Annual General Meeting 2023

Annual General Meeting 2023 All Board members were invited to our Annual General Meeting on March 30, which was held by virtual means.

We wished an emotional farewell to Sandra Péloquin, who worked with The Montreal Group for 10 years, serving as Secretary-General of the organization. Her positive leadership and devotion have been key to the growth of our association throughout the years. She will be dearly missed by all of our members & the Secretariat! Sandra, on te souhaite tous la meilleure des chances dans tes projets futurs !

We welcome our new Secretary-General, Karen Kastner (BDC). It is a pleasure to have you on board! 

The Group officially welcomed a new member, British Business Bank - BBB (England) who will be represented by Shanika Amarasekara. We greatly look forward to continue collaborating with them!

We also shared videos from external guests, including Anna FälthRémy Rioux & Pierre Cléroux, from UN Women, Agence Française Développement and BDC respectively.


  • Ms. Isabelle Bébéar (Bpifrance), Co-chair
  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Di Bartoloméo (Wallonie Entreprendre), Co-chair
  • Mr. Abdulaziz Al Zaid (SIDF), Vice-chair
  • Mr. Jérôme Nycz (BDC), Treasurer
  • Ms. Shanika Amarasekara (BBB), Director
  • Mr. Gabriel Ervilha (BNDES), Director
  • Dr. Tony Okpanachi (DBN), Director
  • Mr. Juuso Heinilä (Finnvera), Director
  • Ms. Natalia Santoyo, on behalf of Iván Cornejo (Nafin)
  • Mr. Sudatta Mandal (SIDBI), Director
  • Taoufiq LahRach, on behalf of Hicham Zanati (Tamwilcom)

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