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Louise Richer is the executive director and founder of the National Humour School, the world's first professional humour training school. The institution she founded in 1988, now internationally recognized, is considered a pillar of the Quebec cultural ecosystem. Louise also founded the Observatoire de l'humour in 2011, bringing together researchers and practitioners in the field whose mission is to examine the place and function of humour in society. She received the Order of Canada "for her contribution to the development and dissemination of the performing arts as director of the National School of Humour" in May 2016. She completed the McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA in February 2016 and wrote the first thesis in Quebec on the place of humour in business. She is also the recipient of the Mercure Leadership Germaine-Gibara awarded at the 2015 Mercuriades gala, the Prix femmes d'affaires du Québec, NPO category (2014) and was awarded the Prix Reconnaissance UQÀM from the Faculty of Humanities (2010). This fall, she was admitted as a member of the Ordre de l'excellence en éducation du Québec.
With several training courses from the École Nationale de l'Humour, the UDA and workshops with Danielle Fichaud, Dorothy has made a name for herself as the first French-speaking black woman comedian in Canada and offers intelligent, provocative and committed humour that addresses both taboos and realities. She is diversifying her professional commitments. She is a columnist for Cap sur l'Été and for MCBG, and is a spokesperson for Black History Month, Handicap International, and Festival Vues d'Afrique. She was named one of the 50 Quebecers to Watch by Chatelaine magazine in 2011 and one of the Hottest Montrealers by The Gazette in 2012. She also received the Best Entertainer award at the Black Canadian Awards (2014) and previewed Boucar Diouf. In 2012 she presented her first One Woman Show, Recto-Verso, worked on her second solo show, and previewed Mario Jean, until she decided, in 2018, to focus on her social involvement, notably as president of the non-profit organization Audace au Féminin.
An inspirational and visionary leader, Martin Enault is recognized as a forward-thinking builder of new industries. Entrepreneur-in-Residence in Chief at Centech, one of the world's top 20 business incubators, Martin coaches entrepreneurs to build financially and humanly sound businesses. Previously, he was Director of Operations at Felix & Paul Studios, an EMMY® award-winning immersive entertainment studio, where he collaborated on the world's first virtual reality project on the International Space Station. He was Director of Operations for C2 Montreal and Managing Director Asia Pacific for C2 International until 2018 where he collaborated with many influential leaders including Chelsea Clinton, James Cameron, Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, Yuval Harari and Steve Wozniak. Co-founder and CEO of Intellitix in 2009, the first company in the world to use RFID technology for access control and payment at major events, he has implemented this technology at the world's largest festivals. Martin has been involved in driving change in mental health for 12 years. As Chairman of the Board of Relief, he opens up about how bipolar, depression and anxiety are part of his life and career.
Marie-Pier Boivin is an organizational health consultant who works primarily with individuals to contribute to their well-being at work, but also to the prosperity and sustainability of the organizations in which they work. Through interventions ranging from individual coaching to organizational development, training and conflict management, Marie-Pier is committed to establishing collaborations that are as fruitful as they are pleasant. Her clients are mainly founders of start-up companies. Marie-Pier is currently completing a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology Research and Intervention (Ph.D. R/I) at the Université de Sherbrooke. Her thesis focuses on one of the components of psychological health at work, namely adaptability.