Catherine Saine

Director, Partnerships and Strategy, MIla

Catherine has more than 10 years of professional experience in negotiation. She currently works at Mila (Quebec AI Research Institute) where she oversees partnerships and strategy. She is also a course lecturer in negotiation at the Faculty of Law of McGill University.

Prior to working at Mila, Catherine worked as a strategy and negotiation consultant at Juniper Strategic Advisers, a boutique consulting firm, where she advises clients with a focus on negotiation support and capability building (through training and coaching), strategic planning and managing complex relationships. She also worked at Cirque du Soleil in the strategy and business development team, where she negotiated multimillion-dollar contracts with partners located around the world. She also worked as the Operations Director of Ecofuel, a startup accelerator, where she was responsible for recruiting startups, leading deal selection and due diligence, and negotiating investments. Finally, Catherine also worked as a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright where she was involved in international arbitration proceedings and commercial mediation. Catherine has also experience at the Center for ADR and Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris and at the Canadian Embassies in Washington D.C. and Lima.

Catherine is a McGill graduate (Law B.C.L./LL.B., BA Honors) and has completed various negotiation trainings, including the intensive negotiation course at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.