President of In-Sec-M
Chairman of the Cilex board of directors, Antoine Normand is also the chairman and co-founder of IN-SEC-M, the Canadian Cybersecurity Cluster, and the chairman of the newly established Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada. Professionally, Antoine took over and relaunched BlueBear LES in 2007, a boutique software company specializing in the forensic recognition of digital media. BlueBear's forensic software is distributed across the world. Antoine is recognized as an expert in forensic technology and cybercrime. He is regularly invited as a speaker by police organizations worldwide. On February 27, 2013, Antoine received the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for his commitment to combat online child exploitation on all continents.
Chancellor of the Université du Québec en Outaouais
Murielle Laberge is the Chancellor of the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) since March 30th, 2020. With a master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from UQO and a PhD in Industrial Relations from the Université de Montréal, Murielle Laberge joined the UQO staff in 1998. Professor in the Department of Industrial Relations, she also worked with the Centre d’études et de recherches en psychologie industrielle et comportement organisationnel and the Équipe de recherche multidisciplinaire sur les organisations en santé, both operating within UQO. From 2007 to 2015, she also served as Dean of Academic Management.
In addition to her academic duties, Murielle Laberge has also worked as a human resources consultant and guided many public and private sector organizations in improving their institutional climate, as well as identifying and developing human potential. In 2019, she was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec to recognize her volunteer commitment and service to the community.
François de Bellefeuille
Director General of Spiria Gatineau
Director General of Spiria Gatineau since 2018, François de Bellefeuille started his entrepreneurial career at an early age by building a 30-person company from scratch at only 18. He eventually sold that company in 2014 to join the Spiria team. François isn’t afraid of change, or of starting fresh. His leadership philosophy is about putting people in positions of strength, and by doing so motivate and inspire them to be their best. He likes to challenge old ideas and believes nothing should be set in stone – for his clients, or for himself. Process transformation is François’ professional passion: he thrives on optimizing and improving client organizations’ processes and systems, turning the old into something lean, sleek, and efficient.
Director general of CDROL
General Director of the Coopérative de développement régional (CDR) of the Outaouais-Laurentides region since April 2002, Patrick Duguay holds a bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal. Very involved in his community, he sits on the boards of numerous local, regional and national organizations and businesses. He was also president of the Chantier d’économie social, of which he is a founding member, until November 2018. Patrick Duguay was president of the Société de diversification économique de l’Outaouais and contributed to the founding of the Fiducie du Chantier de l’économie sociale, of which he is currently president, and of the Réseau d’investissement social du Québec (RISQ) where he also served as president.
Regional Vice-President of the Fonds régionaux de Solidarité FTQ
Édith Gaudet is Regional Vice-President of the Fonds régionaux de Solidarité FTQ for the Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions. She joined the Fonds régionaux in 1999 as an investment advisor. She took part in various transactions including business financing, sales, transfers and acquisitions, making the most of her wide-ranging valuation expertise. This expertise, acquired at firms such as Deloitte and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, complements a deep commitment to regional economic development.
Édith Gaudet is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Evaluators. She is a graduate in business administration from Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
Director of Business Development for Brokrete Inc.
Gabriel Laporte is currently the Director of Business Development for Brokrete Inc., a real-time storefront solution for suppliers and contractors in the construction commodities industry. He is a serial entrepreneur, having built and sold two companies in separate industries: commercial landscaping and sports nutrition. He is also the owner and operator of a distribution company who specializes in the sales of nautical products. From 2017 to 2021, Gabriel Laporte assumed the roles of Business Development Commissioner at ID Gatineau as well as Commercial Accounts Director at Invest-Quebec. It is through these experiences that he has had the privilege of working with hundreds of SMEs in several industries and on a wide range of projects, including: public and private partnerships, international expansion projects, R&D, technology commercialization and SME financing. He also holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.
Founder and CEO of Allied Scientific Pro
Founder and creative mind, citizen & entrepreneur of the world, Steeve Lavoie has 22 years of experience in the photonics field. With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, he has held positions at Delta Photonics and Melles Griot Canada throughout his career. In 2011, he took the path of entrepreneurship and founded Allied Scientific Pro, a high-tech company specializing in the field of photonics. Steeve Lavoie has an extensive network of relationships in America, Europe, and Asia, and strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. He is capable of identifying market opportunities and trends, while possessing great customer listening skills and being very customer-centric. He is always ready for complex challenges.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Becker-Carroll
Bruce has over twenty-five years of experience in operations, marketing, and selling technical solutions to the public sector. He possesses a deep understanding of public sector contracting in the areas of hardware, managed services, software, and professional services.
Director General of the Cégep Heritage College
Gordon McIvor joined Cégep Heritage College as the Director General in July 2019. Previously, he had been Dean, Centre for Continuing Studies at Vancouver Community College for three years and Program Director at University of Calgary Continuing Education for six years before that. He started his career by becoming a certified high school teacher in 1994 and taught Business English and Economics in English and French at Collège O’Sullivan de Québec for five years. Gordon holds a bachelor’s of arts (BA) degree in Economics from York University (Glendon College) in Toronto, Ontario, a certificate in secondary school teaching from Université Laval in Quebec City, a master’s degree in Education (MEd) with a specialization in Workplace and Adult Learning from University of Calgary in Calgary and an MBA in Strategic leadership from University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.
Director of Export Outaouais
With more than 10 years of experience managing and consulting in communications and marketing in large organizations in the Outaouais region, Julie Moffatt leads Export Outaouais – the regional export promotion agency – as Director since 2019. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and communications from the University of Ottawa. Julie Moffatt is actively involved in the region’s business community, notably through her participation in the Comité régional de développement économique of Investissement Québec. Her analytical mind, creativity and vast network of contacts allow her to actively contribute to the development of regional export businesses and to offer them value-added support. Her positive leadership skills and her ability to build long-lasting relationships ensure a strong foundation for Export Outaouais and its clientele, all while fostering exports and supporting client businesses.
Director General of the Cégep de l'Outaouais
Frédéric Poulin was appointed Director General of the Cégep de l’Outaouais in 2011, after serving as Director of Studies and Acting General Director in the same year. Along with his master’s degree in Educational Administration, he possesses more than 25 years of experience in the education sector. Frédéric Poulin has worked at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels.
Michelle Robitaille, MBA
President of MGR Stratégies Inc.
Michelle Robitaille has more than 25 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, spanning a variety of subjects from science to technology, arts and culture. She obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa, as well as a bachelor’s degree in communication from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She is also President of the Executive MBA Alumni Association of the Telfer School of Management, and Vice-President of the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce.
Michelle is known for her ability to bring people together and lead teams and stakeholders toward a common goal. She strongly believes that successful economic development relies on strategic partnerships that facilitate implementation of innovative solutions and programs designed to boost companies’ growth and innovation. She brings her leadership skills and expertise in organizational management, strategic planning, public affairs and business development at the national and international levels.