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.
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.
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.