Board of Directors

  • Richard J. MacKay
    Chairman

    Mr. MacKay has been the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Valeo Pharma Inc. since 2009. He also serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Health Edge Investment Partners. In 2009, Mr. Mackay retired from a distinguished career with Stiefel Laboratories that spanned several decades. During his tenure at Stiefel Laboratories, Mr. MacKay held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including, Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Sales North America, Vice President International (Japan and Korea), and most notably as President and CEO of Stiefel Canada from 1976 through 2009. Mr. Mackay also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stiefel Laboratories from 2007-2009.

    Prior to Stiefel, Mr. MacKay served as EVP and Director of ICN Canada Limited, VP and Director of Winley-Morris Company Limited and started his career as a sales representative with Parke-Davis Company Limited.

    Mr. MacKay was a member of the Board of Labopharm Inc. and served as interim Chairman of the Board for a period of 2 years. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada (PMAC). Throughout his career, Mr. MacKay has been active in many organizations including member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Dermatology Foundation, where he served for over 20 years. In 2003, Mr. Mackay was given the first ever Award of Honour by the Canadian Dermatology Association for his service to the people of Canada in raising the standards of health care.

    Mr. MacKay is a graduate of Sir George Williams University and earned advanced business diplomas from Harvard University, Dartmouth College and the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Universite de Montreal).

  • Frederic Fasano
    President and Chief Operating Officer

    Frederic Fasano is a seasoned pharma executive with over 25 years of experience in managing strategic affiliates within different geographies (Canada, Europe, Latin America). Prior to joining Valeo, Frederic served as President and CEO of Servier Canada, a wellestablished fully integrated affiliate of Servier Group. He led the portfolio diversification strategy, including multiple in-licensing deals, while strengthening the team capabilities in order to maximize the affiliate's growth. Mr. Fasano held various executive positions in Italy, France and Latin America and sat on the Board of Directors of ILKOS Therapeutics. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Innovative Medicines Canada. He holds a Master of Business Administration from ESSEC Business School (France) and a Pharm. Degree from Paris-XI School of Pharmacy (France).

  • Steve Saviuk

    Mr. Saviuk started his career in accounting at KPMG. He quickly moved to venture capital investing through Manitex Capital Inc., a TSXV-listed company he co-founded over 30 years ago, and which still actively invests in emerging companies with a focus on the life science, renewable energy and sustainable resource sectors. Mr. Saviuk is President and CEO of Manitex Capital inc.

    Mr. Saviuk co-founded Valeo Pharma in 2003 and has since served as its President and CEO. Mr. Saviuk transformed Valeo Pharma from its early years as an in-licensor of established brands to a fast growing full service Canadian pharmaceutical company and was also instrumental in the sale of certain assets to Valeant Canada. In addition to Mr. Saviuk's executive management experience, he is well acquainted with key corporate governance issues having served on numerous boards of both public and private companies.

    Mr. Saviuk hold a degree in Business (B.Comm) from Concordia University (Montreal, Qc).

  • Vincent P. Hogue
    Director

    Mr. Hogue holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Relations and has worked in the securities industry for over 30 years. Until very recently, Mr. Hogue worked as Vice-President Brokerage and Private Management for the Desjardins Group and acted as Executive Vice-President and Head of Personal Services with Desjardins Securities, responsible for leading both the discount and full service brokerage businesses.

    In addition, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Desjardins Investment Management, Mr. Hogue was responsible for business development and strategies for the Desjardins Private Wealth Management team including the private banking business.

    From 2006 to 2012, he was Senior Vice President, and Regional Manager, Eastern Canada at TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice. Between 1993 and 2004, he held several management and sales positions at Fidelity Investments Canada Ltd.

    Mr. Hogue has been on the Board of Directors QTrade since from 2013 to 2018 and on the Board of the Quebec Chapter of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) from 2011 to April 2018.

  • Michael G. Wells
    Director

    Michael Wells is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist among other things. He is currently the founding Managing Director of Princeton Biopharma Capital Partners, a firm he created in 2010 for the purpose of providing growth capital to pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Prior to creating this company, he was the founder and CEO of Aton Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on rare diseases. For his part in creating and growing this company he was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 and in 2010 the company was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $330 million. His career began at Merck & Co. where he held a range of sales and marketing positions over eight years. In addition to Valeo Pharma, Mr. Wells serves on the boards of Covis Pharma Sarl, Fidelis Pharmaceuticals and is a trustee at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Mr. Wells holds Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Maureen C. Brennan
    Director

    Throughout her career spanning over 40 years, Ms. Brennan has held several leadership and executive positions in the private and public health sectors. Since 2006, Ms. Brennan acts as a private consultant for various health sector organizations and also performs volunteer work in this field. From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Brennan was Director General at the Shriners Hospital. Prior to her position Shriners, she was Director General at the Griffith McConnel residence for seniors from 1999 to 2002.

    Ms. Brennan holds a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Dawson College, a B.A in Sociology from McGill University and a M.Sc. in Health Administration from Université de Montréal.

  • Michel Trudeau
    Director

    Michel Trudeau held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Laurentian Bank Securities (LBS) from 2003 until 2018. In 2009, he became responsible for Laurentian Bank's activities related to capital markets. His role expanded to become a member of the Laurentian Bank's (LBC) executive committee in 2011.

    He joined LBS in 1999 as Executive Vice-President of Fixed Income and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Institutional group in 2002. Well known within the brokerage sector, he rapidly progressed to senior positions at firms both in Toronto and Montreal. Prior to joining LBS, he worked for more than 15 years within the institutional and fixed income sectors, including 10 years at Merrill Lynch where he successively occupied various senior management positions.

    Michel Trudeau holds a Master's degree in Finance from McGill University and sits on various boards of directors.