The 20 members of our board are recognized in both countries as catalysts for bilateral trade. They are distinguished professionals from backgrounds including : immigration law, accounting and tax, aviation, business operations, human ressources, real estate, and global marketing. Leveraging their collective expertise, the Chamber can assist the most ambitious expansion projects from both sides of the border. Representing Canada on the board is Susan Harper, consul general in Miami.
Partner U.S. & International
Taxation, Demers Beaulne
Marie-Claude Péthel has close to 20 years experience working in accounting firms. Upon her arrival at Demers Beaulne in 1999, Marie-Claude introduced the U.S. tax practice and actively continues to contribute to its development. She specializes in U.S. Taxation for Canadian corporations doing business in the United States as well as for expatriates. She has the following expertise: U.S. corporate and individual tax planning, tax planning with respect to the U.S. estate tax for Canadians owning U.S. property and tax planning for U.S. citizens living in Canada
Owner, Racicot & Associates
Marcel Racicot is the senior partner of the law firm Racicot & Associés Inc. He is a member of the Quebec Bar and holds a Master’s degree in taxation. He has over 30 years of practice in all aspects of commercial law, business immigration, corporate taxes and tax planning with particular emphasis on cross-border tax and estate planning.
Mr.Racicot is also heavily involved in the business community both in Quebec and in Florida. As such, he is the founder and president of the Quebec-Florida Chamber of Commerce since its incorporation in 2009. During his career, Marcel Racicot has published numerous articles on tax and estate planning. He also enjoys giving various conferences and seminars.
Quebec City Ambassador
Business Development, Caisses
Populaire Desjardins de
Professionally, Marie-Andrée holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Laval University in Quebec City and has more than 20 years experience in the communications field. She has worked in PR agencies before taking on a business development role, in 2008, with Desjardins Group.
Personally, she is the mother of three young children who enjoys visiting Florida with the family in the summer and doing some back and forth trips to the sunshine state with her husband in the winter.
Attorney & Partney, CMKZ
Bernard Colas has over 30 years of experience in international trade law and intellectual property. His extensive knowledge was perfected in Montreal, Sorel, London and Paris by supporting manufacturing, technology and service businesses as well as foreign governments. As part of his practice, he advises and represents his client’ interests throughout negociations, transactions, licenses, international contracts and litigation as well as during their operations and implementation overseas.
For over 18 years, Fabien Durand has concentrated his efforts on advancing businesses across a variety of sectors ranging from information technology to aeronautics. Constantly looking for new business opportunities and enterprises, Fabien turned to government procurement and immediately recognized the inherent value of public sector contracts.
Marketing Director & International
Development, Hyphen Mobility
Laura Gutiérrez holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke. Laura has extensive in strategic marketing, planning and business development in the areas of B2B, B2C, in addition to consulting, consumer goods, retail and financial services.
Business development and sales representation services
Manon Boissonneault specializes in Business Development and B2B Representation for several years. In addition, she owns and invests in the real estate portfolio, Boissonneault Groupe Immobilier, with her two associate brothers. She has been with the Quebec Chamber of Commerce since it’s beginning in 2009. She is responsible of the Chamber event committee for the Quebec territory for almost 5 years.
Enterprise Florida (Canada Office)
Mr. Al-Eryani joined ROI as a Research Associate in 2014. He holds more than 7 years’ experience as an independent contractor and consultant in the field of business development and lead generation. In his current role as Director, International Development and Strategy, Mr. Al-Eryani manages a portfolio of high-profile public sector clients and also develops and oversees team mentorship and coaching programs. Through his broad knowledge and valuable contributions over the years, Mr. Al-Eryani has been directly responsible for identifying millions of dollars in FDI projects across multiple geographical regions and industries, which have resulted in significant job creation. Having spent significant portions of his life in Europe, Middle East and North America, Raidan possesses a well-developed and deep understanding and appreciation of the intricacies of cultural diversity for successful international business relations. Mr. Al-Eryani holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Montreal’s Concordia University and is an avid jazz and blues enthusiast. Mr. Al-Eryani is fluent in English, German and Arabic.
Dr. Maxime Gauthier
Président, PT, DPT, FCAMPT
Kinatex Sports St-Laurent Physimed
Dr. Maxime Gauthier is as a Doctor in physical therapist in a private practice since 2000. In 2005 he became a clinic owner at Kinatex Sports Physio, a group of 38 private clinics based in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Florida. He is the Founder and President (owner) of Kinatex Sports Physio Physimed and also Kinatex Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Delray Beach Florida. He is also an independent specialist and consultant in sports medicine for more than 100 Professional athletes in the National Hockey League (NHL), on the PGA Tour and 1 Formula. And Finally he works part time for Kinatex Sports Physio Head Office on the Conseil Administration and also teach continuous formation to Physical Therapy in Canada through Key Clinical Skills web site.
Cooper Legal Consulting, PA
Glenn Cooper is President of Cooper Legal Consulting, PA based in South Florida. Glenn’s law practice focuses on assisting U.S. and foreign companies, investors and professionals regarding U.S. immigration laws including various business and investor visas. He further guides clients on U.S. permanent residency. Glenn also provides general business legal counsel as well as government relations counsel to clients. Glenn is also actively involved in several organizations: the International Committee of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee Board and the Government Affairs Group of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the International Action Team of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Official Economic Development Agency of Broward County. And the International Advisory Committee of the Beacon Council, the Official Economic Development Agency of Miami-Dade County.
Consul General of Canada in Miami,
Consulate General of Canada in
Susan Harper obtained her Master’s degree in Business Administration at Ivey School of Business, Western University, and her Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Math, English) at Queen’s University. Prior to moving to Miami, Ms. Harper held two consecutive positions with Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa: General Director and Senior Arctic Official (2013-2016) and General Director, Trade Controls and Technical Barriers (2009-2013). In 2004, she joined the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC where she became Minister (Economic) in 2008. She had previously been Ambassador in Montevideo, Uruguay (2001-2004), after having held trade positions in Yaoundé, Paris, and Buenos Aires. Before joining the Government of Canada, Ms. Harper taught at both Cambrian College in Sudbury and George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario.
Consul & Senior Trade Commisioner
Consulate General of Canada in
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) provides strategic market information and access solutions to Canadian companies looking to export, invest abroad or develop innovation and R&D partnerships using its extensive network abroad and across Canada.
TCS also assists foreign companies planning to invest in Canada or current investors seeking to expand their operations in Canada. Located in more than 150 cities worldwide and with regional offices across Canada, the TCS excels in helping business people achieve international success.
Co-Founder, IN Business & Lifestyle
Originally from Montreal, Canada and established in Florida for many years, Isabelle Bujold is the cofounder of IN Business & Lifestyle and INtention travel with partner Nathalie Lamothe. Having been involved in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, their mission is to help maintain a better flow towards a well-balanced professional and personal life. IN Business & Lifestyle and INtention travel provide strategic consulting and customized concierge services in the areas of meeting & incentive, event planning, travel, business, wellness and philanthropy. Operating in South Florida, the trilangual duo efficiently extends its services worldwide in English, French and Spanish. Isabelle and Nathalie also lead a non-profit chapter called Wine to Water IN SoFlo, providing clean water to those in needs.
President, SoPro Management
Sophie Proulx has a MBA degree in Business Development, Strategic Planning and Marketing from McGill University combined with her Financial Advisor & Licenses (Series 7-63-65, LI, HI). She started her career as a Strategic Planning Management Consultant in Montreal and later moved to Los Angeles to work as a Business Development and Financial Trader for a brokerage firm. She was then transferred to New York City as a Financial Advisor for Prudential Securities on Wall Street. Sophie continued to Boca Raton, Florida, where she has been living since 2002 conducting Senior level positions with various businesses. She brings a wealth of knowledge with over 20 years of experience in investment, banking, business development, marketing and strategic planning. She has been an active Board Member, currently VP, of the Quebec-Florida Chamber of Commerce since its inception in 2009.
VP Business Development
Managing Partner & President,
Slama Global Search
Aude Slama is a senior Human Resources leader with significant global experience. Having worked with multinational corporations in vastly different industries, she brings her diversified experience to the executive search sector. Aude founded Slama Global Search (SGS) after a decade in the HR side of the business. Slama Global Search is a retained global executive search firm that has the ability to give the tailored service of a boutique organization along with the capabilities and reach of a global firm. Slama Global Search is a member of NPAworldwide, the global recruiting network with partner offices throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe.
Owner, Marcoux CPA
Johanne Marcoux is a certified public accountant practicing in public accouting since 1993. She obtained her degree from Laval University in Quebec. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the states of Florida and Michigan, and also a Canadian certified public accountant. Her areas of expertise are in the taxation of individual and corporate clients as well as in the audits and reviews of financial statements for both private and non-for profit entities. She has developed a high level of technical skills in accounting and auditing including US taxation of foreign individuals and corporations. Over the years, in compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission, she has developed higth expertise is areas such as quarterly and annual reports filing in addition to internal control engagements.
Leonardo Vilela Tamashiro
Central Florida Ambassador
Financial Services Professional,
New York Life
Born in Peru, raised in Japan and educated in France, Leonardo Vilela immigrated to the U.S. to become an investor. He is a purpose-driven Financial Services Professional with New York Life – a Fortune 100 company. He currently practices in the areas of asset preservation, retirement & pension planning, college funding, business owner tax reduces strategies, business owner buy/sell agreements and business executive bonus plan. In the community, Leo also serves as Treasurer for FABCO (French American Business Council of Orlando).
A culinary artist at heart, Leo, while Europe, worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris as a chef, served as sommelier in a prestigious London restaurant, and worked side-by-side with legendary winemakers in the French wine regions. Cheers !
President, Desjardins Bank
Daniel Veilleux assumes the functions of president and chief executive officer at Desjardins Bank in Florida since February 2010. His responsabilities include the compliance of the services rendered at Desjardins Bank and those offered to the Caisses Desjardins network members with the different US regulations. Daniel has been employed at the Mouvement Desjardins for over 30 years and held the function of director-general for 12 years before his recent appointment. Previously, he served for a decade with CIBC Bank.
His extensive background also includes various executive positions : president of the Local Center for Development of Argenteuil, QC, president of the sector of Centraide Laurentides, vice president of the Argenteuil Hospital Foundation, administrator of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Argenteuil as well as the Commercial Development Company of Lachute.
Director Business Development
USA, Air Canada
Vincent Gauthier-Dore is currently Director Business Development USA at Air Canada. Vincent is leading the growth initiatives of Air Canada in the United States. He has been in the USA for the past eight years and comes to us from Montreal. He joined the CFCC board in 2017.
Co-Owner, RE/Max Reaction Realty
Originally from Quebec, Canada, Linda Faille-Roy is now an American citizen, living and working in Florida since 2000. Being a licensed real estate broker, she acquired a Dania Beach Re/Max franchise (Re/Max Reaction Realty) in 2015.
Linda is also actively involved in many Quebec and Canada related organizations in South Florida.
Owner/Broker, Invest Miami
Paul has been an entrepreneur for about 25 years in many countries. Residing in the United States, he has been investing, managing and selling real estate for himself and his clients for two decades. His expertise in evaluating real estate opportunities and closing deals is priceless!
We offer members the opportunity to join one or more of our committees: branding, development, events and networking, and partnerships. Committee contributions ensure our non-profit runs efficiently; at the same time, members often grow their own businesses through the deep connections they make with each other.
If you are member and would like to get involded, please contact us.
> Manon Boissonneault
Business Development Executive,
Impart Litho Imprimeur
> Geneviève Moses
Genevieve Moses Styliste Mode
> Adrien Castillon
Director Business Services – Small Business Development
National Bank of Canada
> Claude Martel
Claude Martel Financial Services
> Marie-Claude Péthel
Partner – International Tax
Quebec City Committee
> Marie-Andrée Villeneuve
Business Development Executive
Caisse Populaire Desjardins de Charlesbourg
> Olivier Gariépy
Director US & International Tax
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
> Jean-François Poulin
Partner–US & International Tax
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
> Pierre Drapeau
Chefs d’entreprises Inc.
> Mylène Tétrault
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
> Marc Guérin
> Windor Dorméus
President & Founder
Les Services DropClean
> Isabelle Bujold
IN Business & Lifestyle
> Laura Gutierrez
Director Marketing & International Development
> Anne-Marie Jolicoeur
Consultant in Communications & New Media
M Communication Intéractive
> Laverne McGee
NewsWave Global Communications
> Denis Fortier
> Melanie Kimpton
Real Estate Broker, Douglas Elliman
> Mark Rubin
Principal Capital Markets
> Jacques Raymond
Business Development Specialist
> Sally-Ann O’Dowd
Sally On Media
> Sophie Proulx
President, SoPro Management Consultants
> Isabelle Bujold
IN Business & Lifestyle
> Linda Faille-Roy
Co-owner, Re/Max Reaction Realty
> Paul Connolly
> Stephan Boushira
> Christophe Kuhn
> Julien Raynard
> Aude Slama
Executive Director & President
Slama Global Search
> Daniel Veilleux
> Justin Cotroneo
> Sally-Ann O’Dowd
Sally on Media
> Carole Asswad
> Obi Nnlim
Vanessa Racicot menages Canadian operations from Montreal while Jade Vinet represents the interests of Florida members from our offices in Plantation, just outside Fort Lauderdale. Working with committees and reporting directly to the board, Vanessa and Jade are here to support both individual member needs and the Chamber’s mission to foster bilateral trade.
Vanessa Racicot holds a marketing communications degree as well as a Master’s in business administration from Sherbrooke University. Since 2012, her role at the Quebec-Florida Chamber of commerce (QFCC) has been to accompany Quebec entrepreneurs and businesses who wish to develop the Florida market.
She has conducted 10 trade missions thus guiding over 80 Quebec businesses from various industries. Having a keen interest for event management, relations with members and partners, as well as international trade, Vanessa organizes conferences about doing business in Florida to inform all entrepreneurs on the multiple possibilities the US market offers.
Marie-Philippe holds a Bachelors in Business degree from the University of Quebec at Montreal. She also holds a fashion marketing degree from Marie Victorin School in Montreal. Marie-Philippe has professional experience in sales, e-commerce, social media and customer service. Marie-Philippe joined the Canada Florida Chamber of Commerce as an intern in the Florida office in August 2018. Her experience, professional endeavors and business ethics have allowed her to develop her interpersonal skills and communications which are very helpful to the Chamber.
Intern in Canada
Marguerite holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from HEC Montréal. Specialized in applied economics, she is interested in commercial relations between countries. It is therefore with eagerness and greatmotivation that she will face the new challenges that lie ahead within the Canada-Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Maxime Veillette holds a Master’s degree in Regional Planning and Development from Université Laval and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Université du Québec. With 8 years of retail experience, he has been involved in the day-to-day management and operations of a company with more than 1,000 employees. Maxime has a strong interest in event organization, international trade , member-partner relations and generally helping the chamber be successful in every possible way.