Our Board of Directors
Abilis Solutions’ Board of Directors is comprised of a group of tech-savvy, knowledgeable and experienced professionals who share a common goal of delivering innovative information technology solutions. Each member of the Board brings operational and administrative guidance to help guide the direction of the organization. Their combined acumen and expertise has helped drive the sustained growth and profitability Abilis has experienced.
Investissement Quebec (IQ) is also a minority stakeholder in Abilis Solutions Inc. They are a $3 billion Quebec Sovereign venture capital and investment fund that invests in innovative, visionary projects that promise a bright future. Abilis is proud to be one of the very few private organizations IQ has selected to become a shareholder and contribute investment funds.
Holding a master degree in Computer Science and originating from Bretagne, Eric Le Goff immigrated to Montreal in 1996 where he co-founded Abilis Solutions, at only 29 years old. Since its inception, Abilis Solutions focuses on designing and delivering information solutions targeted for large enterprises and public organizations.
Mr. Le Goff leads Abilis under the title of President and Chief Executive Officer, he is also the Executive President of the Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer.
Under his guidance, Abilis has grown to about 200 employees across multiple offices in Montreal, USA and Europe. With a strong origin in IT solutions, Abilis’ primary activities are to design, develop and commercialize information system products and services.
Mr. Le Goff graduated from EISTI (École international des sciences du traitement de l’information) in France (1993). In 2005, EISTI presented him with the “Coup d’éclat” award to highlight his entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Le Goff began his professional career in the field of information technology. He worked as a pre-sales engineer, technical specialist and then a solutions architect on major projects for large private and public companies in Europe and Canada.
In 2011, he was awarded the QuantumShift™ prize created by KPMG Enterprises™ and the Ivey School of Business. Held annually, this program is for CEOs and business owners ready to be challenged to discover innovative leadership strategies and capitalize on growth opportunities.
Mr. Le Goff is also an active member in WPO-YPO (World Presidents Organization – Young Presidents Organization), the Quebec Technologies Association (AQT) and the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA).
Alain Elbaz graduated in 1978 from McGill University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon completion of these studies, Mr. Elbaz worked for DuPont de Nemours, the eighth largest chemical producer in the world. During his ten years at DuPont, Mr. Elbaz worked in both production and supervision, quickly rising through the ranks.
He left DuPont in 1988 to work as an Account Manager for the recruitment firm Boulanger Lachance. In 1990, he founded his own recruitment firm, Bertrand & Elbaz, which initially offered specialized services for the pulp and paper industry and later, the IT sector. Alain Elbaz’s strong inclination to entrepreneurship led him to recognize the opportunities existing in the field of information technologies. In 1996, Alain Elbaz co-founded Abilis Solutions Inc. with his partner, Eric Le Goff. Abilis Solutions designs, develops, and commercializes innovative information solutions.
Alain Elbaz holds the position of President and Chief Operating Officer at Abilis Solutions. He sits on Abilis’ Board of Directors.
Alain Elbaz understands that a company is only as strong and productive as its employees, therefore he is committed to assembling a professional, proficient and multicultural team. Alain Elbaz is focused on elaborating clear guidelines for a positive and healthy work culture. As a result, Abilis Solutions is proud to have been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers in 2017.
Fellow of the “Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec”, Pierre Shedleur has many years of experience as a manager or administrator in the public sector, as well as private companies. After 6 years in various chartered accounting consultation firms, he transferred to the public sector, holding various management positions within the Quebec government in the Ministère de l’Éducation and Conseil du Trésor department.
In 1987, Pierre became Vice President of Finance at the “Commission de la Santé et de la Sécurité au Travail”, where he was accredited for having reversed the negative financial situation of the organization’s pension system. Pierre has received several awards and distinctions for his outstanding work as Chairman of the Board and Operations Manager, namely the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s “Innovative Management Award”.
Pierre returned to the private sector in 1997 as Senior Vice President of Sales at large-scale enterprises, such as Bell Canada, where he led large innovative projects, such as ‘BonjourQuébec.com’. The Government of Quebec then appointed Pierre President and General Manager of the “Société Générale de Financement du Québec” in 2004. He retained this title until he joined the chartered accountants consulting firm BDO as a Special Adviser in February 2011.
Pierre is actively involved with charities and manages the fundraising campaigns for the Red Cross’Quebec division. As a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, Pierre is known for his professionalism, integrity and exemplary management skills which he has demonstrated throughout his tenured career.
As CIO for 20 years at Bombardier, ING Canada and Hydro-Québec, he led major initiatives in business transformation processes and implementation of large systems. He also cumulated 10 years of experience in consulting services at IBM Canada and CGI. He also worked for 7 years in information technology planning and finance at the Central Fund and the “Confédération des Caisses Populaires Desjardins.”
Robert acquired his knowledge of international business by leading teams in North America, Mexico, Europe, India and China. He also lived in Berlin for 2 years while employed at Bombardier. His strong expertise in outsourcing stems from his negotiation and governance of seven large outsourcing contracts in IT, engineering and human resources in North America, Europe and India.
Since retiring from Bombardier in late 2009, Robert Proulx offers consulting services to organizations in the information technology sector, primarily focusing on strategic planning and project transformation assessment. He currently holds seats on the boards of several corporate and non-profit organizations, as well as advisory committees at government agencies.
Philippe L. Labelle is a lawyer and entrepreneur. He joined Viandes Seficlo inc. as Chairman and CEO in February 2011.
Mr. Labelle began his career in 1994 when he articled and later became in-house counsel with the Legal Affairs Department at “Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec”, Canada’s largest pension fund manager.
After a brief entrepreneurial venture in 1996 in the telecom sector in Mexico, he resumed his legal practice for the next decade. Mr. Labelle co-founded a boutique law firm that later merged with the Montreal office of McMillan LLP. His legal practice focused primarily on advising institutional investors involved in private equity financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). His enthusiasm for corporate finance led him to be a guest lecturer at Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Labelle is active in the community sitting on various committees and board of directors. His non-profit/charity involvement has been mainly focused on special needs children/students, homeless youth and orchestras. He also sits on several boards of directors, including Abilis.