Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

April 08, 2009 06:00 ET

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada's 2009 MS Leadership Event Recognizes 25 Rising Stars in the Business World

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) -

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It was an occasion for pride at the Montreal Science Centre on March 26, 2009, when the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division honoured the efforts and dynamism of 25 young business leaders. The winners all received the MS Leadership Award to acknowledge their social commitment, professional achievements and contribution to the battle to end multiple sclerosis. This year's MS Leadership awards raised more than $110,000 in cash. The money will be used to support research and services for people with multiple sclerosis and their families.

Brian Edgar, Retail Executive, served as honorary chair of the 12th edition of MS Leadership. Mr. Edgar, whose participation and commitment proved to be invaluable, could serve as a model for all the award winners to whom he presented trophies; what all have in common is that they are recognized as leaders in their professional sectors. The Tommy Hilfiger Canada MS Leadership Award, which is given to the person who raises the most funds by Annie Lamarre, Vice President, Marketing at Tommy Hilfiger Canada, went to Alexandre Giasson, Finance and Administration Director at Portes Milette Inc. The event's principal partner, Tommy Hilfiger Canada, announced a contribution valued at approximately $32,000 to the 2009 MS Leadership campaign.

The MS Society was also able to count on the work of a hardworking selection committee with rigorous standards. Chaired by Andre Buteau, Financial Planner at Freedom 55 Financial, the members dug deep, despite their busy professional lives, and once again came up with an outstanding slate of award winners.

The many people who have participated in MS Leadership since 1998 have been made more aware of this important cause: multiple sclerosis is the most widespread central nervous system disease among young adults in Canada. It mainly affects people between the ages of 15 and 40, often at exactly the time when they are thinking of starting a family and building a career. The businesspeople who take part in MS Leadership are making a big contribution to enhancing the quality of life of the 13,000 to 18,000 Quebecers with MS.

For more information about the event, visit or call 514-849-7591 or 1-800-268-7582 (toll-free in Quebec).

Selection committee chair and members: ANDRE BUTEAU, Financial Planner, Freedom 55 Financial; MARTIN BOYER, Professor and Chairman, Department of finance, HEC Montreal; CARL GAUDREAULT, Corporate Real Estate Advisor, GVA Devencore; GEORGIA GENOVEZOS, Vice President of New Business & CRM,; MITCH JOEL, Co-Owner, Twist Image; VALERIE JOLIVET, Customer service director, Canada, Sopexa Canada; JEAN-SEBASTIEN LAGARDE, Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Optimum General Inc.

Award winners: CHRISTIAN AZZAM, Barrister, Donati Maisonneuve; SEBASTIEN BELLEMARE, Partner - International Business Center Director, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; MARC BERUBE, President and Financial Security Advisor, Coaching Financier TREK; MIKAEL CHARRETTE, Attorney, Deveau, Bourgois, Gagne, Hebert & associes; MICHAEL COSTELLO, Vice President, QAMS Inc.; ANDRE DESMEULES, President, ADRx Gestion sante & esthetique; STEPHANIE DOUCET, Communication Officer, Mandat contractuel; DUKESLANDE FLORESTAL, Founding President, Poetik gifts; LOUISE FRANKLAND, Manager, Rating and Underwriting, Optimum General Inc.; ALEXANDRE GIASSON, Finance and Administration Director, Portes Milette Inc.; LINDA GOULET, Vice President Customer Relationship Management and Special Projects,; MYLENE GREGOIRE, Architect of Wonder, Equinova Inc.; ANDREANNE LAVALLEE, Senior Manager - Real Estate Advisory Services, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; CAROLYNE LAVIGNE, Senior Director - VISA Products, Banque Laurentienne; JENNIFER LUMBA, Vice President, Strategy & Market Development, Rideau, solutions de reconnaissance; MARC-ANDRE NANTAIS, Special Advisor, Development and Corporate Strategy, Le Forum economique international des Ameriques - Conference de Montreal; EVELYNE OUELLET, General Manager, Communications and Marketing, Astral Media Radio; JOCELYN T. PERREAULT, Associate - Bankrupty & Restructuring, McCarthy Tetrault; JONATHAN PLOURDE, Manager, professional Services, Manpower Professional; STEPHANIE RAYMOND-BOUGIE, Lawyer - Business Law, Heenan Blaikie; NORMAND ROY, Financial Security Advisor, Mutual Funds Representative, Groupe Investors; STEPHANE ROY, Financial Security Advisor, Services financiers Stephane Roy; MARIE-JOSEE TESSIER, Account Director, DRAFTFCB; ROBERT J. VEZINA, President and CEO, RJV Communications; SAMANTHA WELSHEID, Senior Consultant, Enterprise Risk, Samson, Belair/Deloitte & Touche.

Contact Information

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
    Quebec Division
    Emilie Lévesque
    Communications Coordinator
    514-849-7591 or 1-800-268-7582