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.
2020-22 EMBA Class Champion
President - Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank
Appointed President in 2017, Nadine Renaud-Tinker is responsible for managing RBC Royal Bank’s business priorities in Quebec.
She enthusiastically oversees the development of strategic objectives while helping personal and business clients thrive, fostering employee engagement and supporting community prosperity. With a holistic, strategic and cooperative approach, she also works closely with the teams of investment and retirement planners, wealth management experts and private bankers to support clients with advice that meet their needs, goals, and priorities.
Bringing with her a wealth of extensive international experience, Nadine joined RBC in Montreal in 1998. Throughout her professional career, she has risen to the many challenges encountered, gaining vast experience within business units of various sizes: Business Financial Services, Personal Banking, Risk Management and Special Loans. Earning numerous promotions along the way, Nadine has held such roles as Branch Manager, Financial Planner, Commercial Account Manager and Regional Vice President, Integrated Markets, in both Quebec and Toronto.
A proven leader, Nadine is recognized for her creativity, entrepreneurship, passion and superb ability to engage her teams. In recent years she has successfully overseen the growth and development of branches and advised a number of small, medium-sized and large businesses.
Alongside her professional activities, Nadine provides ongoing support to various mentorship, talent development and advisory programs, both internally and externally.
With a strong commitment to mental health and children’s causes, Nadine Renaud- Tinker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation, the Jewish General Hospital Foundation and the Fondation Jeunes en Tête. She is actively involved in various philanthropic events in the community, including the Urban BBQ event, which she heads up in support of the Cancer Research Society.
A native of Montreal, Nadine has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa. She also holds an executive MBA from Athabasca University and a diploma in personal financial planning from the Institution of Canadian Bankers.
2019-21 EMBA Class Champion
Lino A. Saputo, Jr.
Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Saputo Inc.
Lino A. Saputo, Jr. holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from St. Francis Xavier University. He has been actively involved in the Company’s operations for over 30 years. He first started working in Saputo’s plants when he was only 13 years old, and officially joined Saputo in 1988 as an Administrative Assistant. In 1993, he became Vice President, Operations, and in 1998, Executive Vice President, Operations. From July 2001 to January 2004, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company’s Dairy Products Division (USA). Since March 2004, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In 2011, he was appointed to the position of Vice Chair of the Board, and since August 2017, he serves as Chair of the Board.
Saputo has truly evolved since its founding in 1954. Today, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. oversees this prosperous Québec-based company comprised of approximately 16,800 employees and 65 plants worldwide. Saputo is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world, a leading cheese manufacturer and fluid milk and cream processor in Canada, the top dairy processor in Australia and the second largest in Argentina. In the USA, Saputo ranks among the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products. In the United Kingdom, Saputo is the largest manufacturer of branded cheese and a top manufacturer of dairy spreads. Saputo products are sold in over 50 countries worldwide.
Recognized for their community involvement, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. and his family support multiple organizations and contribute to various projects and initiatives. Moreover, their commitment to sports, specifically soccer, is noteworthy. In 2011, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. and his wife Amelia founded the Amelia and Lino A. Saputo, Jr. Foundation. This Foundation is dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and causes which contribute to the betterment of the community for future generations.
Over the years, Lino A. Saputo, Jr.’s involvement in Centraide of Greater Montreal has been significant. In 2012, he co-presided the organization’s annual fundraising campaign and led the Food and Retail Trade Cabinet’s fundraising efforts for the two following years. In 2014, he accepted a four-year mandate to preside the Centraide’s Major Donor’s Campaign, and in 2018, he was appointed Honorary Chair of the Major Donors Cabinet.
Lino A. Saputo, Jr. was named Chair of the Board of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation in July 2018 after having been actively involved as a Board member since 2015. As well, in 2018, he acted as Co-Chair of the 15th edition of the Soirée des Grands Philanthropes and this year as Co-Chair of the 2019 Annual Fundraising Event for the Canadian Red Cross.
Lino A. Saputo, Jr. sits on the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Canada, and is a member of their Risk Management Committee. Since 2018, he has also been a member of their Conduct Review and Corporate Governance Committee.
In 2019, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. was appointed to the Board of Directors of Global Dairy Platform Inc. and he was recenlty named the Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton - John Molson School of Business Person of the Year.
2018-20 EMBA Class Champion
President, WATERAX Inc.
2017-19 EMBA Class Champion
VP and Portfolio Manager at 3Macs
CEO, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
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
Partner and chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group and vice-chairman of the board of Molson Coors