President and CEO
Since 2009, Denis Leclerc is President and CEO of Écotech Québec, representing the Québec cleantech cluster. He is also the Chairman of the International Cleantech Network, based in Copenhagen (Denmark).
During his 20 years in the natural resources sector, Mr. Leclerc held several senior management positions, namely Vice-President Sustainability and Environment for AbitibiBowater, a global forest products corporation. Mr. Leclerc has been involved of many projects and strategic decisions for companies with operations in Canada, the United-States, Europe and Asia. He has proven experience in issue management, public affairs, sustainable development and in relation with investors, socio-economic players, governments and media. Highly involved in the community, Mr. Leclerc sits on the Board of Directors of Ecofuel, the Québec Cleantech Accelerator and of COOP Carbone; on the Executive Committee of SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy; on the Community Advisory Board of Aéroports de Montréal, and on the Québec Advisory Committee of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change. In addition to being a Chartered Director, Mr. Leclerc holds an MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke.
Vice-President, Operations and Partnerships
Elise Laferrière has 15 years of experience in business development and operations management. Prior to joining Écotech Québec, she led the training, international trade and business intelligence teams of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. She has served as the World Bank Group’s Private Sector Liaison Officer for Quebec and as a member of the Board of Directors of Commerce International Québec. She has also been involved in business development at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, as Deputy General Manager of a small fair trade certified food products import and wholesale company, as a consultant to the Communications Branch of the former Canadian International Development Agency, as well as export assistant for FUNDECA, a federation of producers in Costa Rica. Elise holds a Bachelor in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto and an MBA from HEC Montréal.
Vice-President, Innovation and Commercialization
Normand Gadoury graduated in industrial engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1991. Since then, he has worked predominantly with innovative environmental organisations in business development, innovation management, financing, strategy and marketing. For many years he was responsible for the Montreal office of Enviro-Acces, servicing environmental technology developers, and initiated the Business Matchmaking Forum at Americana in 1995. He then launched and managed two companies from ideation to industrialisation. He was business development manager and director for Enerkem and Univalor respectively, before becoming executive vice president of Polystyvert where he successfully piloted two rounds of private funding. Normand is also a mentor for Futurpreneur, sits on the board of SAJE, entrepreneurs accompanist and sits on the PME-Mtl Centre-Est Investment Committee.
Director, branding & internationalization
Amélie Bergeron-Vachon develops and implements the actions of two of Écotech Québec’s Task Forces: Branding & Internationalization, as well as Skills & Expertise. She is responsible for the Rendez-Vous, an annual business conference with international reach, as well as spear-heading the video series Vert & Net, which brings greater exposure to Quebec cleantech companies.
Prior to joining Ecotech Quebec in 2011, Amélie was an independent contractor working in Europe and Asia before coming back to Montreal to focus on business development. She holds a degree from McGill University in Environment and International Development.
Victoria graduated from HEC Montreal in International Business and Marketing with a specialization in Corporate Social Responsibility. After living in Paris, Hong Kong and Chile, Victoria Smaniotto moved to Montreal and held various positions in the cleantech sector: from 2012 to 2014, as a business development analyst and marketing coordinator at Carnot Refrigeration, a Quebec SME that develops HFC-free refrigeration systems; then from 2014 to 2015 at Ecotech Quebec as Project manager and coordinator of two task forces; in 2016, she held the one-year position of Head of Secretariat of the International Cleantech Network, before going back to Ecotech Quebec. Today she coordinates international initiatives and assumes the role of VP Development & Partnerships within the new CanadaCleantech Alliance.
Anne Le Reste
Anne Le Reste is responsible for administration, logistics of events, and manages web site management of Écotech Québec.
During her 20 years in the municipal and associations fields, she cumulated a diversified experience in human resources management, communications and administration. Anne Le Reste has certificates in business management and in applied communications.