Jury Members

Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra Cousteau, President of Jury

National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and water advocate

alexandra@aquahacking.com

Globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the weighty issues of policy, politics and action. Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.

Philppe De Gaspé Beaubien

Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien III

Chairman, President and CEO of T Investment Corp and President and CEO of the de Gaspe Beaubien Foundation

philippe@aquahacking.com

Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien III is a graduate from Harvard (MBA) and McGill University (M.Ed). He is passionate about business development and new technologies, constantly on the lookout for new innovations and companies on the verge of breaking out.

Philippe contributed to the development of Telemedia, the family-owned media conglomerate which he lead together with his brother and sister. During the 1990s, Telemedia was one of the largest radio broadcasters at 84 radio stations and the largest consumer magazine publisher in Canada. Following the sale of the company’s magazine and radio assets, Philippe founded T Investment Corp., a Canadian holding company which invests in companies that develop niche strategies with the potential of revolutionizing their respective industries.

In addition to being Chairman, President and CEO of T Investment Corp., Philippe is Chairman of Redline Communications Inc., President and CEO of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, and a director of the following companies: Biomod Concepts Inc. (Vice Chairman), PUR Vodka (Chairman), eers Global Technologies Inc. (Chairman), Starlink Corporation Inc. (Chairman), Zoom Media Group Inc., and Business Families Foundation.

Mitch Garber

Mitch Garber

CEO, Caesars Acquisition Company and Chair of Cirque du Soleil’s Board of directors

mitch@aquahacking.com

Mitch Garber attended McGill University earning a B.A. and University of Ottawa earning a law degree.

In 1999 he joined SureFire Commerce Inc., while still a lawyer, and was quickly appointed CEO. In 2006 he moved to Europe to become CEO of PartyGaming plc, then the largest interactive gaming company in the world. In 2008 he became CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and more recently CEO of Las Vegas based Caesars Acquisition Company, which includes the interactive businesses and six well-known casino resort hotels.

Mitch also seats on various boards: St. Mary’s Hospital, One Drop Foundation, Weizmann Institute, Aleh Hospitals in Israel, Fondation Montreal Inc., Lower Canada College and McGill Faculty of Medicine.

Mitch Garber is a “Dragon” on the French version of Dragon’s Den for the 2015 season. As of April 2015, he chairs Cirque du Soleil’s Board of directors.

Éric Boyko

Eric Boyko

Co-founder, President and CEO,
Stingray Digital

eric@aquahacking.com

An entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience with start-ups, Mr. Boyko is co-founder, President, and CEO of Stingray Digital Inc., the world-leading supplier of advanced music services for television service operators.

Previously, Mr. Boyko founded and was President of eFundraising.com Corporation, which became a leader in the North American fundraising industry. In 2006, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

Mr. Boyko is also a board member of the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Montreal Development Program, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Montreal Economic Institute and the Angel Investors of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal.

A graduate of McGill University, Mr. Boyko became a Certified General Accountant in 1997.

Jean-François Barsoum

Jean-François Barsoum

Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, Water and Transportation at IBM

jeanfrancois@aquahacking.com

After joining IBM’s Strategy Consulting practice in 1996, Jean-François Barsoum began developing technology business plans and strategies.

In 2008, he was among the few Canadians selected by the Al gore's Climate Project to receive training from the Nobel peace laureate. In 2011, he joined the board of directors of Mr. Gore's "Climate Reality Project Canada".

Throughout the years, he was a keynote speaker around the world on the topics of smart cities, innovation, corporate responsibility and climate change.

He is a member of the steering committee of the David Suzuki Foundation (Québec), a director at the Canadian Water Network and the leader of IBM's Green Community, founded in 1999.