André Gareau

President and CEO

As a top-ranking high-tech entrepreneur and business leader, André has racked up numerous successes in his career. As COO of PCO Innovation Inc., he was instrumental in the significant growth of the company over three years. As President and COO of Voxco, he led a major transformation that increased sales by over 30% in less than 18 months, and as CEO and Chairman at BCE Elix his initiatives more than tripled revenues in less than three years. Prior to that, André was a leader at Memotec, CAE, and Spectra Telecom, achieving solid international growth. In recognition of his accomplishments, André has received many awards, including the ARISTA Award and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™. André holds a degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and mentors young entrepreneurs at the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal.

“It’s exhilarating leading a team of so many highly talented and innovative people. Together we are accomplishing great things for our customers – whose needs remain our primary focus.”

André Gareau

Francois Rainville

Chief Operations Officer

As a technology entrepreneur, Francois has many major business achievements to his credit. From 2007 to 2011, he was President and CEO of Eloda Corporation, a Montreal-based company that pioneered measurement and validation technology for the advertising industry. Prior to Eloda, François was the founder of PRIMA (subsequently Elix), a North American leader in software solutions for the rapidly evolving Contact Center market. In 2007, the company was acquired by Canadian telecom leader Bell Canada and became BCE Elix. Francois is a member of several corporate boards and actively involved with Le Refuge des Jeunes de Montreal as Chairman of the Board. Francois’ professional achievements have led to awards such as the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Université de Montreal.

“As a solution-based company, understanding our clients’ product-quality challenges and what drives their success is what motivates me and my entire team. Every day, we’re meeting with customers, sharing best practices and proposing innovative, ROI-rich solutions to ensure they build and release the best products.”

François Rainville

Mariève Carrier

Vice-President Finance

As Averna’s VP Finance, Mariève brings a solid and diverse portfolio of experience to the role. For over 15 years, she has worked in Finance in various capacities: mobilizing teams to work optimally by focusing on skills development and process optimization; handling company acquisitions and assuring their smooth transition; forecasting and budgeting in environments of rapid change and evolution; deploying controls under conditions of strong international growth and recovery; and managing and developing personnel locally and abroad.
She has overseen the integration of offices and processes following mergers/acquisitions (and the addition of five companies to Averna’s core); she has directed the implementation and integration of new ERP systems, and she has participated in setting up Averna’s presence abroad in several locations, with the inherent consolidation, tax and process alignment challenges. Mariève is a CPA, CA and holds a DESS from McGill University, and her global aptitudes, discernment and experience place Averna in good hands.

Lori Seidman

Chief Legal Officer

Lori has over 15 years of legal experience in corporate and transactional matters. She started her legal career in 1998 at Fasken Martineau, an international law firm, where she advised public and private companies. Prior to joining Averna, she held the position of Chief Legal Officer for a financial services company. She has been awarded the Rt. Honourable Brian Dickson Prize and the Carswell Book Prize for academic proficiency in common law, among other honors. Lori holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from McGill University, and Bachelor’s degrees in both Civil Law and Common Law from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.

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