Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
François-Xavier Souvay is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ experience in the lighting industry. He acquired Luxtec Lighting Group Inc. in 1999 and quickly transformed Luxtec into a leader in the architectural lighting market, providing integrated lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, and urban environments.
Souvay has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Lumenpulse since its inception in 2006. As CEO, Souvay oversees the global vision and strategic planning of the company, maintaining the company’s reputation for innovation and customer service. Souvay is driven by the challenge of transforming the world of lighting with cutting-edge sustainable LED technology.
Nicolas Bélanger is a renowned business leader and successful entrepreneur. In 1995, he co-founded DTI Software. Under his guidance as President, DTI became a world leader in the in-flight entertainment industry, serving over 105 international airline customers and was successfully sold to a publicly traded German group in January 2008. In 2007, DTI was ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 recognizing the 50 fastest growing tech companies with the highest percentage revenue growth over five years.
Since 2002, Nicolas Bélanger has managed Group W Inc, a privately held growth and buyout investment fund, which he co-founded with his business partner. Through W Inc, Mr. Bélanger has lead over 20 investments and is an active board member for many of them. In 2007, Bélanger was awarded the prestigious recognition ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young.
Pierre Boivin is President and CEO of the Montreal-based investment firm, Claridge Inc., where he leads a team of professionals to develop the company’s portfolio. He also oversees future acquisitions to secure Claridge’s position as a major player in North American private investment.
Before joining Claridge in 2011, Boivin was best known as President of the Montreal Canadiens and evenko, a position he held for 12 years. In this capacity, he managed activities in professional sports, entertainment and culture. From 1994 to 1999, he was President and CEO of Canstar Sports Inc., a world leader in hockey equipment. Earlier in his career, Boivin was President and CEO of Weider Sporting Goods Inc., an internationally renowned fitness equipment provider based in Los Angeles. Boivin also founded Norvinca Inc. in 1979, which eventually became the most prolific sports equipment distributor in Canada until its acquisition by Benetton Group’s sports division in 1992.
Boivin serves on several boards of directors, including CH Group, owner of the Montreal Canadiens, Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., and until recently, Questerre Energy Corporation. He is actively involved in the community, serving as Chairman of the Board for the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation until June 2012. He is currently co-president of the “Healing More Better” fundraising campaign, aimed at speeding up research to help heal more children in Quebec. He is also Chairman of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, which he founded in 2000. The organization provides support to children in need in Quebec, and also builds community ice rinks in Montreal’s less fortunate neighborhoods. In 2009, Boivin received an honorary PhD from the Université de Montréal and he was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Alexandre Taillefer is the managing partner at XPND capital, a growth capital fund, his most recent venture. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Stingray Digital, a media company based in Montreal that owns and operates Galaxie, the leading broadcast radio stations available on TV in Canada, as well as The Karaoke Channel, the largest karaoke company in North America and Europe, and Stingray360 (formerly Chum Satellite Services), the leading commercial music provider in Canada. A seasoned entrepreneur in the software and media industry, he is the founder of Nurun a company he sold to Quebecor in 1996, as well as the founder of Hexacto, a wireless gaming company, now owned by EA Mobile.