This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview top-ranking Business and Technology Leader–Bernard Courtois, President & CEO Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). ITAC affiliates account for139B to the Canadian GDP and employ more than 70% of the ICT workforce.
As the president and CEO of ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, Bernard Courtois is an outspoken advocate for the deployment of information and communications technology tools to improve business productivity and to achieve our societal and public policy goals.
Mr. Courtois was named ITAC’s leader in January 2004. He is a lawyer with over 30 years experience in the telecommunications sector. He served in a variety of executive roles with Bell Canada from 1991 to 2003, including those of Chief Regulatory Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining Bell Canada, Mr. Courtois practiced law in Montreal and Ottawa serving a wide range of clients in telecommunications and other regulated industries. He was an active participant in the many regulatory, public policy and judicial proceedings which have shaped Canada’s competitive communications marketplace. He was Chief Strategy Officer when Bell Canada took its strong turn to the Internet, ahead of most of its peers around the world.
Mr. Courtois is also a dedicated and energetic builder of business communities. He has served on the ITAC Board of Directors since 1999. He has also served on the executive of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; was president of the International Institute of Communications; and is director and treasurer of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.
Mr. Courtois is a graduate of l’Université de Montréal. He is a member of the bar in Ontario and Quebec. He lives in Ottawa.
To listen to the interview, click on this MP3 file link