26 April 2019

La Grande rencontre des entrepreneurs

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Friday 26 April 2019,
at 08h00

Marché Bonsecours
350 Rue Saint-Paul Est
Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2


(514) 845-4951

Presented by Desjardins, the 2019 edition of the Grande rencontre des entrepreneurs is a unique hub that gives you an opportunity to push your business project forward, grow your network and benefit from the experience of successful entrepreneurs.

This year, we’re looking at the influence of technology and innovation in the business world. Come chat with some of the exceptional speakers, experts, professionals, and entrepreneurs who are imagining the economy of tomorrow.

There will be conferences, a networking lunch, workshops, as well as a Pitch Competition showcasing young entrepreneurs and their start-ups, and a networking cocktail to finish off the day! If you want to launch your business, seek inspiration from other talents or make more contacts, this event is for you!

The 2019 Grande rencontre des entrepreneurs is made possible thanks to the support of our presenting Partner, Desjardins.

“One of the priorities we have at Desjardins is young people—serving them well, being close to them, and supporting them as they bring their dreams and ambitions to life. And we include young entrepreneurs. That’s why I’m happy that Desjardins is presenting the Grande rencontre des entrepreneurs. I’ll have the great pleasure of speaking with you!”

Meet the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, at the Grande rencontre des entrepreneurs presented by Desjardins! During this day dedicated to entrepreneurship, Pierre Fitzgibbon will come meet the talents that help Quebec shine in Canada and internationally.

1 / Creating Tomorrow

How to innovate in your field while promoting creativity?

Innovation and creativity are key elements in a business’s success, but how can they be optimized?

Mathieu Gatien, Directeur du bureau de création, Lune Rouge

Founded by visionary Quebecer Guy Laliberté, Lune Rouge rallies skilled entrepreneurs from a wide variety of backgrounds around a single objective: creativity. Lune Rouge’s founding principle is the promotion of Quebec’s innovation and creativity to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. It is developing numerous projects and invests in funds that focus on technology, art, entertainment, and real-estate development, all the while supporting initiatives that generate positive social and environmental impacts.

2/ Technologies: Make way for women!

Acting for pay equity in technology companies

In a business world where gender pay equity is not consistently achieved, what are the solutions to fight against this inequity from within?

Presented by Investissement Québec

Katie Bussières

Présidente-directrice générale, Nubik

Chloé Freslon

Chroniqueuse et consultante

Julie Hubert

Présidente et fondatrice, Workland


Dominique Chaussé

Directrice régionale, Rive-Sud et Montérégie, Investissement Québec

  • Attend this conference:

    ● Meet women who succeed in IT;

    ● Get inspired, as a woman, to enter the field of technology and the world of entrepreneurship;

    ● Understand how to support and encourage women in IT and entrepreneurship.

3/ The Future of Business

How does artificial intelligence (AI) transform work?

AI’s role remains little known. What are the issues and opportunities created by AI in entrepreneurship?

Come hear speakers such as Marina Pavlovic Rivas explain how artificial intelligence can be used in your entrepreneurship. Marina is the founder of Gradiant AI, a Montreal team specializing in artificial intelligence and analysis for creative industries.

Marina Pavlovic

Fondatrice, Gradiant AI

Luc Hanna

Spécialiste en gestion des talents, Willis Towers Watson

Ghislene Zerguini

Manager, Deloitte

Anastasia Simitsis

Vice présidente Stratégie & Design d’expérience, Valtech


Ferdaous Dorai

Responsable du parcours en intelligence artificielle Datapreneur, Centre d'entrepreneuriat Poly UdeM

4/ Social Change Triggers

Social responsibility in the service of innovation

How can we have a positive impact on society by adopting responsible business practices?

presented by BDC

Vincent Fortin

Président - associé, Republik

Ryan Hillier


Céline Juppeau

Fondatrice et présidente, Kotmo

Catherine Ouellet-Dupuis

Directrice, Affaires juridiques et Gouvernance, GSoft


Craig Ryan

Directeur, Entrepreneuriat social, BDC

5/ Cannabis: An innovative industry under the microscope

Setting yourself apart in an emergent industry

The recent legalization of cannabis once and for all opened the door for several business opportunities. Such a start-up industry also comes with a bundle of issues. How can you have the right tools to face these new business possibilities?

François Limoges Cofondateur, ROSE ScienceVie

Dany Lefebvre, Président directeur général, Chef des opération, La feuille verte

  • Attend this conference:

    ● Learn more on these companies’ financing.

    ● Better understand the innovation behind the technologies used in the field of cannabis

    ● Target and recognize entrepreneurship opportunities in the industry

    Get your bearings in an emergent industry

Business story

Olivier Primeau shares the secrets of a young entrepreneur who surrounded himself with the right people to succeed in business.

No field is more popular, fast-paced and cut-throat than real estate. Advertising creative turned broker, Jeff Lee has become an expert in real estate! The public got a chance to follow his adventures last fall in the documentary series Vendeurs de rêve on V Télé.

In this presentation, Jeff Lee will share 8 clever ideas you can apply today so you can shed the pressure of selling yourself and instead, let your story and your natural self shine!

- Telling your story well, including successes and failures

- Winning hearts and your sales presentations

- Establishing a small “out of the box” marketing budget

- Building business relationships that will last 20 years and more

- Recruiting winners by identifying forces of nature

Olivier Primeau

Copropriétaire, BeachClub

Karl Tremblay

CPA, CMA, VP Opérations et Production Groupe BeachClub


Évelyne Blain

Directrice, Développement des affaires, Ordre des CPA du Québec

2 / Sell yourself in 5 minutes

Knowing how to sell yourself in an undeniable advantage for success. With his practical advice, Jeff Lee will allow you to turn every future meeting into an opportunity!



3 / Mapping financing

With Marcos Pereira, discover the various sources of financing available at each stage of your business’s growth.

Marcos Pereira

Conseiller en financement, Fondation Montréal Inc.

4 / Open innovation: three keys for success… with or without an idea!

Becoming an entrepreneur is an incredible opportunity to have an impact on society.

Yet succeeding is also a huge challenge! Three ingredients are essential: a good idea, the proper entourage, and proper execution. It’s not easy. And even less so when you think you don’t have the idea of the century. Good news: Desjardins Lab’s team invites you to its workshop. Come see how open innovation can be a tremendous way to launch a business, innovate and make your way to success…with or without an idea!

Seasoned communicator Dorothy Alexandre is paving her own path in the world of media as a presenter, commentator and content producer. She heads Inspiration Communication and is also a communication coach. As moderator for discussion panels, she is called upon to work with non-profit organizations, public and semi-public institutions, as well as private companies to address social issues, including women’s status and youth, entrepreneurship, the digital world, and diversity.

● 8AM – Welcome & breakfast

● 8:30AM – Opening remarks

● 8:50AM – Block 1: Conferences

● 10:10AM – Networking break


● 12:15PM – Networking lunch

● 1PM – Block 3: Case studies

● 2:10PM – Block 4: Pitch competition & workshops

● 3:40PM – Networking break

● 4PM – Pitch competition finals

● 4:20PM – Closing remarks ● 4:30PM – Networking cocktail

Le Concours de pitch

Are you an entrepreneur aged 18-40 with a start-up project or business you’d like to present in front of our guest judges as part of our Pitch Competition?

Send us your application before Thursday March 21, 2019 for your chance to participate! The JCCM will invite selected entrepreneurs for a training session given by an expert who will advise them on the best current practices for pitches.

Prizes will be awarded to finalists in each category and to the Pitch Competition winner, including several awards and cash prizes.

If you have questions, write us at: gre@jccm.org

Les juges:

David Girard, Directeur principal, Développement des affaires, Marché commercial, Desjardins Entreprises–Est de Montréal

Naouel Hanani, Directrice des opérations, Fondation Montréal Inc.

Julie Péloquin, CPA, CA, Vice-présidente Rayonnement de la profession, Ordre des CPA du Québec

Marie-Eve Pépin, Directrice – Soutien au développement des affaires – Offre intégrée, Desjardins Entreprises–Ouest de Montréal

Marc-André Perron, Directeur général, PME MTL

Sonia Poulin, CPA, CA, Associée, Audit Entreprises, KPMG

Matthew Roy, Associé, Gowling WLG


  • Members: $65+ tx.
  • Non-members: $95+ tx.

The conferences will be in French.

Please note that no registration will be accepted on the spot.

See our cancellation policy.

Presented by

Presenting the Pitch Competition and the Grand Prize

In collaboration with

Media partners