Board of Directors
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. 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. Terence Badour
Terence Badour has had a distinguish career as a lawyer with over 30 years of professional experience with publicly listed companies, 20 years of which have been in the lodging and hospitality industry. Until July 2016 he served as Executive Vice-President of Law and Administration at Fairmont Raffles Hotels & Resorts, where he had oversight of the legal, corporate, risk management and administrative functions and was a key contributor to the development of Fairmont and Raffles into global luxury hotel brands. Mr. Badour was also a key player in the establishment of Legacy Hotel REIT which was one of the largest public traded hotel REITs in North America until it was taken private in 2007. He has been a director a several private public companies including Fairmont Hotel & Resorts and Legacy Hotels.
Terry has in-depth experience in hotel purchase and sales, hotel financing, corporate structuring, management agreements, branded residential agreements and hotel operational matters, including food & beverage, spa and licensing. Terry was instrumental in taking a collection of 24 owned and operated hotels located exclusively in Canada and creating the luxury multi-brand global hospitality company that Fairmont Raffles became before it was acquired by Accor in 2016. Over his 19 years tenure at Fairmont Raffles, Terry was primarily responsible for the oversight of all legal, corporate services, compliance and related administrative functions, including executive compensation and internal audit, as well as serving as a member of Fairmont’s Executive Committee. He over saw execution of the company’s development and strategic plans and all merger and acquisitions. Before joining Fairmont Raffles, between 1996 and 1999, Terry was Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Canadian Pacific Limited (one of Canada’s then leading conglomerates), where he was responsible for legal services at the company’s executive office in Calgary, Canada. Prior to joining Canadian Pacific Limited, Terry was in private practice at Norton Rose (formerly Ogilvy Renault) and subsequently at Lavery DeBilly. In 2002, Terry was named one of Canada’s top general counsels by Lexpert magazine. In 2006, he was bestowed the Canadian General Counsel Award “Deal maker of the Year”. Terry holds a B.A. (cum laude) in Political Science from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and a LL.L. and J.D. from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada). He is fluent in English and French. Terry is a member of the Ontario, Quebec and Canadian Bar Associations and the Association of Corporate Counsel, and a past member of the General Counsels Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Advisory Board of the Georgetown Law School Legal Hospitality Conference, the ALIS Legal Conference and the Quorum Club of Canada. In 2010 he was inducted into the University of Ottawa Law School Honour Society in recognition of his contribution to the legal community and the Law School. He is also a founding member of Legal Leaders for Diversity (LLD) and an active volunteer for the United Way of Toronto. Terry is a frequent speaker at legal and hospitality industry conferences.
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.
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.
The Group’s Advisory Board is a valuable tool for the Company’s Board of Directors; it provides high level advice and contacts that represents great value to the Group’s various operations and its shareholders
- The Honorable Michel Côté, P.C., F.C.A., Québec City
- Former Federal Minister and a member of Canada’s Government’s Privy Council, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion and Investment, as well as Minister of Supply and Services and Receiver General for Canada. Assistant to the Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. former President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Metropolitan Quebec.
- The Honorable Jacques Saada, P.C., Montreal
- Former Minister of Democratic Reform, Leader of Government in the House, Canada Economic Development Minister and Minister of the Francophonie. Former President of the Liberal Party of Canada (Québec).
- The Honorable Gerry Weiner, P.C., Montréal
- Former Minister of Immigration, Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship, and Secretary of State of Canada, Member of the Planning and Priority Committee of Canada, Parliamentary Secretary to External Affairs, and Member of the Queenʼs Privy Council.
Michel De Salaberry
- His Excellency Michel De Salaberry, Montréal
- Former Canadian Ambassador to Egypt, Iran and Jordan. Former Deputy Director, Middle East Division; Chief of Staff to the Minister for Constitutional Affairs; and Director, Middle East Relations Division at Foreign Affairs Canada.
- Former Senior Executive at the Bank of America, Arthur Andersen, Earnest & Young, CBRE, and Carrefour.
- Athens, Greece
Mousa A Al-Rubaian
- Member of the boards of Samba Financial Group (Saudi American Bank), Saudi Paper Manufacturing Company, Chairman of Société Générale Saudi Arabia.
- Created and took public the first reinsurance company in Saudi Arabia and the current largest in the Arab World.
- Montreal–Riyadh – Dubai
- Chairman, and former President/CEO and co-founder of Projacs Training & Projacs International; Projacs is ranked as the 10th largest construction management company in the world with annual projects under management of USD $ 38 Billion.
- Manama & Toronto
- Co-Founder of Cape Partners Inc. Former partner and co-founder of a family office venture capital fund. Former work at Credit Suisse First Boston and the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Quebec, Canada’s largest pension fund.