Board of Directors
Mr. Yves Séguin, Chairman
With his vast experience in tax law and corporate financing, particularly in the real estate sector, Mr. Séguin has been a member and chairman of the Board of Emergia since July 2019. He served as an MNA for Montmorency and was named Quebec’s Minister of Revenue and Minister of Labour from 1987 to 1990. From 1993 to 1998, he held the position of delegate for Canadian Affairs with the Compagnie Générale des Eaux (Groupe Vivendi). In 1998, he was appointed vice president for Quebec at the Bank of Montreal. In 2001, he became president of Groupe Marine and was appointed by the Government of Quebec to chair the Commission on Fiscal Imbalance. In 2003, he was elected MNA for Outremont and appointed Quebec’s Minister of Finance until 2005. Between 2005 and 2007, he taught public finance at the Department of Accounting Studies at UQAM. Since 2008, he has been the president of SNCO Finance, a firm that specializes in corporate financing. He has also been a board member of many companies, such as Papiers Perkins (Cascade), L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, Montreal Economic Institute, TNM, La Pietà, Théâtre Duceppe, and Fondation Charles-Bruneau. He continues to sit on the board of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1976 and received his Master of Business Law from University of Ottawa in 1978.
Mr. Henri Petit, Director and President & CEO
Mr. Petit is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Emergia. He is a lawyer (Business Law) and member of the Barreau du Québec since 1991. He acted as Policy Analyst and Adviser – International Maritime Transport Policy at Transport Canada from 1985 to 1990, being responsible of the analysis and advising on the impact of the European and American maritime legislation and policies on Canada. He started practicing law in 1991 with the law firm Guy & Gilbert in Montreal, before starting his own law office. As President and Chief Executive Officer of GHP Real Estate Corporation from 1996 to the date where the assets of the GHP Group were transferred to Emergia, he has been acting as developer and managing partner in various commercial, industrial and multi-residential real estate developments or redevelopments. Mr. Petit has also acted as executive on various executive committees and as business consultant for various private companies in the 1990s and early 2000s. Mr. Petit has extensive experience in real estate acquisitions, negotiations, leasing, financing and management in Canada, USA and Europe. Mr. Petit holds a B.A. from Laval University and a LL.L. from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Petit has also collaborated with some charity organizations in fund raising, including the Ste-Justine’s Hospital Foundation.
Mr. Joseph Cianci, Director
Mr. Cianci has been a chartered accountant since 1986. He has extensive experience in banking, finance, taxation and management advisory services gained as an accountant at DBO Dunwoody, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and previous positions over the past 35 years as the chief financial officer of a financial services trust, a publicly listed real estate company, privately owned retail and real estate companies. He acts as a consultant and is a trustee for several privately held family trusts.
Mr. Francois Castonguay, Independent Director
Mr. Castonguay was the former President & CEO of the Uniprix Group, a Canadian Pharmaceutical Company from 2000 to 2015. He has a rich and diverse background in business, finance and retail and currently acts as a consultant and strategic advisor He holds a degree in Business Administration and Advanced Finance from York University in Toronto. He began his career as director and then Vice-President at CitiBank Canada in financing medical equipment, leasing, medical, dental, hospitals, medical clinics and pharmacies. He then joined the Uniprix Group, where he served as Executive Vice President (for 5 years) and then as President and Chief Executive Officer (for 15 years). Mr. Castonguay was a member of the IUSSM (Louis H. Lafontaine) as Chairman of the Board of Directors for more than 11 years and is active with the following foundations: Cystic Fibrosis (Governor), Charles Bruneau, Cancer Research Society of Canada, Arthritis Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Longueuil Symphony Orchestra (Governor), Pierre-Boucher Hospital and Charles-Lemoyne Hospital.
Mr. Guy Charette, Independent Director:
Mr. Charette is a corporate finance lawyer with over thirty five years’ experience in the areas of securities, corporate finance as well as mergers and acquisitions in a wide range of economic sectors including resources, technology, pharmaceutical and finance. Although principally working in Montreal and Toronto, his corporate finance activities have included numerous projects and transactions in many parts of the world including Africa, Europe and South America. Mr Charette has a particular expertise in developing innovative financial structures designed to match the need of both issuers and investors. In addition, he has also served on many boards of directors over the years as well as having presented lectures on corporate and project finance to law students.
Mr. Michael Kozub, Independent Director:
Mr. Michael Kozub is a corporate lawyer. His principal areas of practice are securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate/commercial law. Mr Kozub acts for issuers, investment dealers and investors, and he advises clients in connection with a variety of matters, including equity and debt financings, going public transactions, equity and debt restructurings, corporate reorganizations, asset and share acquisitions and dispositions, and commercial agreements. Prior to returning to private practice, Mr Kozub served, for a number of years, as General Counsel to a mineral exploration company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.