A manager at 23
At 23, I was already managing my first work team – 37 people, the vast majority of them older and better paid than me. And it was then that I learned the magic of working with teams and how to do more with my team than I could ever do alone. It was also then that Charlotte and I welcomed our first and only child, Benoît, a Generation X wonder, the future master mind of many software development projects.
In 1984, eight years after my first transfer to Bagotville, I left the military, with another degree in my pocket (MBA) and a few pretty challenging projects under my belt and on my CV.
I began my life as a full time project expert. For close to 40 years now, I have been managing all sizes of projects, as well as sponsoring, training and coaching thousands of others to successfully manage their own. I have managed multi-disciplinary, multi-million dollar projects that involved hundreds of people as well as some that involved just me and my free time.
I have coached hundreds if not thousands of people, through seminars, workshops, formal courses and conferences across the world: in Canada, in the USA, in South America (Brazil), in Europe (France, Great Britain, and Sweden), in North Africa (Morocco) and in Asia (Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia).