The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the John Molson MBA ICC is made up of experienced business people and representatives from the John Molson School of Business. They guide the organizing committee along the complex path of planning the competition.
- Ken Brooks (Chairman),
- Bita Sehat phD,
- Chris Chandler
- Diane Belliveau,
- Jean P. Béland,
- Patrick Lauzon,
- Regis J. Rehel,
- Ronald Dahms,
- Dr. Sandra Betton,
- Dr. Stéphane Brutus,
- William Meder.
- Andrea Polatos.
- Diane Lancôt
Ken Brooks – Senior Vice President & Partner
Ernst & Young Inc. and Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc.
Mr. Brooks holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the John Molson School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. He has over 25 years of experience in M&A and restructuring. He joined EY in 1999 and currently leads a global M&A sector coverage team in addition to running EY’s Lead Advisory and M&A practices in Quebec. Mr. Brooks was a Vice President in a boutique M&A firm in Montreal before he joined EY and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2006 in recognition of his business achievements and community involvement.
He competed and was a final’s runner-up as a member of the JMSB team at the infamous 1998 “ice storm” edition of the ICC and came back several years later as a judge, lead judge, semi-finals and finals judge.
He joined the Board of Directors of the JMSB International Case Competition in 2013 and was named its Chairman in 2015.
In September, 2016 he was named as one of the external members of the JMSB Advisory Board to help promote further linkage and relationships between JMSB and the business community.
Bita is a healthcare/life sciences specialist with 8 years of advanced scientific and business analysis expertise and has international work experience from Europe, Asia, and North America. Through a strategic lens aimed towards long-term impact, she has driven projects at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Nobelis Group, Singapore for their healthcare global equity. Currently, she works at Foster Rosenblatt as Business Intelligence Associate.
Bita holds a PhD in Molecular Oncology from Karolinska Institute, Sweden and an MBA from JMSB, Concordia University. As member of the JMSB MBA ICC Organizing Team in 2014, Bita is able to offer valuable insights and advice to the current organizing team.
Chris Chandler – President & CEO
Access Cash General Partnership
Chris Chandler, CA, CPA, holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. In his earlier career, he worked with major players in the financial sector such as KPMG, BMO and Accenture. In 2005, he joined Access Cash General Partnership, the largest ATM operator in Canada, as President and CEO. Mr. Chandler is President of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) and served as Chairman of the YPO Quebec Chapter in 2012 and on the YPO-WPO International Board of Directors (2012-2015).
Diane Belliveau – Regional Manager – Africa
Export Development Canada
Ms. Belliveau holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has worked at EDC since 1999 carrying out international loan structuring and underwriting for international infrastructure projects as well as business development in Mexico and Africa, and in 2013 she was appointed as District Manager, managing the EDC office in Quebec City which serves Eastern Québec.
Jean Béland – Retired Managing Director
RBC Dominion Securities
Mr. Béland holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He spent his career at Royal Bank, principally in corporate finance, culminating in three years as Managing Director at RBC Dominion Securities before retiring in 2000.
Director on the Board of Attraction Group & Pneux Touchette Distribution
Patrick Lauzon, a graduate of Concordia University, is an executive-level media expert and a digital marketing thought-leader. Mr. Lauzon has an extensive background in developing media companies and has been active in the start-up industry as a mentor and counsellor to entrepreneurs in Montreal. He is currently on the boards of Board Attraction Group & Pneus Touchette Distribution and advisor to several other organisations. Joining the John Molson MBA International Case Competition Board of Directors in 2015, Mr. Lauzon brings with him his invaluable strategic vision and marketing expertise.
Regis J. Rehel – President
Mr. Rehel holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Leicester in England. Mr. Rehel has over 20 years of C-Level experience, and is currently President & Chairman of the Board. A seasoned executive whose focus is organizational performance, Mr. Rehel excels in business development and optimization. He was introduced to the ICC in January 2015 as a judge, and has officially joined the Board of Directors in May 2015.
Ronald Dahms – President
Ronald Dahms joined Optimum Talent in 2005 as Managing Partner to contribute his solid experience in business development, marketing and strategy.
During his career, Ronald successfully held several executive positions within major corporations such as Bombardier, Desjardins and Export Development Canada. Prior to this, he worked nearly a decade for The Great-West Life Assurance Company.
Ronald holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Toronto and has completed the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization from Standford University – Graduate School of Business.
Ronald is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Rehab Institute. He is also a very active member of the “Young Presidents’ Organization” where he held the role as Chairman of the Quebec Chapter and also served on the Canadian Executive and on a committee of the International Board of Directors. He serves or has served on many boards of directors in the business and educational community.
Dr. Betton joined Concordia University in 1994 after completing her PhD at the University of British Columbia. She obtained the CFA designation in 2000. Her research interests are primarily in mergers and acquisitions and has been published in top finance journals including the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. Dr. Betton served as Chair of the Finance Department for 6 years prior to being appointed Director of the MBA Program in June 2013.
Stéphane Brutus, PhD – Interim Dean
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
Stéphane Brutus is Interim Dean of Concordia’s John Molson School of Business, one of North America’s largest and leading business schools. In the past, he has served as Associate Dean, Graduate Professional Programs, Chair of JMSB’s Department of Management and Director of the Bell Research Center for Business Process Innovation. His research on feedback processes in organizations has been published in numerous leading journals. Brutus also holds the RBC Professorship of Motivation and Employee Performance.
William Meder – Academic Advisor
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
Mr. Meder is a Graduate of Concordia University and McMaster University. He is currently Chairman of the Board of GGI International, an HMI company with Headquarters in Lachine, Quebec. Mr. Meder has held several CEO positions in Technology based companies in Canada and the USA. He is currently on the Board of the YPO Gold Organization in Quebec. He is also the Director of the Bob and Raye Briscoe Center for Business Ownership studies at the John Molson School of Business.
Andrea Polatos – Senior Director
Bombardier Business Aircraft
Andrea holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the John Molson School of Business.
Andrea has worked at Bombardier Aerospace since 1999, the 3rd largest Airplane manufacturer in the world, where a significant portion of her career has been focussed on enabling aggressive business goals and objectives through innovative solutions. More recently, Andrea has concentrated her efforts on business transformation, directly impacting the corporate financial turnaround at Bombardier. Andrea is leading the global transformation for Bombardier Business Aircraft, directing her efforts on realizing the organization’s full potential and positively effecting the bottom line.
President of Lanctôt Ltd, a family company specializing in the distribution and manufacturing of major brands in three sectors: sport equipment, apparel and optics. She is also President of Canadian Hat, a manufacturer of hats made of straw, felt and fur.She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Certificate in Ecology. Diane Lanctôt is a distinguished business woman with 35 years of experience in management, marketing and business development in Canada and internationally.
She was honored as a 2016 Business Person by the Saint-Laurent-Mont-Royal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as the winner of the Entrepreneur- International Award – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec 2015 Award by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec (RFAQ) and recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012. Her company, Lanctôt Ltd, was awarded the Best Managed Companies Award in Canada By Deloitte for three consecutive years since 2013 and received the Gold Recognition in 2016.
Diane Lanctôt has been a member of the Board of Directors of Groupe Le Massif since 2008 and has been an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) – World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) since 1992. She attaches great importance to the development of knowledge and skills of the next generation of managers. In addition, she acts as a mentor to young professionals in her company who demonstrate strong potential as a manager within her team.
Thanks to her leadership, she has agreed to be the honorary president of the 2017 Leucan Ski Challenge in Bromont, a Leucan benefit event for children with cancer and their families.