Team
World-class builders, operators, and investors.

Founder & CEO
Chairman
Managing Partner
Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President of Innovation
Vice President of Operations
Head of Talent
Director, Finance & Administration
Product Lead
Associate
Associate
Senior Analyst
Talent Acquisition & HR Specialist
Advisor, Technology & ML
Founder & CEO
Chairman
Managing Partner
Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President of Innovation
Vice President of Operations
Head of Talent
Director, Finance & Administration
Product Lead
Associate
Associate
Senior Analyst
Talent Acquisition & HR Specialist
Advisor, Technology & ML
Founder & CEO
Chairman
Managing Partner
Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President of Innovation
Vice President of Operations
Head of Talent
Director, Finance & Administration
Product Lead
Associate
Associate
Senior Analyst
Talent Acquisition & HR Specialist
Advisor, Technology & ML
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Francois Lafortune
Founder & CEO
Francois Lafortune is a Montreal-based entrepreneur and investor. He is the Founder and CEO of Diagram, a business incubator that builds and launches innovative technology companies to transform the world of financial services, insurance, and healthcare. He is also a Managing Partner at Portag3 Ventures, an early-stage fintech investor exclusively backed by the Power Financial family of companies, and serves on the Board of Directors for Hydro-Québec. Prior to founding Diagram, he co-led the Canadian Business Technology practice at McKinsey & Company. Francois holds an engineering degree from McGill University and an MBA from Stanford GSB.
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Paul Desmarais III
Chairman
Paul Desmarais III is the Chairman of Diagram, Executive Chairman of Portag3 Ventures, and also serves as Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation and Power Financial. Prior to his current position, he worked in the Risk Management Group of Great-West Lifeco. Previously, he worked in project management and corporate strategy at Imerys in France. He began his career with Goldman Sachs, in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Strategy Group, as well as in the Special Situations Group.

Paul is a director of Great-West Life, Investors Group, Mackenzie, Pargesa and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert. Paul also serves as Executive Chairman of Sagard Capital, Chairman of Wealthsimple and Vice-Chairman of Imerys. Paul is the recipient of a B.A. degree in Economics from Harvard College (graduating cum laude) and he holds a MBA from INSEAD in France.
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Dan Robichaud
Managing Partner
Dan is a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor. He sold his first company in 2006 to a Fortune 500 company. He then went on to start and exit five other technology companies. His latest venture is PasswordBox, which was acquired by Intel Security in 2014. Dan is also an active investor in many promising technology start-ups.
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Guillaume Marion
Chief Financial Officer
Guillaume is the Chief Financial Officer of Diagram. Prior to joining Diagram, he was working in the investment banking division of HSBC in London, UK in its Financial Institutions Group advising global banks, insurers, asset managers, and market infrastructure providers. Prior to HSBC, Guillaume was part of the Rocket Internet ecosystem where he was CFO of Payleven, a financial technology startup based out of Berlin, Germany. Previously, he spent several years at PSP Investments in Montreal, Canada, initially in its direct private equity group and subsequently in its internal hedge fund.

Guillaume is also very active in the community having had several involvements with non-profit institutions in the fields of foreign policy, public policy, corporate governance, academics, and the arts. In addition to being a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Guillaume holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from HEC Montreal and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
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Amélie Foz-Couture
Vice-President of Innovation
Amélie Foz-Couture is the Vice President of Innovation at Diagram Ventures. Before joining Diagram, she was Senior Director of Product Management at SSENSE, a fast growing Montreal-based e-tailer, where she owned the eCommerce platform. Prior to this, Amélie was a Principal with Digital Ventures, a corporate investment and incubation firm based in Manhattan Beach, California. At DV she led innovation, in-market testing, building and scaling of disruptive ventures in the fintech, healthcare, and consumer spaces. She managed multi-disciplinary teams across product, engineering, UX/UI, human-centered design, business, and growth marketing. Before working in the technology space, she spent four years with the Boston Consulting Group. Amélie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
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Ray Dagher
Vice President of Operations
Ray Dagher is the Vice President of Operations at Diagram Ventures. Prior to Joining Diagram, Ray was an Associate Director at Pratt & Whitney where he managed Manufacturing, Supply Management and Business Development teams. Ray also worked in Corporate Strategy for several departments including Aftermarket Services, Partnerships and Operations. Before PW, he built engineering services teams in Canada and The Netherlands.

Ray has extensive experience in business model and business process optimization and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the American Society for Quality.

Prior to managing teams and departments, Ray worked as an Aerospace Engineer for Bombardier and Marshall Aerospace. He holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD. Ray volunteers with the INSEAD Alumni Association and facilitates mentoring and coaching within the association and his workplace.
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Marie-Eve Bernard
Head of Talent
Marie-Eve is Head of Talent at Diagram since August 2016 and runs all recruiting, talent and culture at Diagram and its current portfolio companies and advises and supports selected Portag3 Ventures portfolio companies and Sagard Holdings. She has over 10 years of experience with high growth technology companies in financial, insurance, travel and retail sectors. Before Diagram she was Principal Recruitment Consultant at ACCEO Solutions, a leader in banking, accounting, and business software, SaaS solutions, and cloud computing. Previously she was at Kelly Services, a global leading staffing company where she leveraged her education background in technology to build up an information technology recruiting service in Quebec, servicing major insurance, banking and engineering organizations. Marie-Eve is an expert in technology recruitment, in employer branding and recruiting tools. She has hosted conferences and given training to recruiters at both startups and some of the largest banks and companies in Canada. She is an advisor to the first recruiting school in Montreal and a talent mentor for NextCanada. She holds a bachelor in Computer Science.
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Jeremy Vocino-Montpetit
Director, Finance & Administration
Jeremy serves as the Director, Finance & Administration of Diagram. Upon graduating from Concordia University with a Major in Accounting, Jeremy jumped straight into the information technology industry. He worked in Montreal as a Financial Analyst and was given the opportunity to work in Barbados for two and a half years where he finished his last employment as Accounting Manager of an electronic media business. He has a strong passion for technology and its increase in efficiency in everyday life. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
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Mehdi Mehni
Product Lead
Mehdi is the Product Lead of Diagram's Innovation Team. He is responsible for defining and building product MVPs and KPIs to validate early-stage products traction.
Before joining Diagram's team, Mehdi worked in various startups at Silicone Valley and Montreal, such as InVision, AnchorFree and Téo Taxi. Mehdi is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded ViralNinjas in 2010 which was merged with SocialbleLabs in 2014. As an engineer by training, Mehdi's skills cover a wide range, from engineering, product development to growth management. Mehdi is very active in the technology community. He is a mentor of several startups and companies through Founder Institute and Futurpreneur Canada.
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Antoine Landriault-Arbour
Associate
Antoine is an Associate in the New Ventures team at Diagram, where he develops investment theses for the launch of new ventures, creates proofs of concept, assembles founding teams, and advises portfolio companies on strategy.

Prior to his current role, Antoine worked at RBC Capital Markets as an investment banking analyst, where he focused on M&A and capital raising mandates across the Technology, Infrastructure and Renewable Energy sectors. Prior to that, he founded an entrepreneurship summer program for high school students in Ghana and worked for a technology education company in Hong Kong.

Antoine holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from Concordia University (graduating with Great Distinction).
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Patrick Duffy
Associate
Patrick is an Associate in the New Ventures team at Diagram. He develops investment theses for the launch of new ventures, creates proofs of concept, assembles founding teams, and advises portfolio companies on strategy.

Prior to joining Diagram, Patrick worked in the Investment Banking division of RBC Capital Markets, where he was involved in the execution of several M&A transactions, as well as equity and debt financings for companies across a broad range of industries.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
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Anis Kali
Senior Analyst
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Caroline Tasso
Talent Acquisition & HR Specialist
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Vladimir Novakovski
Advisor, Technology & ML
Vlad is an Advisor, Technology & ML at Diagram and a technology leader and advisor based in Silicon Valley. He has engineering leadership experience at Euclid Analytics and Addepar, as well as Quora, where he founded the machine learning team. Prior to that, he headed up high frequency trading at Graham Capital, a $10 billion AUM hedge fund. Vlad graduated from Harvard College and began PhD work at Harvard as a Presidential Scholar before leaving to join industry.