The jury is made up of some 30 personalities who hold various expertise in the health promotion and agribusiness sectors (a jury composed of a minimum of 8 people per category). The chairman of each jury has the right to seek the opinion of experts to clarify or specify technical concepts essential and critical for the proper understanding of the project presented to the jury.
Professional in nutrition as well as marketing specialist of food innovation
President of Communication Jury
Professional in nutrition as well as marketing specialist of food innovation, Isabelle Marquis has a unique multidisciplinary expertise acquired both as a consulting agency and food processing company. An outstanding communicator and strategist with many tools, she has successfully piloted several large-scale projects with a wide variety of companies, from SMEs to multinationals. Now a consultant, Ms. Marquis assists Quebec and Canada’s food companies in communication, marketing and innovation strategies. She is also a contributor to specialized magazines and tv show L’Épicerie on Ici Radio-Canada Télé.
Owner of the Gourmande bookstore
Linguist, ethnologist by training and holder of a master’s in management, Anne Fortin disseminates the history and culinary culture of Quebec through her gourmet bookstore which she has owned for 15 years. Anxious to assume the diffusion of our culinary history, Anne Fortin is also a speaker and has published books on the subject for which she won numerous prizes. In 2016, she also created the Conservatoire culinaire du Québecat l’École des Métiers de la Restauration de Montréal (CSDM).
Vice-president of Groupe Québec Amérique
Caroline Fortin is vice-president of Groupe Québec Amérique. Based in Montreal, this dynamic company brings together Éditions Québec Amérique, QA International, Éditions Cardinal, les cafés littéraires Chez l’Éditeur, and one of the largest distributors of French-language books in Canada, Diffusion Dimedia. Caroline has more than 30 years of experience in the family business founded by her father, Jacques Fortin, in 1974. Over the years, she has acquired expertise in a multitude of fields, from production to editorial development, through art direction, marketing and international business development. In addition to managing Groupe Québec Amérique, Caroline is also the President of Canada FBM2020, the non-profit organization responsible for delivering the major components of the guest of honor program in Frankfurt 2020.
Manager, Graphic and Multimedia Communications & Interim Manager, Corporate & Web Communications
Samar Gharib has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising. She has worked for a variety of advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi as Art Director, before joining La Coop fédérée in 2008.
Ms. Gharib has successfully piloted several large-scale projects within La Coop fédérée. She has been very engaged in positioning the organization in recent years. Her participative management style stands out due to her leadership and ability to influence.
Samar Gharib holds a degree in graphic art and advertising from USEK University in Lebanon, a certificate in web design from Concordia University, and a certificate in administration from HEC Montréal.
Partner, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation at LG2
Anne-Marie Leclair is passionate about the human and it’s behavior. Her desire to always understand what’s going on in people’s minds has allowed her to grow brands from here and all over for more than 25 years. Her way of thinking differently drives her to develop the culture of innovation by creating a group dedicated to innovate within lg2. It offers companies looking for growth and new sources of revenue a rapid, creative, collaborative, relevant, productive and paid innovation offer; from preparation, incubation, prototyping all the way to marketing of an ‘out of the box’ solution
President and Senior Partner at Attitude Marketing
Dan Nielsen is President and Senior Partner at Attitude Marketing, a dynamic and growing agency with more than 20 strategic and creative minds.
He is responsible for strategy and planning for a wide range of clients with a focus on ‘Attitude Incubateur’ – providing marketing support and mentoring for startups when they need it most, at the beginning.
Nutritionist and holder of a master’s degree in nutrition and business administration, Julie Paquette has a strong interest in health, communication, social marketing and sustainable management. She worked for many years at Dairy Farmers of Canada where she was responsible for their nutrition programs and communications in Quebec. As a consultant, she now assists organizations working in health and food industries.
Editorial director at Éditions Cardinal
Editorial director at Éditions Cardinal for nearly five years, Émilie Villeneuve has lived for writing for over fifteen years. Among other things, we read her work in La Presse + and the magazines Clin d’oeil, Châtelaine, Elle Québec and Véro. For the past four years, she has also been the editor-in-chief of La Presse’s M magazine. In addition, Émilie Villeneuve has contributed to several issues of the restaurant guide Voir as a food critic and worked on the editorial team of the cultural weekly as well. She is the author of the comic book : Moutarde Chou, St-Tite : une histoire tirée par les chevaux, Chefs de famille (avec Clémence Risler) et Petites histoires drummondvilloises.
Sales General Manager, Media Creativity and Marketing at Télé-Québec
Katia Villeneuve is Sales General Manager, Media Creativity and Marketing at Télé-Québec. Positioning herself first and foremost as a passionate businesswoman, Katia Villeneuve has been working with a large clientele for more than 25 years. Motivated by the business of her clients, she guarantees results and always goes the distance that ensures victory and distinguishes the winners. With solid expertise and extensive experience in the media world, she provides the best advice possible and supports clients, ensuring maximum return on their advertising investments. In addition to being recognized as a top manager, she has an impressive network of contacts and continues to be involved to stay connected and relevant. This is how success expands.