gpepin_270x170Montréal, November 3, 2015 – The Quebec Technology Association ( is proud to introduce its new Board of Directors for 2015-2016 and would like to stress from the outset that the board, by the very nature of its makeup, is a true reflection of the Quebec ICT industry both in terms of geographic representation and the diversity of its various sectors. Mr. Gilles Pépin will become the new Chairman and a number of new members have joined the Board. These new members are Mr. Stéphane Bernier, President of Effenti, Mr. Paul Hamelin, President of GIRO, and Mr. David Marotte, President and general director of FX Innovation. Mr. François Sauvageau, Associate of Deloitte, complete the board as an Observer Member.

AQT member since 2002, Mr. Gilles Pépin takes over the leadership of the new Board, with the mandate of continuing to drive the AQT’s public affairs initiative to devote the necessary support to financing, commercializing and developing the ICT industry in Québec. In this regard, the AQT has continually expanded its role as a major political influencer, supporting the government’s development of broad guidelines for information technology, specifically through its current, active participation in a number of ICT industry juries and committees.

As the president and founder of HumanWare, established in 1988 in Drumonville, Mr. Duchesne understands the challenges and issues that face AQT members in executive positions. “I am proud to rely on the support of a team of experienced administrators from every region of the province as well as a tenured staff comprised of diverse and committed professionals from a variety of ICT industry sectors.  In Quebec, the ICT industry provides more than 132,000 jobs and is well-known for its talent, creativity, and capacity for innovation”, commented Mr. Pépin.

“Board members are determined to consolidate the AQT’s role as an industry commentator on public affairs and as a facilitator for outreach purposes. We pledge to maintain the services and major events that constitute the hallmarks of our Association, and ensure the continued delivery of tools to enhance business performance”.

“We would like to thank the following outgoing members of the Board of Directors for their support and involvement: Mr. Hugo Boutet, President of Oriso, and Mr. Michel Lacasse, President of Komutel”.

Mr. Gilles Pépin will be taking the reins from Mr. Steeve Duchesne who was Chairman for the last two years. Mr. Duchesne contributed to consolidating the AQT’s position as an industry spokesperson, thereby ensuring the availability of the AQT’s offer throughout every region. During his tenure, the AQT celebrated 25 years of its AQTion terrain program, opened a new office in Quebec City, and grew its membership ranks by more than 115 companies.

Members of the board:

  • Gilles Pépin, (Chairman of the Board), CEO, HumanWare
  • Stéphane Bernier, CEO, Effenti
  • Louise Cardinal, CEO, TechnoMed Solutions
  • Ann Marie Colizza, Owner, Deltacrypt
  • Steeve Duchesne, (ex-officio), CEO, Axon intégration et développement
  • Paul Hamelin, CEO, GIRO
  • Alain Lavoie, CEO, Irosoft inc.
  • David Marotte, CEO, FX Innovation
  • Yves Pelletier, General Director, PR2 Experts Conseils
  • André Petitclerc (Treasurer), Director investments, ICT Group, Investissement Québec
  • Claude Rose, Board VP, CEO, Gestisoft inc.
  • Mario Seguin, CEO, Medwave Optique
  • Benoit Simard, VP business marketing, TELUS
  • Michel Boislard (observer), Associate, Fasken Martineau
  • François Sauvageau (observer), Associate, Deloitte


About the Quebec Technology Association (AQT)

The Quebec Technology Association (AQT) contributes to the development of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry by serving as a representative for businesses across Quebec. The association is helping over 1,500 business leaders develop their skills and grow their organization. It also promotes the evolution of commercial practices by advocating for the entire industry at various decision-making levels. As a not-for-profit and self-funded organization, the AQT currently stands as Quebec’s largest ICT business network, with over 500 member companies. For more information, visit: 




Valérie Danger – Director of communications
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