Richard J. Renaud, C.M., FCPA
Chairman of the board, Roasters Foundation
Richard J. Renaud has worked actively in private equity with a discipline for workout situations in Canada and the United States for over 30 years. The sectors include manufacturing, financial services and information technologies.
He is currently chairman of the board of Wynnchurch Capital (private equity), TNG Corporation (Renaud Family office), and a member of 12 corporate board of directors. He is also the Chair of e-Concordia, the Concordia University Foundation, as well as the Chairman of the Board of St. Mary’s Hospital Centre.
Richard Renaud was honoured by Pope John Paul II with the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice for distinguished service to the Church of Montreal; the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award from the Dalai Lama; and by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for the National Philanthropy Day Award in Quebec.
President, Roasters Foundation
Rachel H. Renaud is President of the Roasters Foundation. Montreal born and raised, fully bilingual, she is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals, businesses and government agencies on the importance of charitable giving. Her personal mission of UNITING people to share, exchange and grow is evident in every project in which she is involved.
Through the Roasters Foundation, Rachel strives to empower the community by taking an innovative approach to education and health care, stressing partnerships, and leading by example. She is an active member of several associations, including Philanthropic Foundations of Canada (PFC) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Rachel is past chair of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Foundation Cabinet for Pathways to Education Canada. In addition, she sits on the Board of Directors of the NDG Food Depot, Toujours ensemble, Toujours ensemble Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, St. Mary’s Board of Governors, 5300 project at St. Mary’s Hospital, and is Chairman of the Board at Université de Montréal’s Centre for Innovation in Nursing Education (CIFI). Over the last eighteen years she has served on several not for profit boards dedicated to health and education.
She advises in the not for profit sector at both the organizational and board levels. Her strengths include her leadership style, her creativity, as well as her vision. Her moto is “We do not need to reinvent the wheel”.
Roasters foundation board of directors
Director of Research and Evaluation
Robyn holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science from McGill University. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, she worked as a research assistant for the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Public Policy at Concordia University, where she had the opportunity to present her work at academic conferences in Canada and the United States.
She currently chairs the Board of Directors of the NDG Food Depot, an organization that aims to alleviate poverty in the community and provides emergency food services to nearly 600 people per week. She and her husband have two young boys.
David Crevier was called to the Quebec Bar in 1975. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at Loyola College (now Concordia University) and degrees in Civil and Common Law at McGill University. Mr. Crevier sits on the Board of Directors of Yorbeau Resources Inc. and Voti Inc.
Brahm M. Gelfand is a counsel to the firm. Brahm commenced his career as the most junior attorney in a boutique firm which was involved in every imaginable type of litigation matter, from automobile accidents to complex commercial disputes. As he gained experience, he was attracted to the area of business law disputes. Consequently, he found himself advising clients on commercial transactions and not just the litigation arising therefrom. By the time Brahm merged his practice with one of the predecessors of Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melancon, the volume of his non-litigious commercial practice obliged him to direct his litigation activities to others in the firm. This gave him the opportunity to concentrate his activities on mergers and acquisitions, finance and securities. Today, Brahm’s advice and counsel is sought on a wide variety of complex business and strategic issues, on both the national and international levels. Brahm’s clientele is many and varied and consists of owner-operated businesses as well as public companies located in Canada, the United States and abroad.
The nature of his practice has resulted in the development of a widespread global network of relationships. He has been an organizer and participant in many conferences which has enabled him to keep abreast not only of the changes in the practice of law domestically, but also of how the law is practiced in many different jurisdictions.