothy Alexandre
Panel 2 - Digital Branding + Marketing - Mandela Stage with Camille DG, Mariella Katz, Marcus Troy, Val Desjardins & Alex Bouchard
Workshop - "E-Commerce is here to stay” by Samer Braxx

4.30 PM
Break
5.00 PM
John Doe
Closing Speech

Thierry Lindor

5.30 PM
John Doe
Malala Yousafzai

Keynote

Q&A

Meet and Greet for VIP Only

VIP Reception for VIP Only

6.30 PM
John Doe
John Doe
John Doe
Coopérathon

Kick-Off Networking & Workshops for all ticket holders

Yoshua Bengio Conference for Premiums & VIPs Only

Matthew Luhn Conference for Premiums & VIPs Only

Quai Jacques-Cartier

9.00 PM
John Doe
Influence MTL x Desjardins: Influential Evening

Quai Jacques-Cartier

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  • Meet and Greet with Malala

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