Board of Directors

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Mr. Thomas Birks

Thomas M. Birks is the President of Birinco Inc. a merchant bank with investment portfolios ranging from private equity to passive investments.

Mr. Birks previously served as the President of Henry Birks and Sons Ltd. from 1985 to 1989 and has extensive global experience having worked in various countries including Australia, Japan and South Africa for Coles-Myer, Mitsubishi Bank, and Van Zwam, Vladykin and Douglas, respectively.

Mr. Birks has served as Chair of the board of directors of Viterra Inc. as well as Chair and board member of numerous corporations (including Prenor Inc., Télécité Inc., Société Générale de Financement and Air Canada), educational institutions, hospitals and foundations.

Mr. Birks graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has studied at the University of Lausanne, the University of Fribourg and the University of Paris. Mr. Birks has also attended programs in corporate governance at the Harvard Business School.


Mr. Jean-André Elie

Mr. Elie has served on the boards of public and private companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Alimentation Couche-Tard, serving since 1999. He is also a member of the board of directors of Loto-Québec.

Previously, he served on the boards and audit committees of various entities such Hydro-Quebec, Industry Canada, and Office of the Comptroller General under the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. He was also a director of IIROC, the Canadian investment industry’s regulatory body.

After twelve years at Rolland Inc., one of Canada’s important producers and distributers of fine paper, where he held the position of Vice-President, he pursued his career as an investment banker at Burns Fry (today BMO Nesbitt Burns) from 1981 to 1995 where he acted as VP and Director of Government and Corporate Services. He subsequently served as General Manager for a Canadian bank owned by Société Générale (France) from 1998 to 2002.

Mr. Elie has a BA from the University of Montreal, a law degree B.C.L. from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.


Mr. Robert Marien

Dr. Marien is an orthopedic surgeon. He has been practicing medicine for 38 years in various Montreal hospitals including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal General Hospital and Lasalle General Hospital.

Dr. Marien is also Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGill University. He was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award in 1995.

He has also served as Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of the McGill Combined Orthopedic Lecture Series for Residents.

Dr Marien has been an active lecturer with a particular focus on his specialty, injuries and surgeries of the lower limbs.

Dr. Marien received a B.Sc. (Hon) Biology from Queen’s University and an M.D.C.M. from McGill University.