Management team

Mireille Samson

CEO and Director

From 1975 through 1982, Ms Samson was employed as a Registered Nurse, first with the Canadian Air Reserve and with various Canadian hospitals and a Swiss hospital. She attended St-Jean-sur-Richelieu college with diplomas in Science (1974) and Registered Nurse (1974-1977). During those years, she also added to her curriculum, courses in Cinema, Jazz Ballet, Theater and Spanish language.

She entered in aviation through sky diving in 1981 and was a member of skydiving exhibition team. Gold medalist at the Quebec Game summer 1973.

Starting in 1982 through the present, Ms Samson has had a variety of helicopter and fixed wing pilot experiences.

She is also a licensed Canadian Airline Helicopter Pilot, Commercial Fixed Wing Pilot and has an American Commercial Helicopter license.

Through this, a career as a stunt pilot for the movies materialized. She has been involved in many films and she has performed either as actress, stunt double or stunt performer in more than 30 major Canadian and American productions. She has acquired a solid knowledge and insight into the film business. She is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (known as ACTRA) and member of Union of Artists (known as UDA).

From May 1988 until now, she has been a helicopter pilot for the Canadian Coast Guard, the first woman in history to be so employed.

Ms Samson has received the following citations:

  • “The Exemplary Medals” given by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec the Honourable J. Michel Doyon. The Exemplary medals recognize those persons in high-risk professions who have dedicated themselves to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service.
  • “Act of Bravery” given by John Adams , Commissioner Canadian Coast Guard.
  • “Act of Bravery” given by the Honourable David Collenette, Ministry of Transport (to rescue kayakers in the Archipelago of Montmagny), june 30, 1998.
  • “Commissioner’s Commendation” in recognition of a gesture of bravery, a delicate rescue operation to Dombourgs Islets, October 10, 2000.
  • “Commissioner’s Commendation” in recognition of the dedication and professionalism shown in the framework of the missions at the International Polar Year and Excellence Articnet Network.

We selected Ms Samson as a member of our management team because of our belief in her credibility. Ms Samson has been given the trust of the Canadian Government with the highest level of security clearance. She has been entrusted as a pilot and Commander on board her vessel with the presence of the Prime Minister of Canada and members of his cabinets, with scientists that visited the Northern regions of Canada for ecological studies, with heads of major corporations and with missions to save lives.

Her training almost paramilitary in nature, which includes precision and self-resolve to accomplish the task at hand, to command and execute missions, to organize and develop tactical plans, gives her the competence. Through her profession as a nurse, then as a helicopter pilot, especially with the Canadian Coast Guard, she has participated in many missions in the most unpredictable and tempestuous environments where the simplest decisions make a difference between life and death. The respect of the human environment is so basic to her existence.

Francesca Albano

CFO and Director

Ms. Albano has, or had, the following Canadian professional licenses: Certified General Accountant – May of 1991 to April of 2007; Certified Public Accountant – September of 1994 to April of 2007; Insurance of Persons – October of 2004 to Oct 2008; Mutual Fund License – July of 2004 to the present. Her educational background includes a Canadian Securities course – Institute of Canadian Securities and a course in Conduct and Practice Handbook – Institute of Canadian Securities; both in June of 2000. Ms. Albano has a Certificate in Accountancy – McGill University Continuing Education Montreal Quebec Canada, June of 1991; Bachelor of Commerce – McGill University Montreal Quebec Canada, November of 1983; Diploma of Collegial Studies, Vanier College St-Laurent Quebec Canada, 1980; Secondary V Learning Certificate.

Ms. Albano possesses comprehensive Banking Training for: Mortgages – Credit analysis – Loans – Investments – Mutual Funds; as well as Training Sessions offered by AGF Canada in collaboration with Primerica Investments in 2004; Association of Certified General Accountants – Seminars in Personal Taxation in 2003; H&R BLOCK – Course in personal income taxation in 2000.

She has been self-employed since January of 2004 as a Mutual Fund Sales Representative and Financial Securities Advisor. Ms. Albano is currently employed (since October 1, 2016) with a Canadian financial institution located in Montréal, Canada, as a Financial Advisor. She is also currently employed (since April of 2005) with Le Groupe Investors of Montreal, Canada, as a Financial Consultant. Ms. Albano was employed with Primerica of LaSalle, Quebec, Canada as a Financial Securities Advisor from January of 2004 to March of 2005. Prior to that, she was Controller of the Old Port Hotels and Restaurants, Montreal, Canada from November of 2002 to December of 2003. In this position she prepared year-end audits and financial statements, implemented controls with respect to sales and inventory, supplied daily cash analysis, and cash reports, city taxes reports and budgets for real estate holding companies. Ms. Albano was an auditor, accountant, consultant or controller for other Canadian firms and employers dating back to 1984. This included her employment with Friedman and Friedman, Chartered Accounts, in Montreal, Canada, as an Auditor from January of 1989 to December of 1992. Ms. Albano performed external auditing, year- end audits, review engagements, Notices to Reader, implementation of internal controls, system audits, Compliance Testing in the Industries including: Canada Bond Rating Services, Customs Brokers, Pension Funds, Trust Accounts, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Wholesalers and Brokerage Houses, Professional Firms.

Laura Haase

COO and Director

Ms. Haase is a self-motivated professional with over eighteen years’ experience in public, private, and non-profit financial management, including six years of project management with Information Systems technology. She possesses exceptional planning, analysis, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. She demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Ms. Haase professional experience has been vast from Information Technology, State Road and Tollway Authority March 2016 to Present Project Manager for Information Technology (IT) to Faculty Member, American Intercontinental University, – Atlanta Campus April 2015 to Present Adjunct Faculty Member to Faculty Member, University of Phoenix, Atlanta Campus and Online June 2002 to Present Faculty Member. Her background experience at Technology Services, Georgia Department of Education from June 2009 to March 2016 as a Project Manager for Technology Services (IT) to Facilities Services Unit, Georgia Department of Education-Facilities from June 2007 to June 2009 as a Project Management Coordinator -2 to Facilities Services Unit, Georgia Department of Education from June 2005 to June 2007 Grants Administrator.

Ms. Haase early experience at Lumpkin County, Finance Department from Jan 2005 to May 2005 as Finance Director or at the City of Alpharetta, Police Department from Aug 2003 to Dec 2004 as Budget and Payroll Manager, Haase & Associates, LLC Financial Consulting and Governmental Affairs Nov 2001 to Apr 2003 Proprietor or Georgia Municipal Association from May 2000 to Oct 2001 as Governmental Affairs Manager, August 2000 – October 2001 and at the DeKalb County Government from Aug 1995 to Apr 2000.

Ms. Haase formal education comes from attending The University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona (November 2014) to Doctor of Management in Information Systems & Technology, from The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia for her Master’s Degree of Public Administration, (Finance and Budget specialization) 1996, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1994.