Estelle Métayer

Director, Bombardier Recreational Products, Audemars Piguet, Blockstream
Advisory Board Member, Ricardo Media, Réseau Sélection
Founder and President, Competia


Estelle Métayer is an expert in Competitive and Strategic Intelligence. Her research focuses on how managers, CEOs, and board members build and improve their strategic planning and/or competitive intelligence function to avoid strategic blindspots. Her best work is done when companies need to drastically change the way they do business and/or grow aggressively. She is a reputed public speaker in international conferences (for example in Davos in 2012) and facilitates strategic workshops around the world. An adjunct professor for McGill University, she teaches in the Advanced Leadership Programs, the International Master for Health Leadership, The Analytics Leadership Program and the Executive MBA among others.

For the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors’ certification and training programs, she leads modules around strategic blindspots, governance of technology and social media crisis management. Estelle has also been a guest lecturer in programs led or co-led by IMD (Lausanne), the IMB (India), INSEAD (France) or MIT (United States).
 
Prior to selling the company in 2004, Estelle was the president and founder of a leading training organization for executives and analysts in Strategic Intelligence. A former consultant at the international Strategic Consulting firm McKinsey & Company, she gained first-hand practical experience while managing the competitive intelligence, business development and strategic planning function at CAE Inc. She started her career at the ING Bank in the Netherlands and in Poland, studying the financial risks of expanding into emerging countries, and in the French Conglomerate Bouygues in France and the United Kingdom.

She received in 2000 the Arista Sunlife Award for "Entrepreneur of the Year". Estelle is an independent member of the board of BRP inc ($DOO on the TSX, $DOOO on the NASDAQ) and a member of the audit committee. She is an independent director for Audemars-Piguet (Swiss luxury watches), a private family business in Switzerland, is a member of the strategy committee, the HR and compensation committee and chairs the investment committee. She serves on the the advisory boards of Ricardo Media (Media- Montreal, Canada), LifeScore (UK) an AI music software start-up, and Groupe Sélection (Retirement homes-Montreal, Canada). She is also a member of the board of directors of the Montreal Board of Trade where she chairs the business development committee, and of the Institut des
Administrateurs de Société (Quebec Chapter of Institute of Corporate Directors) where she chairs the technology committee. Previously, she was a member of the board of Zag Bank (a Charter 1 Canadian online bank)(Calgary, Canada), Blockstream (blockchain technology) (Montreal-San Francisco)and video-game developer Ubisoft ($UBI on Euronext) where she chaired the compensation committee.
 
Estelle was trained in the Netherlands, where she obtained her MBA and Drs. from the University of Nijenrode. She speaks French, English, German, Dutch, Italian and is learning Arabic. She is also a mother, a commercial pilot and flight instructor.




Michael Parent 


Professor, Segal Graduate School
Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University


Michael Parent is a recognized expert on Corporate Governance in Canada, with a focus on cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and IT governance. He is a Professor at the Segal Graduate School, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, since 2002.
 
From 2015-2017 he was a Professor and Vice-Dean at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business for seven years. He also held an appointment as a Senior Special Advisor to the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Government of Canada, in 2018-2019.
 
Michael received his MBA and PhD degrees from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and qualified for the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation.
 
Before becoming an academic, he spent over a decade in the high technology industry in new product development, marketing, and management.
 
His current research interests centre on governance practices at the Board level, cybersecurity, IT governance, and luxury brands. He has published extensively in both practitioner and academic journals. Michael has also written over 50 teaching case studies and co-authored three case teaching books.
 
Michael is an active executive educator, and has taught programs for the federal and provincial governments in Canada, Crown Corporations, as well as a number of public and private companies.
 
He is the Academic Director for the Vancouver cohort of the Directors’ Education Programs for Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors, co-Academic Director for the Montréal cohort, Founding Academic Director of the Ottawa cohort, and teaches the IT and Cybersecurity Risk module nationally. He is also co-founder of the Digital Director Program which will launch nationally in 2019-2020.