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Our Team

Andre (Michaels) Michalopoulos

Andre (Michaels) Michalopoulos was always a visionary and an entrepreneur even at an early age. At 23 years, he started his first business in Ottawa, Ontario, and successfully built it for the next six years. He then moved on to work for New York Life Insurance in 1988, where he acted as an insurance and investment advisor. For three consecutive years, he was part of its Executive Council, and on the 3rd year of his tenure, he was awarded a position at the Million Dollar Round Table, an elite club open only to the best advisors.

​Armed with this new purpose, in 1991, he gave his demission at New York Life to become an independent investment, insurance, and business consultant. At first, he started by supporting local businesses and communities, guiding them to better manage their business, as well as get the most out of their investments. Shortly after that, he worked on financing several startups and expanding businesses. Through his hard work, integrity and dedication to his vision, he was able build a network of clients and key individuals in multiple industries.


After 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Andre was naturally drawn to the banking world.  His best qualities were magnified in managing and raising capital for clients in a variety of sectors. He supports some of the largest banking and credit union clients as well as those in the mortgage sector. He is also responsible for financial management, business development, organizing, leading, evaluating and problem solving.


Mr. Michalopoulos' primary focus is to stay abreast with the financial industry. Andre stays ahead of the financial curve through assimilating information, trends, issues and technological developments generated by banks, investors and international conferences. Staying at the forefront of the clients' individual sectors assists Michalopoulos in strategically positioning the client in a winning circle.
Mr. Andre Michalopoulos sits on the Board of the English Montreal School Board Foundation and currently is the Chairman of the Board of Governors (Montreal) of The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.

Michel Côté

Chartered accountant by training, Michel Côté has more than 30 years of experience in which he has developed skills as a leader, organiser, and negotiator.   Over his career, Mr. Côté has had the opportunity to act in many sectors, from food distribution to commodities, from construction engineering to professional hockey.

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As a consensus builder, Mr. Cote has grown comfortable with the political and bureaucratic processes. With elaboration, Mr. Cote  has served as minister of key departments in the federal government. As Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs he was responsible for several major reforms. As Minister responsible for Canada Post, he initiated the restructuring that led to the Corporation’s financial autonomy. He was Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion and Investment, as well as Minister of Supply and Services and Receiver General for Canada.  He was also the Assistant to the Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. 

Currently a turnaround and restructuring specialist, he is stimulated by difficult situations and missions considered impossible, such as the creation of the Québec Nordiques. Some other examples of his achievements facing tough odds include: the victory of the Progressive Conservative party in 1984, the transformation of Canada Post, the acquisition and rationalisation of Steinberg Inc., and the orderly liquidation of Dominion Bridge Corporation. He has insured  the continuity of the operations at the Davie shipyard in Quebec before completing the sale.

Michel Côté has been active in organised hockey for more than 25 years.  A founding member and shareholder of the Québec Nordiques, co-owner of Québec City’s Les Remparts hockey club, President of the Québec Junior Major Hockey League Hall of Fame, he has been agent and business advisor for several players and coaches in the National Hockey League.

With numerous years under his belt, Michel Cote's sterling reputations and skills bring forth a winning combination to our team at Invessa.

Gilles Jacques

Currently practising mergers and acquisitions and project financing, Gilles Jacques is comfortable and thrilled by projects that appear extremely difficult to put together. Whatever the business challenge, creating partnerships abroad, putting consortiums together or finding investors and financing, his business experience and network are used to meet and surpass his client’s expectation.

As an executive Mr. Jacques has 
  • Financed above one billion dollars of assets.
  • Managed short term investments and foreign currencies with hedging programs.
  • Acquired, merged or privatised companies for more than two hundred million dollars.
  • Controlled and coordinated financing and cash flows of many multi-national subsidiaries.
  • Managed Finance and I.T. departments.
  • Developed and implemented financing policies.
  • Directed risk management programs.
  • Structured and directed strategic and operational planning processes.
  • Implemented and reinforced operational and internal controls.
  • Directed and controlled audits.
  • Been a member of various committees such as rationalization, operational and executive and board of directors.

As an advisor Mr. Jacques worked with:
  • Project financing.
  • Mergers & acquisitions.
  • trategic partnerships and alliances with various groups in India, Russia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Europe and North America.
  • A sector study sponsored by the Quebec Government, as a co-author, of which consisted of assessing how global manufacturing has impacted or will impact on Quebec's metal fabricating and manufacturing industry and make recommendations as to how to improve or strengthen the Quebec metallurgic sector.
  • Many corporations on financing and management matters.
Invessa works hand in hand with numerous seasoned and well-respected firms and individuals that are leaders in their respective industries and fields, just to name a few.

BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
  • Bank Of Montreal
  • Caisse Desjardins
  • Federal Development Business Bank of Canada (BDC)
  • Laurentien Bank
  • Laurentien securities
  • National Bank
  • Royal Bank Dominion Securities
  • Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
  • Scotia Bank (BNS)
  • Toronto Dominion Bank (TD)
  • Wells Fargo

ACCOUNTING FIRMS
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Richter Chamberland
  • Samson Belaire

LAW FIRMS
  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Fraser Milner Casgrain
  • New House Strategic Counsel
  • Robinson Sheppard Shapiro

VENTURE CAPITAL
  • Local and International