The quality of corporate governance is a priority for the Corporation, its Board of Directors and its management. The Board believes that corporate governance standards are fundamental to Ovivo Inc.’s continued success and enhancement of long-term shareholder value. The Board believes that effective corporate governance requires consideration of governance matters on an ongoing basis and where appropriate, the adoption of new policies and the update of existing policies to address evolving corporate governance standards and practices. In accordance with Regulation 58-101 respecting disclosure of corporate governance practices, Ovivo Inc. must disclose its corporate governance practices.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marc Barbeau, CPA, C.A., and Master in Taxation, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ovivo Inc. in November 2014. Prior to this appointment, he held the positions of Executive Vice President of GLV Inc. and President of Ovivo (Water Treatment Group) since June 2012. Before that, Mr. Barbeau was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GLV Inc. since February 2007. After acquiring 10 years of experience with a major accounting firm, he joined GL&V in 2000 as Director, Treasury and Taxation, also in charge of financing activities. In 2002, he was nominated Vice President, Treasury and Taxation and then, in May 2006, he was promoted to the position of Vice President and Co-Chief Financial Officer (CFO). From 2010 to June 2012, he was based in Europe to assume increased responsibility for the Ovivo European operations further to the acquisition of Christ Water Technology in November 2009. His current duties include overseeing the worldwide operations of Ovivo's business units which are dedicated to delivering premium technologies and solutions to industry and to municipalities for effective water management.
Chief Operating Officer
Yves Caouette was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Ovivo in June 2016, after acting as strategic advisor since February 2016. He is a Chemical Engineering graduate from Laval University in Canada and he spent over 25 years in the water and wastewater business. Yves started his career in 1989 as a sales engineer for Betz Chemicals in Canada before moving to Houston, Texas in 1998.
In 2002, he joined GE Water in Paris, France and was promoted to Country Manager France and finally to Regional Executive Western Europe. In September 2008, Yves joined Veolia as Executive Vice President with responsibilities over Asia, Eastern Europe, France and Italy. In 2011, he took the global leadership of Industrial Marketing and Strategic Account Management acquiring a broad knowledge of the various industrial and municipal global markets.
Yves is now based at the Ovivo head office in Montreal, Canada and he is responsible for delivering efficient management of the global operations.
France De Blois
Vice President Finance
France De Blois is Vice President Finance for Ovivo since November 2013. She joined the organization in August 2010 as Vice-President, Accounting, and she was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of GLV Inc. from June 2012 to November 2013. France has acquired extensive experience in various finance leadership roles over the past 25 years, with worldwide and large manufacturing publicly traded organizations. Her achievements include the integration of operations and processes optimization, as well as the leadership of strategic changes.
In her role as Vice President Finance, France leads the financial operations for all business units, worldwide. She contributes to the deployment of the corporation’s strategy and is responsible for monitoring its financial performance. Her responsibilities also include the accountability for the corporation’s financial compliance, reporting and tax. France has a Bachelor’s Degree in administration from Université du Québec à Montréal, and is a certified accountant, CPA, CA since 1989.
Senior Vice President Legal Affairs & Risk Management
Gwen Klees was appointed Senior Vice President Legal Affairs and Risk Management in June 2016. Prior thereto, Mrs. Klees was Vice President, Legal Affairs, Risk Management and Corporate Secretary since June 2013 and previously Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary since May 2007. She joined Ovivo, previously named GLV Inc. and Groupe Laperrière & Verrault Inc., in 2003 as Director, Legal Affairs and was appointed General Counsel in 2006. Through her experience as Managing Director of the South Africa operations Gwen increased her operational experience in addition to managing Ovivo’s global legal and corporate affairs. These activities span from mergers, acquisitions & divestitures, reorganizations, litigation management and financing to commercial contracts with customers, suppliers and partners with which Ovivo has key relationships in addition to being responsible for insurance and providing ongoing strategic advice. As a member of Ovivo’s Senior Management team, Gwen participates in strategic risk management both on a local country-specific and global scale, working with insurance and other risk management tools in order to reduce Ovivo’s overall risks. As Corporate Secretary of the Company, she also plays a key role in the administration of the Board of Directors and critical corporate governance matters. Gwen brings to Ovivo almost 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial transactions with large Canadian and Québec companies. She holds a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) and is a member of the Québec Bar.
Senior Vice President of Municipal North America
Jim Porteous is Senior Vice President of Municipal North America for Ovivo. Mr. Porteous has been in the Water and Wastewater industry for over 40 years, starting his career in Ireland as a site engineer project manager and later joining Jones Environmental as General Manager. In 1985, Mr. Porteous came to the U.S. to lead the Jones Group’s expansion which led to the purchase of Enviroquip in 1987. From 1987 to 2006, he was instrumental in expanding Enviroquip’s product range and geographic footprint. In 2006, Enviroquip was purchased by Ovivo.
In his current role, he is responsible for all Municipal activities in North America. He is also leading Ovivo’s innovation initiatives globally and is currently leading a team that is focused on technologies for Resource Recovery, Membrane technologies and Biosolids.
Jim Porteous is a Chartered Engineer and received his Civil Engineering degree from University College in Cork, Ireland.
Senior Vice President of Electronics
Malek Salamor is Senior Vice President of Electronics for Ovivo. He has more than 20 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment. Mr. Salamor is the former Chief Technology Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the Christ Water Technology group, which was acquired by Ovivo. Since that time, Mr. Salamor has led the global Electronics and Metals group with strong focus on sales, operational excellence and innovation. Based in Switzerland, he has a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental engineering from California State University in Fresno,California.
Vice President, Corporate Finance & Treasury
Pierre-Marc Sarrazin is Vice President, Corporate Finance & Treasury for Ovivo. He is responsible for the financing, investor relations and treasury operations on a global basis. Pierre-Marc is also involved in the company’s strategic initiatives, such as acquisitions, divestments and capital structure. Since joining the company in 2011 as Director, Corporate Finance & Treasury, he led the implementation of multiple international credit agreements, in addition to playing a key role in the sale of the Pulp and Paper Division.
Pierre-Marc accumulates fifteen years of corporate finance and development experience for several multinational publicly-traded companies. During his career, he held increasing positions of responsibility and led teams responsible for the cash, debt and financial risk management, while maintaining a close relationship with the financial community. He also actively participated in a number of strategic transactions, such as financing, mergers and acquisitions, as well as restructuring operations. Pierre-Marc holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Science in International Business from HEC Montreal. He also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Senior Vice President of Global Energy
Kaveh Someah is Vice President of Global Energy for Ovivo. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Mr. Someah has spent over 30 years in water and wastewater as it relates to the Energy market. He joined Water Services of America Inc. (WSA) in early 80s as process engineer and later managed various disciplines at the company including Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Sales group before he was appointed as the President and later became the owner of the company. While at WSA he was responsible for the transformation and repositioning of the company from serving the domestic commercial market into a leading international company serving the Industrial and Energy market. In 1998, Kaveh joined Bracket Green Company when they purchased WSA. Bracket Green was later purchased by Ovivo. Since joining Ovivo, Kaveh has held successive senior positions in General Management, Marketing and Sales until he was promoted to lead the Energy segment in February 2014.
His field of expertise is Water Treatment in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical and Power Generation markets. Kaveh is an active participant in Energy industry and has published in number of articles in trade journals and has been frequent speaker at a number of energy related conferences.
President and Chief Executive Officer Ovivo
Marc Barbeau, CPA, CA, master in taxation, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. He was promoted to Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the Original Corporation in February 2007 and later served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation until June 2012, and then as Executive Vice-President and President of Ovivo until November 28, 2014, on which date he took up his duties as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. Drawing on his 10 years of experience with a large accounting firm, he joined the Original Corporation in 2000 as Director, Tax and Administration. In 2002, he was appointed Vice-President, Treasury and Tax, and then Vice-President and Co-Chief Financial Officer in May 2006. Mr. Barbeau serves on the Board of Directors of the Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation.
Dr. Reinhard Hübner
Dr. Reinhard Hübner is an investment manager at SKion GmbH, the investment company of German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten (an anchor shareholder of BMW, its main holdings being Altana, SGL Carbon, Nordex, Avista Oil and in the water sector Eliquo Water Group, EnviroChemie, Paques, Evodos, MattenPlant, Microvi, Miranda, Ovivo, and Pyreg). At SKion, Dr. Hübner is responsible for technology-driven investments of which water sector investments are a relevant part. On behalf of SKion, he is also CEO or board member of several of SKion’s water portfolio companies.
Prior to joining SKion in 2010, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. for eight years. At McKinsey, he served clients in both operations/supply chain management and the water industry and was a member of McKinsey’s water industry leadership team. His work in the water sector included numerous projects for major water utilities in Europe, the US and Australia including a global water utility benchmarking initiative and also projects for technology providers and EPC companies.
Reinhard Hübner graduated from the Technical University of Berlin where he studied business administration and wrote his doctoral dissertation on manufacturing network design in specialty chemicals. Today, he still teaches operations management and advanced planning at the Technical University of Munich.
Chairman of the Board of Ovivo
David McAusland is a senior partner in the firm of McCarthy Tétrault. He advises corporations, shareholders and entrepreneurs focusing on business development strategies, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, financings, cross-border transactions, complex negotiations and governance matters.
David has served as a senior executive and director of and advisor to leading corporations. He previously held the position of Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Alcan Inc. from 1999 to 2008. Before that, David was the managing partner of a major law firm.
David is a highly experienced corporate director. He currently holds the following corporate director positions: Chairman on the Boards of ATS Automation Tooling Systems inc. and of Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc., Director and Chair of Strategic Opportunities Committee of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc., Director and Chair of Human Resources Committee of Cascades Inc., Director and Executive Committee Member of McInnis Cement and Director of Khan Resources Inc. He serves also as Chairman on the Boards of Directors of Montreal General Hospital Foundation and of National Circus School Foundation, as a Member of the Faculty Advisory Board, Desautels Faculty of Management of the McGill University and a Member of Accounting Standards Oversight Council Canada.
David McAusland is a graduate of McGill University (BCL ’76, LLB ’77) and a member of Quebec Bar.
Managing Partner, Investments
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Justin Méthot is Managing Partner at La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. He is responsible of private investment transactions for Quebec’s large-cap companies. He has cumulated over fifteen years of investment experience, both in Quebec and abroad. Justin holds a Master Degree in Finance from University of Sherbrooke, as well as the title of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Centre PHILOU, a non-profit organisation offering several specialized services to disabled children.