MONTREAL, July 10, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The OSMO Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. Chaired by Mr. Alan MacIntosh, the Board welcomes Louis Vachon, Marie-Josée Lamothe, Anne Martel and Richard Chenier, whose appointments are effective July 10, 2018.
They will leverage their impressive professional background and their diversified and complementary expertise in the development of OSMO and the Montreal ecosystem of startups.
Louis Vachon, President and CEO of National Bank of Canada. A recognized leader in the Canadian financial sector, Mr. Vachon comes from a large family of entrepreneurs from Beauce and has been a major ambassador for Quebec entrepreneurs for many years.
Marie-Josée Lamothe, Managing Director, Consumer Goods and Branding, Google Canada, and General Managing Director, Quebec at Google Canada. Ms. Lamothe has an impressive track record in the fields of marketing, communication, product commercialization and digital technology.
Anne Martel, Co-Founder, Senior Vice-President Operations of Element AI. As a serial entrepreneur, Ms. Martel has solid experience in business startup and expansion, operations optimization and talent attraction.
Richard Chenier, General Director and Director of Technological Entrepreneurship at ÉTS. Mr. Chénier has in-depth knowledge of the ecosystem of startups, including incubators and accelerators.
"I am extremely proud that our Board of Directors will be enriched by these talented people with diverse profiles who are passionate about OSMO's mission. Their involvement will undoubtedly contribute to increasing our impact with Montreal startups and spreading our ecosystem around the worldˮ, mentioned Mr. Alan MacIntosh, President of the Board.
Since its launch in 2012, OSMO has:
received more than 70,000 visitors, including 25,000 per year since 2017;
held more than 1,000 entrepreneurship training events and hackathons;
become one of the two partners of Google for Entrepreneurs in Canada;
created Startupfest, Open House MTL, TechAide for Centraide, the Young Founder's Circle and the Montreal Startup Community Awards;
helped launch more than 150 startups, including PasswordBox, Sonder, Bus.com, TransitApp and Element AI, which generated more than $ 350 million in investment funds and created more than 1,000 new jobs.
The OSMO Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to support the development of the Montreal startup ecosystem and ensure that Montreal is in the top 20 of the global business ecosystem. Its first initiative was to create the Notman House, a unique physical space to support startups and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.osmomtl.org