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Our management team leads the way with dedication and diversity of expertise. Their complimentary skillsets combine with Solotech values; Passion, Innovation, Excellence, Respect, and Collaboration, to make them the best at what they do, and make Solotech the best in the business. Their mission is to make our clients shine. No matter what our clients have got going on, our management team makes sure they put it on… top!
President and Chief Executive Officer
Martin Tremblay has been President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2017. From 2008 to 2016, Martin was President of Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA, USA. During his tenure, the company became a highly successful worldwide videogame publisher with revenues in excess of $1.5B. Prior to this role, from 2006 to 2008, he was President of Vivendi Games Worldwide Studios in Los Angeles, CA, a world leader in videogames, during which time he led the company through its successful $18.1B merger with Activision to create the global interactive entertainment company now known as Activision Blizzard.
From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Tremblay was President of Ubisoft Montreal, where he led the Montreal studios, strategically growing the company from 300 to 1,500 employees and playing an important leadership role in ensuring its remarkable creative and commercial success.
Mr. Tremblay started his career in 1989 working at the family business in the construction industry, holding various senior management roles for almost ten years. He holds a Finance degree in Business Administration from Université Laval and an M.B.A. from Université de Sherbrooke. He is a Quartier de l’Innovation (Montreal) board member, a Université de Sherbrooke governor and a Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) member. In 2017, Université Laval awarded him the prestigious Hermes prize in recognition for his high-profile international career. He also served for several years as a board member of the Electronic Software Association (ESA) and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, both located in California in the United States. Mr. Tremblay is also philanthropically involved in various organizations such as the Alzheimer Society, Centraide and many other charity organizations that support people in need.
Global President, Sales and Systems Integration Division
Philip Giffard has been President of the Sales and Systems Integration Division since March 2017. He has 20 years’ experience in sales, including 10 in the position of Vice-President. Prior to joining Solotech as head of the Sales and Systems Integration Division in 2016, he worked for Proaction, where he served as Coach and supported the professional development of sales managers. He worked for many years at telecommunications companies such as Bell and Telus, where he held such positions as President (Bell Radio) and Vice-President of Sales. Mr. Giffard is also very involved in the community. After having served more than five years on the Board of Directors of Leucan, he is now a member of CINARS’© Board.
Philip Giffard holds a degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. He is currently completing an MBA at McGill University.
President Live Productions Canada and Global Operations
Martin Chouinard has been President of the Live Productions Division in Canada since February 2016. Before joining Solotech in 2006 as Director of Event and Corporate Services for the Quebec City office, he held a number of positions in the entertainment industry, including Head Soundman and Technical Director. He was also a Manager and shareholder of Axion, a company acquired by Solotech in 2006.
For several years now, Mr. Chouinard has been a Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Québec Governor. He is also a member of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec, in addition to being one of La Ruche’s ambassador members.
President, Live Productions Division, USA, UK
Mickey Curbishley has held the position of President of the USA Live Productions Division since May 2018. He has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, working with the largest and most successful global acts. In recent years, he has provided solutions for the production needs of artists such as Madonna, Prince, Lady Gaga, Roger Waters, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi and The Eagles.
In 1994, Mr. Curbishley was part of a team that was instrumental in the acquisition of Light and Sound Design (LSD), where he played a strategic role in LSD’s international expansion, growing it into the most successful concert touring production company in the world. Following Production Resource Group’s (PRG) acquisition of LSD in 1998, he filled leadership roles for PRG’s concert touring division for over 18 years, eventually taking on the role of President and CEO until 2016. Most recently, he was Senior Vice-President Touring at TAIT, an award-winning company and world leader in creating, designing and engineering scenic equipment for the live event industry.
BBA, CFA, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Nicolas Lavoie has been Solotech’s Chief Financial Officer since February 2018. In his role, he is responsible for all the company’s financial and procurement activities and its merger and acquisition strategy.
He has over 20 years’ financial experience in multinational environments with publicly traded companies. He held progressively senior leadership roles in companies across many industries, such as financial services, commercial printing, media, mining and textiles. Since 2012, he was Senior Vice-President, Finance, for Gildan Activewear.
Nicolas Lavoie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Université Laval, as well as CFA and CPA, CGA professional designations.
Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
Claudine Ricard joins Solotech with 25 years of experience in various human resources roles in large publicly traded organizations. In her most recent role, she was Vice-President Culture and Talent at TC Transcontinental, where she headed the global talent function and implemented the talent and diversity strategy with a focus on leadership succession. Prior to TC Transcontinental, she worked 19 years for CGI in various HR leadership positions including as Vice-President Culture and Experience, Vice-President Organizational Development and Leadership Institute and Vice-President HR Integration Center of Expertise, where she led all HR aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ricard also worked at Honeywell Aerospace, where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources.
Ms. Ricard is an active mentor in the wider HR community and devotes a good deal of her time outside of work as a coach to other HR professionals. She is also a certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), a member of the Cercle des Leaders RH and a Board member of Intégration Jeunesse du Québec. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Université de Montréal, School of Industrial Relations, and various certifications in leadership assessment.
Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO)
Mathieu Laforge, Chief Information Technology Officer, has over 15 years’ experience in the IT sector. Prior to joining Solotech in 2015, he served as Director of IT Development at the Aldo Group, after being a Business Intelligence Consultant for National Bank, Yellow Pages Group, Fédération des Caisses Desjardins and Cap Gemini Canada.
Mathieu Laforge holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a master’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Montréal.
Vice-President, Marketing, Communications and E-Commerce
Christine Latour has been developing and leading the Marketing function at Solotech since January 2018. She first joined as Director of Marketing and Communications, then became Vice-President, Marketing and Communications in 2019. She was then appointed Vice-President, Marketing, Communications and E-Commerce in April 2020.
Ms. Latour has worked in business development and communications for almost 15 years in Quebec and the United States. In the past, she taught French as a second language and conversational English. She then became Director of Sales and Marketing at the Atlanta Zoo, followed by Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Strategy at Quebec’s leading brokerage and insurance firm, Lussier Dale Parizeau. She has also overseen the development of a flourishing regional employment assistance and labour migration organization. In 2012, Les Affaires newspaper awarded her the title of Creator of the Future, as a “Top 25 Emerging Leader in Quebec” under 40.
Christine Latour holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Montréal and a master’s degree in Tourism Management, e-marketing profile, from Purdue University in Indiana in the United States.