TEAM

The Executive

PIERRE GAUTHIER – FOUNDER- CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD – CE0 

Pierre Gauthier has over 35 years of experience in the financial field. Mr. Gauthier’s attributes and skills include financial literacy, managerial experience, and the knowledge and experience attained through his service as a director of multiple public and private corporations. After graduating with an MBA, he worked as an investment banker and became involved in corporate finance, institutional sales (as manager) and research (as director). As the President of Fly Decibels Inc., a musical production company with promising artists, Mr. Gauthier combined his financial investment-world experience with his passion for music. In the last 20 Years he has been involved in raising over $500 million dollars of financing in various projects, founding shareholder and responsible for completing the Initial Public Offerings for the following companies: Diagnos Inc., Día Bras, Dundee Sustainable Technologies Inc., Auxico Resources Canada Inc., KWG Resources Inc., Saint Genevieve Resources Ltd., Emerging Africa Gold EAG Inc., Far East Gold Inc., Strtmin ($50M capital raise), Institute of National Research INRS ($100M raise on R&D program for mining solutions). 

 

J.F.ROBERT BOLDUC– VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

J.F. Robert Bolduc was the co-founder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Matol Botanical International Ltd. between 1984 and 2005. Mr. Bolduc occupied the position of Chairman of the Multi-Level Marketing Association and served for years on the Board of Directors of the Direct Sellers Association both in the US and Canada. Mr. Bolduc is also a graduate of the Advance Management Program from the prestigious Harvard Business School University and was the President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Montreal, Canada. Robert was honored by making the cover/front page of the Quebec Entreprise magazine, a Canadian Entrepreneurial Business Magazine reviewing of the Direct Sales Home Based Business Industry, also featuring Avon and Party Light, both billion dollar companies. In 2004, Robert was selected to appear on the U.S. Scully world Show broadcasted across the U.S. on the Public Broadcast System (PBS) to do an Industry Review. Past guests on the highly respected show included Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Steve Forbes. 

 

RICHARD GROOME – BOARD MEMBER – CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER 

Richard Groome is Managing Partner of Notre-Dame Capital Inc., a Montreal-based financial advisory firm, formerly licensed as an Exempt Market Dealer. His expertise is in the financing of small and mid-size emerging growth companies. Prior to starting this business in September 2005, he was Senior Vice-President of Strategic Capital from January 2003 through September 2005 and Senior Vice President of Institutional Equity Sales from August 2001 to January 2003 at Desjardins Securities, a Quebec-based firm. Richard has been in the financial industry for more than 30 years at such firms as Groome Capital (his own firm), Marleau Lemire Securities, Sprott Securities and Levesque Beaubien Geoffrion. He has a BA in Economics from McGill University. Mr. Groome had actively participated on the board of several public companies. He was a member of the Board of the CDNX until 2001 and member of the National Advisory Committee of the TSX Venture Exchange until 2004. Mr. Groome is very active in several non-profit, charitable organizations specializing in helping underprivileged children and a member of Canada Company, a registered charity focusing on making sure Canadians, who serve or wish to serve in the Canadian Forces and Reserves, and their families receive the widest possible support, recognition and care they deserve. 

 

MICHEL ZGARKA – PRESIDENT 

Michel Zgarka is an experienced executive with a successful career of over 35 years in the productions, communications, marketing, financial engineering and business development fields. He is a highly skilled in strategic and creative planning, marketing and personnel management for the media industry. Mr. Zgarka has produced, directed and distributed numerous film and television productions for the international marketplace, including “GUMMYBAR” which garnered over 6 billion views on YouTube. He has been a guest speaker at over 50 international entertainment industries events as well as the Delegate general of the Montreal Israeli Film Festival whose celebrating its 13th year anniversary in 2018. He is persuasive and possesses excellent communication skills that help build strong relationships. He is a rigorous and creative strategist with a proven track record of achieving and surpassing corporate objectives. Michel Zgarka holds a B. ED. (Mc Gill University), B.A. (Concordia University) & a Master in Int’l Communications (University of Nice – France). 

MARIJA ZIVKOVIC – SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT – COMMUNICATIONS / CHIEF OF STAFF

Marija Zivkovic is an experienced marketing professional with previous job positions in both private and public sectors. She has seven years of work experience for Deutsche Telekom, the leading European telecommunication provider. She currently works as a consultant in the area of Communications and Investor Relations for several Montreal based companies. Ms. Zivkovic held positions in Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Marketing Communications, PR & Corporate Communications and CSR (Donation and Sponsorship). 

ANDRE HALLEY – SENIOR ADVISOR – GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS 

With his impressive career, Mr. Halley brings tremendous experience to the team. He previously held senior executive and board member positions in a variety of telecom companies located on four continents, including Bell, Teleglobe, Orbcomm, TIW and Oreedoo. He currently holds the following positions: Executive Chairman of Prevtec Microbia Inc. a biotech company; Chairman of the Board at 2KLIC INC, an IoT Open Platform solution provider; Executive Chairman of Prevtec Microbia Inc. a biotech company; Board member of Konnect Mobile Inc, a fintech payment company; Chairman of the Advisory Board, EERS award-winning hearing protection & IT company; and Board member of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

SALES AND MARKETING

XAVIER GAUTHIER – VICE-PRESIDENT A&R 

Xavier Gauthier aka ZEEKY, since the beginning of his career the artist, A&R and CEO, has always played all roles. With guidance from multi-platinum selling Artist/Philanthropist Akon and Rap Mogul Master P, he started his independent record label ZEEKY ENT in 2015. Xavier has all the while been doing A&R work for music Tech company HITLAB for the past 10 years. The talent recruitment company has since partnered up with the likes of The Grammys, the Red Sox amongst others and It has also been featured on FORBES, ZEEKY ENT went on to discover and sign rapper Sahbabii and released “SANDAS” The tape Featuring the smash hit ''Pull Up Wit Ah Stick’. His latest label venture is the renown ATL Artist & Producer Kc Da Beatmonster who collaborated with the likes of; Migos, Future, Young Thug, Young Dolph DJ Scream and many more. The Montreal R&B/Hip-hop fashion-focused singer/song-writer and CEO formerly known as XAV, then Xav Zeeky and now ZEEKY has managed to keep dropping bodies of work, discover superstars and keep an avant-garde business mindset throughout. 

 

TARA ASFOUR – EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

As Chief Development Officer for FairGreen Capital Partners and managing director of its North American and Canadian regions, Ms. Asfour has 10+ years of management, strategy development and capital markets experience. Previously, Ms. Asfour successfully expanded the business of TG Capital, through deal sourcing, strategy and development of successful start-ups and took a hands-on approach with companies she successfully expanded and brought to market. Ms. Asfour previously held the roles of executive consultant and business advisor to TG Consulting and Communications Director at Dominion Water Reserves Inc, with an expertise in corporate affairs, investor relations and strategic partnerships. Ms. Asfour is a recipient of the prestigious Fondation Montreal Inc Young Entrepreneur Award, she holds an MBA from Herzing University and an undergraduate degree in Political Sciences from Concordia University.

JULIA KASTNER - VICE PRESIDENT SALES & MARKETING

Julia Kastner is a finance graduate from McGill University with deep music industry knowledge. She maintains the day-to-day pulse of streaming analytics as well as industry strategies in play. She has a background as a financial analyst with a New York hedge fund as well as retail operations management and marketing. 

TECHNOLOGY AND R&D

CHRISTIAN ROBERGE – VICE PRESIDENT – R&D

Christian Roberge is a specialist in signal processing. He holds a PhD in image processing: three-dimensional scene recognition, a master of speech recognition and a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. With more than 25 years of experience in multiple software applications using his signal processing knowledge. He worked in robotic vision in industrial welding environment and in image processing for many different satellites. He worked in classification of forestry images and in the health field for mammography analysis and for retinal disease. He has developed over the years a great expertise in scientific programming. He has already managed software development teams and has owned scientific consulting and software development companies.

SÉBASTIEN LANG - DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

With over 12+ years in software development, Sébastien has acquire great technical skills as of team lead for many web applications. He is the bridge between the product and the technology teams. Considered as full stack backend developer, he can be part of every strategic or tactical decisions. Very efficient at problem solving, he's the go to guy to help sort things out.

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