Management team

Antoine Amiel

President & Chief Executive Officer

Biography

Antoine Amiel

President & Chief Executive Officer

Antoine Amiel joined New Look Vision Group Inc. as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2012. He is an experienced international executive from the optical industry. Between 1999 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 the United Kingdom. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Amiel was Managing Director 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 Masters in Corporate Finance from the Université de Paris IX Dauphine.

Tania M. Clarke

Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

Biography

Tania M. Clarke

Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

Tania M. Clarke, joined New Look Vision Group Inc., as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2018. She is a senior financial executive with North American experience with both public and private companies across several industries principally in Canada. Between 2015 and 2018, she served as Chief Financial Officer for Imvescor Restaurant Group. From 2011-2015, Ms. Clarke was Corporate Controller of Keurig Canada. From 2007 to 2010 she was with Le Groupe Voyage Vision 2000 Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Information Officer. Prior to that Ms. Clarke, was Executive Vice-President and Chief Finance officer at Grand Toys International from 1993-2007. Ms. Clarke is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-US) and began her professional career in audit at KPMG. Ms. Clarke sits on the Board of directors of Futurepreneur a non-profit. She has been newly appointed to the board of directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada Act.

Jean-Michel Maltais

Senior Vice-President, Omni-Channel

Biography

Jean-Michel Maltais

Senior Vice-President, Omni-Channel

Jean-Michel Maltais is Senior Vice-President, Omnichannel, for New Look Vision Group. He is a seasoned executive with 25 years’ experience in various engineering, strategy and marketing roles on the international business scene. A strong believer in putting the customer experience as the primary driver of technology decisions, Mr. Maltais is passionate about leading teams and companies through change with all the energy and conviction it requires. Before joining New Look Vision Group, Mr. Maltais has delivered successful digital transformations in several blue chip companies across different industries in both the B2B and B2C space, including O2 UK (cellular), KGB (consumer services), Pearson UK (education) and Travelport (travel). Mr. Maltais holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Université Laval, an MBA from Cranfield UK School of Management and a Postgraduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK.

Jason Schonfeld

Senior Vice-President, Business Development

Biography

Jason Schonfeld

Senior Vice-President, Business Development

Jason Schonfeld joined New Look Vision Group in November 2015 as Director, Corporate Development where he was primarily responsible for mergers and acquisitions. From October 2017 to December 2019, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer of IRIS, The Visual Group (1990) Inc., following its acquisition by New Look Vision Group. In January 2020 he was appointed Senior Vice-President, Business Development. Prior to joining New Look Vision Group, Mr. Schonfeld worked for several years at a major multinational accounting and consulting firm in its financial advisory services department. Mr. Schonfeld has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, a Master of Business Administration from HEC Montréal and is a CFA® charter holder. Mr. Schonfeld is also a member of the Executive Committee of New Look Vision Group.

Stéphane Séguin, CPA, CMA

Vice-President, Special Projects & Integration

Biography

Stéphane Séguin, CPA, CMA

Vice-President, Special Projects & Integration

Stéphane Séguin joined the company in March 2016 as Senior Director of Business Systems and Integration, working on integrating and consolidating back-office systems, in addition to acquisition integration. In May 2018, he was appointed Vice President of Information Technology, where he led the IT team and expanded its scope to include Project Management, Business Intelligence and Web Development, and created Project ONE (one system across all the New Look Vision Group stores). Along with a CPA designation, Stéphane has over 20 years of experience in various project-related roles in the areas of systems implementation, Business Intelligence (BI) deployment, process re-engineering and acquisition integrations. The earlier part of his career was devoted to consulting in various industries - notably in major consulting firms such as Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and IBM – with the later part of his career having been dedicated to the retail industry.

Michael Tovey

Vice-President, Frames and Product Development

Biography

Michael Tovey

Vice-President, Frames and Product Development

Michael has led frame purchasing and product development since October 2018. Michael's entire career has been in eyewear, both retail and wholesale. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Michael went to work for Ray-Ban, first in merchandising, then as a sales representative and finally in a national account management position. When Ray-Ban was sold to Luxottica in 1999, Michael joined the Luxottica team and led the key national account sales program in Canada for nearly 15 years with record results. After leaving Luxottica in 2015, Michael launched his own wholesale eyewear business before joining New Look Vision Group in 2018.

Jean-François Lacasse

Vice-President, Business development

Biography

Jean-François Lacasse

Vice-President, Business development

Jean-François Lacasse joined New Look Vision Group in February 2021 as Vice-president of Business Development and Chair of the lens committee. He is an experienced executive from the optical industry. Between 2008 and 2021 Mr. Lacasse held an executive position in Canada and in the US for Essilor Canada and Essilor international. From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Lacasse was director of sales, Eastern Canada at Alcon Canada in the primary eye division and diagnosis equipment. Prior to this period, Mr. Lacasse held different management positions with the major players in the pharmaceutical and contact lens industry in Canada. Mr. Lacasse is a member of the Executive Committee of New Look Vision Group.

Christine Eskandar

Vice-President, Real Estate & Construction

Biography

Christine Eskandar

Vice-President, Real Estate & Construction

Christine Eskandar joined New Look Vision Group Inc. as VP of Real Estate & Construction in October 2019. As a seasoned real estate professional, with over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, Ms. Eskandar is skilled in several facets of retail which include lease negotiations, store development, lease audits and construction management. She held several positions for both landlord and tenant, including more senior roles within the portfolio management team at CBRE & Cushman & Wakefield, representing major retail banks between 2004 & 2019. Her responsibilities include the oversight of the real estate, construction and facilities management teams for all of New Look Vision Group Inc. As the lead for these departments, Eskandar’s objective is to drive the real estate strategy, implement best-in-class processes, build landlord relationships, establish vendor management processes and support in rebranding roll-outs to ensure flawless execution.

Alain Tessier

Vice-President, Information Technology

Biography

Alain Tessier

Vice-President, Information Technology

Alain Tessier joined New Look Vision Group in December 2020 as Vice-President of Information Technology. Before joining the group, from 1993 to 2020, he mainly acquired his experience in technology, carrying out large-scale projects, both locally and internationally. He has led technology application development teams as well as guided infrastructure and customer support groups.