Our Team

Based in Toronto, Jocelyn Bertheau joined Canec in 1990 to drive its transatlantic practice.

Jocelyn’s main strength is representing French, Dutch, German and other European companies in their North American acquisition and divestiture needs, as well as advising US and Canadian business owners throughout their sale process. He also spearheads the firm’s activities in Latin America and India. He has specific sector expertise in food & beverage ingredients, nutraceutical & cosmetic ingredients, plastics, packaging, and automotive components. 

Prior to joining Canec, Jocelyn was an international sales and marketing executive in the chemical and petrochemical industry, expanding the interests of French companies into other European markets. 

Jocelyn is a graduate of EPSCI (ESSEC Group), a French international business school, with a term at San Diego State University.

jbertheau @ canec.com




Based in Paris, Gilles Meese joined Canec in 1999 to reinforce and develop its European presence.

Gilles has both transatlantic experience and cross-border knowledge within Europe. His on-the-ground experience in France, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Italy and Spain is indispensible to Canec’s European operations. He further leads the firm’s operations in Eastern Europe and China.

With a background in international finance and industry, Gilles facilitates transactions in the automotive, aerospace, packaging and fluid-handling sectors, as well as in the food and nutraceutical ingredient industry; he is very familiar with both plastics and metal processing technologies.

Prior to joining Canec, Gilles held successive international executive positions in corporate banking (3 years in New York with a French bank), in manufacturing (10 years with exposure to Europe, North-America and Africa) and real estate development (5 years as CEO of UK and Spanish subsidiaries of a large French developer.)

Gilles graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and from Paris Dauphine University in Business Administration.

gmeese @ canec.com



Gilles MEESE

Based in Montreal, Xavier Guillard joined Canec in 2007 to spearhead Canec’s successful Quebec practice and further develop its North American presence.

Given his extensive corporate and investment banking experience, Xavier has strong expertise in M&A and financing, both in Europe and North America and on a transatlantic basis. He has particular sector experience in aerospace, telecom, media and communications, animal health, electronic manufacturing services, plastic packaging, transportation and the environmental industry.

Prior to joining Canec, Xavier worked for over 25 years both in Canada and Europe in the corporate and investment banking sector with UBS and National Bank Financial, and as a transatlantic M&A consultant. 

Xavier has a Master of Science in Finance from CSUN in California, and is a graduate of ESCAE Clermont Ferrand, a French business school.

xguillard @ canec.com




Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, Howard Harris joined Canec in 2010 as a consulting partner to reinforce its US presence and to provide expertise in the electronic manufacturing services (EMS), electrical/electronic components, and automotive industries.

Howard’s special areas of expertise include structuring and negotiating M&A transactions with an emphasis on cross-border deals. He has over 20 years experience in managing various forms of strategic growth, alliance and restructuring. 

Prior to joining Canec, Howard was the Director of corporate development/M&A at various global corporations such as Jabil Circuit, Textron Automotive, and AMP (now Tyco Electronics). He led teams that accomplished over 30 acquisitions in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. 

Howard has a B.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law.

hhoward @ canec.com