The Montreal Chapter was established in 2006 as one of the initial chapters at YCIF’s inception and is one of the organization’s most active chapters. The Montreal Chapter holds a monthly breakfast series where speakers address a group of 40-50 in a round table discussion. We have a networking platform that has, in the past, consisted of “First Thursdays”, a monthly cocktail bringing together members and potential members alike. More recently, we have implemented the 90/90 Networking Series – the 90 minute meeting format includes 90 second presentations by each participant followed by a “tour de table” exchange. The Montreal Chapter also hosts an annual Think Tank where members retreat for a weekend to exchange ideas on a focused topic relating to the financial industry. Finally, the Montreal Chapter partners with other organizations to provide its members with access to various social, cultural and charitable events.

Our members drive our events! If you would like more information or you would like to get more involved, please contact us at

René Cormier, CBV (President)

In 2005, René joined Goulet Cormier & Associates Inc., a Montreal-based boutique investment banking firm specialized in mid-market M&A and financings. Over the course of his time at Goulet Cormier he has overseen and participated in a number business divestitures, as well as acquisition and project financings in a variety of industries including transportation, business services, auto-parts, printing and multimedia.  René holds a BBA with concentration in Finance in 2005 from the University of Moncton and is a CBV.

Caitlin Rose

Caitlin is a senior associate at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. She is part of the firm’s corporate/commercial practice group, focusing on general M&A, securities (continuous disclosure obligations, executive compensation, public financings, going public and going private transactions) and private equity deals and structuring, particularly in the technology sector. Caitlin is involved with various committees at her alma mater, Lower Canada College, and at the St-Mary’s Hospital Foundation and the Fondation de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. She is the Co-President of Young Canadians in Finance (YCIF), and sits on YCIF’s Board of Directors, the Montreal Executive and the Women’s Initiative chapter of YCIF. She holds a common law and a civil law degree from McGill University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University.

Matthieu Cardinal, MBA

Matthieu Cardinal is Director of Communications of Finance Montréal and the International Financial Centre of Montréal. He is responsible for the corporate communications strategy, marketing, events and strategic partnerships aiming to promote Montréal’s financial services industry. His mandate has him interact with numerous finance professionals from both the local and international scenes. Mr. Cardinal has 15 years of experience in corporate and financial communications, investor relations and marketing. He started his career as an economic researcher in various Quebec media outlets, notably the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also worked in investor relations for The Equicom Group, a division of the TMX stock exchange and at the corporate headquarter of Quebecor Media as Senior Advisor, Financial Communications. Mr. Cardinal possesses an MBA from HEC Montréal. 

Louis-Philippe Edger, CPA, CA  

Louis-Philippe graduated from McGill University in 2011. He started his career at Deloitte five years ago where he is now a senior associate in financial advisory valuation services. He is specialized in business and intangible asset valuations for merger and acquisition, financial reporting and tax purposes.

Michèle Lefaivre

Michèle Lefaivre is a lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Montréal. Her practice focuses on corporate law, concentrating on public and private companies, dealing mainly with commercial transactions – mergers, acquisitions, take-over bids and financing. Ms. Lefaivre received her LLB from the Université de Montréal in 2006, and completed a graduate diploma in North American Common Law in 2007. She was called to the Québec bar in 2008. 

Philippe Poirier

Philippe joined DNA Capital in 2013. DNA Capital is a leading Montreal-based investment banking boutique providing tailored advisory and transaction execution services for mergers & acquisitions, restructurings, financings and capital raisings, amongst others. Prior to joining DNA, Philippe worked as an associate in wealth management at RBC Dominion Securities. Philippe graduated from HEC Montréal in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Finance. He has also successfully completed the first two exams of the CFA program. Philippe is a member of the Board of Directors and Co-treasurer of the Association Québécoise de l'Encéphalomyélite Myalgique (AQEM).

Maxime Tourangeau

Maxime is Director, Growth & Transition Capital at BDC Capital and he's based in Montreal. A specialist in finding financial solutions that meet the needs of individual entrepreneurs and their businesses, Maxime is also active in the financial sector in Montreal through YCIF. With a sincere enthusiasm for entrepreneurs, Maxime is determined to help cultivate the next generation of business success in the city and the country

Tuan Tran, M.Sc, CFA

In 2007, Tuan joined Novacap, a leading private equity firm in Canada. Previously, he worked in the investment banking group at CIBC World Markets where he was involved in a variety of merger & acquisition transactions and financial advisory assignments. He also held a variety of roles at capital market division of other leading financial institutions such as Desjardins Securities and National Bank Financial. Tuan serves on the Board of SynergX Technologies and and is currently observer on the Board of Creaform, PKWare and iWeb Group.