Board of directors

Etienne Antoine Veilleux

Etienne has spent his entire career in the Building Automation and Energy Management business and recently sold the company he founded (Distech Controls) for $318M to Acuity Brands in 2015. He led the company’s rapid growth and sale. Distech Controls, a building automation and energy management company was founded in 1995, which Etienne started and grew from two employees to over 200; with offices in Canada, the US and Europe.

Named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2010 for his contribution to Green Technology, Veilleux is an inspired leader who is passionate about innovation, moon-shot thinking, and taking ideas to the next level through actionable strategies. He sat on the Board of Directors of QG-100, an invitation-only network of 100 world class business leaders, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and Quebec Financial Angels Network. Veilleux also serves as a mentor for entrepreneurs participating in startup accelerator Eco Fuel, as well as for the smart city accelerator InnoCité MTL.

Through the efforts of Veilleux and his executive team, Distech Controls’ level of excellence and environmental stewardship have been honored on various occasions, including Canada’s Best Managed Companies, PROFIT500, Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers, National Bank SME award and The Grand Prix Québécois de la Qualité from the Quebec government.

Etienne sits on board of directors at YUL Investment, KLF Media, American Lighting and on Advisory Board of Enertech Capital and Artika.


Denis Chabot

Denis is a financial executive with more than 30 years of experience in various industries such as high tech, tactical communications, distribution, financial services and consulting services. The businesses he has worked with have operations in Canada, the United States and overseas, and are public as well as private companies. His expertise in finance and his ability to address strategic issues are common threads where he has worked in the past. Furthermore, he has conducted business acquisitions not only in Canada, but also in the United States and in the United Kingdom. He is a CPA, CA and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations from UQAM, the l`Université du Québec à Montréal.

Denis is Chief Financial Officer for Duval Tex Inc., the company holding Victor, a manufacturer of innovative interior fabrics for office furnishings and healthcare, in both Canada and the United States. From 2007 to 2013, he was Divisional Finance Director (VP) of Tactical Systems at Ultra Electronics plc, operating in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Between 2004 and 2007, he was Chief Financial Officer for Triton Electronik Inc., a provider of electronic assembly services with plants in Quebec and Ontario. Previously, he was Vice President of Finance and/or CFO at BCE Emergis, Sodisco-Howden, Sodarcan and Groupe SM. He began his career at Ernst and Young in 1983.

Since 2014, Denis has sat on the Board of Directors of B3CG Interconnect Inc., a subcontractor of electrical cable assemblies and complex harnesses. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Grands Ballet Canadien and the Quebec chapter of FEI Canada for many years.


Michel Farley

Recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Technology category, Michel Farley is a seasoned businessman and a born entrepreneur. He founded Varitron Technologies in 1991 with fewer than half a dozen employees.

In a highly complex and competitive industry, Varitron Technologies stood out immediately, thanks to superior production quality and strong customer commitment. Michel very quickly made his presence felt within the company, making sure to be personally involved in all facets of production. Today, he is at the helm of a company experiencing strong growth despite the clouds of uncertainty hanging over the global economy. Varitron Technologies, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011, is now Québec’s largest electronics assembly company, according to Les Affaires newspaper.

Dedicated to helping the community, he just started the social project Réussite Rive-Sud to prevent school dropout and is actively involved with a consultation group to stimulate entrepreneurship in Québec. Over the years, he has also contributed to the growth of several startup companies.


John Vincent

As a TEC Canada CEO Peer Advisory Group Chair, a Mentor at Founder Fuel and founder of CEO911 Inc., John provides leadership consulting, business advisory and executive coaching services to a wide variety of CEOs who manage companies from very early stage to larger and more mature enterprises. His deep and varied background includes working with businesses from the inside as a CEO and from the outside as a financial advisor and private equity investor. He has previously sat on numerous boards as a representative of institutional investors and now acts as an independent board member.

In particular John brings to Varitron his experience as CEO of CATV electronics manufacturer Electroline Equipment Inc. from 1997 to 2008 and he was more recently CEO of construction industry subcontractor Les Métaux Tremblay.

John has a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.


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