Ubisoft Entrepreneurs: Proud to Support Young Techno-Creative Leaders

The 42nd edition of the prestigious ARISTA Provincial Contest, presented by BMO Financial Group, will take place on May 28, 2019 at Marché Bonsecours. This gala celebrates and rewards Quebec’s young leaders. This year, through the Ubisoft Entrepreneurs initiative, we are pleased to present the addition of a brand new category to the contest: Young Techno-Creative Leader of Quebec.

“Québec’s reputation is second to none in the field of new technologies. At Ubisoft, we make it a point to support the future leaders of the techno-creative field, which will in turn contribute to making us shine collectively at the national and international level. Through their vision and talent, these young leaders build our innovation ecosystem, and become ambassadors of choice for the future of our industry. ” – Francis Baillet, VP Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft

The first young techno-creative leaders nominated in this new category are:

Miriam Bard-Dumont, President and Co-Founder – Noctura

President and co-founder of Noctura, Miriam ensures the sound management of an experiential design studio. Appreciated for her innovative ideas and ability to drive them forward, she is passionate about developing immersive experiences that will reach the public. As a natural leader, she strives to establish long-lasting relationships with the various partners of the studio.

With a rich and varied background, Miriam brings 17 years of experience in project management, marketing and communications. Co-founder of Noctura, she previously held key positions for organizations such as CBC, the Brad advertising agency, the City of Edmonton, the Government of Alberta, the NATIONAL Public Relations firm, and the Squeeze animation studio.

A proud ambassador for La Ruche, Miriam is involved with the business community in the Quebec City region. Miriam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Political Science, along with an extraordinary creative spirit and energy.

Pascal Labrecque, Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations – Corstem

Pascal’s mission is to use technology to raise the bar when it comes to health and quality of life. Holding a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Laval University, he also studied at La Polytechnique de Montréal and McGill University.

During his career, he specialized in human-robot cooperation and worked for the CHU de Québec on the design of a robot used for cancer treatment. His interest in entrepreneurship led him to participate in programs such as Entrepreneuriat Laval, McGill’s Experimental Surgery and Centech, and to co-found Corstem, a company which develops cardiac imaging analysis software based on artificial intelligence.

In early 2019, Corstem successfully merged with a world-leading firm in cardiac imaging. Since then, Pascal has held a management position at Circle Cardiovascular Imaging and has been involved with several MedTech startups as a mentor.

Shawn Young, President and CEO – Classcraft

Shawn Young is the co-founder and CEO of Classcraft. This award-winning platform is a motivational management system for education and an all-in-one learning tool for education. Since its launch, the platform has been widely adopted around the world. In addition to his work at Classcraft, Shawn is currently a scientific adviser in education for UNESCO, has advised New Jersey Future Ready Schools in the past, been vice president of the Edteq association, an ambassador of the Faculty of Education at the University of Sherbrooke, and a guest speaker at Harvard.

Prior to Classcraft, Shawn was a physics teacher for nine years, a pedagogical advisor for three years, and a lecturer in education at the University of Sherbrooke. He also worked during this period as a seasoned web developer, with clients such as Chanel and The Future of Storytelling Summit.


The other nine categories awarded at the contest are:

Quebec young executive, presented by BMO

Quebec young self-employed individual, presented by belairdirect

Young Quebec leader: social responsibility, presented by Énergir

Young Quebec international leader, presented by CGI

Quebec young professional, presented by BLG

Quebec young entrepreneur: start-up, presented by the CPA order

Quebec young entrepreneur: growing entreprise, presented by Investissement Québec

Quebec young entrepreneur: arts and culture, presented by the Montreal Arts Council

Quebec young transferee, presented by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ


The winners will be unveiled on May 28, 2019 during the ARISTA gala.

Tickets are still available for those wanting to join the celebration on May 28: https://www.jccm.org/activites/concours/gala-arista-42e-edition-1


Want to learn more about how Ubisoft contributes to the global rise of entrepreneurs in Quebec’s techno-creative industry? Take a look at our program Ubisoft Entrepreneurs