Board of Directors

Membres du conseil administratif de PROCURE dédié au cancer de la prostate

Armen G. Aprikian



Medical Director, Cedars Cancer Foundation and Chief of Cancer Care Mission

Richard Tomlinson Chair for Urologic Research

Professor of Oncology and Urology at McGill University

McGill University Health Centre

Dr. Aprikian received his medical education and general surgery training at the University of Sherbrooke. He went on to pursue his Urology Residency at McGill University in Montreal and continued his post-graduate training and research in prostate cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. An accomplished surgeon, teacher and researcher, Dr. Aprikian is pleased to be leading the Biobank Committee of PROCURE and serving as a medical advisor.

Cédric Bisson


MD, LL. B. Chairman of the Board, PROCURE Venture Partner, Teralys Capital Inc

Cédric Bisson is venture partner in charge of healthcare and life sciences investments at Teralys Capital Inc., Canada’s largest technology fund of funds. Prior to joining Teralys Capital, Mr. Bisson was the managing partner in life sciences at iNovia Capital, an entrepreneurial venture capital firm where he focused on biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. He also held the position of associate principal at McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, where he co-led the Canadian healthcare practice and pursued extensive professional activities in Montréal, New York City and Paris. In addition to his duties as Chairman of the Board of Procure and active member of many of its committees, Mr. Bisson serves on the boards of a few biotech companies (in Canada and the USA), BIOQuébec (Québec’s life sciences industry association), and the Montréal Biennale of Art. Mr. Bisson obtained an MD degree from McGill University and a JD (law) degree from Université de Montréal.

Jean‐Philippe Duchesneau


Business Developer and Web Strategist

Jean-Philippe Duchesneau is co-owner of Voiles en Voiles and Groupe Écorécréo, two companies in the tourism industry. A lawyer by training, he began to practice law as a political advisor to the Minister of Justice and the office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Quebec. He subsequently practiced law as a federal Crown prosecutor before being appointed as an attorney for the United Nations (UN) in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2010, he founded a web agency specialized in web strategy and internet marketing. Jean-Philippe won the Attorney of the Year award in 2008 awarded by the Young Bar Association and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Service d’hébergement St-Denis and he joined PROCURE in 2015.

Salvatore Guerrera


President, SAJO Co-founder, C.U.R.E.

Salvatore Guerrera runs a highly successful general contracting firm specializing in interior finishing for high-end retail chains. His energy, vision and integrity extend beyond his business dealings and into his charitable endeavours. He has been deeply affected by loved ones who have battled both breast and prostate cancer. A tireless advocate of the environment and healthcare, he serves PROCURE as Chair of the Implementation Committee as well as serving on the Fund-raising & Finance Committee.

Peter Mendell


Lawyer Partner, Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg

Peter Mendell is a partner specializing in international commercial transactions – principally mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has benefited from his varied experience by leading major international mandates and assisting a large international clientele on five continents with particular emphasis in Europe, Asia and the Americas. As a consequence, Peter has acquired significant knowledge and experience in dealing with a wide diversity of cultures.

Franco Niro


President, Franco Niro Holdings Inc

Franco Niro is a leader in the global footwear industry and a key collaborator behind brands such as ALDO and STUART WEITZMAN. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, his career in fashion began at a young age and he spent almost 30 years at the Aldo Group as Executive Vice President and Partner. Later, he launched Stuart Weitzman brand across Canada. Since 2017, he has focused his time and energy on his other passion, real estate investments and development. Franco has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. He joined the Procure Board of Directors in 2016.

Laurent Proulx


President and CEO, PROCURE

Laurent Proulx joined PROCURE as Executive Director in 2013 until 2017 when he became President and CEO of PROCURE. He is the co-founder of NStein Technologies, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer until 2008. Following a 48 year old diagnosis of prostate cancer, he imagine, design and organize the PROCURE Tour du Courage. Since its first edition in 2010, this three-stage cycling event alone has raised more than $2 million. On June 20, 2010, PROCURE awarded Mr. Proulx the Founding President’s Laureate for outstanding contributions to the organization’s activities. On June 28, 2010, the media in turn emphasized his fighting temper and his commitment by appointing him Personality of the week La Presse Radio-Canada. Barely a year after his operation, this determined triathlete successfully completed in November 2010 the Ironman of Arizona.

Joey Saputo


President of the Montreal Impact and Saputo

Joey Saputo is the President of the Montreal Impact and Saputo Stadium. He was the founding president of the Montreal Impact in 1993, when the Saputo Group was the sole owner of the team. He was also involved in the sale of the club to a group of shareholders in 1999. In 2002, with the Impact becoming a non-profit organization, Joey Saputo played a pivotal role in the re-launch of the club and returned as President. He then spearheaded the construction of Saputo Stadium, the team’s new home, inaugurated at Olympic Parc Montreal, May 19, 2008. Joey Saputo was also very involved in the management of his family’s assets consolidated under Jolina Capital Inc., an asset management company. He is currently an advisor to Jolina Capital Inc., which is a shareholder and/or majority shareholder in various companies in the food, transportation, softwood lumber and real estate sectors. Joey Saputo is currently on the board of directors of the publicly traded company Transforce Inc. Father of 4 boys, he is recognized for his commitment to the community.

Rabih Sebaaly


Copresident, Youville Haussmann Park

A pioneer of experiential marketing in the digital age, Rabbi Sebaaly maintains that this approach is the most effective way to build passion brands with consumers experiencing memorable experiences that inspire them to talk about and recommend the brand. As a born entrepreneur, he founded his first agency ten years ago and was one of the first in Canada to promote the effectiveness of social media within the marketing mix. Mr. Sebaaly founded Youville five years ago, one of Canada’s leaders in sponsorship and experiential activation.

Jean-Luc Trahan


Accomplished Business Man

Experienced manager, Jean-Luc Trahan, began his career in advertising and has managed his own advertising agency. He was also the assistant director of the Ministère de l’Industrie, du Commerce, de la Science et de la Technologie, chief of staff to the Mayor and the executive committee for the City of Montreal. More recently, he was CEO of the Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec, president of the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (CPMT), and CEO of the industrial aluminum cluster AluQuébec. He has developed a proficiency in strategy, marketing, communication, and image management. Over the years, he has sat on various boards including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec’s Board of directors, the Father-Menard Foundation, the American Marketing Association’s Montreal chapter, and the Aéroports de Montréal’s Community Advisory Committee.

Pierre Vallerand


CPA, CA, Partner, Certification

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Pierre Vallerand, Partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, has over twenty years of experience in the audit of financial statements. He has acquired extensive experience with paragovernmental institutions in the health and social services, universities, colleges, school boards and municipalities as well as private companies in services, real estate and insurance.

In addition, Mr. Vallerand is the National Director of Professional Standards for RCGT for the Parapublic Sector Entities. Therefore, he is a recognized expert in accounting issues for health and social services organizations. He also serves on the Working Group on Educational Institutions of the Ordre des CPA du Québec. Mr. Vallerand acts as PROCURE treasurer and chair of the audit committee.

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