I am the CEO of PDI (
, a global catalyst at the intersection of innovation, principled
leadership, governance and strategy.
I am concurrently the Chief Architect, Harvard University Global System™
for which my firm has a worldwide-trademark license from Harvard University; and which comprises
cutting-edge instruments for managing innovation and performance-improvement projects. I led the
discovery and development teams of this system, which was originally used by Skanska in Sweden;
then the U.K., Germany, Finland and Saudi Arabia to manage capital projects ranging from a million to a multi-billion
Building on a wide-range of disciplines, failure lessons, best practices, leadership skills
and my innovation's track record (patent holder: USA, Canada, Japan), I am deeply honored
to chair innovation and foresight panels (e.g. « Preparing for New Pandemics: Lessons from Science
and Policy », 2021 Horasis Extraordinary Conference on the USA); coach teams, leaders
and board members of innovative organizations, NGOs and nations, to ask profound questions; listen reflectively;
lead with intellectual integrity and exemplary self-leadership; focus on a shared purpose
(including the stakeholder ecosystems, change drivers and cultures, across the value chain);
be pragmatic in action; nurture reliable allies, a resilient-team ethos, diversity
and solidarity for the common good; co-innovate; collaborate and
compete to win ethically on the best value; apply decision sciences (cognitive and behavioral neuroscience,
system thinking and operations research); craft and execute foresighted strategies
(with the details that count); and a sustainable succession.
I am a 2012 Harvard Fellow, Advanced Leadership and a 1997-99 Harvard Business School's entrepreneurship
alumnus (OPM). I graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University in Montréal;
and studied advanced technology in Lille (France) with internships at Peugeot, ARD National TV Network (Berlin),
the University of Ottawa (Particle Physics) and Carleton University's Hydrodynamics Lab.
I acquired skills in system thinking and deep change management at the MIT
Sloan School of Management and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (GIC), and mediation and advanced negotiation
for lawyers, at Harvard Law School from which I am certified to teach negotiation in corporations.
Lifetime learning is integral part of my mission and priorities
(see my CV's page 4
on Education and Continuous Learning).
I lead graduate courses and webinars on governance, exemplary team leadership, collaborative
innovation funnels and ecosystems, strategic policies, managing high-stake negotiations (bar certified course)
and stakeholder engagement (from issue incubation to resolution, strategic communication
and agile implementation).
I was twice a graduate-faculty member at the University of Québec where I taught Management of Change
in the M.Sc. Project-Management program. I coached, for 12 years, the Applied Research & Technology directors and teams
at Teck Metals, Canada's largest diversified resource firm. My exemplary-leadership workshops were held
at Bertelsmann, Boeing, Boliden, Cap-Gemini, E.ON wind power, France Loisirs, GE (U.S., Canada, Europe),
Harvard University and the Ivy-League's Leadership Summit, IEEE, Japan's METI and Engineering
Advancement Association (ENNA), MD Robotics, Morocco's Mohammed VI Polytechnic University,
OCP Group, operations-research societies, OPG Nuclear Power,
the Project Management Institute (PMI), Skanska, Textron's Bell Helicopters, Tokyo's UN University and
governments (Europe, the Americas and Asia).
In finance and banking, I advised the Sr. VP, Audit & Human Resources on governance and strategy at Canada's National Bank whose
CEO recommended my strategic-intelligence book. Desjardins' President John Harbour praised my role as the main
strategic advisor in crafting "the vision and
strategic direction of Desjardins, a $75 billion financial institution", and the "world's 2nd strongest bank"
(according to Bloomberg at the time). Earlier, I also coached for five years, the general-insurance executive team to
turn Desjardins into the industry's flagship
through strategic innovations, leapfrogging Zurich and ING; and become "North-America's fastest-growing general
insurer, quadrupling sales and raising profit tenfold (in 5 years"). Desjardins also advanced actuarial research and
later spearheaded the University of Sherbrooke's Responsible-Financing Chair.
I subsequently teamed-up, for the third time, with Mr. Harbour upon his appointment by Québec's
Premier to head the SAAQ, a government agency that was struggling under the weight of a rampant $489 million
debt, fast-rising deaths and severe injuries, due to highway accidents. I researched the best practices taught in
leading actuarial schools and governance in precursor jurisdictions from North America to France,
Sweden, the UK and New Zealand. Then, I coached the SAAQ team whose decisions, saved thousands of lives,
in less than 5 years; reducing the death toll by 35% and severe bodily-injury accidents by 43%, despite a 15% increase in
highway traffic; while: (1) building resilience to overcome future shocks, and (2) turning
the nearly half a billion deficit into $20 million surplus. Mr. Harbour described my 12-year ad-hoc
contribution in strategic thinking, governance, collaborative innovation and exemplary leadership,
both at Desjardins and at the SAAQ, in a video in French at:
In the public service, I advised the UNESCO's director general and authored "Overhauling the
UNESCO and Strengthening Its Essence". For four years, I advised two prime ministers on strategic policies
a non-partisan Executive Member of the Prime Minister's Committee on Government Reform.
I also led assignments where sensitive multi-party negotiations were of paramount importance, including:
- The creation, with Dr. Brian Morrissey, of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to restore the public trust
in the inspection system and position the country among the safest and trusted exporters;
- Researching, at my expense, the U.K.'s lessons from mad cow (BSE) and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob
diseases (vCJD). Consequently, Dr. Morrissey and I led an intensive workshop to prepare public-health executives
and scientists nine months before BSE was diagnosed in the country;
- A proposal accepted by Canada's Prime Minister to defuse the growing tensions between Canada
and its Asian trade partners, particularly Japan, following the discovery of mad-cow disease;
- The merger of five agencies mandated to protect investors, maintain the integrity of securities
markets, and regulate financial institutions in Québec;
- Coaching leaders of the First Nations in British Columbia and those of the Sakha (Yakutia)
Republic of the Russian Federation to apply mission setting, principled negotiation
and proactive governance in resolving inter and intra-government issues;
- Advising the government of the Northwest Territories (NWT) on large-scale environmental risks,
from complex mine reclamations to potential oil and gas disasters in the NWT and
- Recommending untied funds for the World Food Program (WFP) to act as a reliable ally, buy food
locally and deliver promptly to meet major-flood victims' needs. Successfully negotiated
with WFP (Rome), for CIDA, the implementation of the first project in Rwanda.
- Co-initiated negotiations to mobilize petrodollar funds and Canadian expertise for the benefits
of the poorest countries; thus, extending Canadian aid beyond the ParliamentR's
- Leading engineering projects in Equatorial Africa, funded by CIDA and the World Bank,
including a flood rescue, a 2800-KM microwave link, a 660-KM inter-city highway and bridges.
I led the creation of Radio Canada's (CBC) news-equity system to improve the impartiality of the delivery
of news and public-affairs' programs, across six time zones, especially during elections, when accuracy and timely reporting are sine qua non conditions for transparency and effectiveness.
Building on my experience at Germany's ARD in Berlin and knowledge of counterparts in democratic countries,
I led the creation of Radio Canada's (CBC) news-equity system to improve the impartiality in the delivery
of news and public-affairs programs, across six time zones; especially during elections and other critical
times, where accuracy and timely reporting are sine qua non
conditions for transparency and effectiveness.
The operations-research based system also served to mitigate the national broadcaster's liability risks
(especially in the protection against frivolous suits) and the independence critical to CBC's core mission.
In 2019, under the guidance of Dr. Irene Porro, Framingham State University's Director of the Christa Corrigan
McAuliffe Center for integrated Science
Learning, I prepared and led a workshop, for leaders and educators of Massachusetts'
school boards and schools. Building on my research at Harvard, the program
focused on the applications of system thinking in the education of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (acronym STEM), enhanced by a decision-support module ("STEM+D") with interdisciplinary
applications; centering on increasing the science capital (Pierre Bourdieu), reducing complexity and learning
to build trust and consensus. Thus, teachers can now gradually prepare K-12 learners to:
- Validate goals, facts, perceptions and biases; make assumptions explicit; and opt for rational
decisions by seeking evidence and logic, as close as possible to the source(s) of expertise;
- Learn to develop empathy for all stakeholders; hold the high moral ground;
seek sustainable and just solutions; address the ever-changing risks and resistance
to change inherent in complex issues;
- Learn, before seeking approvals, to plan with rigor, candor, humility and
constructive arguments that resonate with – and inspire the trust of – decision-makers
and the broader constituencies with vested interests in the issue(s),
including those with the power to veto controversial decisions.
- Acquire proven project-planning, organization and execution skills, with a cutting-edge
framework and instruments superior to traditional techniques, such as the Critical Path Method.
People with serious character flaws strive on spreading misinformation among the unwary,
who may suffer from empathetic-listening deficit, fear, normalization of deviance, codependency and/or
asymmetries of decision-making know-how. Much of their flaws can be traced to parental and early-education deficits.
Higher-education establishments can reinforce positive values and related behavior; but face an uphill battle
with dishonest, prejudiced, self-centered and morally-corrupt students. That is why
the above decision-literacy module (D) gradually addresses the K-12 critical need for empathy, the high moral ground,
rigor, candor, humility and constructive dialogue to build trust and consensus. Acquiring
such a proficiency, at least on validity testing, is lofty and overdue. These skills also accelerate
STEM learning by opening the young minds to the immense
applications of decision-making instruments and the deeply-rooted differentiation-integration
(Lawrence-Lorsch) synergy of the four traditional disciplines to meet each learner's specific needs.
Active in civil society, I mentor on crafting the NGO sextet of critical success factors (equity, solidarity,
leadership, innovation, funding and governance). The purpose is to prevent and combat poverty
and exclusion; and advance social justice, public health and
STEM+D education. Inspired by Drs. Paul Farmer and Jim Kim, I led the creation
of Partners in Health Canada to harness Canadian generosity for the public health
of the poorest of poor. I led the funding for CHEO children's hospital, food banks,
Canada Without Poverty, an earthquake and Japan's Tðhoku Tsunami victims.
Supporting the American Red Cross for Sandy-Superstorm victims, we teamed-up with
the French Embassy, Washington (DC) area's alumni clubs (Wharton, Chicago,
HBS and Harvard) and the French-American Chamber of Commerce.
I am recognized by the president of Harvard University for my "Leadership, Vision and Service"
and the Project Management Institute for my "outstanding contribution to the state-of-the-art in
project management". I am also a recipient of an award from Bombardier-Aerospace/Canadair and a
Certificate of Merit from the Canada Awards for Excellence.
I am a founding member of Harvard University's Advanced-Leadership (ALI) Coalition and a former president of two
Harvard University clubs. I held memberships with Harvard Faculty Club, the Sierra Club, the Agile Alliance,
the Association of Computing Machinery, HBS Club of New York, the Société mathématique
de France (SMF) and the Jeunesses musicales de France (JM France). I am a founding sponsor of Roger Fisher
House, a conflict-resolution catalyst that is now part of Mercy Corps. I am an Advisory Board Member of
both Social Hearts (Tokyo, Japan) and New York's Build Academy which focuses on urban infrastructure, diversity,
smart cities and sustainable and resilient design.
I authored articles on strategic policies and the book titled
the Power of Intelligence, Counterintelligence & Surprise Events
" which was recommended
by leading scholars, corporate executives and the intelligence community. I am currently preparing, for 2021,
the publication of the second edition of: "Value
Incubation Foresight: Probing for Novelty, the Unseen and the Overlooked, in Incubating Events and
For details about my education and executive development, please see page 4 at
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