Our Team

Superior Talent Acquisition.

MANDRAKE  |  MONTREAL

 

Normand Lebeau
President & Chief Guardian of the Mandrake Experience
514.878.4224, ext.234

Denise Brisebois
Vice-President & Practice Leader
514.878.4224, ext.236

Danny Savard
Vice-President & Practice Leader
514.878.4224, ext.231

Maxime Lebeau
Consultant, Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy
514.878.4224, ext.239

Anne-Sophie Laforest
Consultant, Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy
514.878.4224, ext.235

Sophie Turcotte
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
514.878.4224, ext.233

BIO


NORMAND LEBEAU 

President & Chief Guardian of the Mandrake Experience

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of West Florida, Normand joined Trans-Canada Glass Inc. as a Marketing Management trainee, focusing on brand image and business development.

In 1986, Mr. Lebeau left Trans-Canada and, along with another partner, founded what was to become one of the largest P.O.S. manufacturing firms in Canada. After successfully growing the business throughout Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, Mr. Lebeau sold his equity position in 1996 to join Mandrake as the Managing Partner of the company's Montreal office. Since that time, he has developed a multi-specialist executive search practice servicing intermediate and senior levels within the Quebec market.

In September 2014, Mr. Lebeau was elected President of the International Executive Search Federation (IESF) at the Annual General Meeting in Delhi, India. He served as Global President of the IESF through 2018 inclusively. He now sits on the Leadership Council of the organization. IESF is the largest retained executive search group in the world identifying talent and leadership through its 80 offices in 22 countries globally. In 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Cross-border Assignment trophy at the IESF annual congress in Bangkok, Milan, Montreal, Hamburg and Sydney.

Throughout his career, M. Lebeau has served as Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Young Chamber of Commerce in 1991, as well as Chairman of the Chamber's 1989 and 1990 fund raising campaigns. In March of 2000, the Quebec division of the SCSP gave him their Leadership Award for his enthusiasm and contribution as a member of the Quebec business community. Since 2008, Mr. Lebeau has been a mentor in the Montreal Young Chamber of commerce program. Currently, Mr. Lebeau is the Chairman of the Board of the Montreal Board of Trade’s Foundation as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Economic Institute also serving as the Chairman of the Admission’s and Human Resources Committees.

SEARCH EXPERIENCE

General Management:

  • President and CEO for Biotechnology company
  • President of a Packaged Goods company
  • Chief Operating Officer for a leading Global security company
  • Chief Operating Officer for a distribution company (pharma)
  • Executive Vice-President, software Solution Company
  • General Manager for a Canadian subsidiary of a European Pharmaceutical company
  • General Manager for a market leading entertainment company
  • Executive Vice-President for retail automotive company

Marketing:

  • Vice-President Marketing for a cable company
  • Vice-President Marketing for major consumer packaged goods company
  • Vice-President Marketing for a Pulp and paper company
  • Vice-President Marketing for Telecom company
  • Vice-President Marketing for a Software company (telecom)
  • Vice-President Marketing for a Canadian retail bank
  • Vice-President Marketing for a major fashion retail company
  • Vice-President Marketing/Communication for an entertainment company

Sales:

  • Vice-President Sales, fashion retail company
  • Vice-President Retail Sales and business development for a cable company
  • Vice-President Sales for a telecom-Wireless Company
  • Vice-President Sales for a consumer packaged goods company
  • Vice-President Sales for a sport equipment manufacturer
  • Vice-President Sales for a major Canadian brewery
  • Vice-President Sales for a construction equipment manufacturer

Finance:

  • Chief Financial Officer for a global security corporation
  • Chief Financial Officer for a North American nutritional company
  • Chief Financial Officer for a construction company
  • Senior Vice-President of finance for a cable company
  • Senior Vice-President of Finance for a pulp and paper company
  • National Corporate Controller for a major Canadian brewery

Human Resources:

  • Vice-President Human Resources for a Canadian Airline
  • Vice-President Human Resources for a leading Packaged goods company
  • Vice-President Human Resources for a Diagnostics company
  • Vice-President Human Resources for an international entertainment/travel company
  • Vice-President Human Resources for a media company
  • Vice-President Human Resources for a Health Care company
  • Vice-President Human Resources for a fashion retail organization
  • Vice-President Human Resources for a communication company

Operations & Information Technology:

  • Vice-President Supply Chain Management for a pulp and paper company
  • Vice-President of Supply Chain for a Diagnostics company
  • Vice-President Operations for a Canadian automotive retail company
  • Vice-President Operations for a communication company
  • Vice-President Technology for a Communication company
  • Vice-President Operations for a construction product manufacturer
  • Vice-President Information Technology for a hardware products distribution company

Other Functions:

  • Vice-President Medical Affairs for a Global Pharmaceutical company
  • Vice-President Scientific Affairs for a diagnostics company
  • Vice-President operational risk assessment for a Canadian retail bank
  • Vice-President knowledge management for a Global leader in entertainment

Normand Lebeau
President & Chief Guardian of the Mandrake Experience
514.878.4224, ext.234

DENISE BRISEBOIS, MBA

Vice-President & Practice Leader

Ms. Brisebois has a very accomplished track record. She rose through the ranks in human resources primarily in the financial sector, notably at Desjardins Group, Laurentian Bank and BNP Paribas, in addition to spending ten years at accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. As Senior Vice-President and Executive Vice‑President – Human Resources, she successfully implemented and completed a number of strategic projects, headed large teams and sat on various committees within these firms, such as the Executive, Management and Efficiency Committee, and on the HR committees of boards of directors.

In 2011, Ms. Brisebois joined the Desjardins Group and became Senior Vice‑President – Human Resources, Consulting. In that capacity, she was responsible for a team of approximately 150 people whose mission is to support the HR function for all Desjardins Group corporate sectors and entities, representing more than 25,000 employees. These entities comprise two insurance companies and one securities firm, including the retail and capital markets sector, the investment portfolio and investment funds sectors, and a number of other banking and insurance sectors. Her team also supported corporate sectors such as finance, IT, communications and marketing. More specifically, her role was to take part in the strategies of various management groups, present findings to various boards of directors, coach her team and managers at the Executive VP and VP level, and ensure people development. These many accomplishments include a number of organizational transformations within the personal insurance firm and the wealth management sector. She is also an active agent for culture change in order to break down silos and create cross-functional bodies. She has spent her career actively recruiting senior executives.

Ms. Brisebois holds a bachelor’s degree in administration as well as an MBA in financial services from Université du Québec à Montréal. She has also taken part in many discussion groups within the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec and is a member of the Association des femmes en finance du Québec.

Denise Brisebois
Vice-President & Practice Leader
514.878.4224, ext.236

DANNY SAVARD, P.Eng.

Vice-President & Practice Leader

After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, Mr. Savard held a variety of positions, primarily in the areas of strategic sales organization and management, business turnaround, and the organization and management of operations management. He has worked for several leading organizations such as Hewitt Equipment, Mecfor, Cegertec WorleyParsons, Wajax Equipment, Goodfellow and Symbiose & Strategies. He has held positions in sales management, general management, sales/marketing vice presidency, executive presidency and presidency.

Throughout his career, Mr. Savard has been exposed in the front line to the real and practical challenges of a business manager focused on concrete results: strategic development of organizations, implementation of operational processes and performance indicators, and selection/development of employees.

With the combination of all his past experiences, he is able to fully understand the operational requirements of his clients. His practical expertise allows him to advise and support his clients in the definition and realization of their executive search mandates. In addition, his extensive network of contacts in the fields of engineering, equipment, industrial production, logistics, mining & metals and information technology allows him to constantly keep abreast of technological developments and market trends.

Mr. Savard has developed a strong passion for interpersonal relationships and talent management. In addition to intimately understanding the needs of his clients, he is able to draw an accurate portrait of the profiles sought and recommend the appropriate candidates who will integrate perfectly in the organization.

Danny Savard
Vice-President & Practice Leader
514.878.4224, ext.231

MAXIME LEBEAU

Consultant, Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy

Fascinated by Executive Recruitment and Interpersonal Relations, Maxime has supported or led more than 100 assignments since his beginning in 2015.

Before joining the team, Maxime completed a bachelor's degree in Demography at the Université de Montréal, a university recognized for having lay down the first demography department in North America. As part of the completion of his baccalaureate, Maxime had the chance to spend two years abroad: at first in Nice, France, at the University Sophie Antipolis in economics, and second, in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota in urban geography.

Since 2017, Maxime has been involved in various organizations and groups of a political nature and economic development such as the "Groupe la Relève en famille, en affaires! ".

Since 2015, Maxime has been an active member of the “Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal” (JCCM). In addition to serving on the JCCM's Executive Committee in 2016, Maxime will hold several management positions within the JCCM. Since 2019, Maxime has been involved in his community by sitting on the board of directors of an NPO in the Villeray-Parc-Extension neighbourhood, which helps disadvantaged youth to give them the tools and resources to reach university.

Maxime wants to actively participate in the international reputation of local businesses by matching the needs of these companies with the profile of the ideal candidate.

Maxime is an ambassador of Mandrake's values as a Consultant in Strategy for Research and Talent Acquisition.

Maxime Lebeau
Consultant , Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy
514.878.4224, ext.239

ANNE-SOPHIE LAFOREST

Consultant, Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy

Working in the field of research for the past four years, Anne-Sophie joined Mandrake’s team in 2018 as a consultant and specialist in research strategy and talent acquisition. Earlier in her career, Anne-Sophie completed a Bachelor's degree in scriptwriting and creative writing as well as psychological studies, both at Université de Montréal.

In 2015, Anne-Sophie began her career with a real estate research team located in downtown Montreal. During her years with this organization, she acquired a lot of knowledge about different industries located throughout the greater Montreal area and across Canada.

Anne-Sophie is a Consultant in talent search and acquisition strategy possessing a great vivacity of mind, a big intellectual curiosity as well as a significant passion for human relations. 

Anne-Sophie Laforest
Consultant , Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy
514.878.4224, ext.235