CEO / Principal
Albert Barbusci is a born entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in advertising, business development and real estate investment. Multilingual and broadly travelled, Barbusci is expansive in his view of business opportunities, especially those of a global nature. Barbusci has worked with business partners around the world including Europe, the Middle East, Japan, China and South East Asia. He established his own highly successful advertising agency, Cadence Communications, in Montréal.
He successfully introduced advertising giant Dentsu (20 billion in global sales) to Canada and successfully established a joint venture, Dentsu Cadence Canada, headquartered in Toronto, and served as CEO. Dentsu Cadence Canada’s clients included Toyota, Lexus and Canon. Today Dentsu is one of the largest and most successful agencies in Canada. In the 1990’s Barbusci became a partner of the Atlanta Consulting Group, a successful U.S. firm, consulting to Fortune 1000 companies. Barbusci also founded and served as CEO of Events International Inc., a full-service, world congress Management Company.
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Barry Sheehy is an accomplished writer and business consultant as well as a powerfully engaging speaker. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies in a range of industries including Transportation, Financial Services, Health Care and Manufacturing—they run the gamut from The Federal Reserve to the NFL to the Government of Kuwait.
He is on Executive Excellence Magazine’s list of top 100 business consultants in America. Consulting as well as his lectures have taken Barry around the world.
He has been the author or a contributing author to seven books and more than fifty published papers and articles. His works have appeared alongside those of Presidents Clinton and Bush, Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin and business leaders such as Lou Gerstner, Jack Welch, Michael Dell as well as Edwards Deming, Stephen R. Covey, Rosebeth Moss Kanter, Gary Hamel, Peter Senge and Tom Peters.
Jonathan Wener, C.M.
Chairman and CEO, the Canderel Group
Jonathan Wener is a highly regarded Canadian business leader with interests in real estate, technology, biotechnology and recycling. He founded Montreal-based Canderel in 1975. Today the company is a national innovator in real estate investment, development and management, with a history of over $11 billion in property transactions and offices in major cities across Canada. As a prominent philanthropist, Mr. Wener is a passionate contributor to the arts, education and healthcare. He serves as chancellor of Concordia University; honorary chair of Concordia's Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign; is a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Fraser Institute; is a member of the board of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre of McGill University, and spearheads the Défi Canderel, which has raised almost $14 million for cancer research for two of Montreal's local cancer research centres. He was a member the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada for 19 years and became a Director Emeritus on March 1, 2017. Mr. Wener was awarded an order of Canada in 2003 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. In September 2017, he was awarded the Samuel Bronfman Medal. The medal honours extraordinary service and leadership to the Montreal Jewish community over an extended period of time.