Mr. Lamontagne has over 20 years experience doing business & traveling in Africa & the Middle East. He is also Chairman, Enablis Financial Corporation SA, an impact investing institution that specializes in filling the critical funding gap between micro-finance and venture capital in Africa. From 2003-2011, Mr. Lamontagne served as CEO of Enablis Entrepreneurial Network, a ground-breaking organization dedicated to capacitating entrepreneurs through networking, mentoring and coaching across Africa.
Between 1995-2003, Mr. Lamontagne held a number of leadership positions in the telecom & IT industries including: President and CEO of Look Communications Inc., a listed wireless company and President and COO of Teleglobe Media Enterprises, a venture capital subsidiary of Teleglobe Inc. He also has extensive experience in the investment industry both in Canada and Europe. Mr. Lamontagne started his career in the Government of Canada.
Mr. Lamontagne holds an MBA from l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris and a B.A. from McGill University in Montreal.
Mary Rolph-Lamontagne has been active in the food industry for the past 25 years. After graduating from Middlebury College in the US with a BA in Art History and training as a chef at the Ritz Escoffier Culinary School in Paris, she moved back to her hometown of Montreal where she worked as an event planner and food journalist.
Since arriving in South Africa in 2005, Mary has worked as a consultant in the Hospitality and food sustainability sectors. Her work has involved upgrading menus, training staff and introducing new and innovative food ideas for both new and old properties. Her clients have included the Protea Hotel group, as well as various upscale Southern African Bush camps.
Beyond food consulting, in 2013, Mary published a cookbook called EATS: Enjoy All The Seconds, which offers solutions for reusing food and reducing waste in kitchens. Her book has led to a regular spot on The Expresso Morning Show on SABC3, in South Africa. She also writes a monthly column for FreshLiving Magazine called Don’t Toss it, Use it.
Mary’ website: http://savourandsave.com/