Francophone business leaders recognized at annual gala

Sebastien Brunet, president of Ed Brunet et Associés Canada Inc., speaks during the 2023 Emerald Gala.

Local francophone business leaders were celebrated last evening at the 2023 Emerald Gala. The Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA) announced the Hall of Fame personality of the year and various other winners at its annual event. 

“This showcasing of francophone businesses and personalities is without doubt the cornerstone of a strong and constantly evolving francophone economy,” said Marc Chenier, RGA executive director. 

This year, 11 winners in various categories were recognized: 

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Personality of the year 

Ronald François Caza, partner at Caza Saikaley LLP 

Executive, private sector 

Robert Taillefer, President, Croisières Outaouais 

Executive, public sector 

Elizabeth Tanguay, Director, Équipe santé Ontario Archipel 

Diversity and inclusion leader 

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Women in business 

Mélany Chrétien, Director, Integrated Communications, Ottawa Community Housing 

Young entrepreneur 

Mohamed M. Diallo, CEO, Technologie BioEureka 


Céline Solmini, Co-founder, Cochlea Team 


Charles M. Cuerrier, CEO, Spiderwort Inc. 

Large enterprise 

Sebastien Brunet, President, Ed Brunet et Associés Canada Inc. 

NPO – institution 

Jean-François Bard, General Manager, Fondation des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est 

For more than 40 years, RGA has promoted and supported the success of francophone and francophile businesspeople in the National Capital Region.

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