Pierre-Luc Van Houtte started working as a young man for the A.L. Van Houtte coffee business established by his grand-father. He started in 1968 at the bottom of the ladder and made his way up by filling orders, making deliveries… and roasting coffee. In 1972, he suggested building a plant in Saint-Leonard to his father. He was then responsible for production, then promoted to Vice-President of Purchasing and Production in 1980 and in 1987, became Vice-President of Sales, while maintaining responsibility of Purchasing and Production. All those years, A.L. Van Houtte’s growth was exponential. In 1994, Mr. Van Houtte took an early retirement, but continued to serve on the board of directors and various committees of the company. When the business was sold to Littlejohn & Co. in 2007, Mr. Van Houtte and other family members explored the various investment opportunities available to them. Thus was born the Groupe immobilier Van Houtte in 2009. The company wanted to distinguish itself from its competitors by banking on the strong values associated with the Van Houtte family. Their first project, Le Liguori, perfectly reflects the spirit of the company and its people.
Pierre Beaudry, HEC 1970, is a Chartered Accountant since 1974. After working in the offices of Maheu Noiseux, Mallette Maheu & Arthur Andersen, he co-founded the firm Beaudry Charbonneau in Laval. Mr. Beaudry has worked primarily with SMEs, offering a range of services such as auditing and management consulting. Since 2010, Mr. Beaudry devotes himself to his role as consultant to his clients, including the Pierre Van Houtte family, for which he is acts, among other tasks, as the custodian of heritage.
Claire Baker has held positions in finance and accounting as well as executive appointments for over thirty years. In 1987, she began to be active in real estate and development. She established in Montreal the largest Pizza Hut restaurant franchise in Canada and continued in British Columbia and Alberta as a broker representing many national and US retailers. She returned to Eastern Canada with Second Cup Coffee Co. In 2005, she was appointed Vice President, Real Estate and Development for New Look Eyewear. During her career, she has served on the boards of numerous non-profits (including Le Chaînon, where she still serves), organizations (including CREW Montreal since 2004) and companies (including Société immobilière du Québec, from 2003 to 2013). A graduate of Concordia University in Business Administration and of the CGA program at McGill University, in 2009 she earned a company administrator degree from Université Laval’s Collège des Administrateurs.
Joane Demers founded her consulting practice, specializing in executive management in 2004. She has successfully completed many mandates, including the interim management of the Finance Vice Presidency for major companies in the entertainment and communications industry, launching a group of businesses, the creation of a professional liability insurance fund with the implementation of the entire governance program required by the AMF. All were accomplished while she was acting as CEO, realizing business plans and managing acquisitions. She has also been a lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke for the past three years. In February 2002, she was named a Fellow of CPA- FCPA and in May 2002 she was named “Woman of Distinction” by the Board of Trade of Montreal.
Pierre Ferland is an expert in the decision making process that enables the development of business strategies through targeted objectives by promoting products or partnerships. He created, with the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, the Maestro fund manager. Furthermore, in less than ten years, he developed an organization that counts over fifty retirement homes by raising $800 million in equity from 18 Canadian institutional investors. These homes house 10,000 residents and employ 2,500 people. In 2012, Maestro Fund were sold for nearly $16 million. In fact, in his twenty years of experience as an investor, developer and property manager, Pierre Ferland has made more than $3 billion of real estate transactions. He has led many companies during his career, especially in real estate. A graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke, he is a member of the Québec Order of Chartered Accountants since 1982. He also serves on several Boards of Directors.
Holding an MBA from HEC Montreal, Pascal Selam is CEO of SOGEDIM Inc. and Vice President at Construction ENCORE Ltd. For 40 years, as project manager on international construction projects, as a lecturer in project management at UQAM and the ETS or as a general contractor, Mr. Selam has developed sound and diversified experience in the field of construction. Recognized as both realistic and visionary, he shares with his followers an entrepreneurial drive, developing innovative and resolutely sustainable projects.
Geneviève Van Houtte is a psychologist. The human being has always been central to her life choices and her career. She studied psychology at the Université d’Aix-en-Provence, then at the Université de Montréal, where she obtained her Masters degree. For over thirty-five years, she worked in schools with youth, particularly at the Commission scolaire Sorel-Tracy. Retired since 2008, she has taken an interest in Groupe immobilier Van Houtte’s projects. Therefore, she sits on the GIVH Board of Directors with the conviction that there is room for social commitment even in real estate development. She is responsible for the GIVH’s social engagement committee, which advises the company in responsible investment and sustainable development while taking into account the environment and building partnerships with communities.