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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).

 

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.

 

ANDRE HALLEY – EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT – 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.

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). 

 

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. 

 

DAN BRISSON - CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER 

 

Dan Brisson’s successful, 30-plus-year career in technology product development spanning senior and executive roles in global corporations, start-ups and reboots. As CTO at Hitlab, Dan brings a wealth of expertise in product development as well as long-term research and development, as well as specialized experience conducting deep analysis with background in (AI/ML) Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and developing complex mission-critical systems architecture. Dan has always taken a hands-on approach as a passionate software & technology developer from the 1980’s until today. Dan has formerly served as Founder and CEO of MobilityGo Inc., a mobile technology company; most recently as CTO role to “reboot” industrialize a start-up from prototype to production; CTO and Research Director of Mecanica Solutions Inc., an international PLM technology company within Aerospace and Automotive engineering; and CEO of TechnoCandy Corporation, an online technology company back in 1998. His experience in both research and development and executive roles makes him an invaluable leader.