In addition to serving on portfolio companies’ boards of directors, she is Ecotech Québec’s co-founder and Chairwoman and sits on Réseau Capital and Natural Gas Technologies Centre (NGTC)’s Boards of Directors. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and of the Quebec Task Force on renewable energy development. She co-chaired a Task Force under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). She has chaired, or been a member of, many panels of judges, in particular the Grand Prix du génie-conseil québécois, the Canadian Consulting Engineers Awards (ACEC) and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In September 2011, Andrée-Lise was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean16.
Prior to founding Cycle Capital Management, Ms. Méthot created the first Quebec-based venture capital fund specializing in the Cleantech sector, namely the Fonds d’investissement en développement durable (FIDD) which gave birth to Cycle Capital. She also launched a fund specializing in sustainable development, the “Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD)”. She previously worked at Groupe Axor, CINBIOSE, and at the Commission de la Santé et de la Sécurité du Travail (CSST), Québec’s Workplace Health and Safety Board.
She has a Master’s degree in Science from the Université de Montréal. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Geological Engineering from Université Laval. She also studied atmospheric physics at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Michel is a partner in Seed Fund Cycle-C3E, LP. For the past 23 years he has been an involved and true believer in technology startups. As an investor in several venture capital firms, he was engaged in the startup of 16 cleantech and industrial technology companies, and has invested in nine venture capital funds dedicated to technology start-ups in Canada and abroad. Over the past 15 years, Michel has built and managed a portfolio of more than $200M and has been involved in 6 exits.
Michel’s first entrys into the clean technology sector was in 1993 when he started a new product for a division of Bombardier, a new generation of electric vehicles for the North American US market, which he designed, developed and helped commercialize . He began his career as a Project Engineer at CAE, where he was responsible for the development of several flight simulators for airlines globally. He has gained extensive expertise in developing and marketing technology products and in managing business risks.
Michel holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke.
Jean-Francois has over 15 years of professional experience with various technology companies, nine of those years were spent in the investment sector of seed fund / start-up ventures.
Prior to joining the Cycle Capital Management team, Jean-François was managing a portfolio of startup companies in the Cleantech and Industrial Technologies sector, on behalf of the Business Development Bank of Canada and for GO Capital LP. He was a Project Manager for Honeywell in the field of process control for the pulp and paper industry, and for the newspaper printing press industries. Jean-François has both Sales and Project Management experience in the field of ventilation and instrumentation of industrial facilities.
Jean-François is a hands-on Manager and has expertise in all stages of business development, ranging from licensing negotiations with universities and research centers, to the sale of companies to strategic industrial partners.
He has served on the board of directors of several privately owned companies and non-profit organizations.
Jean-François holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in finance from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal.
In 2009, Louis returned to private practice and formed his own Seattle law firm, THE POINT LAW GROUP, where he advises technology companies in the US, Canada and abroad with an emphasis on business and intellectual property related counseling & transactions, IP strategy and IP assets management. Louis is also an adjunct professor for the University of Washington's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law & Policy. He recently founded and is the CEO of Tangible IP, LLC a firm focusing on strategic intellectual property advisory and on patent sales. He also remains a partner at Tynax, the largest patent and technology trading exchange.
Louis is admitted to practice in both Quebec and the US and he is a frequent guest speaker locally and internationally on the subject of intellectual property strategy, innovation and licensing and how they relate to business. In addition to teaching at the University of Washington, he serves as faculty for the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and the American Conference Institute (ACI) and is a strategic advisor and lecturer with the Silicon Valley Business School. He is also a special consultant for intellectual property and licensing strategies to the CEIM, one of the largest startup incubators in Canada and a regular consultant with the Executive Forum where he advises Wall Street analysts around latest developments and the business of IP. Louis holds a US and international patent around multimedia technology.
Louis studied at McGill University in Economics & Finance, Common Law at Dalhousie University and his law degree from University of Montreal.