Gilles Gagnon, M.Sc., MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Gilles Gagnon is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ceapro Inc. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Aeterna Zentaris, a Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical company. During the past 35 years, Mr. Gagnon has worked at several management levels within the field of health, especially in the hospital environment and pharmaceutical industry. Before going to Aeterna Zentaris in 1999, Mr. Gagnon was Vice President, external affairs for Novartis Pharma Canada Inc. from 1996 to 1999. Prior to that, from 1989 to 1996, Mr. Gagnon held various positions including Executive Director, Corporate Planning and Business Development, Senior Director, Strategic Alliances, General Manager, Government Affairs and Access to Market and Director of Professional Services at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Inc. Throughout his career in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Gagnon was especially involved in corporate development, alliance management, as well as marketing functions where he participated in the launch of nine innovative pharmaceutical products in addition to his general management functions.
Mr. Gagnon has participated in several international committees and strategic advisory boards. He recently completed his third mandate on the board of directors of Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D-now Innovative Medicine Canada) where he represented for nine years members from the biopharmaceutical sector and pioneered the Rx&D's Canadian bio partnering initiative. He also served on various boards in the life sciences industry including Bio Quebec (Chairman) and Montreal In Vivo. Mr. Gagnon holds a Master's degree in pharmacology (M.Sc.) and a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Sherbrooke University, a certificate in General Management from the London Business School, UK and holds an ICD.D certification for completing the Directors Education Program at the Rothman School of Management of University of Toronto. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Stacy Prefontaine, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Prefontaine is an accomplished global finance and accounting executive with close to two decades of experience in public company external financial reporting, corporate tax compliance and planning, and accounting practices and controls. She has led assurance and accounting services for numerous leading private and public companies assisting with their successful fund-raising ventures including offering memorandums and initial public offerings, and with their adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards. Prior to joining Ceapro, Ms. Prefontaine was a Principal at Grant Thornton LLP, one of the world's leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, where she led assurance services for a variety of public and private organizations for the last four years. She joined Grant Thornton in 2011 when it acquired Stout & Company LLP, an Edmonton accounting and advisory firm, where Ms. Prefontaine was a Partner. Previously, she was a manager with increasing responsibility in client service accounting for over five years at Collins Barrow Calgary LLP, one of Canada's largest associations of Chartered Accounting firms. Ms. Prefontaine earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, and her designation as Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.