SHERBROOKE, QC, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Sherbrooke's economic development
and innovation agency, Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke, has
recruited a 'rare pearl' to take on the role of director general and enable
the new organization to complete its transition and accomplish its mission.
The choice of Pierre Bélanger for the senior management position at
Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke has given its board of
directors a leader who perfectly matches the profile it was seeking: an
experienced, seasoned manager who stands out because of leadership rooted in
an ability to build bridges among organizations, bring together economic
players from various spheres and, most of all, "make things happen quickly,"
according to the chair of Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke,
During a meeting today at the Musée de la Nature et des Sciences, Mr.
Lagassé described Pierre Bélanger as "a public figure who is very respected,
well-known and valued not only for his skills, talents, qualities and
experience, but also for his very remarkable career path."
Pierre Bélanger's track record is a list of resounding and impressive
successes, such as the founding of Laval Technopole, of which he was director
general, and La Cité de la biotechnologie et de la santé humaine du Montréal
métropolitain (La Cité de la Biotech), of which he was co-founder and CEO.
Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke's chair, who introduced
Pierre Bélanger "with a great deal of pleasure, pride and enthusiasm," noted
that among the new director general's achievements is the founding of the
Centre québécois d'innovation en biotechnologie, a business incubator for the
life sciences sector. In 2002, the Centre won a prestigious award from the
National Business Incubation Association, an organization comprising over 1000
members from 60 countries.
Pierre Bélanger was also the founding chair of the Association des parcs
de recherche et technopoles du Québec, and has held numerous positions at the
International Association of Science Parks (IASP), in particular that of chair
of the North American branch and, since 2008, member of the advisory council.
Present in 71 countries, the IASP joins 349 science and technology parks and
200 000 member companies.
Sherbrooke residents will be pleased and proud to learn that Pierre
Bélanger's expertise is sought around the world. The director general of
Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke is currently acting in an
advisory capacity for members of the organizing committee of the IASP world
conferences to take place in 2009 at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, in the
United States, and in 2010 in Daejeon, South Korea.
"With a director general who has such an accomplished track record,
members of the board and staff of Innovation et Développement économique
Sherbrooke are understandably as energized and excited as lottery ticket
winners," said Mr. Lagassé.
With the appointment of Pierre Bélanger, the board of directors of
Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke has met the first condition
for the successful accomplishment of the new agency's mission. The most
difficult challenge remains, however: ensuring that all of the key players in
economic development and innovation focus on a common vision and work in a
concerted, structured and efficient manner.
For his part, Mr. Bélanger described himself as "happy and honoured by
the confidence that the board of directors of Innovation et Développement
économique Sherbrooke and Sherbrooke's elected officials have shown in me.
Given the scope of the challenge" awaiting him, the director general of
Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke, who takes office on
February 16, wants "to take the time to understand the region and the issues
confronting it, in particular by meeting with key players in economic
development and innovation and the greatest possible number of businesses." He
also expressed his confidence in being able to meet these challenges "with a
competent, energetic team, backed by an innovative, dynamic and determined
Tribute to the SDES and Pierre Dagenais
The chair of Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke also took
the opportunity to underscore the work accomplished in recent months to ensure
the smooth transition and harmonious, structured and efficient integration of
the SDES into Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke.
In addition to highlighting the cooperation of Sherbrooke city
councillors, and particularly that of the mayor and former chair of the SDES,
Jean Perrault, Mr. Lagassé expressed his "deepest gratitude to the members of
the board of directors and staff of the SDES for their valued contributions,
and especially to Pierre Dagenais who has been one of the key artisans of this
innovative formula and the remarkable success of the SDES." He also noted that
the former director general of the SDES "has an important position to assume
and an essential role to play within IDES."
Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke is the independent,
autonomous administrative authority created following the report of the work
group on governance (Groupe de travail sur la gouvernance) that resulted from
the 2007 Sherbrooke summit. Innovation et Développement économique Sherbrooke
has a significant double mandate: 1) to oversee the economic development of
Sherbrooke, and specifically to coordinate the activities of the various
organizations devoted to such development and establish a mechanism for
governance, and 2) to act as Sherbrooke's Centre local de développement (local
development centre or CLD).
For further information:
For further information: Manon Laporte, Vice-Chair, Innovation et
Développement économique Sherbrooke, (819) 823-2230