One on one

In just a few questions, let yourself be inspired by Quebec business leaders.

One on one with Jean-Michel Maltais

19 April 2022

One on One

1- What have you learned most about yourself as a leader? I learned a lot about myself, actually. In fact, when you manage teams, you are almost always have to contend with yourself. First, I would say that even though I maybe don’t feel very calm inside, I am perceived as a calm person. I’d […]

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Yves Lalumière – President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal

25 February 2022

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1. What have you learned most about yourself as a leader? I have been in the tourism and entertainment industry forever; that is, with Amex, Transat and Tourisme Montréal: it’s an industry that generates happiness. This is a great sector, and it has been growing for the past 20 or so years now. We were […]

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Émilie Dussault – Country Head – Canada at Technicolor

29 November 2021

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1. Since you’ve been in management, what have you learned about yourself?   That managing for results with precise objectives to attain has always been fundamental for me and most importantly, that you can’t do it alone! Managing projects from start to finish means setting milestones, and I find developing strategy very stimulating. Moreover, it’s […]

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Anne-Marie LaBerge – Senior Vice-President, Global Brands & Communication at BRP

10 September 2021

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1. Since you’ve been a manager, what have you learned about yourself?  That I was tougher than I thought! At BRP, I discovered my ability to transform and build… and then COVID arrived. For months I had a chance to really reflect on things. I thought I knew myself, but I realized that my courage, my ability to see the glass as half-full and my ability to support the team were strengths […]

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Mara Gourd-Mercado, Executive Director – Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Quebec section

28 May 2021

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1. For the cultural industries and the economy in general, how do you see the economic reopening and the future in the short term?   For a little more than a year, with all the closings and reopening we’ve had, the cultural community was hit just as hard creatively and in terms of the artists’ mental […]

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Myrianne Collin – Executive Director of LaSalle College

2 July 2020

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1. In this period of chaos, as a leader, what prevented you from sleeping? Let’s just say that I was driven by my survival instinct. That may be a strong word, but I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything I could to preserve my organization. By day, that translated into a role […]

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Isabelle Frenette – Vice Presidente of Human Resources at Ludia

11 June 2020

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1. In this period of great chaos, as a leader, what has prevented you from sleeping? In the context we’re in right now, I’d say we’re lucky to be among the privileged companies, and I’m very grateful for that. We haven’t had to make any tough decisions, any layoffs, like a lot of other companies. […]

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Ben Marc Diendéré – Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer at Via Rail Canada

28 May 2020

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1. In this period of chaos, as a leader, what prevented you from sleeping? Since my arrival at VIA Rail at the beginning of the year, I first had the barricade crisis which led to the railway’s blockade; this kept me busy and concerned. Immediately after the resume of services, literally the next day, we […]

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Alain Bergeron – President and founder of SYRUS Réputation

22 May 2020

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1. In this period of chaos, as an entrepreneur, what prevented you from sleeping? Layoffs. Even if they are temporary, still hurts. Otherwise, generally speaking, I don’t need a lot of sleep and I sleep pretty well. Right now, I would even say that I sleep more than before, being confined in the countryside and […]

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Guillaume Bouchard – CEO of CONTXFUL

23 April 2020

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1. In this time of great crisis, as an entrepreneur, what keeps you awake at night? I must admit that what I find the most difficult is the amount of responsibilities that I have taken on. I quickly realized how central and sensitive I was on many levels. I say that putting my ego aside, […]

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François Dumontier – CEO of Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix and Octane Racing Group

6 July 2019

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1. What factors do you feel led you to become CEO of Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix and Octane Racing Group? This year has marked my 25th year at the Grand Prix. It has not always been easy! We lost the Grand Prix in 2009 and we almost lost it before that, in various crises […]

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Eric Desaulniers – CEO of Nouveau Monde Graphite

20 May 2019

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1. What led you to become president of Nouveau Monde Graphite? As a physicist + geologist, you might say that I wasn’t predestined to become a CEO. But my expertise and audacity pushed me to look into new technology, and explore an underestimated sector in Quebec’s subsoil. The result? A world-class graphite deposit. I founded […]

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Frédéric Soucy – President of the Société de Gestion Cogir

6 April 2019

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1. What factors do you feel led you to become CEO of the Société de Gestion Cogir? I think that multiple factors were favorable. Like in many cases, the sum of these factors has led us to success. I arrived in the right environment, at the right moment, with the right team and that was […]

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Samuel Watts – CEO of the Welcome Hall Mission

19 March 2019

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1. What led you to become CEO of the Welcome Hall Mission? It was an opportunity to have a major impact on our city. I’ve always been lucky, in both my life and my career. When the Board called me, with everything I’ve done over my career, I saw an opportunity to really give something […]

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Kathy Baig – President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec

15 February 2019

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1. What led you to become President of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec? I had the deep desire to reposition the engineering profession and bring it back its lustre. It all started in 2013, during the Charbonneau Commission. I was on maternity leave and was watching the proceedings on television. I was deeply saddened […]

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In our mind

The associates share their thoughts and opinions with you. Do these reflections resonate with you? Jump into the conversation!

Ultra-performing, but for how long?

12 September 2019

In Our Minds

People come to us to open up – and we get them to do so by creating a bond built on confidence. It’s an exercise that very often results in a fascinating introspection, delivered out loud. Let’s say it gets very real. The talent goes over career highlights, but what we notice, with a specific […]

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Competitive or performing?

11 August 2019

In Our Minds

Performance (or grit) is the idea of accomplishing and even surpassing your goals. How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better, a well-crafted piece by the Harvard Business Review, explains that a top performer possesses the same qualities that can make the difference between a top athlete and an Olympic athlete. The competitive […]

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Discover our tips to facilitate your role as a recruiter!

Bidding wars for talent is a real thing. But how does it impact hiring?

28 June 2022

Be in the Know

The dangers of labour shortages Labour shortages are tricky because you have to think long term. Always respect your limits and ask yourself, “Is an employee who is only motivated by salary the one you want to bring on board?”. Nicolas advises employers to look beyond a candidate’s current skill set to see what they […]

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Does your office reflect your company culture?

5 April 2022

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In the Spotlight

We discussed this topic with Véronique Chayer, founder of Folio Design. For her, it’s “about striking a balance between management’s vision and that of employees. In other words, how do you meet everyone’s expectations?” And, what’s the best way to go about it?   Why do we need an office? The workspace plays a bigger […]

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The “trap” of compassionate leadership.

22 February 2022

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When we talk about “compassionate leadership”, the word “leadership” always has to stay top of mind. Performance can never go off the radar, even if compassion is a major leveraging tool for keeping your troops productive. Compassion should never become a “guilt” zone for managers. Because when that happens, they’ll have the impression they are […]

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Virtual onboarding success

13 April 2021

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What might seem like a drag on efficiency to some is an opportunity to revisit a critical step to the future success of any new staffer. Onboarding a new player is demanding and often given short shrift. That said, teleworking forces us to rethink everything for the better. Based on our past year experiences, here […]

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A head full of interview questions: La tête chercheuse’s TOP questions

20 January 2020

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Adaptability and alignment with organizational values are just as important as the responsibilities the candidate will have to deliver. Therefore, in all our mandates, we take the time to validate aspirations, personal interests, motivation sources and even personality traits. To influence you to do the same, we present a compilation of La tête chercheuse’s “signature” […]

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“Why do you want this job?” said the interviewed interviewer.

17 November 2019

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First impressions are a big deal. Especially if you’re the candidate’s first exposure to the company and/or the role available, just be yourself, and conduct the interview in a manner that’s transparent, authentic and enticing. Forbes offers interviewees similar advice in this article. As an interviewer, bring some of your own (or your organization’s) colour […]

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In the spotlight

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Does your office reflect your company culture?

5 April 2022

Be in the Know

In the Spotlight

We discussed this topic with Véronique Chayer, founder of Folio Design. For her, it’s “about striking a balance between management’s vision and that of employees. In other words, how do you meet everyone’s expectations?” And, what’s the best way to go about it?   Why do we need an office? The workspace plays a bigger […]

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How is the job market reacting to the crisis?

10 June 2020

In the Spotlight

After recording a record unemployment rate in the midst of the pandemic – jumping from 7.8% to 17% last April, and then dropping back to 13.7% this June – we were curious to see how this new reality was affecting professionals and workers throughout Quebec. More than a hundred people responded to our survey, launched […]

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The way out of the crisis: Discussion with three entrepreneurs in China

23 April 2020

In the Spotlight

Remaining hopeful up until the recovery We are currently experiencing one of the major global societal crises since the stock market crash of 2008. The current crisis is incomparable. Unlike the crash or even the Great Recession of 1929, it is rooted in a real human disruption (pandemic) and not in the economy.  Hoping this […]

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Crisis Management 101

10 April 2020

In the Spotlight

A webinar instigated by the Leadership Institute and masterfully conducted by Harold Fortin and Victor Henriquez recently highlighted the elements behind successful crisis management. Here are the 6 key factors that were identified: 1) Show empathy and solidarity When a spokesperson is chosen to communicate through the crisis, one must feel that the topic they […]

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Celebrate “We”

11 December 2019

In the Spotlight

Interestingly, the Harvard Business Review recently focused on a publication about employee engagement. It illustrates that people are more dedicated to their team – more than the company they work for, their position, and even their field of work. They talk about the importance of collaboration and cohesiveness, feeling a part of something, shared recognition […]

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Is professional happiness a new concept?

17 October 2019

In the Spotlight

For more than twenty years, we’ve been working with people who want “better” – a better quality of life at work. We’re not about to hide it – today’s “better” coincides with a labour market transformation that’s handing talent “the long end of the stick” – more often than not. Talented people can afford to […]

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