Knock down barriers
Dare to grow

Friday, October 23, 2015 from noon to 2 P.M.


Pierre Cléroux

Chief Economist
Business Development Bank of Canada

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Pierre Cléroux was appointed Vice President, Research and Chief Economist in 2012. He is responsible for providing economic analyses and advice to the Senior Management Team, while helping interpret economic trends and their impact on businesses. His responsibilities also include all marketing and industry research activities. Mr. Cléroux has more than 25 years of experience as an economist, mainly in the public sector. Before joining BDC, he worked for the government of Saudi Arabia as Vice President, Business Analysis in the National Industry Clusters Development Program. His role was to create program strategies, define sector policies and conduct financial and economic analyses of industrial projects. Prior to that, Mr. Cléroux was the Quebec Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, responsible for the implementation of economic policies and programs to support small and medium-sized businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. He was also a strategic advisor for Montreal International, responsible for attracting foreign investment from India and the Middle East, and developing international relationships and partnerships. He also worked for 12 years at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in various roles, including economist and Quebec Vice President. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Economics from Université Laval, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.


Martin-Luc Archambault

Martin-Luc Archambault

Founder & CEO at AmpMe
Founder & Managing partner at MLA Ventures


Caroline Dumas

Caroline Dumas

Founder of Soupesoup


Mathieu Beauchesne


Overcoming barriers to growth: optimal strategies for developing your business

For many Canadian entrepreneurs, growth is an integral part of the company life cycle. Rarely linear and largely unpredictable, a company’s growth often comes with challenges. How do Canada’s entrepreneurs manage to carve out their own path to success?

Join one of Canada’s leading chief economists, Pierre Cléroux, as he shares new research findings into the challenges SMEs face as they grow their businesses and the strategies to overcome them.

Following Mr. Cléroux’s talk, Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade, will moderate a panel of local entrepreneurs who will discuss their experience and their means of ensuring the success of their growth process.

This will be a unique opportunity to:

  • Hear the results of a study from which your company can benefit
  • Get inspired by the direct experience of entrepreneurs who have enjoyed success along their growth path


The speech will be presented mainly in French.


  Members Non members
Ticket(s) $95* $135*
Table(s) of 10 $855* $1350*
* Taxes not included. Become a Member

By phone
514 871-4001

Cancellation policyNo reservations, cancellations or refunds as of 2 days before the event. Participant substitutions are accepted at no extra charge until the event is held. Please note that only written cancellation notices sent by fax at 514 871-5971 or by email at will be accepted.

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777 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard

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Presentation of a valid student ID card will be required on site.
Full-time student. Registration by phone only.
  Membres Non membres
Ticket(s) $65* $65*
Ticket(s) $650* $650*

* Taxes not included.


By phone
514 871-4001



Do you wish to register for the Funding Meet-and-Greet ? By registering to both activities, you will have access to a special rate.
To do so, please contact:

Alexandre Genest
Coordinator, Business Information and Activities
514 496-4636, ext. 2917

The Combo price :
Members : $135
Non members : $185

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