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.
2021-23 EMBA Class Champion
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.
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.
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