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Take part in this major event dedicated to the leaders of Quebec photonics companies

  • The first summit of lighting technology industry leaders
  • A diverse programme with speakers from and abroad
  • Networking sessions scheduled throughout the day
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Pierre Fitzgibbon

Minister of Economy, Innovation & Energy

Speech and Q&A session

We are honored to welcome M. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy, Innovation & Energy, Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development & Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region, for a question-and-answer session and a lunchtime address to all participants.

Germain Lamonde

Founder & Executive Chairman, EXFO

Opening remarks & guest of honor

Germain Lamonde, founder of EXFO, is Executive Chairman of the Board and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for over 30 years. During his tenure as CEO, Germain grew the company from the ground up, turning it into a global leader in the communications test, monitoring and analytics market and the world’s #1 fiber/high-speed testing company, with customers in 100+ countries. Today as Executive Chairman,Germain leads EXFO’s acquisitions strategy and is actively involved in defining the company’s growth and investment strategies, strategic direction and corporate governance policies. Germain has served on the board of directors of several public and private organizations, fulfilled numerous speaking engagements, and received several industry awards for his leadership, innovation and global development and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Canada. He is presently Chairman of ENCQOR, the Canada–Quebec-Ontario partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G/IoT innovation and serves on the Board of QG100 – a CEO development forum.

Martin Theriault

Founder and CEO, Previan

Opening plenary session

Martin leads Previan’s global strategic vision. With a strong corporate background and having become an entrepreneur relatively late in life, Martin is committed to creating an exceptional company that goes beyond the norm. His passion for business revolves around technology, customer focus and achieving what others fail to imagine. He has acquired a wealth of experience in engineering, sales, marketing and business management in Canada, the United States and Europe. He was VP/GM of Zetec, a Roper Technologies company, from 2007 to 2010, and held a progression of mandates at industrial gas and chemicals giant Air Liquide from 1994 to 2007. Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Duke University.

John Lincoln

Chief Executive Officer, Photonics Leadership Group (UK)

The era of photonics is now. How can we seize its full economic potential?

As well as being SPIE’s European Strategy Director, John Lincoln is CEO of the Photonics Leadership Group, the UK’s national photonics group. He was a key contributor to the government’s Vision 2035 for photonics and their recent ambitious innovation strategy. Building on an impressive technical and commercial career in lasers and telecommunications, he now acts as a consultant in business development and international market assessment for photonics.

Pascale Nini

Executive chair, Immervision

Conversation: Photonics and its future markets

20 years ago, Pascale Nini seized the opportunity to position herself at the centre of the wide-angle vision trend that was emerging at the time. Pascale Nini’s greatest assets are her innovative vision and leadership. Her company, Immervision, is now a global leader in intelligent vision for all new devices in areas such as mobile telephony, automotive technology, robotics, aerospace, IoT and security.

Sébastien Blais-Ouellette

Founder & President, Photon etc.

Conversation: Photonics and its future markets

Twenty years of innovation in optics. Photon etc. has established itself as a true leader in hyperspectral and infrared imaging systems. The vertical integration of our platforms facilitates better quality control at every stage of production and optimisation for the most niche applications. In addition to our proven product ranges, we are leveraging our expertise and technologies through a growing number of collaborations and partnerships with industry and researchers around the world.

Charles Lespérance

Partner – Deep tech venture fund, BDC

Investments – Strategy, trends and opportunities for the photonics industry

Charles is a Partner in BDC Capital’s Deep Tech Venture Fund, created in 2021. Charles served as Assistant Vice-President Ecosystem Development after he joined BDC Capital in 2016. Previously, Charles worked in private equity at PSP Investments and management consulting at McKinsey & Company where his main functional areas were strategy, operations and finance, with a focus on the mining and oil & gas sectors.

Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal as well as an MBA from Harvard University. He also continues to be involved in academia as a guest lecturer on the topic of entrepreneurial finance.

Éric Bolduc

Investments director – venture capital, Desjardins Capital
Investments – Strategy, trends and opportunities for the photonics industry

With a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Éric served as a combat systems engineer in the army, and took part in numerous missions. Before being promoted to manager of a major project, he completed an MBA in finance at HEC Montréal.
Following his retirement from the army in 1999, he became Investment Director of the Innovatech fund, where he made numerous seed investments in various technology companies in the greater Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, particularly in optics/photonics, sitting on several boards of directors.
He then spent 10 years working for technology companies, mainly establishing strategic partnerships with various players in America, Europe and Asia.
He joined Desjardins Entreprises in 2016, where he primarily makes investments in Series A equity rounds to propel the commercialization phase of technology companies.

Claude Vachet

Managing Partner, Cycle Capital

Investments – Strategy, trends and opportunities for the photonics industry

Claude is Managing Partner at Cycle Capital – an impact investor and leading cleantech venture capital investment platform with $600M AUM. He has 30 years of operational, Venture Capital and fund management experience of Venture Capital portfolios investing in high tech companies. Over the course of his career, he has built a solid track record of investments, led large team of investment professionals and has been involved in the execution of numerous exits, including GaN Systems who has signed an agreement to be acquired by Infineon AG for 830 m US.

Before joining Cycle Capital, he was Managing Partner of successful teams at both Kirchner and Multiple Capital managing large venture capital funds. He has also worked at Innovatech Montreal as VP of IT&C Portfolio, where he participated in the sale of the portfolio – the largest transaction of a Venture Capital portfolio in Canada with its 108 companies and 15 funds. Early in his career, Claude worked at Degremont in Clean technologies (water, energy and waste).


07:30 - 08:30

Breakfast and networking

08:30 - 08:45

Opening remarks with Madison Rilling (Optonique), David Weiser (Ville de Québec) & Germain Lamonde (EXFO)

08:45 - 09:30

Plenary with Martin Thériault (Previan) : Horizontal growth for transversal technologies

09:30 - 10:30

Fireside chat with Pascale Nini (Immervision) and Sébastien Blais-Ouellette (Photon Etc.) : Photonics and its future markets - Presented by ROBIC

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 11:45

Plenary with John Lincoln : Industry trends, benchmarks and future - Presented by INO

11:45 - 12:30

Speech from M. Pierre Fitzgibbon and Q&A session chaired by Germain Lamonde (EXFO)

12:30 - 14:00

Networking dinner

14:00 - 15:00

Panel with ABB, Laserax & Optel : Sustainability & industrial perspectives - hosted by DELPHI

15:00 - 16:00

Fireside Chat with Charles Lespérance (BDC), Claude Vachet (Cylce Capital) & Éric Bolduc (Desjardins) : Investments - Strategy, trends and opportunities for the photonics industry

16:00 - 16:15

Closing remarks with RCGT and Optonique

16:15 - 18:00

Networking cocktail


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