OSMO names former Taxelco GM Patrick Gagné as CEO

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Montreal’s OSMO Foundation has announced Patrick Gagné as its new CEO.

OSMO is a non-profit dedicated to supporting the city’s startup ecosystem, and in 2012, it acquired Notman House, a hub providing space and resources for startups, and is a key supporter of Startupfest.

“We’re delighted to have attracted someone of Patrick’s calibre to OSMO,” said Alan MacIntosh. “Patrick has worked in the entrepreneurial sector, specifically in the field of technology, over the past 20 years and has developed a detailed knowledge of the ecosystem as well as a vast network he’ll be able to use to benefit OSMO. In particular, he’ll help us recruit a permanent CEO and new members for our Board of Directors.”

In the past, Gagné was general manager of Téo Taxi, owned by Taxelco, a company he co-founded in 2014 that acquired Montreal’s biggest tax fleet in 2016. Gagné was also co-founder of InnoCité MTL, a smart city accelerator launched with the city of Montreal and OSMO. Since then, InnoCité has merged with the Centech incubator.

“I believe in the importance of an organization like OSMO in the Montreal ecosystem. OSMO has demonstrated its ability
to bring entrepreneurs, corporations, mentors and investors together. Several successful companies, including Element AI, PasswordBox and Startupfest were born from this synergy,” says Patrick Gagné, CEO-in-Residence. “I’m here to showcase OSMO, promote its vital contribution to the ecosystem and ensure it has access to the funding it needs to continue its mission to support entrepreneurship and innovation.”

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