In support of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, 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 sit with a business leader, the event will also allow leaders to mentor and engage with the next generation of enthusiastic professionals.

Run by a team of volunteers from the Young Leaders Circle, supported by the Children’s Foundation, Déjeun’aide aspires to surpass its fundraising targets of the previous years’ editions. In its first two events, Déjeun’aide has managed to raise over $154,000 for the H.B. Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit department. This year, the proceeds will be donated to Dr. Brett Burnstein’s Emergency Department research program.

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 November 22nd, 2019, motivated students, young professionals and leaders will gather once more at the Centre Sheraton for the 4th edition of Déjeun’aide.

For more information about this event, contact Inès.

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 Febrile Young Infant Research Program led by Dr. Brett Burstein. This Research Program, set to begin in September of 2019, aims to improve and standardize the care of febrile young infants, aligned with parental preferences and in view of family-centered outcomes.

Learn more about the Division of Pediatric Neurology of the Children's.

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.

Keynote Speaker

Sean Finn
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer

Sean Finn was appointed Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer in December 2008. He is responsible for a wide array of legal, government, regulatory, public affairs, risk mitigation and security matters. 


Sophie Barbe, Senior Director, Québec, Universal Music Group | LinkedIn

Julie Bélisle, Executive Director, Talent and Culture, KPMG | LinkedIn

Geneviève Brouillard, Regional Senior Vice President, Quebec & Eastern Ontario Region, ScotiaBank | LinkedIn

Dr Brett Burstein, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Montreal Children's Hospital | Profile

Marie David, Partner, Audit, KPMG | Profile 

Carmela De Luca, Partner, Bereskin & Parr | LinkedIn

Dr Marie Di Maso, Executive Director of Analytical Development, Corealis Pharma | LinkedIn

David Druker, President, The UPS Store Canada

Soodeh Farokhi, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, C2RO | LinkedIn

Ghislain Gagné, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company | LinkedIn

Brigitte Giasson, Founder, President, Design and technical management specialist for executive aircrafts, Giasson Design 

Elana Gorbayuk, Chief Strategy Officer & Partner, Sid Lee | LinkedIn

Anne Marie Guertin, Chief Financial Officer, Imagia | LinkedIn

Louis Lachapelle, President, A+ | LinkedIn

Élyse Léger, Vice-President, Investment Counsellor, Fiera Capital Corporation | LinkedIn

Andrea Limbardi, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Indigo Books & Music | LinkedIn

Adam Martelli, Director of Residential Real Estate Development, Broccolini | LinkedIn

Luc Maurice, President, Le Groupe  Maurice | Profile

Lidia Minicucci, Founder and architect, Minicucci Architecte Inc. 

Simon-Pierre Monette, General Manager, Aluminum Strategy and Business Analysis, Rio Tinto | LinkedIn

Thi Be Nguyen, Director, Office of the President & Philanthropy, National Bank | LinkedIn

Andy Nulman, Co-Founder, Just for Laughs, and Co-Founder & CEO, Play The Future | LinkedIn

Rhonda O'Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer | LinkedIn

Philippe Patrice, Director Development, Ubisoft | LinkedIn

Minesh Perera, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Appnovation | LinkedIn

Martin Spalding, Regional Vice-President & General Manager, radio & television (Quebec), Bell Media | LinkedIn

Karl Tabbakh, Managing Partner, Québec Region Partner, McCarthy Tetrault | Profile

Alex Toulch, CEO and Founder, REBL House Media 

Alan Vesprini, Regional Manager, Technology, Morgan Stanley | LinkedIn

Ronald Vincelli, Owner and President, Jack Vincelli Inc. and Dome development 

Natalie Voland, President and Founder, Quo Vadis Property Management Inc.LinkedIn

The Febrile Young Infant Research Program aims to collect, archive, process and analyze Procalcitonin samples from 3,000 infants with parental consent across multiple research sites. The Montreal Children's Hospital needs to raise $ 378,433 over three years to reach this goal.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Inès.

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, EY 
  • Jérôme D. Cauvier, Université de Montréal
  • Coline Fiévet, Werkliv
  • Audrey-Frédérique Lavoie, McGill University
  • Lise Hemeryck, KPMG
  • Daniel Lewin
  • Sarah Pineau, McGill University
  • Matthew Puglisi, State Street
  • Johan Saba, Seed AI
  • Jeremy Thibodeau, Rubicon Pictures & Media
  • Ronnie Vincelli, Université de Montréal