In support of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF), Déjeun’aide – Breakfast with Leaders – provides an opportunity for ambitious young professionals to network with business, social and corporate leaders over an intimate breakfast. In addition to providing students and young professionals the opportunity to meet with business leaders, this will also allow leaders to engage with and mentor the next generation of enthusiastic professionals.

Déjeun’aide is the ONLY student-led charitable breakfast event in Montreal centered to connecting young professionals with business, social and corporate leaders.

On Friday October 26th, 2018, motivated students, young professionals and leaders will gather at the Centre Mont-Royal for the 3rd edition of Déjeun’aide.


Déjeun'aide - Breakfast with leaders 2017

What started off as a passion to help, developed into a sought responsibility to give back to our community. In the hopes of raising the involvement of the McGill University student body with MCHF, Déjeun’aide will attract individuals from various levels of business who’s sponsors will help fund the event.

As part of the Young Leader’s Circle, all the proceeds will be allocated to the Craniofacial Surgery Department of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, to treat children with craniofacial anomalies (affecting the bones of the skull and face) and develop complex care plans for patients to offer each child the safest and most advanced surgical treatment possible. The families of children born with the anomalies can be confident that their child will be evaluated by a specialized pediatrician.

To learn more about the activities of this department, click here. 

The leaders consist of successful individuals ranging from various backgrounds that include finance, real estate, consulting, engineer, law and medicine among others fields.  The leaders are responsible for sharing their experience with the attendees and inspiring the young professionals attending Déjeun’aide.

Siegfried Usal - Vice President Strategy, Marketing and Technology, Thales Group
Michèle Boisvert - Executive Vice-President, Business Outreach, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Mirko (Dr.) Gilardino - Director, H.B. Williams Craniofacial & Cleft Surgery Unit, Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
Jeffrey (Dr.) Atkinson - Pediatric neurosurgeon, Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
Robert Beaudry - Membre du comité exécutif, Ville de Montréal
Sunny Chu - Partner - Data & Analytics, EY
Catherine Daigle - Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano - President and Chief Executive Officer, VIA Rail Canada
Pino Di Ioia - Chief Executive Officer, Beaver Tails
Luciano D'Iorio - Quebec Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Sophie Forest - Managing Partner and Founder, Brightspark Ventures
Elana Gorbayuk - Chief Strategy Officer, Partner, SidLee
Bruce Hills - President, Just for Laughs
Anne-Marie Hubert - Quebec Managing Partner, EY
Rio Infantino - Founder and CEO, Copper Branch
Benoît Lacoste-Bienvenue - Quebec Managing Director, KPMG
Marie-Josée Lamothe - Founder, Tandem International
Anne Martel - Senior VP Operations and co-founder, ElementAI
Johanne Mullen - Partner, National Capital Projects and Infrastructure Leader, PwC Canada
David Nault - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Luge Capital
James O'Sullivan - Group Head Canadian banking, Scotiabank
Miriam Pozza - Partner - Quebec Deals Leader, PwC
Marie-Hélène Rochon - Partner - Patent Agent, Norton Rose Fulbright
Sophie Tremblay - Co-Founder and Partner, NOVAlex
Alan Vesprini - Quebec Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Ronald Vincelli - Owner and President, Dome Development
Natalie Voland - President and Chief Executive Officer, Quo Vadis Real Estate

For more information about the leaders, click here.

To operate at full capacity and remain a leader in Quebec and in Canada, the H.B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit of the Montreal Children’s Hospital requires an annual budget of nearly $900,000.

Only 50% of the budget comes from government funding. The hospital relies on the generosity of the Montreal community to fill the deficit.

For more detailscontact Stephanie Goudie

The team behind Dejeun’aide is a made up of determined young leaders who range between current university students focusing on their studies or who are post-degree and are at the start of their careers. A fundamental commonality that this team is passionate about is supporting the growth and functions of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the role the hospital plays in the community.

Operating committee

  • Thomas Sinclair, HEC Montréal (Founder & Project Manager)
  • Coline Fiévet, Werkliv
  • Audrey-Frédérique Lavoie, McGill University
  • Julia Mouzakiotis-Paquin, Medisca Pharmaceuticals
  • Sarah Pineau, McGill University
  • Johan Saba, CDPQ
  • Brett Sinclair, McGill University
  • Jake Sinclair, McGill University
  • Jeremy Thibodeau, Rubicon Pictures & Media
  • Ronnie Vincelli, McGill University

Advisory committee

  • Michael T. Boychuk, Corporate Director
  • Luciano D’Iorio, Cushman Wakefield
  • David Sinclair, Totex Infrastrucure Partners
  • Jack Vincelli, Dome Development