Nathalie Gauthier, Executive Producer, wins 2022 Report on Business Best Executive Award

Annual awards program from The Globe and Mail celebrates excellence among non-CEO leaders 

Montreal, Quebec (April 29, 2022) - Square Enix Montréal, the award-winning studio behind Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and the GO series, is thrilled to announce that Executive Producer Nathalie Gauthier has been awarded a 2022 Report on Business Best Executive Award. 

The Report on Business Best Executive Awards is an annual program to celebrate excellence among non-CEO leaders at the SVP, EVP and C-suite (or equivalent) levels. 

The 50 winners chosen for 2022 represent the best of Canadian leadership in five functional areas: Finance; Human Resources; Operations; Sales and Marketing; and Technology. Nathalie was one of 10 winners in the Tech category. 

“I could not think of anyone more deserving of this award that Nathalie,” said Patrick Naud, Head of Studio at Square Enix Montréal. “She truly embodies our company culture by leading with empathy with a focus on giving every member of her team the opportunity to learn and evolve. Nathalie enriches our organization by bringing to the table the necessary creativity to craft new game experiences that will engage with players worldwide AND strong business acumen to drive growth.”

Nathalie Gauthier began her career in television and film in 1999 as a director. It is through scriptwriting and narrative content direction that she gradually entered the video game industry. In 2008, she launched her own videogame studio, Blue Lizard Games, and quickly expanded the activities of the Montreal studio by opening a second studio in Quito, Ecuador. There she successively held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer until the company was acquired. In 2014, she joined Behaviour Interactive, where she helped develop the business solutions department, Behaviour Business Solutions. Nathalie joined the Square Enix Montréal team in 2017. 

The Globe and Mail launched the Report on Business Best Executive Awards in 2020. Winning executives for 2022 were chosen after a call for nominations for leaders at Canadian public and private businesses, not-for-profits, institutions and/or academic institutions. Nominations were assessed by the Report on Business editorial team based on career background, leadership style, achievements, and impact. 

Winners of the Best Executive Awards are profiled editorially in the April issue of Report on Business magazine, out online on April 29 and in print April 30.  

To learn more about the Best Executive Awards program, and to see this year’s winners, please visit 

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About Square Enix Montréal  

Founded in 2011, Square Enix Montréal is a multi-award-winning mobile game studio that develops games based on existing franchises and new intellectual properties. Square Enix Montréal is dedicated to the creation of innovative and carefully crafted games that become international benchmarks such as the critically acclaimed titles Hitman Sniper®, Hitman GO®, Lara Croft GO® and Deus Ex GO®. In 2021, Square Enix Montréal announced that it was in development on a newly imagined mobile experience based on Taito’s Space Invaders. In 2022, the studio released Hitman Sniper: The Shadows. To date, the studio’s games have been downloaded over 45 million times in 175 countries. For more information, please visit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.