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

Priscilla Zaatar
Consultant, Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy
514.878.4224, ext.235

Lennie Chadillon
Executive Assistant & Project 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. Mr. Lebeau is the second president of this network of executive search professionals. IESF is the largest retained executive search group in the world identifying talent and leadership in 80 offices and 22 countries globally. In 2011, 2013 2014, and 2015, he was awarded the prestigious trophy Cross-border Assignment at the IESF annual congress in Bangkok, Milan, Montreal, and Hamburg.

Mr. Lebeau has attained many accomplishments. He was a finalist for the category of Entrepreneur in the provincial "Arista" contest hosted by the Young Chamber of Commerce in 1988 and 1990. He served as Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Young Chamber of Commerce in 1991, as well as Chairman of the Chamber's 1989 and m1990 fund raising campaigns. Mr. Lebeau was a Council member of the University Club of Montreal from 1998 to 2007 and a volunteer for the Quebec Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society from 1999 to 2002. In March of 2000, the Quebec MS Society gave him their Leadership Award for his enthusiasm and contribution as a member of the Quebec business community. He was also recruited as a Board member for the Montreal Economic Institute, a non-partisan economic and political think tank, for the Charles Bruneau Foundation, a charitable organization created to help cancer patients amongst children. Since 2008, Mr. Lebeau has been a mentor in the Montreal Young Chamber of commerce program. Currently, Mr. Lebeau is a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Economic Institute.

Mr. Lebeau has been invited as guest speaker at numerous Human Resources development events and conferences in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario in order to discuss topics such as Talent Management, and the HR Branding of organizations. Since 2007, he has presented a variety of subjects such as performance indicators in the executive search sector, onboarding strategies for candidates and branding of service firms. His speeches were within Canada in cities such as Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto along with the International stage in Atlanta, Dallas, Moscow, Madrid, Hong-Kong, and Warsaw.

He has published a few articles within the framework of his functions; he is also often quoted in Quebec trade publications, business newspapers and magazines as well as in the electronic media.

As an avid athlete, Mr. Lebeau was rated one of the top 25 NAIA, singles tennis player throughout his university years in the United-States, and top 10 junior singles player in Canada. During this time, Mr. Lebeau also achieved the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American Student Athlete status. He was inducted in the University of West Florida's athletic hall of fame in 2004. The following list shows a cross-section of consulting engagements Mr. Lebeau has completed.

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 is 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 supports corporate sectors such as finance, IT, communications and marketing. More specifically, her role is to take part in the strategies of various management tables, present files 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 very 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

Passionate about executive recruitment and interpersonal relations, Maxime has been Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy Consultant at Mandrake since 2015. Before joining the team, Maxime earned a bachelor’s degree in demographics from Université de Montréal, known across America for its demographics department. While studying towards his degree, Maxime had a chance to spend two years abroad: the first in Nice, France, at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in economics, and the second in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota in urban geography.

For the past two years, Maxime has been involved in many political organizations and groups—such as Groupe la Relève en famille, en affaires !—with the aim of sharing and acquiring management knowledge and promoting networking. Since 2015, Maxime has been an active member of Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM), recognized globally as the largest Junior Chamber of Commerce. As Competition Director since 2016, he organizes and coordinates Gala ARISTA, a flagship JCCM event over the past 40 years, and supervises a team of about 20 people. Maxime fully intends to continue his involvement and contribute to the success of JCCM for years to come.

Maxime is an ambassador for Mandrake’s values and commitment as Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy Consultant.

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

PRISCILLA ZAATAR

Consultant, Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy

Priscilla Zaatar is known for her ambition and creativity. While studying Communications at Université de Montréal, she was engaged in various sectors specific to that field, including Radio-Canada and a number of major cultural festivals. Her thirst for knowledge steered her toward management, as a result of which she earned a Master’s degree in Management from HEC Montréal.

Her love of travel and cultural diversity, her curiosity and her eagerness to step outside her comfort zone were the catalyst for her participation in an international campus organized in Berlin, Prague and Brussels. It was during her master’s internship in Paris that she found her calling in executive search and recruitment at a world-renowned firm.

With a passion for human relations, Priscilla is delighted to help develop the careers of the candidates she meets as a consultant at Mandrake Montréal. This aspect of her personality drives her even more to become socially involved in student associations and organizations. Her most recent experience was as Vice-President, Communications and Marketing, at Jeune Chambre de Commerce Libanaise in Montréal.

Priscilla hopes to make the most of her versatility to join many other social projects with an impact on education and on the personal development of young professionals.

Priscilla Zaatar
Consultant , Talent Search and Acquisition Strategy
514.878.4224, ext.235