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9869 Clément Fortin (CMR RMC 1973) has lead the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) as its new CEO since August 2010 http://www.criaq.aero. Clément  stepped down as director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal, a position he has held since 2005.

He earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1973, a Master of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston in 1985.

Mr. Fortin established the Prototech Center for rapid product development at École Polytechnique and founded Polyplan Technologies Inc., a spinoff of Polyvalor, which developed an innovative software to manage manufacturing processes (Manufacturing Process Management – MPM). He helped develop the undergraduate program in Aerospace Engineering at École Polytechnique, a first in Québec. Through his knowledge of academia and research, his experience in running an SME, his 1600 hours of flight (he was a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces at the beginning of his career), Mr. Fortin will unquestionably be an asset to CRIAQ. Clément Fortin is a member of the Order of Engineers of Québec (OIQ), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Design Society. He was awarded the SAE Teetor Award in 1985 and the Dean’s Excellence Award from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1990.

In 2008, he was named Pratt&Whitney Canada Research Fellow. http://www.criaq.aero/Bulletins/201005_Bulletin/Bulletin_6_en.html


11199 Jacques St-Laurent (CMR RMC 1976) is a native of Baie-Comeau, Québec. He began his career in the Canadian Armed Forces, graduating in 1976 from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1978, he pursued his studies at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, in Patuxent River, Maryland, where he enrolled in the graduate engineering test pilot course.

In 1995, he obtained an MBA from the École des sciences de la gestion at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He also completed a training program on governance best practices at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS).

Mr. St-Laurent joined Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. (BHTCL) as an engineering test pilot in 1984. After holding several engineering and program management positions at the company, he was appointed to the position of Vice President of Engineering in 1998, making him the first Canadian to hold this position at BHTCL.

He became President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. in November 2002, a position he held until he left for Europe in October 2008, where he was President of European operations until June 2009. He then became an executive advisor.

Mr. St-Laurent was the founding President of the Board of Aéro Montréal, the metropolitan Montréal aerospace cluster, from 2003 to 2008. He was a member of the Montréal International Board of Directors between 2006 and 2008. Thanks to his unifying leadership and negotiating skills, he was instrumental in mobilizing the region’s key players around high- benefit projects that contribute to the growth of Greater Montréal.

Mr. St-Laurent is also closely involved with the regional community. His activities include chairman of the fundraising committee for the Fondation de l’Hôpital St-Eustache, spokesperson for the Guignolées Moisson Laurentides fundraisers, and partner and spokesperson for PREL, a regional organization that encourages student retention.

In June 2009, he received an honorary degree from the Université de Montréal.




13325 Paul Mercier (RMC 1982) is the senior director, RAAF and UAV Programs L-3 Communications. He has 31 years in the aerospace environment. Following an exciting military career as a Military Aerospace Engineering on Fighters and Helicopters, he joined Bell Helicopter in engineering and project management.

He then joined Bombardier Defence Services in 1997 in engineering business development and program management. He has since assumed roles of increasing responsibilities where he became Director of Public Relations, Strategic Planning, Six Sigma, Business Development, Programs and UAVs. His most recent appointment has been to lead the Australian portfolio with a clear mandate to grow the F/A-18 business down-under. He has a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College.




8612 Richard Bastien (CMR RMC 1971) is the Vice President, Business Development L-3 Communications. He completed a successful 35-year career with the Canadian Forces, culminating in his final appointment as Second in Command of the Air Force. During his military service, he held a number of internationally-based CF positions, including Commander of the Defence and Liaison Staff in the United Kingdom, and Defence Attaché for UK and Ireland. He also served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff where he instituted a new Succession Planning Program for senior officers and oversaw the development and implementation of the Air Force Strategic Vision.

Before joining L-3 MAS, he acted as a consultant for some prominent commercial, aerospace and defense organizations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, and later completed and Executive Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). http://www.mas.l-3com.com/management.asp


14969 Davender Gupta (RMC 1984) received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, 1984) and a Master’s in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, 1990). “I remember how happy I was on my graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada. The double-major I chose had the heaviest course load of any program at my college, so each fall and spring exam session was a gruelling non-stop blur. I was so happy to never endure another exam for the rest of my life!” After 15 years of service, he left the military to launch a technology consulting business, then was involved in a major software development startup at the end of the 1990s. A decisive, soul-searching moment in 2000 triggered a career change which led to the founding of the Visioneering Institute.

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8335 Claude Naud (CMR RMC 1970) begins his five year term as director of the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph on August 23, 2010. He grew up on a small dairy farm at Cowansville, Que., obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Royal Military College in Kingston and had a distinguished career in the air force that included posts as commandant and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads Military College in Victoria and director of space development for the Canadian Forces.

Retiring from the military in 1998, he served eight years as senior vice-president academic at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Toronto and obtained a doctorate in education from the University of Calgary in 2007. Already a resident of Kemptville, he had been working as a consultant. http://www.kcalumni.ca/

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