Board of Directors
David G. Samuel, Board Chair
Mr. Samuel joined Birch Hill Equity Partners in 2005 and currently serves on the board of directors of Cozzini Bros, inc., Sigma Systems and Softchoice. He has also served on the board of Creation Technologies, Aquaterra and EISI and was Chairman of Shred-it International. Prior to joining Birch Hill Equity Partners, Mr. Samuel had over 15 years of experience in private equity, operations, consulting and investment banking. Mr. Samuel’s experience includes serving as President, Rogers Cable (High Speed Internet Access) and working at McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Samuel received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University.
Claude Bigras, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Since 1982, Mr. Bigras has spent his career in the construction, janitorial and facility maintenance industry. He joined GDI in 1994 and later became a major shareholder in 1998. Over the years, he has held many positions, and became President and CEO of GDI in December 2004. In his role as President and CEO, Mr. Bigras has overseen GDI’s significant organic and acquisition based growth, leading GDI to become the largest janitorial services company in Canada, and one of the largest in North America. Through his leadership, perspective and experience, Mr. Bigras has driven the development of the Company’s key financial strategic planning, and brings with him an exceptional track record of disciplined capital allocation and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Bigras holds certificates in Finance and Management from École des Hautes Études commerciales in Montréal.
Michael Boychuk, Director
Mr. Michael T. Boychuk is currently a professional corporate director. He was, from July 2009 to June 2015, President of Bimcor Inc., the pension fund investment manager for the Bell Canada group of companies. From 1999 to 2009, he was Senior Vice-President and Treasurer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, being responsible for all Treasury and Capital Markets activities of the BCE group of companies and, until 2005, he was also responsible for all mergers and acquisition activities. He joined BCE in 1997 as President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE Capital, the venture capital arm of BCE Inc. Mr. Boychuk began his career with KPMG (Peat Marwick) and later joined the Montreal Trust Company where he held progressively more senior positions until 1993. From 1994 to 1997, he managed Manitex Capital Inc., a private equity merchant bank which he co-founded. He currently is a member of the board of directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada (Chairman of the Audit Committee), Telesat Canada (Audit Committee) as well as Cadillac Fairview Inc. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Nunavut Foundation, the McConnell Foundation, the McGill Pension Investment Committee (Chair), Learning Bird Inc, eStruxture Data Centers Inc and Fengate Capital. Mr. Boychuk is a Governor of McGill University and Chair of the University’s Audit Committee. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Faculty of Management of McGill University. Mr. Boychuk is a graduate of McGill University, (BCom 1977, GDPA 1978, CPA, CA 1979, FCPA-FCA 2012). He was appointed a fellow of the institute of Chartered Accountants (Quebec) in 2012 and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for outstanding public and community service in 2013.
David A. Galloway, Director
From 1998 to 2012, Mr. Galloway was a member of Bank of Montreal’s board of directors and was appointed Chairman of the board of directors on May 1, 2004. While at the Bank of Montreal, he served on the Risk Review Committee and the Human Resources and Management Compensation Committee. He was also a director of Harris Financial Corp. and served on its Risk Oversight Committee. Mr. Galloway is the former President and CEO of Torstar Corporation, a position he held from 1988 to 2002. He joined Torstar in 1981 and became the President and CEO for Harlequin Worldwide in 1982. Prior to joining Torstar, he was a founding partner of the Canada Consulting Group, a leading strategic management consulting firm that was acquired by the Boston Consulting Group. He has previously served on the following boards: Shell Canada Ltd., Cognos Incorporated, Abitibi Consolidated, Hudson’s Bay Company, Clearnet Communications Inc., Corel Corporation, Torstar Corporation, Visible Genetics and Westburne Inc. Today, Mr. Galloway is retired but currently sits on the boards of Toromont Industries Ltd. and Cozzini Bros, Inc. Mr. Galloway has a bachelor’s degree (Honours) in political science and economics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Richard G. Roy, Director
Between 1999 and 2015, Mr. Roy served in various executive functions at Uni-Select Inc., a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry, an important automotive parts distributor and the largest independent paint for automotive applications distributor in North America. Mr. Roy has occupied an array of executive positions with Uni-Sélect — from 1999 to 2007, he acted as the company’s CFO, from 2007 to 2008, he acted as its Chief Operating Officer, from 2008 to 2015 he assumed the position of President and CEO and from 2008 he sits on the board of directors. He also currently sits on the board of directors and is the chairman of the audit committee of Dollarama Inc., the leading dollar store operator in Canada with over 1,160 stores spanned across the country. Mr. Roy holds a bachelor’s degree from École des Hautes Études commerciales in Montréal and holds the FCPA-FCA designation.
Carl M. Youngman, Director
Mr. Youngman is founder, Chairman and CEO of Youngman & Charm, a private equity investment management and consulting firm, and is on the Advisory Board of Schultze Asset Management, LLC, a U.S. based distressed securities manager. For over 30 years he has been helping public and private companies, their managements, investors in companies and lenders to companies resolve their operational and financial problems. Mr. Youngman is an active member of several professional associations and was a founder and former Vice Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association and holds the designation of Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) from the Turnaround Management Association and an Executive Masters degree from The American College of Corporate Directors. Mr. Youngman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Suzanne Blanchet, Director
Suzanne Blanchet was president of Cascade Tissue Group from 1997 until 2014, when she was appointed as senior vice president, corporate development, a position she held until 2017. Suzanne is an award-winning manager; she is well known for her solid commitment to sustainable development. Her managerial talents and working knowledge of production have been instrumental in many significant projects, leading to Cascade Tissue Group expansion within Canada and multiple acquisitions in the United States. A woman of influence, Ms. Blanchet sits on various boards of directors, including Agropur, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), Groupe Atis and Solmax. For all her achievements, the Université du Québec en Outaouais has awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2015. Suzanne Blanchet has studied accounting at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and she is member of Institute of Corporate Director.