Tom Werner – Chair of the Board
Tom Werner is a business advisor with extensive experience in leadership roles in technology and energy organizations. For 18 years, he was on the front lines of the solar revolution serving as CEO of SunPower. During his tenure, Tom grew the business from a privately held company of 35 employees with revenues of less than $5 million to a publicly traded industry leader with a market value that reached $11 billion and an installed base of 350,000 clients. Over the years, he has held numerous senior leadership positions such as CEO at Silicon Light Machines, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor, and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com.
Mr. Werner currently serves on the boards of Wolfspeed, H2U, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, CALSSA, the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and the Marquette University Board of Trustees.
Louis Tremblay – Member of the Board and President and CEO of the company
Louis Tremblay is President and CEO of AddEnergie and its subsidiary company, FLO. A trailblazer in the field of electric mobility in Canada, he cofounded AddEnergie in 2009 while he was still a student at Laval University (Quebec).
Over the years, Louis Tremblay established himself as an influential and respected figure in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, as he guided his company to become a leader in EV charging solutions and the operator of a major North-American charging network.
He graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and pursued graduate-level studies in Power Electronics. His entrepreneurial passion has led him to chair the boards of Propulsion Québec, Quebec’s Industrial Cluster for Electric and Smart Transportation, and of Inno-centre.
Renée Bergeron – Member of the Board
Renée Bergeron serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of AppSmart, a division of AppDirect. She leads the world’s largest B2B technology services marketplace, where she oversees AppSmart’s strategy, sales, marketing, service delivery and business development initiatives. Prior to joining AppSmart, she served as Senior Vice President of the Global Cloud Division at Ingram Micro, where she grew revenues to over $1 billion over 9 years and led the $300 million IT Services Solutions business at Fujitsu America. A thought-leader in the technology industry for more than 25 years and a channel veteran, she’s been recognized for her industry contributions with awards including CRN’s Most Powerful Women in the Channel for eight years running, as well as CRN Channel Chief, CDN Top 20 Women in IT, Canada, the Channelnomics Influencers Award, Diversity Journal Women Worth Watching and more.
Richard Cherney – Member of the Board
Richard Cherney is a senior partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets & Securities and Private Equity practices at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He advises public and private companies, including Alimentation Couche-Tard (Circle K), New Look Vision Group, the Kaycan group of companies and Air Canada, on their most important transactions, investments and capital raising. Mr. Cherney is also a key adviser to a number of national investment dealers regarding public and private financings.
He is currently director and counsel of New Look Vision Group, director of Uniboard Canada and ExCellThera, and chairman of the Board of Mackinnon Bennett & Company and eStruxture Data Centers.
He served as a director of several public companies, including Le Château and is also chairman of The Montréal General Hospital Foundation. A long-time member of Davies’ Management Committee, he was Managing Partner in the Montréal office from 2000 to 2015.
Norman Hébert – Member of the Board
Norman Hébert has been President and CEO of Groupe Park Avenue for the last 30 years, where he leads more than 1,000 employees in 21 car dealerships across Canada. Actively involved in the automotive industry, Mr. Hébert has, among other things, headed the Dealer Council of several leading brands. He also held various positions within the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) and was recognized as a member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours, for his leadership in the automotive sector.
He is currently the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Bonjour Startup Montréal, whose mission is to facilitate the creation, growth, and outreach of Montreal startups, and also sits on the Board of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Hans Kobler – Member of the Board
Hans Kobler is the Founder & Managing Partner of Energy Impact Partners (EIP). He has spent his career focusing on transformative businesses as an investor, advisor and operator. As Chief Quality Officer at GE Equity, General Electric’s VC arm, he pioneered the company’s strategic investment model and then led GE’s Energy Technology Investment Group. He founded and served as CEO at Digital Power Capital and founded ICx Technologies, which he led as CEO through a successful IPO.
Mr. Kobler is a frequent speaker on innovation, corporate venture capital and the transformation of the global economy towards a sustainable future. He has addressed forums such as the BNEF Global Summit, Goldman Sachs Impact Investing Summit and CERAWeek, among others.
Pierre Nelis – Member of the Board
Pierre Nelis is Chief Operating Officer at Inno-Centre, where he advises innovative SMEs and early-stage technology companies in the pursuit of their growth and performance objectives. Throughout his career, Mr. Nelis has worked in a variety of fields, for companies such as Tecsult (engineering consulting), Groupe Noranda, and Bristol Myers Squibb (pharmaceuticals), eventually ending up at special effects software pioneer Softimage, which was later acquired by Microsoft.
Pierre is Chair of the Board of the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Simactive and EVLO Energy.
Dany St-Pierre – Member of the Board
Dany St-Pierre is president of Cleantech Expansion, where she advises entrepreneurs in the smart mobility sector. Her expertise in international marketing, product and technology innovation, sales of major capital goods, and mergers and acquisitions were built on more than 20 years of experience with global publicly traded transportation and energy manufacturers such as Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom and Nordex.
She currently serves as an Independent Member of the Board of Boralex and of Logistec Corporation, and she represents CDPQ, one of the world largest institutional investors on the board of Demers Ambulances.