President and CEO
Richard is President and CEO of Ecofuel, an early-stage cleantech company accelerator based in Montreal. He boasts more than 30 years of experience in innovation strategy deploying, start-ups launching, business and project development. Before joigning Ecofuel, he was CEO of the Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB), an organization dedicated to innovation and technology transfer in the bioindustry sector. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Gelkem, a biopharmaceutical private company specialized in therapeutic controlled-delivery.
Richard is a lecturer in business startups and innovation, with a specialization in innovative startups and technology transfer at Université Laval. He also sits on various boards, including Fonds de Recherche Québec Nature et Technologies and different private societies. Richard is frequently consulted for elaboration of international trade strategies and has participated in a number of Quebec’s trade commercial missions overseas.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Biochemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke and a MBA from the Université Laval.
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Director of Operations
Olivier is in charge of managing the accelerator program and operations for Ecofuel.
He has over 12 years of expertise in entrepreneurship, business development and strategic consulting. He has worked in 7 countries on mandates such as commercial expansion, capacity building and implementing an entrepreneurial ecosystem. He has been teaching classes and giving conferences frequently to business startups for the past 5 years and speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.
Olivier holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a M.Sc. in Organizational Development, both earned at Eastern Michigan University, where he was named twice to the ESPN Academic All-American NCAA Division I football team.
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Head of Communications and Public Relations
Catherine is in charge of communications and public affairs at Ecofuel Accelerator and Cycle Capital Management (CCM). Her main duties are the promotion of Ecofuel and CCM, including the promotion of the companies in our portfolio. Before Ecofuel and CCM, she worked as a journalist within various media outlets. She then pursued her career as press secretary for a municipal political cabinet. Catherine sits on the Board of Écotech Québec, Quebec’s cleantech cluster and SWITCH, the Alliance for a green economy, and was a member of the Board of the Young Leaders’ Circle of the International Economic Forum of the Americas.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master’s degree in Public Communication from Université Laval, for which she also completed an exchange at École supérieure de journalisme de Lille in France. During her studies, she had work experience in several media organizations, such as Radio-Canada, BBC, France 2 and RTBF.
Recipient of a grant from the International Research Development Center (IRDC) in international development, Catherine also covered the Olympic Games for various francophone community radios with Franco Medias initiative.
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