Dr. Jacques Simoneau - President and CEO, Univalor
Jacques Simoneau is President & CEO of Gestion Univalor, a limited partnership that commercializes innovations created at Université de Montréal and its affiliated institutions. He is also a Corporate Director, member and certified ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors. He was Executive Vice President, Investments of the Business Development Bank of Canada (“BDC”) from 2006 to 2010. In that capacity, he was responsible for the venture capital and subordinate financing portfolios. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Hydro-Québec CapiTech Inc., Senior Vice-President of the Solidarity Fund QFL and CEO of Société Innovatech du sud du Québec.
He also held executive positions at Advanced Scientific Computing and Alcan. He is a director of Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ), a $3,7 billion international holiday travel company, of Azimut Exploration inc. (TSXV:AZM), a Canadian mineral exploration company and of Diagnocure inc. (TSX: CUR), a life sciences company that develops and commercializes high-value cancer diagnostic tests. He serves on the scientific committee of the Centre québécois de recherche et de développement de l’aluminium. Dr. Simoneau was a member of the Conseil de la science et de la technologie du Québec from 2004 to 2011 was also a director of Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association from 2006 to 2011. He was director of three other public companies and twelve private companies between 1995 and 2012.
He is a mechanical engineer and holds a M.Sc. from Laval University as well as a Ph.D. from Queen’s University. He is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and of Professional Engineers Ontario.