Daniel GauthierCo-Founder of Cirque du Soleil
Owner of Pertinence, a consultancy dedicated to strategic marketing communications and business intelligence on consumer trends.
Anne is recognized as Quebec’s leading expert on consumer trends. She has studied consumer behaviour for 25 years, and has tracked and decoded the emerging signals that shape our world. She is regularly invited to share her viewpoint with corporations, organizations and the media. In turn, she assists them in more readily identifying those signs that are the true precursors of change. Her professional history likewise includes numerous collaborations with broadcast media, particularly Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec.
Concurrently with her work as a professional trend watcher, Anne has worked for 20 years in Montreal advertising agencies, as co-owner, president (Natcom) and vice-president for strategic planning (Allard Johnson, now kbs+). She has directed major advertising campaigns and contributed toward building and managing what has become one of Canada’s leading marketing communications agencies. She currently provides consulting services at Pertinence.
Anne is also a former president of the Quebec MBA Association and former president of Mensa Montreal. She has sat on many boards, including Quebecor Printing and the Société d’investissement Desjardins (on both of which she represented the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec), the National Theatre School of Canada and Sainte-Justine Hospital. Her current boards include Group Germain Hotels (Alt and Le Germain hotels across Canada), Jovia (NFP offering therapeutic clown programs) and MU (NFP in support of public art).
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design (Université Laval), a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Université de Sherbrooke), and is a Certified Director (C.Dir., The Directors College, McMaster University/ ASC, Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, Université Laval).
Claude Choquette is President of HDG Inc.—a Daniel Gauthier holding company—and of GDG Placements Privés, the first private investment funds company in the Québec City region. A Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, he was the recipient of Emeritus honours from the Comité des comptables agréés de Québec, in 1996; and of the Hermès Award, in 2005, the most prestigious distinction awarded by Université Laval’s Faculty of Business Administration.
He is actively involved as a board member of various firms and organizations, including the SSQ Financial Group, Quebec Railway Corporation, Group Germain Inc., Pratte Morrissette Inc., Fondation de l’Université Laval, Fondation des hôpitaux Enfant-Jésus – Saint-Sacrement, and Fondation Imaginer Un Monde Meilleur. He also chairs on the board of Financial Innovation, for Université Laval.
Co-Founder of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Gauthier was President of the Cirque for 11 years, after having worked as its Vice-President of Finance, and Director of Administration and IT Services. He has also held positions, such as Vice-President of Admission, the online ticket network; Vice-President of Scéno Plus; and Administrator for the ADISQ.
He was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004; honoured as a Great Montrealer; and designated as a “Builder of the Century”, by Commerce magazine in 1999. In 2012, Daniel Gauthier was named Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, the province of Québec’s most prestigious award.
A law graduate of Université Laval, and member of the Barreau du Québec since 2000, Henrick is currently Vice-President of Legal and Corporate Affairs at HDG Inc., a position he has held since December of 2012. His functions include participating in financial management, and overseeing the legalities of all of HDG Inc.’s subsidiaries and investments. In the same role, he sits on numerous boards of directors of businesses of all sizes and spanning various fields of activity, accompanying them in their development.
Prior to joining HDG Inc., Henrick was a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP (formerly Ogilvy Renault), where he practiced business law, mainly specializing in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities.
The father of three young boys, Henrick is also President of the Fondation Imaginer Un Monde Meilleur; was Co-President of the Québec 2013 FIS World Junior Alpine Ski Championships; and is an Administrator for the Fondation Dufresne et Gauthier.