Vincent Sabourin, Director Consortium Strategy & Innovation and full professor of strategy and international business ESG-UQAM

Vincent Sabourin is a professor of strategy and international business at the School of sciences of management of University of Quebec in Montreal for 23 years, where he teaches at various level of executive MBA. He is the founding director of the department of strategy, social and member responsibility representing directors of departments to the committee of university studies. He was also one of 25 Canadian experts selected within the framework of a doctoral thesis concerning the strategic planning to HEC Montréal.

He worked as a consultant with 200 companies in various sectors of Canadian economy. He is currently working on the commercialization of the CRIAQ (Quebec Center for Aeronautic Research). He worked for several years in the field of strategy and division-advice of SNC-Lavalin, the most important engineering consultants’ firm in Canada, and at SECOR, a firm in strategy consultants.

He realized several large-scale projects with CEFRIO in the field of technology concerning models of electronic business and large-scale studies on strategies of success of technological companies; under the consortium of the University center of Montérégie. He realized 60 projects; with a significant number of studies in the fields of strategy, competitiveness and emerging technologies. He realized several plans for development and support in the realization of sectorial associations.. Vincent has also worked in 15 countries throughout the world, including France, Brazil, China, Belgium, Mexico, Greece, Lebanon and the Caribs (Caribbean islands) in French, in English and in Spanish.

Upon receiving request by strategic partners and project sponsors, Vincent intervened repeatedly in broadcasts through Radio-Canada, La Presse, le Devoir and The Gazette

Vincent Sabourin also pursued and completed international studies in strategies of food-processing science parks (25 countries), the strategies of  big international banks (20 countries),  the incidences of regulations on strategies of international air connections (30 countries) and the consequences of strategies in technological standards of projects of electronic highway in North America. He has worked on a study on strategies of telecommunication companies in a global context (15 countries). He is the current director of the program of Performex; a program of executive coaching for team management  in the execution of objectives of an organization (

He received an award for his scientific and professional contribution and was also given a certificate of merit of the Association of professionals of economic development (previously named the Association of the agents of economic development. He was a professor who has received invitation to international universities among them being: Alliant University in California USA, in the Faculty of Business of Dalhousie, ESC of Grenoble in international management and  ESCEM of Poitiers within the framework of Executive International MBA (International Masters of Business Administration).

Vincent  works in the field of strategic management where he publishes in French Review of Management, International Newspaper of Technology and Management, International Review of Tourism, Newspaper of Technology Transfer, Administrative Canadian Journal of Sciences, Teoros, Journal of Technology and Engineering.

He holds personal specialization in incidences of new technologies, more particularly those connected to competitive strategies, with an e-commerce on strategy of companies and with industrial governance models. Before beginning a university career Vincent Sabourin was consultant at SECOR-KPMG, then Econosult-Lavalin and later became a partner with a market research group.

He has been vice-president of the Canadian Business Strategy Association and was previously Secretary of Board of Directors of the Montreal Institute of Public Administration and vice-president of the Planning Forum: an international association of planning and strategic management. He was also the co-chairman of the committee of leadership of the Quebec  Movement for Insurance Quality (MQQ).

Professor Sabourin holds a diploma in industrial psychology from University McGill, a master’s degree in administration from HEC Montreal and completed a doctorate (PH.D.) in planning and strategic management at the University McGill, supervised by Henry Mintzberg. His doctoral thesis was on technological change and competitive strategies in a North American context.


Lotfi CHOUANINE, MBA (Canada), Ph.D. (Nano-tribology, Japan), M.Sc., B.Sc. (Mech. Eng., Russia)

Dr. Chouanine is a fluent multilingual (Japanese, Russian, English, French, Arabic) expert in innovation management, technology transfer and international business development with 16 years of academic and industrial career in Japan and Canada. Mr. Chouanine worked as a Director of commercialization (Nanotech/Cleantech) at Gestion Valeo in Montreal, where he has been implementing the Japanese best practices in innovation management to evaluate, and rigorously select declarations of inventions from seven Universities in Quebec (stage-gate process, open innovation, portfolio management). He worked on the determination and management of IP strategies, preparing applications for governmental financial funds and determination of  commercialization strategy (licensing vs. spinoff).

Dr. Chouanine is a member of Quebec-Japan Business Forum and has business links with R&D and technology transfer institutions in Japan (NIMS, JETRO, NEDO, etc.). During his career in Japan, he worked as: a Research Engineer at NGK Insulators in Nagoya city, Assistant Professor at Akita University, Attached Researcher at The Venture Business Laboratory of Akita University and Independent Advisor for Academic Affairs to The Ambassador of Tunisia to Tokyo.

Louise Kelly: economist, PH. D., and Professor School of Management Allying International University

Louise Kelly is an economist and a professor of strategy and international management at Allying International University. She has been interested for several years, in Cleantech and in economic development as well as in entrepreneurship fields. She has consulted for several companies among them being Major Internet Group, New England Coffee, Red Lion Inn, Wilkinson Heating, Chenubee, STM Technology, Presses Source, and Abbot Labs. Her doctoral thesis focused on the strategies of IT sector.

Her works were published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Newspaper of World Business August. She has published voluminous works with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management fields in: Entrepreneurship in Hi-Tech Firms, In A.B. Ibrahim and W. Ellis. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management: Text, Readings and Compartments. She comes from Montreal and holds a PH. D. from Concordia University.

Alpha Ayande: PhD management, consultant

Alpha Ayande works as a management consultant. He has been director of Synergy for Development and International Partnership, Geneva and was director of operational and strategic planning budgets and finance, international projects marketing, supervision and coordination, studies, advises and development of companies. He was the director of Synergy in Geneva and was also the director of finance and operations and strategic budget of planning, marketing of international projects, supervision and coordination, studies, the advice and the development for numerous companies.

In 2006 he held the position of World Association for Schools as an instrument of Peace (EIP-CIFEDHOP) in Geneva and worked for International Labour Office (ILO / IFP / SEED/ WEDGE of Geneva in 2005. He holds a Doctorate degree in Administration and  MBA from Business School of Lausanne and has an undergraduate degree in international management. He is completing a post-doctoral degree at the School of Management, University of Quebec in Montreal. Alpha Ayande worked as project director within the framework of management of Partners, economic analysis and studies on the implementation of projects of investment fund.

Raymond Laliberté. M.Sc. to advisor to methodological processes

Raymond Laliberté advises on methodological studies. He has been an advisor to numerous statistical studies. He has worked in the field of inquiries and statistics for 18 years and possesses a wide experience in several business sectors. He realized numerous polls and inquiries as well as statistical analyses for large-scale projects. He realized  particular mandates as statistician and methodological adviser for Bomber, Bell Canada, Transport Canada, and the metropolitan Agency of transport and the Company of  ferryboats of Quebec.

He was also the methodological adviser for semi-public bodies’ as the Development bank of Canada. Mr. Laliberté also achieved studies for sectorial associations and corporation professionals, as an Association to the manufacturers of Quebec, the Order of engineers of Quebec, the international Festival of Lanaudière, and the Corporation of medical archivists of Quebec.