16 April 2019
What is your role at the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI)?
Over the years, I’ve realized that my professional inspiration comes from a simple idea: helping people make decisions that improve the environmental, social and economic health of our communities. My inherently optimistic attitude about the future and my professional experience in sustainable development have helped me lay out clear paths for JCCBI to achieve common goals in corporate social responsibility (CSR). My role at JCCBI is to ensure that decisions, be they strategic or operational, generate as much added value as possible in these three areas of sustainable development.
But more concretely, when it comes to JCCBI’s mission and vision, I oversee the operationalization and attainment of goals in our five-year strategy and its related sustainable development action plan, which has an impact on most of our organization’s administrative and operational activities. My experience in engineering and recent academic studies in administration have given me a comprehensive understanding of the entire organization and helped me apply a horizontal approach to CSR when it comes to JCCBI’s techniques and corporate roles.
Why did you decide to participate in the Business Beyond Tomorrow conference?
I agreed to be on the panel of experts for the Business Beyond Tomorrow conference because, today, sustainable development represents a major opportunity for companies. Our changing world not only poses risks but also generates significant opportunities for organizations that decide to make a commitment to sustainable development. Whether public or private entities or associations, organizations must not only create value for taxpayers, shareholders or members but also maintain and improve the communities and environments in which they operate. Integrating sustainable development as a core activity is a forward-looking decision that creates value and contributes to organizations’ financial performance and sustainability. During the conference, I wanted to talk with decision-makers of tomorrow to better understand their issues while inspiring them with my vision of responsible business management.
What advice would you give a #FutureEngineer?
Sustainable development is everyone’s responsibility, not just that of governments, companies or even non-profits. Right now, as a future engineer, your profession has put you in a great and unique position to influence the world of tomorrow, and the world will be looking to you for solutions. It’s now your professional duty to make sure these solutions generate intrinsic value, meaning not only that they are technically feasible within a set budget and schedule, but that they also generate added social and environmental value for our