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Our Team

Ronald Dahms
Executive Chair


Ronald Dahms joined Optimum Talent in 2005 as Managing Partner, to contribute his solid experience in business development, marketing and strategy.

During his career, Ronald successfully held several executive positions within major corporations such as Bombardier, Desjardins and Export Development Canada. Prior to this, he worked nearly a decade for The Great-West Life Assurance Company.

Ronald holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toronto and has completed the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization from Stanford University-Graduate School of Business.

Ronald is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Rehab Institute. He is also a very active member of the “Young Presidents’ Organization” where he held the role as Chairman of the Quebec Chapter and also served on the Canadian Executive and on a committee of the International Board of Directors.

He serves or has served on many boards of directors in the business and educational community.

Marie Pinsonneault
President, Eastern Region


Marie Pinsonneault is well known in the Montreal business community for her leadership, her contagious energy and her innovative spirit.

While Marie has played key business roles for almost 35 years, she has more specifically been involved in HR and talent consulting since 2006. Prior to discovering the world of consulting, she led various organisations and business units, in addition to  fulfilling several executive functions with prominent companies.

In 1984, Marie founded Intelpro Inc., her own business which specialized in databases and digital information. The company was acquired by Thomson Corp. in 1991, but she maintained her leadership role until 1997. She then moved on to fulfill various executive assignments in the media industry, including the position of  New Media & Business Development Executive Director at Radio Canada.

Marie initially embraced her HR consulting career working with a well-know executive search firm. She then became Senior Vice-president at Aon Hewitt where she led eastern Canada’s business development for almost 10 years.

Solange Gauthier, CRHA
Director, Human Resources


Solange Gauthier is Director, Human Resources at Optimum Talent. She holds a Bachelor of Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management and is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA).

She joined Optimum Talent in 2010. In her current role, she is responsible for human resource management for our Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic offices. She advises and assists managers in the interpretation and application of policies, procedures and laws that relate to human resource management.

She also supervises the performance appraisal process, keeps the compensation system updated, manages the staffing process and collaborates with managers and employees in labor relations issues.

As she was involved in the developed and implementation of human resources programs, she is able to understand the challenges that human resources managers are facing. Solange has also extensive project management experience, primarily in a major consulting firm. She works at achieving excellence in the consulting process and continuous enhancement, thus reaching objectives based on the business plan.

Solange is known for her people skills, versatility and her desire to assist in the advancement of the HR profession.

Alain Forget, M. Ps.
Vice President & Executive Coach


With over 30 years of experience in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Alain is a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec since 1983 and holds a M.Ps. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Montreal (1982). Having worked as national and international consultant in organizational performance and change management, Alain also intimately knows the workings of large organizations.

Alain conducted psychometric assessment of leadership profile and 3600 survey feedback for hundreds of leaders from all levels and evolving in various industries. He coached his clients in the interpretation of their results and supported them in their development plan and career planning.

With his conceptual and practical mind, he contributes greatly to the success of his clients through his ability to identify key dimensions of each leadership profile and proposes appropriate solutions. Alain has developed expertise in the implementation of creative solutions for individuals and teams through psychometric evaluation, team effectiveness diagnostic and coaching, and at the organization level by undertaking major projects in the field of organizational transformation.

Annie Lafrenière, M. Ps.


Annie LaFrenière holds of a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  She joined the Optimum Talent team in 2008, after working for the McGill University Health Centre’s Research and Intervention Centre for Healthy Workplaces.

Annie engages primarily in mandates that relate to professional and management skills evaluations, organizational diagnosis, training, team building and conflict resolution. She conducts investigations following a psychological harassment complaint at work. She also holds an expertise in the development of psychometric tools and training materials, data collection, facilitating workshops and working groups.

Jean-Pierre Picard, M.SC
Executive Coach


Jean-Pierre’s career unfolded in the iron and steel industry, where he occupied various positions of responsibility, beginning with British Steel in Canada. In 1980, he joined Sidbec, where he became Vice-President of Sales and Marketing concurrent with his position as Head of the Information Technologies department.

Following the acquisition of Sidbec by the Mittal compagny (known today as ArcelorMittal) in 1994, he participated in a number of corporate mandates.  In 1999, he was handed the responsibility of e-commerce implementation at the Mittal Group. He then became Corporate Director of Marketing, where he was the Executive Head of Sales and Marketing for the Mittal Group’s global operations, with production units in thirteen countries and sales in over 90 countries.  All of these roles, carried out in the context of cultural diversity, brought him exceptional experience in managing teams and human resources.

Jean-Pierre has served on numerous Boards of Directors in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He holds a Master of Science in Administrative Sciences from Université Laval.

Mathieu Blais, Psy. D.
Senior Consultant


Mathieu Blais is completing a doctorate degree in organizational psychology from the Université de Sherbrooke. Fascinated by psychometrics, his thesis contributes to the ongoing development and validation of the Pathfinder Career System. He has collaborated with Optimum Talent since 2012, before taking a consultant role as part of our organizational psychology team in 2014.

Mathieu routinely engages in mandates that relate to potential evaluation of professionals, managers and students, as part of personnel selection processes, leadership development initiatives and career orientation. As an organizational development consultant, Mathieu is involved in activities supporting effective HR processes, as competency modeling, job analysis and organizational diagnostics. His interest for team dynamics and psychological health in the workplace also led him to take part in various projects, from supporting team effectiveness through workshops to evaluating work climate within groups or supporting psychological harassment investigations.

Nadia Salvati, M. Ps., M. Sc., CRHA
Senior Consultant


A graduate of the University of Montreal in Work and Organizational Psychology, Nadia Salvati holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from HEC Montréal. She is a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec and a member of the Ordre des Conseillers en Ressources Humaines Agréés. She has been doing consulting work in organizational psychology since 2004.

Nadia has extensive expertise in the field of measurement and assessment. The numerous mandates carried out in assessing competencies and the potential of a diverse range of executive, management and professional positions have led her to work with organizations as well as small and large companies operating in a wide variety of sectors. She is also involved in leadership development programs, 360o surveys and succession management processes. She is also called upon to develop competency profiles, individual development plans or training materials on various subjects. Lastly, she also provides assistance to selection committees in the staffing of upper management positions of organizations in the parapublic or non-profit sector.

Her experience and her knowledge of human resources management and practices enables her to contribute effectively to organizational diagnosis and other organizational development projects.

Nicole Langlois, PCC


Nicole believes that genuineness has its place in any organization while being aware that actions prevail in all leadership situations. Emotional intelligence is at the hub of her coaching approach and she is empathic towards her clients in order to help them reach their full potential.

Led by her inquisitive nature and desire to learn, Nicole has grasped all opportunities for development as manager in a large telecommunication company for more than 20 years. Her vast experience in budget analysis, recruitment, operations and as a change agent has allowed her to develop strong interpersonal skills and a talent for coaching.

Over the past 15 years, 10 of which at Optimum Talent, Nicole has helped managers from all business sectors successfully manage their career and develop their skills. Nicole has successfully completed her training at the Coaching de Gestion school and has additional training in helping relationship and mental health. She holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) titles and is a member of the International Coach Federation as well as the FICQ (Fédération internationale des coachs du Québec). She is also certified in administering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Richard La Rue, CPCC, PCC
Vice President & Executive Coach


Richard is a seasoned, internationally experienced leader in Senior Executive positions in various industries. He has gained strong credibility by providing value-added senior managerial and legal services during periods of both growth and difficulty. Having successfully managed his career, Richard strongly believes in the potential and natural resourcefulness of his clients and is committed to helping them to powerfully manage their career and career transitions.

From 2001 to 2011 Richard operated as Interim President & C.E.O, as well as Vice President, Legal Affairs, Human Resources & Corporate Secretary for Ambrilia Biopharma Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. From 1998 to 2001, he acted as Legal Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary for PCI Chemicals Canada Inc. From 1996 to 1998, Richard was a member of two international consultants teams; one sponsored by the World Bank, advising the Republic of Congo, the other sponsored by CIDA, advising the Government of Indonesia. From 1987 to 1996, he was Senior Solicitor for Canadian Pacific Limited. Prior to that, from 1975 to 1987, Richard was a practitioner in civil and commercial law.

Highly committed to the coaching profession, Richard is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) with the designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach® (CPCC) from CTI® – The Coaches Training Institute. He is a Licentiate in law and holds a degree in Notarial Law. Richard is currently Past President and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Coach Federation (Quebec).

Yves Lanctôt
Executive Coach


Yves has been coaching since 2011. He joined the Optimum Talent team in 2017. Up to now, he has coached more than 65 managers, executives and business leaders through 15 different companies of all sizes, from multinationals to SME. His mandates range from Skills and Leadership Development, training the next generation of managers and executives, Strategic Planning, Business Staging, as well returning to a more balanced life. Over the past years, Yves has developed many training and coaching programs, all designed to meet his customers needs and to help them reach their full potential.

Yves holds 25 years of experience as a manager. He worked his way up the ladder from Manager of Engineering to Plant Manager and up to VP, COO. Throughout his career, he has mainly worked for multinational companies in Europe (Philips) and the USA (Westinghouse), as well as Nova Pb, a medium size company in Quebec. During these years, he has developed and implemented winning strategies for all of the many stages of the Business Life Cycle (start-up, fast growth, maturity and decline). He also worked at initiating and implementing diversified activities for a company’s renewed growth.

Yves has completed a Training Program in Professional Coaching, attained ICF certification (International Coach Federation) and is in the process of obtaining his PCC certification (Professional Certified Coach). He holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration (EMBA) specialized in General Management from Sherbrooke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He is also a certified trainer in Management from the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail du Québec and a certified consultant for numerous psychometric tests firms.

Yves is a member of various organizations: ICF and ICF Québec, AMBAQ (Quebec MBA Association) and OIQ (Quebec Engineer’s Order). From 2005 to 2008, he was one of the member of the Montreal Club of Future CEO from the Groupement des chefs d’entreprises du Québec and in 2016, he has been acting as an Expert member for this organization.

Pierre Payette
Vice President


Pierre brings in-depth experience to our executive search practice.  He began his career in the oil and gas industry with Petro-Canada, where he spent 12 years in various management positions in Sales and Marketing.  He subsequently moved to a career in Executive Search where he joined the ranks of a leading international executive search firm.  He remained with the firm for 20 years and was a global Partner for 15 years, managing some of the firm’s key client relationships in Canada. Over the years, Pierre has serviced a wide range of clients with particular emphasis on retail and distribution, manufacturing as well as the media and broadcast sectors.  Pierre brings an extensive track record of recruiting candidates to executive level positions across a broad spectrum of C Suite functions.  He has also worked closely with Boards on more strategic issues in Talent Development and he has brought added value to highly complex searches across international markets.  Pierre holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Université de Montréal and a MBA from McGill University.

André Couillard
Vice President


For nearly 20 years, André has been active in executive recruitment with national and international executive search firms based in Ottawa and Montréal. His previous business experience includes executive positions in human resources and operations in Montréal and Toronto for large national and international corporations, including Sears Canada, Chateau Stores, Shirmax, and Henry Birks and Sons Ltd.

André possesses a broad range of executive search expertise spanning the public, para-public, not-for-profit and private sectors. He has led engagements in numerous industries including, energy, retail, manufacturing, crown agencies and corporations, government, associations and foundations, health, academia, and education. Over the years, André has advised many private and public boards and placed a number of directors, board members and senior executives.  His recent client list includes: Saputo Boulangerie, Velan, Bell Helicopter Textron, BDC, City of Ottawa, Vermont Gas, Ottawa Hydro, Brookfield Energy, Groupe Dynamite, and a number of schoolboards and universities.

André is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and has contributed to its Montréal Director Program for many years, being one of the panel members on its board recruitment session. André has firsthand board experience having served as both President and a Member of the Board of Governors of Le Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale in Ottawa, a Board Member of the Montréal Clinical Research Institute and Chair of the Board of its foundation, and holding Board Member positions with the Quebec Retail Council, Montréal Destination Centre-Ville, and the Quebec Kidney Foundation.

Johanne Pettigrew


Johanne is a Search Manager with the executive search team. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree, Johanne has more than 25 years’ experience in a variety of sectors where she has held different positions. Her fifteen plus years of recruiting experience has made it possible for Johanne to take part in carrying out numerous recruiting assignments for senior and middle managers. Johanne is recognized for her team spirit and constant concern for improving processes and client services.

Pierre Touchette, PCC
Executive Coach


For nearly 25 years, Pierre has developed a sustained experience and a profound passion for the development of individuals and organizations. His personal development, professional and academic practices as well as his approach as an Executive Coach have enabled him to become a subject matter expert in his field.

Pierre joined the Optimum Talent’s team in August of 2013 as Vice President and Practice Leader of the coaching practice. He was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and Head of the national practice, Coaching and Leadership in 2015, at which time he led the national team of coaches, ensuring the company’s outreach in order to maintain its reputation of excellence in coaching. Since July 2017, Pierre has reinvested himself in his consulting and training business, while continuing his collaboration with Optimum Talent as Executive Coach and Project Manager for the Coaching Practice in Quebec.

As entrepreneur since 2000, he has collaborated in the professional development of numerous executives, managers and entrepreneurs in organizations of all sizes, in various sectors of activity. Previously, he has held several strategic positions in the financial services sector in Canada, including as Regional Director, Branch Manager, Director, Sales Training and as an Executive Coach to the SVP for BMO Bank of Montreal Quebec Division.

Pierre is part of 60 top-level experts of the HEC Montréal Executive Education, whose mission is to support individuals and organizations in leadership development at all levels. He has also been teaching at the undergraduate level and in the MBA program at HÉC Montréal since 2002.

Pierre acquired the title of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the ICF (International Coach Federation) and is a member of ICF Québec. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration, he continued his MBA studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax.