Today in tech hires: Dialogue repatriates former Rothschild VP, Lightspeed gets new CFO

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Over the past week, two Canadian tech companies announced major additions to their teams. Here’s the latest update on their hires.

Dialogue appoints Jean-François Séguin as EVP and general counsel

Just over a week after announcing a new Ontario GM, Dialogue has announced a new executive vice president and general counsel.

Séguin is returning to Canada after five years as a vice president in the investment banking division of London, UK-based Rothschild & Co., and as a former senior associate in the private equity group of law firm Clifford Chance.

“One of Dialogue’s top priorities is to attract the best international talent we can find to deliver on our mission. We are thrilled to repatriate Jean-François back to Canada,” said Cherif Habib, CEO of Dialogue. “His breadth of experience in international business and law will be invaluable assets as we continue to expand.”

As EVP, Séguin will lead Dialogue’s expansion and will act as chief of staff, overseeing administrative functions such as finance, talent, and investor relations. He will also be responsible for legal and governmental affairs and serve as the corporate secretary of the company.

“I am honoured to have the chance to join Dialogue – now the leader in the Canadian virtual health space,” said Séguin. “Dialogue’s huge potential, its talented team and its exceptional backers convinced me to come back to Montreal. It’s an opportunity to join an exceptional fast-growing business and to contribute to Montreal’s increasingly dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Lightspeed announces Brandon Nussey as CFO

Montreal-based Lightspeed has appointed Brandon Nussey as its new CFO.

For the past eight years, Nussey has acted as CFO of D2L, during which time the company raised $165 million USD in growth financing. Nussey also served as CFO of The Descartes Systems Group and as an executive in residence at Communitech.

“Brandon’s expansive finance, investment and leadership experience are true assets to the Lightspeed team in the wake of our Series D round and as we look ahead to the company’s next steps,” said Dax Dasilva, CEO of Lightspeed. “Our focus has always been on the success of the independents we support, and we’re excited to continue to deliver top innovations to enhance the advancement and mobility of their businesses.”

In his role as CFO, Nussey will lead the company’s finance, legal, human resources, data and IT teams.

“It’s a thrill to be appointed CFO at this pivotal time in Lightspeed’s growth. With the recent momentous investment, we have all the resources necessary to be the dominant player and leading innovator for our customers,” said Nussey. “There are big moves on the horizon that will support the success of independent retail and restaurants, and I believe Lightspeed can be Canada’s next great technology story.”