Technologist in electrical engineering (automation), I have been practicing in private practice for twentyfive years in the field of strategic information and technological and business innovation as a technology intelligence consultant and in knowledge management mainly with Quebec manufacturing companies.
In 2009, I completed a certificate in corporate governance from the College of Corporate Directors, from the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at Laval University in Quebec. This certificate aims to train modern governance practices for board members. This diploma allows me to use the designation "ASC" (Administrateur de sociétés certifié / Certified Company Director).
For more than 25 years, I have integrated the role of corporate director into my professional activities. I therefore reconcile the role of corporate director with consulting activities in technological / competitive intelligence and corporate training as well as teaching «electrical installation» at the college level.
I also have experience in governance for non-profit and government organizations in Quebec, Canada and internationally (SCIP Washington).
Speaker in Quebec and at international events, I received, in March 2000 in Atlanta, from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), the "Catalyst Award" for my contribution to the advancement of the profession of business intelligence and for a level of ethics worthy of note.
I also participated in a collective of authors in the writing of the book " La gestion stratégique des connaissances (The strategic management of knowledge)" published by Presses de l'Université Laval.
Considering my work experiences and socio-economic involvement, I have the following personal qualities:
- More than 25 years of experience in governance at the Boards of Crown corporations or non-profit organisations
- Extensive experience in the establishment of the Internet in society since the very beginning of the web in the 90s
- Nearly 30 years of experience in consulting and supporting in quality information for business leaders and research & development teams
- Experience working with innovative companies (patents, copyrights, R&D)
- Knowledge of the governance and modern practices of a company (Certified Company Director, ASC);
- Ability to anticipate emerging issues and lead strategic organizational changes;
- Ability to build working relationships with other members of a board, business partners and various public or private stakeholders;
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing. - Ability to analyze, synthesize and qualify information - Sense of public service - Safe judgment - Political sense - Independence of mind
- Adherence to high ethical standards and integrity
- Capacity for conciliation, collaboration and mobilization
I believe that my diverse expertise in technology, social networking, IT, innovation, technological information and modern organization governance will allow me to actively contribute to CIRA's Board of Directors.
After this health crisis the questions of telework and telepractice will occupy even more space. We will be living in an increasingly digital world where digital identity and privacy will be great challenges for Canadian society.
Explain from your perspective what CIRA does and why it matters.
As a private entrepreneur working in the knowledge industry, I find the possibility of serving on CIRA's board interesting in order to be able to contribute to the management of this organization dedicated to the Canadian digital identity of domain names.
I lived the beginnings of the web and its progression within companies and society in the 90s. After more than twenty years of existence the web is undergoing major transformations. The importance of digital identity continues to grow for both businesses and citizens. Having a ".CA" domain name for over twenty years, I want to participate more actively in the Canadian digital community.
In addition, my training in corporate governance convinced me to integrate the role of corporate director into my professional activities and to use my experience on three (3) boards of directors since 1993 with organizations with large budgets, including two Crown corporations.
I therefore combining the role of Boards administrator, and consulting activities in technological and competitive intelligence and in-company training as well as teaching at college level
I have had experiences in governance for non-profit organizations and government corporations in Quebec, Canada and internationally (SCIP Washington)
Why do you want to be on CIRA’s Board of Directors?
I have a variety of professional experience that can be useful for understanding the macro-economic realities caused by the economic, technological and commercial convergence that Internet is catalyzing in our society.
These different professional skills that I offer to CIRA are:
- university training in modern corporate and organizational governance
- scientific training in technology
- knowledge of several manufacturing sectors
- bilingual (French and English)
- one of the first hour in the knowledge economy in Canada recognized in 2000 in Atlanta by the Catalyst Award of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)
- experience in management and governance of private and public organizations (Crown corporations)
- web intelligence player since its beginning - knowledge of the documentary environment - knowledge of the research and development (R&D) community
- knowledge of the intellectual property (patents, trademarks and copyright)
- knowledge of relations with different levels of government
- knowledge of the world of higher education (Cégeps and Universities)
- experience in college education, continuing education and regular training
- participation as speaker at various international conferences in the field of knowledge management and business intelligence
- sensitivity to ethical issues and respect for privacy
- knowledge in information technology (IT) with a great interest for the content and the user
The diversity of my expertise in technology, working in the information industry both at Canadian and international level, and managing associations or crown corporations is the main characteristic of my application.
What do you think are the top 3 challenges and opportunities facing CIRA in the next 3 to 5 years? What approach would you take to addressing these issues?
As a director, I believe it is important first of all to understand CIRA's strategic plan and to ensure, by talking with its officers and other members of the board, that the measures proposed always meet the challenges of organization, the availability of both financial means and the presence of human resources necessary to transform these objectives into concrete actions, while ensuring that the parameters for measuring results are well defined in order to allow the organization to see the progress of the work.
After this health crisis, questions of telework and professional telepractice will occupy even more space in our society. We will be living in an increasingly digital world where digital identity and privacy will be great challenges for Canadian society. This digitization of society amplified by different applications supported by artificial intelligence (AI) will impact changes with the relationship between citizens, among themselves, businesses and the government administration
I will contribute by providing knowledge and advise the Board of CIRA :
As an intelligence and information content expert, I will be able to help support and improve the organization's intelligence efforts on rapidly changing subjects such as the impact of social media on digital identity and security elements. for e-commerce and privacy.
As a graduate in modern governance at the College des administrateurs de sociétés, and with more than 10 years on Boards of crown corporation of Government of Quebec and 25 years of my professionnal Corporation (Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec)