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President, Co-Founder and CEO
An entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience with start-ups, Mr. Boyko has extensive expertise in early stage business innovations.
He is President, Co-founder, and CEO of Stingray Group Inc., a leading business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider operating on a global scale reaching an estimated 400 million Pay-TV subscribers (or households) in 152 countries. The company completed a successful IPO in June 2015 and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (RAY.A; RAY.B).
Previously, Mr. Boyko founded and was President of eFundraising.com Corporation, which became a leading player in the North American fundraising industry. In 2006, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Mr. Boyko is a board member of the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation and also sits on the board of Montreal-based Alimentation Couche-Tard.
A graduate with great distinction of McGill University, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in accounting and entrepreneurship. Mr. Boyko became a Certified General Accountant (CPA) in 1997.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer
Mario Dubois was appointed chief technology officer of Stingray in 2007. Mr. Dubois is a well-known entrepreneur and manager in the IT industry, more specifically in the sectors of gaming and multimedia. In 1996, he founded Teneon Technologies Inc., a video game development company.
Following its sale to Hexacto in 2002, he was named chief programmer for video game development on mobile platforms. The company’s growth was propelled by new technologies, new owners (Jamdat Mobile Inc. in 2002 and Electronics Arts Inc. in 2006) and a public offering (Jamdat in 2003). During this period, Mr. Dubois, as director of production, implemented the tools and methodology necessary to quickly integrate products on the latest platforms.
Mr. Dubois studied at the University of Laval where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Senior Vice-President and General Counsel
Lloyd Perry Feldman was appointed senior vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Stingray in 2015.
Prior to joining Stingray, Mr. Feldman practised law at a major Canadian firm for 21 years – 14 of which as a partner. He specialized in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law, and trust and estate law.
In addition to having a particular expertise in business acquisitions, Mr. Feldman also has a strong background in tax law which allows him to bring a unique perspective to corporate and commercial transactions. Mr. Feldman is also very active in the community.
He is a trustee of the Jewish General Hospital and is involved in the fundraising efforts of Federation CJA and the Jewish National Fund.
Mr. Feldman holds B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from McGill University, as well as a B.A. (Political Science) from McGill University. He has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1998.
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
Mathieu Péloquin was appointed senior vice-president, marketing and communications of Stingray in 2013 and oversees marketing and communication strategies and plans across all lines of business.
Mr. Péloquin brings more than 15 years of experience as an expert marketer, strategist and inspiring leader to Stingray. Prior to joining Stingray, Mr. Péloquin was vice-president of marketing at Transcontinental Media Inc. and vice-president of Transcontinental Media Inc.’s Digital Marketing Solutions Group from 2010 to 2013.
He also held several executive positions at Reader’s Digest Magazines Canada Limited and co-founded Equinox Marketing Services. Mr. Péloquin never misses an opportunity to give back to the industry and the community. He has been a member of the Relationship Marketing Association and the Canadian Marketing Association for many years.
He has also been a board member of the Fondation de l’Institut de Nazareth et Louis-Braille since 2008. Since 2012, he has been a cabinet member for the United Way campaign of Greater Montréal and takes part in Le Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, a Québec-wide campaign with a mission young people to adopt healthy life habits.
Mr. Péloquin is a CPA, CMA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the School of Management of the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Chief Financial Officer
Jean-Pierre Trahan was appointed chief financial officer of Stingray in 2011. Mr. Trahan leads an experienced team of professional accountants and analysts at Stingray and oversees all of the financial and accounting activities of Stingray.
Before joining Stingray, he built a strong experience of more than 24 years by holding various positions at Gestion Juste Pour Rire Inc., 20-20 Technologies Inc., Hydro Agri Canada a division of Norsk Hydro ASA and Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton LLP.
Mr. Trahan is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with a specialization in accounting from L’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a specialization in Economics from the University of Ottawa. In 2016, he was awarded a prestigious “As de la finance” award by the Quebec chapter of FEI Canada in the "Finance executive of a small or medium-sized firm" category.
Vice President, Human Resources
Sébastien Côté was appointed vice-president, human resources of Stingray in 2016. He is responsible for planning and managing all of the company’s human resources activities. Recognized as a dynamic, operational and strategic business partner, M. Côté has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management, mainly in the media industry.
Prior to joining Stingray, Mr. Côté was responsible for all human resources activities for Bell Media’s radio, television, Out-of-Home and web properties in Quebec. He also worked almost 15 years at Astral Media where he held the position of associate vice-president, human resources for both the Radio and Out-of-Home divisions. There, he oversaw the implementation of a human resources department and developed succession, performance, and training programs.
He has been a board member of the Institut des troubles d’apprentissage since 2015. Mr. Côté is a CHRP and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Montréal.
Ian Lurie was appointed President, Radio of Stingray in October 2018. He is responsible for all broadcasting operations across Canada. Ian previously served as Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Standard Radio, Chief Operating Officer at Astral Media, Senior Vice President, English Radio Operations at Bell and Chief Operating Officer at Newcap Radio.
Ian is currently involved in numerous industry activities, including involvement with the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, CEO Radio Council. Ian serves as a Board member of Numeris and he also oversees Radio Connects.
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Chief Revenue Officer
David Purdy was named chief revenue officer of Stingray in 2018. In this position, Mr. Purdy, who has years of experience managing multiple operating entities and steering them towards a single, unified vision, oversees all aspects of Stingray’s revenue expansion including advertising, and sales efforts.
David Purdy came to Stingray from VICE Media where, as Chief International Growth Officer he expanded VICE’s multiplatform partnership with Rogers in Canada, and helped VICE grow its global distribution network to deliver programming to all screens. Previously, David has held various senior roles over a 15-year career at Rogers Communications Inc. – most recently as Senior Vice President of Content and Video Product Management, where he oversaw content strategy for Rogers cable, broadband and wireless services, focusing on how content can drive differentiation for the company.
David has an extensive background in the TV industry and has helped launch several Canadian specialty channels throughout his career, including Sportsnet, OLN, Discovery Channel Canada, and The Comedy Network. In addition to his extensive content knowledge, David has been instrumental in launching a number of new products at Rogers, including VOD, HD, Rogers Anyplace TV, PVR, and Shomi. David combines a passion for content with a grasp of technology to forge a keen understanding of how the media business will be impacted by current and future technological innovations.
Mr. Purdy is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (BA 1990) and holds a Bachelor of Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1993).
Vice-President, Content Acquisition
Valérie Héroux was named Vice-President, Content Acquisition in 2019. She is responsible for advancing Stingray’s content strategy.
Ms. Héroux brings over 10 years of experience in media and broadcasting to her role. Her legal and CRTC regulatory expertise contribute to forging strong and lasting partnerships, and further enable cooperation with key media players.
Prior to joining Stingray, Ms. Héroux was Senior Director of Content and Strategic Partnerships at Vidéotron. In this role, she led numerous strategic negotiations as well as CRTC commercial arbitrage. She also oversaw the development and execution of business plans to distribute over 200 channels, including their On-Demand content for all media platforms. In addition, her credentials include experience as Senior Legal Counsel for Québecor Média, where she was the chief negotiator for the renewal of the UDA and Groupe TVA’s collective agreement, enabling new multiplatform rights for internal productions and the hiring of artists. .
Claudine Blondin, Director
Member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Human Resources Committee
Claudine Blondin is a committed philanthropist and seasoned marketing executive, and is an Institute-certified director (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
She worked for close to 10 years at Molson Coors Brewing Company, most recently as Strategic Marketing Brand Manager-Québec Division. As Co-Chair of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, Ms. Blondin uses her keen business sense and leadership to ensure that the Foundation optimizes its investment in the different projects and causes to which it is committed. This Foundation, motivated by innovation and creativity, was established to carry out philanthropic activities including support for the arts, the environment, youth entrepreneurship and the Jewish community locally and abroad.
Ms. Blondin currently serves as Co-Chair of Gen J, an innovative project in Montréal whose mandate is to strengthen Jewish identity and attachment of future generations. She also sits on the Boards of C2-MTL and of the OSMO Foundation (Notman House), a Montréal-based organization dedicated to improving the startup ecosystem for technology companies.
Ms. Blondin is also a member of the Public Art Committee of the City of Montréal and of the Marketing and Sponsorship Committee of 375 MTL, the organizational body for the celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary. Ms. Blondin is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her significant contributions and achievements. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) from Université de Montréal – HEC Montréal.
Karinne Bouchard, Director
Member of the Audit Committee
Karinne Bouchard is global head of treasury and treasurer of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., a global leader in convenience and fuel retail. She sits on the board of directors of the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation, which is dedicated to financially supporting organizations that work in the arts and culture sector, as well as organizations that provide support to people living with intellectual disability in order to enable people to reach their full potential.
Ms. Bouchard also sits on the board of directors of FitSpirit, a Quebec-based not-for-profit whose mission is to get teenage girls to be physically active throughout their lives by providing the necessary tools and resources to schools with girls 12 to 17 years old. Finally, Ms. Bouchard sits on the board of directors of the CQCD. The CQCD is an association representing the vast majority of retail and distribution companies in Quebec. Its mission is to represent, promote and enhance this sector as well as to develop resources to foster advancement for its members.
Ms. Bouchard holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from McGill University, a master's degree in finance from University of Sherbrooke, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) certification, as well as an administrator accreditation of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).
Jacques Parisien, Director
Lead Director, Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee
Following the acquisition of Astral Media Inc. by BCE Inc. in 2013, Jacques Parisien became responsible for Bell Media Inc.’s national French and English specialty and pay television and radio properties, as well as for the operations of Astral Out-of-Home.
Based in Montréal, Mr. Parisien was a member of Bell Media Inc.’s executive committee and retired from Bell Media Inc. in December 2013. An executive at Astral Media Inc. since 1994, Mr. Parisien was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Astral Media Inc. He was responsible for the company’s operations and growth strategies across Canada. He also played a significant role in the sale of Astral Media Inc. to BCE Inc. and in developing the vision of the new Bell Media Inc.
Mr. Parisien has spent his professional career in the Canadian communications industry, having worked for many years at Telemedia Inc. before joining Astral Media Inc. He has been responsible for the consumer media offers across Canada for these companies, as well as for their growth in all Canadian markets. Since leaving Bell Media Inc., Mr. Parisien spends the majority of his time as corporate director or advisor to Canadian companies. He sits on the board of directors of IGM Financial Inc., a public company in the wealth management industry; Attraction Media Inc., a private company and one of the largest content producer for the entertainment industry in Canada; Square Victoria Communications Group Inc. and Gesca Ltd., a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada and the publisher of La Presse; and The Guarantee Company of North America. He also acts as advisor to Cossette Communications Inc., an advertising agency. Mr. Parisien is also involved in social and community activities.
He has chaired the Montréal Board of Trade, the Montréal Tourism Bureau and the History and Archeology Museum of Montréal. He currently sits on the boards of The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts; Capsana, a joint foundation of The Montréal Heart Institute and Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital, as well at the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec.
Mr. Parisien is a member of the Québec Bar and graduated in law from McGill University in 1975.
Mark Pathy, Director
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Member of the Human Resources Committee and Audit Committee
Mark Pathy is the President of Mavrik Corp, a privately-owned investment, and financing company based in Montréal. Previously Mr. Pathy was President and CEO of Fednav International Ltd., an international dry bulk shipping company, and co-CEO of its parent company Fednav Limited. He remains a member of the group’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Fednav in 1999, Mr. Pathy worked in advertising in Toronto.
Mr. Pathy strongly believes in the importance of philanthropy and is a board member of Dans la Rue and Centraide, and is a member of the board and Executive Committee of the Montréal Children’s Hospital Foundation as well as of the Pathy Family Foundation.
Mr. Pathy obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1993 and a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD in 1998.
Gary S. Rich, Director
Chairman of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Gary S. Rich, the founder and President of Rich Leadership, works with senior executives to improve their individual performance and the performance of the businesses they manage. Mr. Rich’s background uniquely combines hands-on experience in General Management, Human Resources Management and extensive academic work in Organizational Psychology and Human Behavior.
Prior to Rich Leadership, he was Chief Executive Officer of QSP, a subsidiary of The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., where he was responsible for the company’s schools and youth fundraising business in the United States and Canada. Mr. Rich managed over 1,000 employees including a field sales force of 700. Prior to his operating role, Mr. Rich held Chief Human Resource Officer positions at The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., ACNielsen (now known as Nielsen Corporation), and American Express Company. At American Express Company, he concluded his 11 year tenure as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for American Express Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a US$1.5 billion business with 16,000 employees in 26 countries.
Mr. Rich was located in Europe for four years during that business’s pivotal turnaround. Mr. Rich holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology.
He is a National Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Northern Westchester Hospital Center, where he also serves as head of its Compensation Committee.
François-Charles Sirois, Director
Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee
François-Charles Sirois is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Telesystem. Mr. Sirois has more than 15 years of experience in corporate mergers, acquisitions, and financings.
His entrepreneurship expertise and talent for developing successful joint ventures with innovative partners have enabled Telesystem to leverage the momentum in the media and technology industry.
Prior to joining Telesystem, Mr. Sirois managed venture and real estate investments. He also led and founded Up2 technologies Inc., Microcell i5 Inc., and Masq Inc.
Mr. Sirois is currently Executive Chairman of the Board of OnMobile Global Limited and serves as director of Telesystem, iPerceptions Inc., ZONE3 Inc. and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre Foundation.
Robert G. Steele, Director
Robert G. Steele was President and Chief Executive Officer of Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited from May 2002 until October 2018, having been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2001. Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited is one of Canada’s leading radio broadcasters with 95 licenses across Canada.
Mr. Steele has also built one of the most diversified auto groups in Atlantic Canada, currently comprised of 17 dealerships representing 21 brands. He is a director of Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited and a current member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Steele is a graduate of Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and is actively involved in several local charitable organizations.
In 2014, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nova Scotia Chapter, awarded Mr. Steele as Outstanding Individual Philanthropist in recognition of his involvement in and support of various community
Pascal Tremblay, Director
Member of the Corporate Governance and Chairman of the Audit Committee
Pascal Tremblay is the President and Managing Partner of Novacap technologies, media and telecom funds and Co-President of Novacap Management Inc. The Novacap group is a leading private equity firm in Canada.
Prior to joining the Novacap group in 2003, Mr. Tremblay was a partner at Argo Global Capital where he participated in numerous investments in technology and telecommunications companies in North America, Europe, and Asia.
His prior experience also includes working in the private equity division at CDP Capital Inc., a subsidiary of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, Canada’s largest fund manager and private equity investor. Prior to entering the private equity field, Mr. Tremblay was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Laserpro, an award-winning manufacturing and distribution company of printing and computer equipment.
Mr. Tremblay was previously Chairman of the Board of Creaform Inc. and also sat on the boards of ViXS Systems Inc., Tenrox Inc. and the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association.
He is also a director of PKWare, Inc. Mr. Tremblay holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke and an MBA from McGill University.
Frederic Lavoie, Director
Frederic Lavoie is a seasoned executive with a background that includes digital content distribution, finance and spirits. He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at Flaviar, Inc., the world’s largest spirits club and marketplace and the best way to discover fine spirits. Mr. Lavoie has 20 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions and financings.
Before joining Flaviar, Mr. Lavoie served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and M&A at OnMobile Global Limited, a global leader in mobile entertainment. Prior to OnMobile, Mr. Lavoie built a successful career as President of Telesystem Media, an integrated media holding developing and distributing digital music and television programming on a global scale. He also served as President and CEO of Modelcom, Canada's top boutique business modelling firm, where he spearheaded several transactions in the telecommunications and digital media space.
Mr. Lavoie is actively involved as an advisor and mentor to startups and entrepreneurs as part of the Techstars Music Accelerator Program. He is also a volunteer for the American Heart Association and UCLA Cardiovascular Research Lab.
Mr. Lavoie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Université Laval. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Other Members of the Management Team
Head of Content Distribution, United States
Rick was appointed Head of U.S. Content Distribution of Stingray in 2016. Mr. Bergan has more than 20 years of experience in the cable television, digital media, and music industries. He most recently held the position of Executive Vice-President, Business Development and Sales at OneTwoSee, a Philadelphia based startup that was recently acquired by Comcast. Previously, he acted as senior vice-president, distribution at Music Choice.
Mr. Bergan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Villanova University and a Master of Arts in Public Communication from American University.