Board of Directors
Delma’s Executives and Senior Leadership Team have decades of combined experience in driving the portfolio value at the stages of acquisition, development and operations. The Management Team is fully committed and have invested over 85% of the capital in the Company as at the RTO Date.
Mr. Yves Séguin
With over 40 years of experience in business, government and institutions, Yves Séguin is recognized for the extent of his business network and his in-depth understanding of regulatory issues, the machinery of government, and fiscal policy. A well known negotiator, he has participated in many major transactions. As a seasoned administrator, he has served on the boards of public and private companies. He was also recently appointed to the board of directors for the COGIR Group, an important real estate company in Québec.
Yves, who was Finance Minister for the government of Québec (2003- 2005) and Minister of Revenue and Labour (1987-1992), was also notably president of the commission on fiscal imbalance (2001-2002) and has occupied director positions with the Bank of Montreal and Vivendi Group in France. A lawyer since 1976, he has also practised in important business law firms over the course of his career. Since 2008, he has been the president of SNCO Finance, a financial advising and business services firm that works with financial institutions and private financial group.
Mr. Henri Petit
Mr. Petit is a Lawyer by profession (Business Law) since 1991. He started practicing law with the law firm Guy & Gilbert in Montreal, before starting his own law office. As president and CEO of GHP Group since 1996, has been acting as developer and managing partner in various commercial, industrial and multi-residential real estate developments or redevelopments, developing and owning over $ 200 million in projects. Mr. Petit has also acted as executive on various executive committees and as business consultant for various private companies in the 1990s and early 2000s. Mr. Petit has extensive experience in real estate acquisitions, leasing, financing and management.
Mr. Joseph Cianci
Mr. Cianci has obtained his CPA, CA since 1986 and presently manages his CPA practice. He has extensive experience in banking, finance, taxation and management advisory services gained through his years at DBO Dunwoody, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and previous positions over the past 35 years as the CFO of a financial services trust, a publicly listed real estate company, privately owned retail and real estate companies. Currently advises on a consulting basis several companies listed on public exchanges and is a trustee for several privately held family trusts.
Mr. Hubert Marleau
Mr. Marleau is President, Founder and Director of Palos Capital Corporation. With over 45 years of experience in the investment and financial community, Mr. Marleau is one of the top leading financial figures in Canada.
During his distinguished career, Mr Marleau is and has been a board member of over 50 publicly traded companies. Mr. Marleau has also been the Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Montreal Stock Exchange, and the Vancouver Stock Exchange, as well as being a director of the Investment Dealer Association of Canada.
In the 70’s he was a Senior Vice President at Nesbitt Thomson (Nesbitt Burns-Bank of Montreal) and was previously the chief economist and director of research.
In the 80’s he was the Senior Executive Vice President for Levesque Beaubien (National Bank Financial) overseeing the Money Market Dept., the Bond Department, Research Dept., the Derivative Dept., Equity Dept. and Development Dept.
In the 90’s he was President and CEO of Marleau Lemire (a publicly listed investment Banking Firm).
Since 2000, he’s been the Founder and Chairman of Palos Capital (a merchant bank and money management company)
He has raised funds privately and publicly for hundreds of emerging and mature companies, structured numerous mergers and acquisitions as well as designed and created numerous financial deals in Canada including taking almost 300 companies public. He has, over the years, built an extensive network of personal contacts in the business and investment communities.
Mr. Marleau is also a key member of the advisory committee to the Canadian Government regarding the current renegotiation with the United States & Mexico on NAFTA.
Mr. Marleau holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Francois Castonguay
Mr. Castonguay is the former President & CEO of the Uniprix Group, a leading Canadian Pharmaceutical Company. He has a rich and diverse background in business, finance and retail. He is currently working as a consultant and strategic advisor to meet the needs of several companies, financial institutions and boards of directors in these areas. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration and advanced in finance at York University in Toronto.
He began his practice as Director and then Vice-President at CitiBank Canada in financing medical equipment, leasing, medical, dental, hospitals, medical clinics and pharmacies. It is during these years that, wishing to put in place a financing adapted to the reality of its clients in the field of health, he introduced the concept of financing of goodwill in Quebec, thus creating new clusters of economic growth and growth among healthcare entrepreneurs.
He then joined the Uniprix Group, where he served as Executive Vice President (for 5 years) and then as President and Chief Executive Officer (for 15 years). During his time, he was involved in the implementation of the major transaction to acquire Cumberland Pharmacies. He also increased the number of Uniprix Group pharmacies from 147 to 374, and the banner turnover from $437 million to more than $1.9 billion.
Mr. Castonguay has always been committed to being involved in his economic and social environment with boards of directors and foundations. He was a member of the IUSSM (Louis H. Lafontaine) as Chairman of the Board of Directors for more than 11 years and is very active with the following foundations: Cystic Fibrosis (Governor), Charles Bruneau, Cancer Research Society of Canada, Arthritis Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Longueuil Symphony Orchestra (Governor), Pierre-Boucher Hospital and Charles-Lemoyne Hospital.
As Group President, Mr. Castonguay will be the public face of the Company, will be the contact point for the media, financial analysts, Government, and others.
Mr. Hassan Shawwa
Mr. Shawwa has accumulated over 32 years of experience in business development and real estate in North America and the Middle East, and has been involved in investment & real estate projects since 1986.
Hassan is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Physinorth Acquisitions Corporation Inc. (PSN), a TSX-Venture publicly listed company. Hassan is a speaker and lecturer at Canadian real estate, business, and political conferences and round table discussion panels including the prestigious Conference Board of Canada. Hassan Sits on the Advisory Board of Concordia University’s Engineering & Science Faculty, and on the Advisory Board of the OMNI TV Network, Canada’s multilingual & multicultural TV broadcaster.
Mr. Shawwa and his wife were members of the Prime Minister of Canada’s Round Table Conferences across the Country in 2010 & 2011 covering the Canadian Economy, and the Immigration & Citizenship Policy. Mr. Shawwa is quoted and interviewed in the Canadian mainstream media. He is a former member of two editorial boards at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), Canada’s national broadcaster. He was awarded the Real Estate Businessman of the Year Award in 2005 by the Federal Minister of Development, The Maple Leaf Award for best Projects of the Year in 2007, and was nominated in 2008 by over 70 leading figures in Canada, including Ministers, Members of Parliament & Senate, former Ministers, Ambassadors, Politicians, Captains of Business & Industry, and leading Journalists for the prestigious Ordre National du Quebec Award, given by the Government of Quebec for contributions to the economy and Society.
Hassan is the former President of the National Council on Canada Arab Relations, a 35 years old Ottawa based political advocacy organization. Mr. Shawwa has held board seats and senior executive positions with several other Canadian NGO’s, and was involved with several Canadian Government Ministries and bodies on policies dealing with the Canadian Arab community, foreign policy, and business relations.
Hasan is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Al-Shawwa Family Educational Fund.