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Paul Raymond
President and Chief Executive Officer
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A Computer Engineering graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada, member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Paul Raymond has more than 30 years of experience in the business world. Before becoming President and COO of Alithya in 2011 and then President and CEO in 2012, this visionary leader held several key senior management positions in a major IT firm and officer roles in the Canadian Armed Forces. In addition to overseeing Alithya’s organizational development and managing its accelerated growth, he promotes the company in Canada and internationally.

On behalf of Alithya, Mr. Raymond 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 WSP Global, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Quebec Technology Association, and the Quebec chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is also a sponsor of CyberCap, an organization whose mission is to support the next generation of digital technologies.

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Claude Thibault
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Claude Thibault has more than twenty years of experience serving as CFO for a variety of companies, both private and publicly-traded. He joined Alithya in August 2018. Most recently, he served as CFO for a national engineering and industrial construction firm.  He has previously worked in a variety of sectors, including high-tech and multimedia, manufacturing, distribution, and the services industry, serving companies operating in both Canada and the United States. He has also worked in the investment banking sector, as well as in corporate financing and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has further applied his expertise and extensive knowledge of the financial markets to the service of numerous boards, and is both a Chartered Professional Accountant, with the Corporate Finance qualification (CPA, CA-CF), and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). Mr. Thibault holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from HEC Montréal, as well as a Master of Business Administration from McGill University.

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Claude Rousseau
Chief Operating Officer
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Claude Rousseau joined Alithya in 2015. With a solid professional background and proven leadership qualities, he has risen through the ranks to oversee all of Alithya’s operations in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Prior to joining Alithya, Mr. Rousseau held several key senior management positions during twenty-eight years of service with a national telecommunications giant. In the fall of 2008, he was named President of the Quebec Remparts hockey club.

From 2012 to 2015, he served as an advisor to the senior management team of another major telecommunications firm. He is recognized for tremendous expertise in managing the operations of large companies, and for his unifying abilities and business acumen. Mr. Rousseau holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Laval University.

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Nathalie Forcier
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
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Lawyer and member of the Quebec Bar, Nathalie Forcier specializes in commercial law, securities law, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Alithya in 2018 as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Ms. Forcier worked successively for two cross-border listed multinationals, building a solid reputation for her work on strategic issues related to business law and corporate governance. Prior to holding executive positions in the legal services departments of major technology companies, Ms. Forcier was a partner at one of Canada's largest law firms. Her business acumen and extensive experience provide invaluable support to the execution of Alithya's organic growth strategy and acquisitions. Ms. Forcier holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Law from Laval University.

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Robert Lamarre
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
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With a degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, Robert Lamarre has an extensive background in the technology sector, where he has worked since 1987. He specializes in acquisitions integration, managing real estate portfolios, and procurement. He joined Alithya in April 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer and is responsible for overseeing Alithya’s information technology operations, an area critical to the company’s strategy and growth.

Prior to joining Alithya, Mr. Lamarre spent much of his career working for an international technology company, where he rose through the ranks and held a number of executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer for the Northeastern Region of the United States.

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Natalie Piccinin
Senior Vice President, Human Capital
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Natalie Piccinin has over thirty years of experience in human resources management and organizational performance. Throughout her career, she has defined and implemented strategies to strengthen the HR function of companies in both the United States and Canada, working in a variety of industries including automotive, publishing, banking, foodservice, and aeronautics.

With proven expertise in organizational efficiency, talent management, performance management, and employee engagement, Natalie is recognized for her ability to unite stakeholders and to generate ideas and solutions focused on the achievement of business objectives. Natalie Piccinin has held the position of Senior Vice President, Human Capital at Alithya since January 2019, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations from McGill University.

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Russell Smith
President, Alithya US
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As President of Alithya US, Russell Smith is responsible for all Alithya operations in the US market, as well as in the UK. Mr. Smith’s experience includes raising venture capital and deploying capital to drive growth and profitability, while increasing shareholder value. He also has experience leading business combinations and successfully managing the resulting integrations. In fact, he played an integral role in architecting and executing the business strategy that led to the company to being recognized as a leading Microsoft Dynamics partner.

Prior to working at Alithya, Mr. Smith was co-founder of a company that provided enterprise applications and consulting services to the manufacturing sector, and he also worked for large IT companies. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Gladys Caron
Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations
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With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Laval University, Gladys Caron has amassed more than 25 years of experience in the fields of communications, marketing, and investor relations. Her career path has led her through the financial, engineering, and, most recently, information technology industries. Having quickly risen through the ranks, Gladys is recognized for her leadership, her global vision of organizations, and her ability to work in complex environments.

Having served in a variety of management positions, she has demonstrated her ability to contribute positively to company brand image and employee mobilization. Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations for Alithya since January 2018, Ms. Caron also sits on the Management Committee and is responsible for strategies for promoting the company to all audiences.

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Dany Paradis
Senior Vice President, Quebec
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Dany Paradis has over twenty years of experience in the implementation of integrated management systems and accounting. As Senior Vice President, Quebec, she leads Alithya's Quebec-based activities, primarily the Montreal and Quebec City offices, as well as the Alithya Digital Solutions Center. Ms. Paradis is also responsible for our Canadian "Business Analytics" and "Oracle" practices. Until 2016, she was co-president and head of the administration of the largest Oracle solutions integration company in Quebec, before those activities were integrated with those of Alithya following an acquisition.

Major accomplishments include her role as Project Manager and Delivery Manager for projects developed for Desjardins Group and the City of Montreal. Ms. Paradis is a graduate of Laval University and holds a degree in Business Administration, Organizational Information Systems. She has also attained a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

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Nigel Fonseca
Senior Vice President, Ontario & Western Canada
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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 as CEO of SWI, he assumed the position of Vice President Engineering at SWI, where he successfully delivered on strategic projects around the globe in the energy and financial industries, while ensuring SWI’s adherence to sound IT and engineering practices. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nuclear Association and has held the position of Vice President, Ontario and Western Canada at Alithya since April 2017.

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Margot Loren
Vice President, Operations, Ontario
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Margot Loren is a respected high-level manager with more than 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. As Vice President, Operations, Ontario, she oversees human resources, administration and accounting, facilities management, information security and network services for the Ontario region. Until 2017, Ms. Loren served as the Chief Operating Officer for an information technology firm providing engineering and software solutions to the energy and financial sectors. Ms. Loren has a consistent track record of successful delivery on large and complex projects, with a proven ability to achieve consensus among diverse stakeholder groups. 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.

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John Scandar
Senior Vice President, Microsoft
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John Scandar is Senior Vice President and oversees our Microsoft practice. John has more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing enterprise software market, with an emphasis on leveraging IT investments to improve business success. He has extensive international experience, including sales team management and the establishment of new offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. His experience also includes product management and positioning for enterprise software. In his career, he has been instrumental in the success of many mergers and acquisitions, as well as raising private equity and venture capital financing. Prior to being with Alithya, he held several key senior management positions for a few software and system integration companies. Mr. Scandar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Concordia University in Montreal.

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Chris Churchill
Senior Vice President, Oracle
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Chris Churchill oversees Alithya’s Oracle EPM and Analytics practices in the United States. Over the past two decades, Mr. Churchill has served in a number of delivery, operations, and business development roles within the company. He joined Ranzal (now part of Alithya) in 1998 as an Arbor Essbase consultant and was instrumental in helping the company transition from a primarily tech-based company to an applications company.

Chris Churchill is recognized as an authority in Oracle Enterprise Performance Technology. While working through a series of acquisitions, Chris helped Alithya to complete its suite of capabilities across the Enterprise Performance Management and Analytics space. Mr. Churchill is a frequent speaker at Oracle events and is an active member of the Oracle Partner Advisory Council, both of which bolster the value of the advisory role that he leads across all of Alithya’s client implementations. Chris Churchill attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with Honors with dual degrees in Finance & Economics.

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Eric Banville
Senior Vice President
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As a Senior Vice President, Eric Banville maintains business relations with important clients, while contributing to various major projects for the Quebec region. His extensive knowledge of our organization and the technology sector, his diligence and the quality of his client approach have been strong assets in the role he has played in developing Alithya's operations. Mr. Banville joined Alithya in March 1997, initially serving as Director of Consulting Services in Quebec City, and then as Regional Vice President in Montreal and Paris.

With more than thirty years of experience as an IT consultant and project manager, Eric is renowned for his exceptional ties to his clients, and for his ability to deliver projects by integrating sound human management principles into an innovative and creative approach. Mr. Banville graduated from Laval University’s Computer Science Management program in 1986 and holds a PMP certification.

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Franck Benhamou
Regional Vice President, France
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As Vice President, General Manager of Alithya France, Franck Benhamou is responsible for Alithya's operations in France in four offices: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Sophia Antipolis, and Toulouse. A computer science graduate from the University of Nice, he has amassed a lengthy track record in the realm of IT services and development.

After holding key positions in large organizations and heading vast business units, Franck’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to establish his own company to provide IT services tailored to his clients’ needs. Mr. Benhamou joined Alithya in November 2003, following the acquisition of his firm by Alithya.

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Alithya went public in November 2018

 

 

President and CEO Paul Raymond joined BNN Bloomberg’s Catherine Murray for a look at Alithya’s prospects after acquiring Edgewater Technology and beginning trading on Nasdaq and TSX.

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