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Who Are We?

The Montréal: City-State Foundation is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to make Montréal a world-class city through entrepreneurship driven economic growth, a cosmopolitan culture and the continued development of an excellent quality of life.

All contributions are anonymous. The Foundation has not yet obtained the right to give tax credits.

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Michel David - Morton Grostern - Michel Lozeau - Bernard Colas

 

MICHEL DAVID
President

Background
Michel holds a B.A. (Philosophy) from the Université de Montréal and a MBAfrom Western University (IVEY). Michel was managing partner of the Canadian strategy practice with one of the world's leading consulting firms. He was also chairman of the task force to develop this practice globally. He has been a guest lecturer at the MBA and EMBA programs at McGill and the Université de Sherbrooke. He is an associate of Henry Mintzberg’s CoachingOurselves Network1 and a member of the Program Committee of the Ecole d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce2. He is the author of the book "The Genius Is Inside". In 2007, he achieved his black belt in Kyokushin Karate.

Experience
Through his career, Michel has been involved in hundreds of client projects. The consulting approach has been to involve clients deeply in the process so that it becomes their process. This vast base of experience has provided the know-how required to propose a point of view and methodologies that help companies achieve their full potential.

Expertise
Designing the footprint of a company at its full potential and the requisite management leadership model to make it happen.

1 www.coachingourselves.com
2 www.eebeauce.com

 

MORTON GROSTERN
Executive Director

Morton Grostern operates a business advisory services practice since 1980.

He has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business (UWO, London, Ontario) and is a Chartered Accountant (CPA CA) having worked with Deloitte in the sixties.

His work experience included a three year period where he resided in London England and was working for a large multi-national steel company.

In addition he was Chief Operating Officer for a Montreal based family business where he was the only non-family member of the executive team.

Currently he is the CEO of a Canadian based technology business which provides security solutions to major North American retailers.

 

MICHEL LOZEAU
Director

Michel Lozeau works as a corporate director, angel investor, strategy consultant and executive coach since 2004.

Prior to this, Mr.Lozeau spent 25 years in the Information Technology and Communications industry, and 5 years in the Financial Services industry.

His last corporate position was Senior Vice-president, e-commerce and member of the Executive Committee at National Bank of Canada in Montreal.

Prior to this, Michel was Group Vice-president at Oracle Corporation Canada in Toronto, where he managed the professional services organization across Canada.

Michel initially gained his experience in management consulting with Andersen Consulting and SHL Systemhouse inc., among others, where he held senior positions in both Montreal and Toronto.

In addition to his board and private investment activities, Michel currently acts as an executive coach in Paris where he works with C-level executives in optimizing their managerial skills, impact, and leadership effectiveness.

 

BERNARD COLAS
Director

Bernard Colas has over 28 years of experience in international trade law acquired in Montreal, London and Paris advising companies operating at an international level, as well as foreign governments.

Before co-establishing Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, he practiced law with large business firms in Montreal and Paris, and has worked as a legal advisor to the International Federation of Producers of Phonograms and Videograms (IFPI) (London) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (Paris).

As part of his practice, Bernard Colas advises and represents companies selling goods, services and technologies:

  • Prepare and negotiate transactions and international contracts (eg. sale, distribution, licensing, strategic alliances, consortia, joint ventures and investments) and assist in implementation and operation of companies abroad;
  • Protect intellectual property rights, including the registration of trademarks worldwide;
  • Defend the interests of companies involved in disputes abroad (eg. negotiation, mediation, coordination and strategy with local correspondents);
  • Ensure compliance with the regulations of the countries for which are intended the products, services, technologies and investments;
  • Advise and make representations in relation to international trade, intellectual property and environmental treaties and organizations;
  • Develop commercial and industrial strategies while taking advantage of international trade rules (eg WTO, NAFTA) and allowing easier access to foreign markets and reducing transaction costs. This strategy will influence the choice of suppliers, the destination markets, the establishment of a branch or subsidiary, the mobility of employees, and the challenge of discriminatory practices or restrictive measures of foreign public authorities;

He also is a consultant to foreign governments. He acted as a specialist in commercial law in projects funded by CIDA related to the accession of Lithuania and Algeria to the World Trade Organization (WTO), as mission leader for projects financed by the World Bank for the drafting of laws on telecommunications and postal services in Togo, the Comoros and Mauritania.