About me

Web Generalist / Entrepreneur / Intrapreneur

These values describe myself as a Web professional and as a Manager:

  • Self Management: both hands firmly gripped on the steering wheel.
  • Ownership: I’ve got it, you don’t need to think about it.
  • Initiative: getting things done without the slightest nudge.
  • Virtue: honesty, humility, thoughtfulness, kindness, and appreciation.
  • Problem solving: nothing that can’t be solved.
  • Team work: we before I.

Technologies: Doesn't matter... it is rarely about technologies. It is mainly about people, the way they will use it and the experience we want to provide them. I do prefer everything Open Source.

People: Respect everyone, tell the truth, let them do the same, make sure everyone is learning something every day and never stop evolving.

VP Technology, Business Families Foundation (5 years)

The context…

Between 2013 and 2017, I have been Vice-President Technology for the Business Families Foundation, helping the de Gaspé Beaubien family with one of its many philanthropic initiatives. During that time, I worked for 2 different Presidents (one former employee at McKinsey and one former employee at Disney). They both provided me with very relevant learning and structure that is making me who I am today. I had a leadership role with my IT team and also had a real influence on the rest of the group. I have been lucky enough to work on projects with the Big 4, some big banks/investment funds and several universities around the world. In the last year, our office was located in Espace CDPQ, a new entrepreneurship hub put together by La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to encourage entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship in Quebec.

The projects I am proud of…

During these 5 years, I helped the organization to go from teaching face to face to teaching online with a custom made eLearning platform based on a development framework that I designed and named ELF (ELF Learning Framework). My IT team built several online courses and interactive tools for business families and entrepreneurs using this framework, giving a total flexibility on what could be personalized for key partners.

In the last 2 years, we created an online platform to bootstrap cohorts of intrapreneurship projects, both in french and english, including more than 100 hours of online courses and digital versions of several consulting tools used to structure the planing of a new venture.

President, Quibo (10 years)

The context…

I founded this business, a Web Agency specialized in Open Source platform development, just after graduating with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science at the University of Montreal. I was 22. I led it for 10 years growing it from just myself to a team of 15 experts. After 10 years, I felt that I have lived it all and I was somehow limited in the growth I could have given the fact that I was not enjoying it anymore. I decided to sell it and I ended up leaving the new group before getting a first pay cheque. During all these years, I feel that I offered a pretty good service and I kept really good relationship with my former teammates, suppliers and customers.

The projects I am proud of…

We have built several platforms overtime: an eCommerce solution for furniture retailers, a membership software for professional associations, an eCommerce solution for the continuous training department of many Cegeps in Quebec and a Web ERP that was first used in 2004 and is still used in 2018... I am also proud of the impact we got in the Web industry with W3Quebec, a non for profit organization I have been involved with for over 5 years. We trained buyers to buy better web solutions to force the industry to improve their game.

Project Manager, LexUM (3 years)

The context…

I got that job while I was studying in Computer Science at the University of Montreal. At that time, LexUM was a research center working on a breakthrough prototype that could help lawyers from around Canada to have a better and cheaper access to law and judgments on the Web. It was 2000. With no experience, I have been involved on projects like doing some live modifications on the Supreme Court of Canada website, fixing bad OCR on more than 20 000 Federal Court judgments using regular expressions. After a year, I was involved on international projects which was a lot of fun!

The project I am proud of…

With the help of a small team, I was able to deliver a quick but comprehensive Legal Document Management software right before an International Legal Information Institute convention. This working solution helped us grow the international portfolio while a much bigger team was working on the full fledged solution with a 3 year planning... Like they say in Silicon Valley: Fake it until you make it!

Soft Skills

Problem Solving
Critical Thinking
Emotional Intelligence
Verbal Communication
During my career, I had to: hire technical and non technical professionals, fire them as well, do some public speaking, develop new business opportunities, write proposals, pitch projects, manage teams/projects/clients/expectations, train people, travel for business reason and adapt to all situations.

Hard Skills

WordPress / Drupal / PHP
Frontend / CSS / JS / NodeJS / UX
Jira / Trello / GIT
Salesforce / Mailchimp
Infrastructure / Centos
eCommerce / eLearning
SEO / Analytics
Video / Audio / Image manipulation
During my career, I had the opportunity to do some: Perl, C++, Java, Coldfusion, Python, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLServer, Bash, XSLT, SVG. In the last 10 years, I've done a lot of WordPress, Woocommerce, WPML/Multilingual, GravityForm + Custom projects. I am currently studying everything that needs to be known about: Blockchain, Machine Learning and Growth Hacking.

Current Reading

I am currently reading Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul.
I love gaining knowledge about how big players made it... most of the time, they had to go through hiccup before becoming who they are today and Starbucks is a good example of a huge company who had to work extra hard to come back to their roots.

Last Readings

July and August 2018
The Dip by Seth Godin.
Being an entrepreneur is not always easy and it is ok to have some doubts about if it is worth or not pursuing the adventure. The Dip teaches the balance between the thin line of a difficult project that is worth pursuing or a worthless one. This book gives some tricks on how to ask yourself very important questions, on a regular basis, to avoid wasting time or lacking patience.

April to June 2018
Remote: Office Not Required.
Working on launching a new startup with a small team of 5 remotes resources, this book brings some insights about the do's and don'ts of working remotely. The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.

February and March 2018
The Hard Thing About Hard Things.
While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

January 2018
Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant.
This book illustrates several cases of businesses that went through the process of creating a Blue Ocean (compare to a Red Ocean who is mainly based on price comparison) and others that should have been able to do it but failed.