Founder, 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.
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Robert Comeau is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years of experience. He is reputed for his solid background in financial planning and reporting, treasury and financing, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and information systems.
During his career, Comeau has been CFO of both public and private companies. Among them was Emergis Inc., a public company, where he was involved in its sale to TELUS Communications Company. He also worked at Nortel Networks, where he was VP of Finance for various divisions, and was notably CFO for an international joint venture with Matra. In addition, Comeau served as CEO of Media5 Corporation, a company that develops Voice Over IP software and hardware.
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Nicolas Vanasse joined Lumenpulse as its Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in November 2013. He has over thirteen years of business experience, including practising law and managing a legal team, as well as analyzing, structuring, negotiating and closing sophisticated commercial and corporate transactions.
Prior to joining Lumenpulse, Mr. Vanasse was Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Enerkem, a waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals company; and for Aveos, an international aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider. Mr. Vanasse previously practised law in the Business Law Group of Stikeman Elliott, one of Canada’s largest business law firms, where he developed extensive knowledge of sophisticated financing and M&A transactions involving large national and multi-national corporations. His practice at Stikeman Elliott focused on counselling public and private companies, investors and investment banks. Mr. Vanasse holds a bachelor’s degree in civil law from the University of Ottawa and also studied political science and industrial relations at Laval University. He won the 2010 Tomorrow’s Leader Award at the Québec General Counsel Awards.
Senior Vice-President - Product Development
Yvan Hamel is Senior Vice-President - Product Development at Lumenpulse. In this role, he is responsible for maintaining the company’s reputation for excellence in product innovation. He heads up R&D, and oversees the development, design, manufacturing, testing and improvement of the full Lumenpulse line of products.
Hamel has over 25 years of experience in design and product development in the lighting industry, and management of large-scale projects. This experience enables him to lead a multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers and technicians, as well as supervise R&D projects. Prior to joining Lumenpulse, he was Operations Manager at Lumec-Schreder and Senior Project Manager in Product Development at Lumec.
Senior Vice-President - Manufacturing Operations
Jean Clermont has 28 years of experience in leading supply chain operations. A reputed agent of change, he’s applied his expertise to everything from negotiations to demand planning, sales and operations, logistics, project management, process enhancement and systems integration.
Clermont obtained his MBA from the University of Sherbrooke, as well as Operations Management diplomas from HEC Montreal. Previously, he was Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. There, he is credited with carving out the supply chain activities related to the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Air Canada devices, implementing inventory solutions, and creating distribution centers for Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Before Aveos, Clermont was Director of Global Optical Supply Chain Operations at Nortel Networks, a company he was with for 23 years.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer
Greg Campbell is responsible for establishing Lumenpulse as an innovation leader in solid state lighting. As the driver of Lumenpulse’s technology strategy, Campbell oversees product development, manufacturing and the company’s supply chain. Previously, Campbell helped manage the product development roadmap and innovation strategy in his role as Electrical Engineering Manager at Philips Color Kinetics.
Prior to joining Philips Color Kinetics, he served as an embedded systems engineer at BNS, where he focused on bringing intelligent solutions and innovative products to market. Campbell holds numerous patents related to solid state lighting technology innovation, which highlight his expertise in the field. He has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Senior Vice-President - Sales Americas
Brandon M. Siemion serves as Senior Vice-President - Sales Americas at Lumenpulse. He is responsible for business development, developing the Lumenpulse brand and expanding the company’s footprint in the Americas. Siemion leads a customer-focused team in delivering a superior experience for customers and manufacturing representatives.
Siemion brings over 20 years of experience to the role, including expertise in the LED lighting marketplace. Prior to joining Lumenpulse, he had an 11-year career in senior level positions at Philips Color Kinetics, where he held the position of Director of Business Development, and also served as Director of Sales.
Senior Vice-President - Sales International
Phil O’Donnell is Vice President of Sales International. He is an industry veteran with over 35 years of senior-level sales and leadership experience, and has worked extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region.
O’Donnell joined Color Kinetics in 2005, serving as Vice President of Sales until the company was acquired by Philips Lighting. Subsequently, he continued in a global role at Philips, overseeing complex turnkey solutions throughout North America, Europe, Middle East and Japan. Formerly, O’Donnell was CEO of Strand Lighting. He holds a BFA in Technical Design from New York University and attended Graduate School at Yale University.
Vice-President - Investor Relations
Yvon Roy is a seasoned chartered accountant who is responsible for the financial administration at Lumenpulse. Roy brings over 14 years of financial control experience to his role. Prior to joining Lumenpulse, he served as Vice President of Finance at ProDrive Systems, where he spent nearly six years.
Previously, he was Corporate Controller at Actional Corporation, a Silicon Valley venture-funded software company (now Progress Software). He has also held senior positions at KPMG, in the corporate tax department, and at Pricewaterhouse Coopers where he was involved in financial advisory services. Roy holds a BCom in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and an MSc in accountancy from HEC Montréal.
Senior Vice-President - Human Resources
Julie Lamontagne is responsible for Lumenpulse’s global strategic human resources activities, including talent management, talent acquisition, performance management, HR policies and governance. She brings over 15 years of experience in her field to the role.
Lamontagne was previously a Senior HR Business Partner with Bell Canada, where she spent five years and was a Bell President’s Club Winner. Prior to that, she spent three years as HR Director for Brookfield Lepage Johnson Controls. She has also held HR Consultant positions with Ceridian Canada and SIBN (a subsidiary of National Bank). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Montreal and a CRHA professional designation with l’Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés.
Senior Vice-President - Marketing
Jesse Lilley leads Lumenpulse’s global marketing strategy. Responsible for marketing the company’s expanding product portfolio, he heads up advertising, communications, branding, events and training activities. He brings a wealth of experience to the role.
In 2008, he established marketburo, a consultancy specialized in promoting clients within the lighting, architecture and design sectors. Previously, he spent seven years with Martin Professional, progressing to a senior marketing management role. He has contributed to industry magazines and journals such as Professional Lighting Design, Lighting (UK) and Lighting and Sound International. He has also spoken at industry events, including PLDC. Currently based in Montreal, Canada, he has lived and worked in England, France, Italy and Denmark and holds a Master’s degree from Cambridge University.