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22 October 2020

Here are the 2020 winners of the ARISTA Provincial Contest!


The Gala of the 43rd edition of the prestigious ARISTA Provincial Contest, presented by BMO Financial Group, was held yesterday (October 21) in a virtual format. The JCCM would like to thank its MC, host Nicolas Ouellet, and the band Clay & Friends, who brilliantly led this reinvented edition. The JCCM also thanks all the partners involved who, despite the more complex context, supported us so that we could showcase the inspiring leaders of our community.

It was an opportunity to discover extraordinary local talent and to witness the commitment we made to recognize socially responsible leaders by applying progressive criteria to all categories. See for yourselves the excellence of the great winners of the ARISTA 2020 Gala!

Congratulations to the winners of this 43rd edition:

Québec Young Techno-Creative Leader, presented by Ubisoft

Christopher Chancey, CEO, ManaVoid Entertainment

Québec Young Leader: Social Responsibility, presented by Energir

Andréanne Laurin, co-founder and General Manager, LOCO Grocery Store

Québec Young International Leader, presented by Deloitte

Geneviève Marcotte, Executive Director, Trade Missions, Université Laval

Québec Young Transferee, presented by the Solidarity Fund QFL

Benoit Brouillette, general manager, Labplas

Québec young self-employed, presented by Groupe Brivia

Krystel Bourassa, president, NeurOKrono

Québec Young Professional, presented by BLG

Jessica Rassy, Nurse and Associate Professor at Université de Sherbrooke

Québec Young Entrepreneur: Start-up, presented by the Ordre des CPA du Québec

Nivatha Balendra, CEO of Dispersa

Québec Young Entrepreneur: Growing Enterprise, presented by Investissement Québec

Vicky Boudreau, chief executive officer and founding partner, bicom

Québec Young Entrepreneur: Arts and Culture, presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the City of Montréal

Vincent Dubé, general manager and co-founder, Machine de Cirque

Québec Young Executive, presented by BMO Financial Group and Coup de Coeur Hydro-Québec

Jida El Hajjar, PhD, Vice President, Investments and Health Promotion, Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation

John Molson Recognition Award

Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, Nurse Manager, West Island of Montreal ICSUSSH

Social responsibility: an example to follow

In addition to rewarding and showcasing promising Quebec business leaders for their leadership and sense of innovation, the 2020 edition of the ARISTA Provincial Contest now incorporates new, more responsible selection criteria to further highlight community involvement, respect for the environment, and the diversity and richness of the profiles submitted. The JCCM was accompanied by the Honorary President of the ARISTA 2020 Competition, Caroline Ménard, President of Brio Conseils, in this transformation of the criteria. Thanks to these efforts and those of the JCCM's volunteer teams, more than 400 applications were received for this year's competition.


"Since we are the voice of young business leaders, we need to be the bearers of a forward-looking message. The winners were chosen based on their commitment to social responsibility, inclusiveness and diversity. The JCCM is a pioneer in revealing socially responsible talents who will in turn become role models for the next generation of business leaders. »

-Déborah Cherenfant, President and Spokesperson of the JCCM and Regional Director, Women Entrepreneurs, Quebec, TD Bank