Each EMBA cohort will be assigned a champion, a well-respected business leader who will remain in contact with the group throughout the two-year program.
2018-20 EMBA Class Champion
President, WATERAX Inc.
Raffaele Gerbasi is President of WATERAX Inc, a Division of Wildfire Group Holdings Inc. His professional career reflects over 35 years of leadership experience in start-up, entrepreneurial and corporate environments.
He began his career in the cable broadband industry in 1979. By 1989, he founded a manufacturer of advanced test equipment, managing to survive all the highs and lows of a business start-up, including a critical financial shortfall that almost led to bankruptcy. By the end of 2000, he had turned the company around, growing revenues while generating excellent profit margins. He continued to manage the business for several more years after its acquisition by a US based corporation in 2001.
In 2010, he backed the management team in the buyout (MBO) of the Wildfire Fire Equipment (re-branded WATERAX) division from Tyco International, where he is currently serving as the President. The company’s roots go back in time to the Watson Jack & Co. Ltd.’s entry into the forest fire control industry in the 1920s. Raffaele has now led WATERAX through a major turn around /renovation/re-branding effort, positioning the business for growth, as it carries on its purpose to place powerful water pumps into the hands of the men and women who protect our lives, property, and forests.
He is proud to be a part of the Italian-Canadian Community Foundation as a Governor member.
He holds an MBA from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business (Executive Option).
2017-19 EMBA Class Champion
VP and Portfolio Manager at 3Macs
Dominique Vincent is a vice-president and portfolio manager at 3Macs, a Division of Raymond James Ltd. She is a recipient of the Raymond James Financial's 2017 Women of Distinction Award.
She began her career in the field of communications and public relations, working for the Chambre des notaires du Québec and for Quebecor. In 1996, she moved to the world of finance after earning her MBA. Starting out as an investment advisor at Scotia McLeod, she joined 3Macs in 2001 and went on to earn the accreditation of Portfolio Manager. She was appointed vice-president in 2009. 3Macs became a division of Raymond James Ltd. in October 2016.
Her career in the financial industry and her commitment as a portfolio manager are rooted in a longstanding interest in the markets and risk management combined with a strong desire to provide a personalized approach in an increasingly standardized world.
An active member of her community, Dominique holds a number of volunteer and board positions. She is a member of both the Advisory Committee of the Raymond James Canada Foundation and of the Alouettes Foundation. One of the Godmothers 2017 for the “Prix Femmes d’Affaires du Québec” of the Quebec Business Women’s Network, she was recently nominated to the Ride to Conquer Cancer Hall of Fame. Cancer research and education are her two main philanthropic interests.
A proud graduate of the John Molson EMBA program, she has remained close to JMSB throughout her career, serving on the dean’s advisory board from 2002 to 2011, on the Women’s mentoring program, and as a judge at the John Molson MBA International Case Competition since 1996.
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President of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary, and Vice-President and founding member of both the Guy Laliberté Foundation and ONE DROP
Partner and chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group and vice-chairman of the board of Molson Coors