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Class champions

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.

Lino Saputo Jr.

2021-23 EMBA Class Champion

Martin Spalding

Senior Business Advisor, Inno-Centre

Martin Spalding has held senior leadership roles at the Formula One Grand Prix of Canada – Champ Car – NASCAR, at Astral and Bell Media, principally in radio and television. He is currently working as a senior business advisor at Inno-centre, and as a mentor-coach in his own practice.   

He has held many board positions including Montreal Inc., the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, and he is currently a Governor of “Les amis de la montagne”, and co-chair of “Fight Cancer Now” at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital.  

Martin has an MBA from Concordia University (Executive MBA Option) – John Molson School of Business, a Post-MBA in Strategy, and a certificate in digital content and community management from McGill University. He is also a certified personal and professional life coach having studied at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, Executive Centre.  

His fields of expertise are strategic planning, sales & marketing, operations, media and event management.  

In his spare time, he likes to compete in Ironman triathlons having completed 5, and ascending mountains having summited the Kilimanjaro, Mount-Rainier, Mont-Blanc and the Matterhorn.

Jackie Khayat

2022-24 EMBA Class Champion

Jacqueline Khayat
VP of Business Development & Marketing for Innovaderm

Jacqueline Khayat brings more than 22 years of combined experience in sales, management, marketing, corporate strategy execution, and M&A strategy and implementation in the life science industry.  She has helped various organizations define and execute growth strategies, identify strategic partnerships and opportunities to diversify revenue streams and grow in new markets globally.  She has also in-depth experience negotiating complex deals including in and out licencing, strategic alliances, joint ventures and supply agreements with brokers, distributors, clients, and suppliers.

Ms. Khayat is currently the VP of Business Development & Marketing for Innovaderm research, a privately owned company specialized in dermatology clinical research.  She has also held various strategic roles within public biotech companies in the last few years namely as VP of Business Development for XXII Century Group and VP of Business Development and Global Sales at Neptune Wellness Solutions.  Additionally, she has also held various sales and account management positions with global life science companies such as Nobel Biocare, 3M Canada and Baylis Medical Pain Management (now a Kimberly Clark company).

Furthermore, Ms. Khayat is an active business coach with various accelerators in the Quebec start up ecosystem.  She is also a board member of Caisse Populaire St-Martin de Laval, a board member of Lumiera Health Inc.  and an angel investor with Anges Québec.

Ms. Khayat holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the Faculty of Medicine of Montreal University.  She also holds a Graduate Degree in Management from HEC Montreal and an Executive MBA from the John Molson School of Business. 

Past champions

Nadine Renaud-Tinker

2020-22 EMBA Class Champion

Nadine Renaud-Tinker
President - Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank

Lino Saputo Jr.

2019-21 EMBA Class Champion

Lino A. Saputo, Jr.
Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Saputo Inc.


2018-20 EMBA Class Champion

Raffaele Gerbasi
President, WATERAX Inc.

Dominique Vincent, VP and portfolio manager at 3Macs, Champion of the 2017-2019 cohort

2017-19 EMBA Class Champion

Dominique Vincent

VP and Portfolio Manager at 3Macs

Emilio Imbriglio, CEO, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Champion of the 2016-2018 EMBA Class

2016-2018 cohort

Emilio Imbriglio

CEO, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton


2015-2017 cohort

France Chrétien Desmarais

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

2014 Andrew Molson at EMBA Orientation Dinner at Molson Banquet Hall

2014-2016 cohort

Andrew Molson

Partner and chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group and vice-chairman of the board of Molson Coors

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