People: New Look Vision Group Inc (BCI.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

W. John Bennett

2010 Independent Chairman of the Board

Martial Gagne

2010 President, Director

Antoine Amiel

2012 Vice Chairman of the Board

Derrick Giannoumis

2015 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

John MacLeod

2013 President of Vogue Optical Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Look Eyewear Inc.

Marie-Josee Mercier

2010 Vice President - Sales and Operations

France Reimnitz

2010 Vice President - Marketing and Merchandising

Caroline Rouleau

2010 Vice President - Professional Development and Human Resources

Mario Pageau

2010 Vice President - Optical Products and Services

Juanita Leary

2013 Vice-President & Director of Operations of Vogue Optical Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Look Eyewear Inc.

Matthew Rust

2011 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Vogue Optical Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Look Eyewear Inc

Richard Cherney

2010 Secretary, Independent Director

C. Emmett Pearson

2010 Assistant Secretary, Director

M. William Cleman

2010 Independent Director

Paul Echenberg

2010 Independent Director

William Ferguson

2010 Independent Director

Lise Melanson

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

W. John Bennett

Mr. W. John Bennett is Independent Chairman of the Board of New Look Eyewear Inc. Prior to the Arrangement, he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fund, a director of Former New Look and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Former New Look. Prior to the creation of the Fund in 2005, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benvest Capital Inc. (“Benvest”) of which he was the founder and a director since 1991. Since May 1, 2005, his principal occupation has been as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Benvest Holdings Limited, an investment holding company. He is an experienced merchant banker and private investor. Mr. Bennett had a long and distinguished career as an executive and investment banker at Scotia McLeod Inc. (now Scotia Capital Inc.). Prior to his retirement in 1989, he was Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Scotia McLeod Inc. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Bennett was President and Chief Executive Officer of a financial holding company owned by a major Canadian conglomerate. He has been a director of many Canadian public and private companies. Mr. Bennett also serves as trustee of several Canadian charitable and educational foundations and is an active philanthropist. He has an Honour B.A. (1967) from the University of Toronto, an L.L.B. (1970) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Mr. Bennett is Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee of New Look.

Martial Gagne

Mr. Martial Gagne is President, Director of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mr. Gagne previously was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Former New Look. Mr. Gagné joined Lunetterie New Look International Inc. (“NLI”) in 2001 where he assumed increasing responsibilities in finance, information technology, marketing and merchandising. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Gagné held various positions at Groupe René Marchand (optometrists), ending his career there as Director of Finance and Marketing. He also was involved in opening optical stores in Ontario and Western Canada. He became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA in 1992 after having earned a Baccalauréat en administration des affaires (B.A.A.) in 1990 and a Certificate in computer science in 1987, both from Laval University. In 2011, Mr. Gagné was designated a Fellow CMA (FCMA) for `exceptional contribution to the profession and the community. Mr. Gagné is also President of the Fondation des maladies de l’oeil, the most important charity in Québec dedicated to research on eye diseases and associated with the eyewear industry.

Antoine Amiel

Mr. Antoine Amiel is Vice Chairman of the Board of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mr. Amiel joined New Look as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors effective May 7, 2012. He is an experienced international executive from the optical lens industry. Between 2009 and 2012, Mr. Amiel held executive positions within Nikon-Essilor Co. Ltd. (“Nikon-Essilor”), a Tokyo-based joint-venture between Nikon Corporation and Essilor International which manufactures and distributes Nikon ophthalmic lenses worldwide. From 2005 to 2012, he was Executive Officer, Vice-President – International Subsidiaries and CEO of Nikon Optical USA, Canada and United Kingdom. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Amiel was Managing Director (CEO) of Nikon Optical UK Ltd. From 1999 to 2002, he was Nikon-Essilor’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his time with the joint venture he held several finance and marketing positions in Asia-Pacific and North America. Mr. Amiel has a master in Corporate Finance from the Université de Paris IX Dauphine.

Derrick Giannoumis

Mr. Derrick Giannoumis CPA, has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of New Look Eyewear Inc., effective 1 June 2015. He graduate at Concordia University, Mr. Giannoumis has over 10 years experience in accounting, financial reporting and related matters. He is currently chief financial officer and general manager of the Greiche & Scaff division of New Look, a position he has occupied since October, 2014, the date upon which New Look acquired Greiche & Scaff. Prior to that time, he occupied similar positions with the predecessor company.

John MacLeod

Mr. John MacLeod is President of Vogue Optical Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mr. MacLeod began working in the optical industry in 1974. In 1976, He was recruited by the former owner of Vogue Optical to work with American Optical where he went on to become the youngest branch manager in the country and won a national sales award for increasing same store sales by 76%. Mr. MacLeod joined Gray’s Optical in October 1979 where his role quickly evolved from optician, to store manager, to regional manager and finally to general manager in 1988. As President of Vogue Optical, he has been a driving force behind growth and has implemented the “doctors on site” model that has proven to be a cornerstone of Vogue Optical. Over the past decade, the bulk his work has involved recruiting and working with the doctors as well as dispensary acquisitions. Furthermore, Mr. MacLeod was among the first Prince Edward Island opticians to be licensed through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1979. Over the years, he has held various positions with the Prince Edward Island Opticians Association as well as Chair of the Prince Edward Island Board of Dispensing Opticians. He was involved at the national level in dealing with reciprocity of opticians and establishing accepted curriculum for licensure.

Marie-Josee Mercier

Mrs. Marie-Josee Mercier is Vice President - Sales and Operations of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mrs. Mercier joined the Corporation in 2005 and has since worked at many levels including store manager and regional manager. Mrs. Mercier has over 20 years of experience in management. Before joining New Look, from 1982 to 2005, she was an entrepreneur as well as a manager for various retail businesses. She was also involved with several merchant associations as president and manager.

France Reimnitz

Mrs. France Reimnitz is Vice President - Marketing and Merchandising of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mrs. Reimnitz joined New Look in 1986 and assumed various functions relating to marketing and operations. She contributed to the opening of the first New Look stores. Mrs. Reimnitz previously was Director of Marketing Communications for New Look. She was promoted to her current position on June 1, 2009, after being Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for almost three years. Mrs. Reimnitz earned her B.A. in Economics in 1984 and a certificate in Public Relations and Marketing in 1985 from Laval University.

Caroline Rouleau

Ms. Caroline Rouleau is Vice President - Professional Development and Human Resources of New Look Eyewear Inc. Ms. Rouleau joined New Look in 1987 and started as a sales consultant in the stores. In 1991 she joined the human resources department and became Director of Human Resources in 1998. She was promoted to her present position in March 2006. Ms. Rouleau earned her B.A. in Administration majoring in Human resources from Laval University in 1991.

Mario Pageau

Mr. Mario Pageau is Vice President - Optical Products and Services of New Look Eyewear Inc. He previously was Vice President, Laboratory and Distribution. Mr. Pageau joined New Look in 1987. He had left New Look in 1998 for a period of two years to become a store manager for IRIS and to open his own business. Mr. Pageau returned to New Look in 2001 as a Store Manager and was promoted to Regional Manager. Mr. Pageau became a Dispensing Optician (o.o.d.) in 1990.

Juanita Leary

Ms. Juanita Leary is Vice-President & Director of Operations of Vogue Optical., a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Look Eyewear Inc. In 1988, she began working at the Charlottetown location of Vogue Optical. After graduating with a bachelor of Arts degree, she joined the administrative team at Vogue Optical. Over the years, she has used her strong work ethic to strive in many departments such as accounting, purchasing, marketing and operations. In her current position, her primary responsibility is sales and operations. During her 25 year career, she has also organized and attended optical road clinics in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. She has participated in several trade shows in New York City and attended Johnson & Johnson’s Training Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.

Matthew Rust

Mr. Matthew Rust, CPA is currently Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Vogue Optical Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Look Eyewear Inc. He brings a wide array of experience from a variety of financial and managerial arenas. Prior to joining Vogue Optical, Mr. Rust was CFO of Irving-owned Master Packaging for six years where he was responsible for all of the financial and administrative areas in addition to the executive oversight of procurement and information technologies (IT). Prior to Master Packaging, Mr. Rust lived in Calgary, Alberta where he held senior financial leadership positions at Gienow Windows and Doors, Bulkflow Technologies Inc. (now Solex Thermal Sciences) and in public accounting at Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart, where he served numerous clients in controllership roles. Mr. Rust is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University and an MBA from the University of Calgary’s Executive MBA Program.

Richard Cherney

Mr. Richard D. Cherney is Secretary, Independent Director of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mr. Cherney is an attorney and is co-managing partner of the Montréal office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He has a varied practice, representing public and private companies in various industrial and commercial sectors. As well, he represents a number of national investment dealers in connection with financings of many Canadian corporations, and sits on the board of directors of public and private companies. Mr. Cherney completed his B.A. (1979) at Concordia University and his L.L.B. (1984) at McGill University. He was a director of Benvest from 1998 until the creation of the Fund in 2005 and thereafter he was a trustee of the Fund and a director of Former New Look until the completion of the Arrangement in March 2010. Mr. Cherney is Secretary of New Look and a member of the Executive Committee, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance Committee of New Look.

C. Emmett Pearson

Mr. C. Emmett Pearson, CPA, CA, is Assistant Secretary, Director of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mr. Pearson was a trustee of the Fund and the Chairman of the Board of Former New Look until the Arrangement. He joined Benvest as Managing Director in 1995 and became President in 1999. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of NLI upon Benvest acquiring control of NLI in 2001, which position he held until December 31, 2007. Effective January 1, 2008, he became Chairman of Former New Look when Martial Gagné was appointed President of Former New Look. Mr. Pearson benefits from over 25 years of retail and business experience prior to joining Benvest. From 1989 to 1995, he was Senior and then Executive Vice President of Continental Pharma Cryosan Inc. (“CPCI”), a multidivisional public healthcare company, where he was a key member of management that turned around that company. CPCI had 3,000 employees in Canada, the United States and Europe. While at CPCI’s home health division which delivered medical services in 13 states, Mr. Pearson acquired valuable experience in operating a retail business in a medically regulated environment. From 1969 to 1989, Mr. Pearson held several positions at a large hardware and furniture retailer with operations in Québec and Ontario, culminating as Vice President, Finance and director and member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Pearson became a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1968. Mr. Pearson is Assistant Secretary of New Look, Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, member of the Executive Committee and Audit Committee of New Look.

M. William Cleman

Mr. M. William Cleman is an Independent Director of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mr. Cleman is an experienced operating and financial executive in the retail and real estate sectors. Mr. Cleman is a corporate director and consultant. He is currently member of the Board of Directors of Hartco Inc., a public company. Since 2008, he has been Chairman of the Board of Arbell Inc., a private distribution company and from June 2008 to February 2015 was a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Lead Director of Hart Stores Inc. Prior to that, he was a board member of Gemmar Systems from 2005 to 2007 and finally from April 2002 to November 2005, he was a member of the Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee and Real Estate Committee of Le Chateau Inc. He retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bouclair Inc., a Montréal-based retail chain in the home furnishings sector, in 2003. Previously, Mr. Cleman had held senior positions at Bouclair since 1994. From 1989 to 1994, he was a partner in Cleman Ludmer Steinberg Inc., a merchant bank. From 1971 to 1989, Mr. Cleman had a successful career at Steinberg Inc., a major food retailer and real estate company. His title at the time of his departure in 1989 was Executive Vice- President at Steinberg and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoe Inc. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University (B. Comm., 1970) and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario (MBA, 1972). He was a director of Benvest from 2004 until the creation of the Fund in 2005 and thereafter a trustee of the Fund and a director of Former New Look until the completion of the Arrangement in March 2010. Mr. Cleman is Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and of the Executive Committee of New Look.

Paul Echenberg

Mr. Paul S. Echenberg is an Independent Director of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mr. Echenberg is an experienced operating, financial and private equity executive. Mr. Echenberg joined Schroders & Associates Canada Inc. in 1996 as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 1970 to 1989, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Twinpak Inc. and Executive Vice President of CB Pak Inc., two companies involved in the manufacturing and distribution of plastic, glass and paper packaging products, with combined sales in excess of $1.3 billion in North America and Europe. In 1989, Mr. Echenberg founded Eckvest Equity Inc., which was involved in Mergers & Acquisitions activities, debt restructuring and strategic planning. With two other professionals, he founded BDE & Partners in 1991 to provide specialized investment banking and strategic advisory services. He served as Chairman of the board of EZEM Inc. (AMEX), and served as Chairman of the Board of Angio Dynamic Inc. (NASDAQ). He also sits on the Board of Directors of several other public and private companies. He is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc., Great Distinction, 1964) and of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA, Distinction, 1967). He was a director of Benvest from 1991 until the creation of the Fund in 2005 and thereafter a trustee of the Fund and a director of Former New Look until the completion of the Arrangement in March 2010. Mr. Echenberg is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of New Look.

William Ferguson

Mr. William R. Ferguson CPA is an Independent Director of New Look Eyewear Inc. Mr. Ferguson is a private investor and served as a director on many corporate boards. Mr. Ferguson has had a long and distinguished career working for the late Howard Webster at The R. Howard Webster Foundation as a trustee and Vice President. Prior to his retirement in 1993 as Chief Executive Officer of the Imperial Trust Company, he oversaw the management and control of several U.S. and Canadian companies for 25 years. Those companies were involved in real estate, security investments and newspaper holdings. Mr. Ferguson also served as a director and past Chairman of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. He is presently involved in several Canadian venture capital investments. Mr. Ferguson also is a trustee of the Québec Labrador Foundation and Charlottetown Confederation Centre of the Arts. He was a director of Benvest from 1993 until the creation of the Fund in 2005 and thereafter he was a trustee of the Fund and director of Former New Look until the completion of the Arrangement in March 2010.

Lise Melanson

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