After earning a Computer Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1987, Paul Raymond embarked on a career path forged by acute business sense and a propensity to lead. For more than a decade, his business acumen and visionary leadership skills have propelled Alithya’s growth and reputation as a trusted advisor in strategy and digital transformation, while fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion that permeates all levels of the organization.
After serving as a Communication Electronics Engineering Officer with Canada’s Department of National Defence, Paul entered the private sector in 1993, combining skillsets in IT strategy and business analysis in a variety of leadership positions. He spent 17 years at a global technology firm, where he held the position of Senior Vice President, Business Engineering. In April 2011, he joined Alithya as President and Chief Operating Officer of a young company employing 200 professionals. The following year, Paul was appointed President and CEO, marking the onset of continuous growth that led to Alithya becoming a publicly traded company on both the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchanges, and today employing a global workforce.
In 2016, Paul’s leadership and entrepreneurial skills were recognized by Ernst & Young, earning him the distinction of EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Quebec Information Technology. Later that same year, Alithya became the first technology services company to gain membership in the 30% Club, an organization comprised of more than 1,000 CEOs and Board Chairs in 20+ countries whose mission is to increase female representation on Boards and in executive leadership positions. Also on behalf of Alithya, Paul received the 2017 Grand Prix National for Job Creation and Prosperity, presented by the Conseil du Patronat du Québec, as well as the 2020 technology industry CEO of the Year Award presented by Investissement Québec.
Since earning ICD.D certification as part of the Directors Education Program delivered by the McGill University, Executive Institute / University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, Paul has served on the Boards of multiple organizations who have leveraged his experience to help guide their decision-making processes. For six years, he served on the Board of Directors of the Association québécoise des technologies (AQT), including three years as Chair. He also served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal for 3 years, and he currently sits on the Boards of both WSP Global and Alithya.
With more than 30 years of experience in the business world, Paul is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and he has served for 10 years as President of the Maple Leaf Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of understanding between Canada and the United States. Additionally, Paul has devoted his time and leadership skills to the service of multiple philanthropic endeavors, including serving as Chair of the Quebec Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 7 years, helping guide the organization’s critical mission to grant the wishes of sick children. He also actively supports organisations such as Cybercap, preparing younger generations for a digital future.