The steering committee is composed of an experienced management team, leading the corporate teams and business units.
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A Computer Engineering graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada and member of the OIQ (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec) and Institute of Corporate Directors, Paul Raymond has more than 30 years of experience in the business world. Before becoming President and CEO of Alithya in 2011, this visionary held several key senior management positions in a major information technology firms and served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has traveled to and lived in many parts of Europe, the USA, and Canada while in these functions. In addition to overseeing the strategy, organizational development and accelerated growth of Alithya, Paul is also the promoter of the company values and culture, which he shares with his team. Recognized as a builder and a leader in the industry, he was recently admitted to the select 30% Club, which promotes diversity and advocates for the advancement of women to executive and board positions. On behalf of Alithya, he also received the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from EY Québec in the IT category. Paul Raymond also sits on the Board of Directors of the Quebec Technology Association (AQT).
As an ardent promoter of social responsibility, he assumes the role of presidency of the organism and he’s also President and President of the Board of Directors for the Quebec chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, furthermore, he is involved in several other charitable causes.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
After 28 years with a national telecommunications giant, where he held a series of key executive positions, Claude Rousseau joined the Quebec Remparts, the city’s junior hockey franchise, in 2008. He served as team manager until December 2014, in addition to advising executive management at TELUS Quebec. Recognized for his operational expertise, Mr. Rousseau is also known for his negotiation skills, his diplomacy and the strength of his network. He joined Alithya in January 2015, first as Senior Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer, then as Chief Operating Officer. His strong background in information technology and his leadership allowed him to reach the rank of chief for all business units of Alithya. Mr. Rousseau leads the offices in Quebec, Canada and internationally.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Graduated in Commerce from HEC Montréal, Claude Thibault has more than 20 years of experience serving as CFO for a variety of companies, both private and publicly traded. Until recently, he served as CFO for the DCM Group, and previously at Mediagrif Interactive Technologies, Aptilon Health, and PTT Poly Canada L.P. Throughout his career, Claude worked in various sectors such as the high-tech and multimedia, manufacturing, distribution, and service industries for companies operating in Canada and the United States. His experience and knowledge of the national and international market will contribute to the execution of Alithya’s strategic plan.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
As a Computer Engineering graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, Robert Lamarre has been working in the IT sector since 1987. Prior to joining Alithya, he spent much of his career at CGI, where he rose through the ranks to hold a number of management positions. He delivered projects in both languages across Canada and the United States. Mr. Lamarre is results oriented and has a passion for problem-solving and coming up with solutions when time is of the essence. With a strong aversion to the status quo, he pushes ahead with his projects to achieve their objectives. His decision-making skills and his high level of involvement with work teams translate to a leadership based on attentiveness and an understanding of those he works with. In addition to managing digital technology, his role at Alithya is to ensure the integration of acquisitions, the management of the real estate portfolio and the optimisation of the procurement process. Mr. Lamarre has been Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer since April 2016.
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER AND CORPORATE SECRETARY
Lawyer and member of the Quebec Bar, Nathalie acted as Vice President, Legal Affairs at a TSX and NYSE listed multi-national company, from 2013 to 2017, where she was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, securities laws, corporate governance and local and international corporate transactions. Prior to this, she was Director, Legal Affairs at CAE Inc., a TSX and NYSE listed multi-national company. Prior to transferring in-house, she was a partner in the business law group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Ms. Forcier presently also contributes to the board of directors of one not-for-profit organization supporting children’s sports activities.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN CAPITAL
Natalie Piccinin has over 30 years of experience in human resources and organizational performance. Throughout her career, she has defined and implemented strategies to strengthen the HR function of companies, both in the US and Canada, in the aim of supporting ambitious business goals.
Her experience has led to work in various industries, including automotive, publishing, banking, food and aeronautics. Natalie has proven expertise in organizational efficiency, talent management, performance management, as well as employee engagement. She is also recognized for her ability to bring stakeholders together and come up with ideas and solutions to achieve business objectives.
PRESIDENT, ALITHYA US
Russell Smith is Senior Vice President of Alithya US. Smith was President of Edgewater Fullscope and, prior to that, a co-founder of RedKlay Solutions which provided enterprise applications and consulting services to the manufacturing sector. RedKlay was acquired by Fullscope in 2002, and Smith served as the CEO of Fullscope from 2003 to 2009. He was integral in architecting and executing the business strategy that led Fullscope to being nationally recognized as a leading Microsoft Dynamics partner. .
Smith’s prior experience includes Director of Business Development and Operations at The Pinnacle Group, which was acquired by CSC in 1997. Smith was named a Partner at CSC and successfully managed the integration of The Pinnacle Group into CSC. Smith began his career at IBM working in various engineering management and manufacturing operations roles from 1989 to 1996.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, QUEBEC
Eric Banville graduated from Université Laval in 1986 with a degree in Business Computing and has since earned his PMP certification. He has over 30 years of experience in the consulting business, specializing in IT and project management. Eric is responsible for Alithya’s business relationships and client experience in the entire Province of Quebec. Known for his ability to deliver projects with a people-based management approach, he maintains exceptional ties with clients. Mr. Banville has been with Alithya (formerly CIA) since March 1997. He began as Director, Consulting, in Quebec City, then went on to become Regional Vice President for Montréal (4 years) and for Paris (2 years).
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ONTARIO AND WESTERN CANADA
Nigel Fonseca is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Toronto and holds a P.ENG designation from the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Systemware Innovation Corporation (SWI), Mr. Fonseca has a strong reputation for driving continuous results through his exceptional leadership skills, deep technical knowledge, and innovative thinking. Prior to his appointment to CEO of SWI, he assumed the position of Vice President Engineering at SWI, where he successfully delivered on strategic projects in the energy and financial industries spanning the globe, while ensuring SWI’s adherence to sound IT and engineering practices. He is a member of the Canadian Nuclear Association Board of Directors, and Chair of the TechConnex Board of Directors. Nigel Fonseca has held the position of Vice-President, Ontario and Western Canada since Alithya’s acquisition of SWI in April 2017.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
Graduated from the Université Laval with a degree in Business Administration, organizational information systems, Dany Paradis also earned a CMA certification. She has over 20 years of experience in the implementation of Management Information Systems and accounting. Recognised for her analytical skills and her leadership, she worked on several Oracle ERP implementation and migration projects. Before serving as co-president and accounting manager at PRO2P, she held the positions of project manager and delivery director at the company, where she developed and implemented projects for the Desjardins Movement, as well as for Montreal City. Mrs Paradis joined Alithya in October 2016, when PRO2P was acquired and she now holds the position of Senior Vice President, Integrated Management Solutions.
VICE-PRESIDENT, MONTREAL REGION
Bertrand Gonthier graduated from York University in 1995 with bachelor’s degree in international relations. He has over 20 years of experience in information technology, particularly as it applies to management, systems integration, application development, outsourcing and telecommunication services. An energetic, results-oriented leader, Bertrand is especially known for his ability to roll out business and project strategies that are an effective response to his clients’ overall business and technology objectives and challenges. Bertrand Gonthier joined Alithya in June 2018 and serves as Vice President, Montreal Region.
VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS, ONTARIO
Margot Loren is a respected high-level manager with more than 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. She is a physics graduate from the University of Toronto, and holds a PMP designation from the Project Management Institute, and a CISCM Certified Information Security Management designation from ISACA. Ms. Loren previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Systemware Innovation Corporation (SWI) where she managed all aspects of day-to-day operations. Before assuming the role of COO, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Halcyon Monitoring Solutions, where she provided strategic direction and successfully drove business growth. She is an experienced project manager with a consistent track record of successful delivery on multi-million dollar projects and has a proven ability to achieve consensus among diverse stakeholder groups. Margot Loren has held the position of Regional VP of Operations for Ontario since Alithya’s acquisition of SWI in April 2017.
REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, FRANCE
After earning a degree in Computer Science from Université de Nice, Franck Benhamou went on to spend many years in IT and development. After putting in time in key positions with major companies and heading large business units, his entrepreneurial spirit prompted him to start his own business delivering customized IT services. Mr. Benhamou, as Vice President and CEO for Alithya Consulting France, is responsible for managing the firm’s French subsidiary, which has four offices across the Atlantic: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Sophia Antipolis and Toulouse. Mr. Benhamou joined the firm in November 2003 after Alithya acquired the French firm ADD-X Technologies.
VICE PRESIDENT, ORACLE PRACTICE
Graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a degree in Business Computing, Éric Therrien has over 20 years of experience with the Oracle E-Business Suite software tools. Over the past two decades in the consulting field, he has held several Oracle implementation and migration mandates. He has developed a solid expertise in project management, technological and functional architecture, business analysis, functional variance analysis, and in Oracle E-Business Suite software system administration. Before joining Alithya’s management team, he held the position of co-president at PRO2P, besides looking after the business development and account management of the firm. Recognized for his leadership, Eric has excellent knowledge of the Oracle E-Business Suite. Since Alithya acquired PRO2P in October 2016, M. Therrien holds the position of Vice President, Oracle Practice.
VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
A graduate of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Business Computing, Michel Richard has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian Armed the Forces and with major IT companies. As a seasoned manager, he applies his integrity and strategic vision to innovation and the creation of projects that meet client needs. He is known for establishing long-term relationships based on trust with colleagues and clients alike. Mr. Richard is also involved with a number of charities, especially Make-a-Wish / Fais-Un-Vœu Québec. Since joining Alithya in 2015, he has been a member of the management team and is currently Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND INVESTOR RELATIONS
Recipient of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Laval University, Gladys Caron has over 25 years of experience in the fields of communications, marketing, and investor relations. Her career path has taken her through the financial, engineering, and, most recently, information technology industries. Having quickly risen through the ranks, she is recognized for her leadership, her global vision of organizations and her ability to work in complex environments. In the various management positions she has held, she has been able to contribute positively to company brand image and the mobilization of employees. Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations for Alithya since January 2018, Ms. Caron sits on the Management Committee and is responsible for strategies to promote the company to all of its audiences.
VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT ACQUISITION
Marie-Andrée holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Université Laval and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UQAM. She has over 10 years of experience in talent acquisition, working for several Canadian-based international companies where she was responsible for Talent Management and Talent Acquisition. She distinguishes herself through her strategic vision and ability to work in complex environments. Passionate about recruiting, candidate experience and employer branding, she is known for her leadership, her capacity to develop her teams and act as a change agent. Since 2016, she sits on the board of directors of a non-profit organization supporting families, seniors and children. She joined Alithya in 2018 and has been the Vice President of Talent Acquisition since April 2019.