Alumni Profiles

Active in all sectors of society around the world, Polytechnique engineering graduates have been reshaping how we do work and live since 1873. Their passion, innovative spirit, and expertise underlie their key role in society, and Polytechnique Montréal is helping them change the world.

This collection of inspiring testimonials shows how Polytechnique Montréal graduates are changing the world every day.

Read the profiles of graduates from a specific program of study: 

bachelor of engineering graduates

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Senior Strategic Advisor for Quebec | IBM
Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2018)

“Today, I’m changing the world by improving company processes and strategy while focusing on diversity and inclusion.”


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Julien Michalk-Allaire

President | Éther Innovations Inc
Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2017)

“Today, I’m changing the world by democratizing access to cold by means of a miniature instant freezing machine, without electricity or liquid nitrogen.”


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Photo d'un diplômé du baccalauréat en génie industriel à Polytechnique MontréalIDRISS BENJELLOUN

Supply Chain Transformation Analyst | Lowe's Canada
Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2019)

“Today, I’m changing the world by integrating new information technologies into the supply chain to reduce waste and ensure access to materials needed for construction and renovation projects across Canada.”


“As a supply chain transformation analyst, I serve as a subject matter expert on planning and procurement processes and systems as part of a team of other super users. I help manage supply chain transformation projects by supporting and coordinating interdepartmental collaboration activities for tactical technology evolution projects on a national scale.

My primary role is to act as a liaison between the business unit and the IT team and/or external suppliers to ensure that project needs are understood and that the solutions delivered meet expectations. I am also responsible for developing and optimizing supply chain processes that allow for standardization between business units, ensuring the continuous improvement of these processes, and supporting the operational teams with training, information sessions, and the documentation of best practices.

My background in industrial engineering at Polytechnique Montréal is a major contributing factor to my ability to hold this position. My training has allowed me to develop the strong analytical skills required to address current technological issues, as well as an evolving and adaptive critical thinking framework. The curriculum let me put what I learned into practice by means of internships and four integration projects, which gave me the opportunity to discover my strengths and interests in a real professional setting and the chance to choose my career accordingly.”

Chloé Massicotte

Project Manager, Supply Chain | CAE Inc.
Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2017)

“Today, I’m changing the world by managing strategic supply chain growth projects for a high-tech company by leveraging process improvement and operational excellence.”


“As a supply chain project manager, I’m currently automating the process of placing purchase orders with suppliers so that buyers can focus on the value-added tasks of the day-to-day. I’m also working to centralize the strategic activities and expertise of teams internally so that they can focus on supplier relations and procurement plans.

My studies at Polytechnique Montréal and my involvement in various student committees have shaped the professional I have become by sparking my curiosity, developing my leadership skills, and showing me that I need to constantly challenge myself to excel. My path, which involved a strong interest in aerospace, final year studies in manufacturing and project management, and internships at CAE Inc. and Pratt & Whitney Canada, led me to a job at CAE Inc. after graduation.

I was fortunate enough to join the Ken Patrick Engineering Rotation Program intended to help train the future leaders of the company. As a result, I was able to quickly gain experience and a wide breadth of knowledge, develop professional skills such as leadership, versatility, communication, and emotional intelligence, and build a strong network of contacts within the company. I was given the opportunity to manage after-sales service projects with an international team, manage a team of unionized employees, build a production team for a new product, teach customer technicians how to maintain simulators, travel to Amsterdam, Prague, and Vietnam, and manage a production support team for the manufacture of CAE Air1 respirators and Pyure air purifiers, after which I was offered my current position.”

Photo d'un diplômé du baccalauréat en génie mécanique à Polytechnique MontréalNicolas Mouret

Mechanical Engineer  | Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology Inc.
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2016)

“Today, I’m changing the world by developing new systems for solving gun crimes and making the world a safer place.”


“I’m part of the development team. Our mandate is to create new technologies for our company to present to forensic science laboratories around the world. I have been assigned several R&D projects on new methods that help investigators link evidence found at crime scenes to firearms.

It takes considerable effort to obtain a degree from Polytechnique. The level of difficulty forces students to strive for excellence. When you graduate, you’re ready to take on other complex challenges, and I think employers appreciate that. I studied mechanical engineering with the goal of finalizing the design of a clock mechanism that was later patented. It was a good first step towards proving my passion to recruiters.

It's very motivating to work for a cause as important as solving crimes because we’re making society safer and giving victims the justice they deserve. It’s also nice to know that a Montréal-based company has become a world leader in its field. I love working with a variety of extremely talented specialists. Many of my colleagues have been with the company for 20 years, which is a sign!

Solving scientific puzzles is probably the most exciting part of my job. However, success is in no way guaranteed, so it is both frustrating and thrilling. For now, I do my best to complete the projects I am assigned.”

Photo d'un diplômé du baccalauréat en génie des mines à Polytechnique MontnréalManuel Mata-Gonzalez

Project Engineer – Mining Operations | Agnico Eagle Mines – Division Nunavut
Bachelor’s degree in mining engineering at Polytechnique Montréal  (Po 2016)

“Today, I’m changing the world by implementing new equipment management and automation technologies in the mining industry with the goal of reducing accidents and increasing productivity.”


“I’m a mining engineer in project operations at Agnico-Eagle. My team and I oversee the implementation and management of all projects related to underground operations. Serving as a liaison between the other departments (maintenance, engineering, IT, innovation, environment) poses many challenges; our varied projects include implementing a fleet management system and improving the management of the use of explosives underground to avoid major spills that can affect nearby ecosystems.

My studies in mining engineering at Polytechnique helped me stand out in the industry thanks to the discipline and versatility that I was able to acquire in my classes and as part of the program’s compulsory cooperative internships. As my field is relatively unknown to the public, I wanted to distinguish myself by acquiring as much professional experience as possible to be able to share my knowledge and help promote the industry. I have had the opportunity to work in mines in Abitibi, James Bay, the Nord-du-Québec region, the Arctic, British Columbia, and Finland. What excites me most about my field is the unpredictability of mining operations: there is no easy way to excavate millions of tons of rock with enough mineral content to be profitable without affecting the surrounding environment.

As far as the future is concerned, I would like to move on to strategic projects related to the development of new mining facilities. I’m very concerned with social and human factors and plan to make them a priority in my future role as a manager. I’m currently pursuing an MBA at Université Laval.”

marie-claude blais

Management Consulting Director | Accenture
HEC Montréal DESS graduate (Po 2012)
Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2010)

 “Today, I’m changing the world by developing innovative processes and implementing intelligent information technologies centred on the needs and human experience of their users.”


“I’ve been a strategy and consulting manager for Accenture for 10 years now. Accenture is an international consulting and technology firm. I manage business transformation projects at the organizational, operational and technological levels.

My time at Poly allowed me to acquire excellent problem-solving skills in order to bring innovative solutions to the heart of design. Industrial engineering is versatile and the concepts I learned are highly relevant in the world of consulting.

I was quite active and engaged at Poly (Poly-Monde, recruitment, student exchange in the Czech Republic, committee for students coming on exchange to Poly, etc.) and I continue my involvement in my professional life within Accenture (promotion of women in technology, recruitment, event organization, etc.) Getting involved outside of my work tasks allows me to connect with people in a less formal way, to coach and learn in a different setting.

One of the reasons I chose consulting is the wide variety of projects I get to be involved in. From one project to another, many aspects are bound to be different: the client, the mission, the team, the technology to be implemented, and the users. It’s a stimulating environment that is in constant change. I love my job because we’re always on the lookout for new technologies and innovative processes with the aim of creating value for our clients.”

Mohamdy Telebna

Building Electrical Engineer | Gbi experts conseils
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2012)

“Today, I’m changing the world by contributing to the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical installations and equipment in order to increase their reliability.”


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Marie-Hélène Besner

Director of Quality Operations  | Novartis
Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2005)

“Today, I’m changing the world by contributing with my team to the quality of the injectable medication produced at our plant in Switzerland.”


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Shanna Walters

Project Engineer / Project Manager  | Resolute Forest Products
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2019)

“Today, I’m changing the world by implementing new systems in Canadian sawmills to allow a company to promote Quebec's economy and resources around the world.”


“As a project engineer in Canadian sawmills, my role begins with the development of projects within the production, operation and maintenance teams. Then, I have to analyze the importance of the various projects brought in and establish an order of priorities with the plant managers, the regional manager and the vice-president. When the projects are established for the year, I put together the requests with an analysis of the problem and the solution, a complete cost evaluation, along with a schedule. Finally, when the project is accepted, I grant the purchase orders, I follow my budget closely, I plan, coordinate and supervise the work and I carry out a post-mortem analysis of the project. In short, my job is to ensure that all stages—from the development to the implementation of the projects—are carried out.

My bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal gave me the basic knowledge to prioritize, design and implement mechanical projects. Thanks to the courses I took during my studies, I’m able to communicate with the technical experts working on my various projects and to understand what they’re talking about, while also bringing my own fresh perspective.

I chose project management and this position in a rural area for many reasons. First of all, the diversity of projects was important to me. They’re all different, either due to the machines installed or because of the plant where they take place. In addition, life in a rural setting is different from life in Montréal, and that’s what I was looking for. I’m lucky to live in a beautiful region of Quebec that’s full of lakes, mountains and activities to discover. Finally, working with an abundant Quebec resource in a company that values the environment was a priority for me. I found what I was after with Produits forestiers Résolu.”

romain gayet

Project Manager | Propulsion Québec
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal  (Po 2017)

“Today, I’m changing the world by managing projects aimed at positioning Quebec among the world leaders in the development and deployment of electric and intelligent transportation.”


“I’ve always wanted to have a job that would allow me to contribute to solving the environmental issues of our society. That’s why I’m now working as a project lead at Propulsion Québec, Quebec’s electric and smart transportation cluster. Our ambitions are powerful and stimulating. Indeed, our goal is for Quebec to be recognized as a world leader in electric and smart transportation by 2026.

As such, I have the opportunity to coordinate and plan strategic projects involving many members of the ecosystem (companies, universities, research laboratories, etc.). On a daily basis, I work on the implementation of a provincial action plan aimed at ensuring that as many commercial and institutional vehicle fleets as possible become electrified. I even participate in the coordination of certain technology development, R&D and prototyping projects. I also work to mobilize several stakeholders from the university, cegep and high school education community in order to train the next generation and give them tools to make Quebec a greener place.

My studies at Polytechnique are definitely an important asset for my job! My training in mechanical engineering allows me to quickly understand the issues of our technical partners and the many technological challenges of our industry. Also, my student involvement at Polytechnique gave me great tools to be able to manage projects, coordinate stakeholders, grasp strategic issues, participate in the problem-solving of these issues, and more. The student committees in which I participated and my work as president of the executive committee of Polytechnique’s student association have undoubtedly given me worthwhile experience that makes me stand out in the job market.”

ariane tourangeau

Software Developer | Allset
DESS in business administration at HEC Montréal (Po 2019)
Bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2018)

“Today, I’m changing the world by designing a platform that transforms the way people shop for and purchase insurance.”


“I work at Allset as a software developer. I’m developing an online platform that connects to a dozen insurers, allowing tenants and owners to compare offers and take out their home insurance, 100% online. Allset is the only company to offer such a service in Canada, which brings its share of challenges. When I joined the team, the product didn’t exist. I therefore have multiple responsibilities: designing the architecture of the code, improving customer experience, monitoring systems, analyzing user data, etc.

I obtained my degree in software engineering with a management tools component at Polytechnique Montréal. Throughout my university studies, I did four internships at different companies, in addition to my integration projects. One of my internships was in Vancouver, while my final integration project took me to France and Berlin. These different opportunities have allowed me to participate in completely distinct projects. For example, I worked on applications that had an impact on public transit in Montréal, but also developed virtual and augmented reality games on state-of-the-art devices. Learning and growing in such different fields has allowed me to diversify my technical skills and to develop a work methodology that today allows me to solve many different types of problems.

The management tools component, for its part, allowed me to understand the decision-making processes and the different aspects of a company (human resources, marketing, treasury). In my daily work, this gives me perspective on issues and allows me to propose informed solutions.”

Philippe Euzhan régis

Professional | City of Montreal
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2017)

“Today, I’m changing the world by carrying out telecommunication projects that aim to increase sustainable economic development within the framework of international cooperation missions and smart city initiatives.”


"At the City of Montreal, my main role as a professional is to integrate different telecommunications systems and ensure synergy in their operation in order to offer sustainable and cutting-edge communication tools, thus promoting the well-being of citizens and, indirectly, that of international communities.

My years as a student athlete at Polytechnique Montréal provided me with the structure to master tools for carrying out projects and an innovative team spirit aimed, among other things, at maximizing work methodologies that can easily be transposed into the evolutionary technology life cycle.

As a volunteer with SACO, in partnership with the City of Montreal, I also deliver resilience engineering projects internationally. In 2019, I had the opportunity to manage two phases of a connectivity project in the municipality of Kédougou, in Senegal, on the border of Mali and Guinea. I want to help the world on a larger scale by stepping out of my comfort zone to find solutions to socio-economic issues; this is what ultimately motivates me to carry out international cooperation projects which provide support for sustainable development and are based on the values ​​of mutual aid. These deliverables have added value in my view, because they help develop the economy through structuring work in local and international communities.

My aspirations for the future are to continue making the world a better place by exercising technological leadership through the design of scalable and sustainable communication solutions focused on respecting and valuing the autonomy of the world’s resources.”

mélanie ratelle

Junior Engineer in AI Control – HVAC Automation | Brainbox AI
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2018)

“Today, I’m changing the world by reducing the ecological footprint of the real estate sector through the implementation of artificial intelligence in building control systems.”


“I’m currently employed at Brainbox AI, a start-up that is transforming the building control industry. Using artificial intelligence, we enable mechanical systems to operate preventively rather than reactively, thereby reducing their energy expenditure. My role is to analyze the control systems of buildings and make them accessible to our platform.

Polytechnique offers more than a diversified theoretical background. Its student life has many opportunities for all interests and tastes. In addition to having acquired the technical knowledge crucial for my role as a junior engineer in AI control, I also developed skills related to teamwork, priority management and effective communication; all qualities valued by employers.

I went to Polytechnique to acquire the tools I needed to have a positive impact on society. Today, I’m now proud to say that I’m helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the work that I do.”

daryl barampanze

Network Programmer | Ubisoft Montréal
Bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2017)

“Today, I’m changing the world by connecting millions of players across the planet on the same platform.”


“Ever since I was little, I’ve been interested in how computers work. How can such tiny devices do so much? This is how my passion for software appeared, followed by a particular interest in the field of video games.

I chose Ubisoft Montréal for the opportunity to work with the best specialists in the industry. I was sure I could find a job that I liked, with the possibility of working on well-known franchises around the world. My work as an engineer consists of developing multi-platform solutions (PC, Xbox, PlayStation) in order to connect millions of players on the planet to our servers. I work on all the elements that make up the experience offered: the game, the servers, and finally the website, which allows us to manage all the features. This year, my team was tasked with building a new network architecture for our next-gen games, which is a colossal challenge.

Polytechnique Montréal gave me the tools I needed to prepare for my career, with theoretical and practical courses that got me familiar with the real problems encountered in the business. Furthermore, I completed two internships during my studies that allowed me to stand out from my competitors for the positions I applied for, in addition to giving me solid engineering skills. Finally, the student clubs I was a part of over the course of my studies contributed to developing my organizational and management skills.

Regarding my plans for the future, I’m currently working as a co-founder of Madlife Entertainment for the release of a first game in the spring of 2021. Madlife Entertainment is an independent video game studio that now has close to 10 employees. I’m also planning to go back to school to do an MBA.”

christophe brizard

Business Development Manager | Vention
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2016)

“Today, I’m changing the world by facilitating the automation process in an industrial environment through a unique online platform that designs, orders and deploys automated solutions with a simple and fast approach.”


“I’m currently working as a business development manager at Vention. Vention is a Montréal-based company that facilitates automation in an industrial environment through an online platform that allows users to design, order and deploy automated solutions. It’s a platform that combines product design, e-commerce and software development. Since Vention is still a start-up, I have many roles there, but my main role is to create and develop a network of partners who will be able to sell their products on the platform, thus offering our clients more complete solutions. At its core, it is a technical role, and I wouldn’t have been able to take on this job without my studies at Polytechnique.

My time at Polytechnique Montréal allowed me to develop on a personal level and to discover my strengths and areas of interest. It was through hard work with different teammates that I realized my abilities and developed work skills that I would carry into my career. I learned to deal with multiple problems, to dissect those problems into sub-problems and to solve everything, even when it seems impossible. I also learned to follow my convictions to the very end. The most important thing for me was the university committees, Poly-Monde in particular, since that’s where I developed my entrepreneurial skills. During this period, I started a video production company. Anything is possible, and Poly will be there to support projects of all kinds.

For me, these 4 years spent at Poly opened the doors to endless possibilities. Thanks to my university experience, so many opportunities are available to me, and it’s up to me to go for what I’m interested in. Ultimately, I hope to change the world in my own way.”

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Co-Founder, Data and Analytics Engineer | Clinia
Bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Polytechnique Montréal  (Po 2017)

“Today, I’m changing the world by developing products that help Canadians find the appropriate healthcare resources nearby and by allowing healthcare professionals to refer their patients to the right specialists.”


“Along with two colleagues in 2016, I co-founded Clinia, a technology product company in the field of healthcare. Four years later, the company now has more than 10 workers designing products that simplify access to healthcare. It’s used by millions of patients in Canada.

In an emerging company, and particularly as a co-founder, it’s essential to know how to take on a lot of responsibility. Project management, design and programming of technological products, data analysis and the realization of a strategic plan are just some examples of what I do every day.

The software engineering program at Polytechnique allowed me to develop several technical skills (programming, software design and architecture, project management) required to launch my own technology company. In my opinion, the most rewarding aspect about the Poly program is the opportunity to get involved in extracurricular activities. It was through initiatives such as technical societies, hackathons and personal projects that I consolidated my learning and determined what interested me in terms of a career.

Software engineering really opens many doors. This educational background is a true asset when setting up your own business or when looking to work in an interesting and competitive technological environment.”

William tan

Project Manager | Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2019)

“Today, I’m changing the world by overseeing the renovation of our schools to provide an environment where the next generation can flourish.”


“In my duties as a project manager, I facilitate work execution by establishing the bridges of communication between all stakeholders involved. Thus, as part of a renovation project, I collect and analyze the needs of the various stakeholders (school management, janitor, teachers, plumber, electrician, etc.) and I integrate everything in collaboration with professionals (architects and engineers) in order to prepare plans and specifications, as well as launch a call for tenders. I then supervise the construction work carried out by the contractor, ensuring safety and compliance with the schedule and budget. In short, my role is similar to that of a conductor with all the stakeholders present in a school service centre.

My studies at Poly, particularly the integration projects, allowed me to develop a great capacity for communication and synthesis when many participants are involved. This allowed me to acquire a strong sense of organization and rigour.

My bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and my specialization in building mechanics allow me to concretely see the results of my efforts. Through the school renovation projects, nothing could make me prouder than being able to provide a healthy environment for students, the next generation and the community.

Through this job in project management, I discovered and now aspire to obtain the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification in order to have an overview of the planning and execution of a project.”

Rami eid

Developer | Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
DESS in Business administration at HEC Montréal (Po 2019)
Bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2018)

“Today, I’m changing the world by developing software that helps improve the financial performance of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec for the benefit of Quebecers.”


“I’m a developer in the digital technologies group at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). More specifically, I work on the Returns team. Our team is responsible for designing, developing and maintaining the software that calculates the performance of CDPQ assets on a daily basis. This data is of great value to the organization, as it allows its performance to be assessed and helps to identify good business opportunities.

As technologies have a disruptive impact in the financial field, the CDPQ is currently facing enormous challenges to remain efficient. Wanting to be a world-class leader in its industry, it has set itself the challenge of renewing its application base. This challenge is very complex and requires the collaboration of people with various types of expertise. I collaborate regularly with financial analysts, developers, designers, architects and business analysts to solve a multitude of problems and develop the best IT solutions, which is very stimulating work.

My career at Poly has greatly helped me to hold my position with confidence. My training allowed me to become familiar with the latest technologies, the software development cycle (design, development, testing, etc.), best practices and the evolution of teamwork in an agile environment. In addition, my involvement in the CLÉE (a student-business liaison committee) and the Poly-E Committee (whose mandate is to develop the entrepreneurial spirit of Polytechnique students) allowed me to rub shoulders with experts in the field of finance and to develop my interest in this sector.

In my job today, I get to leverage my interest in technology, programming and finance within one of the largest investment funds in the world. In the future, I hope to continue to perfect my technical skills while developing my financial knowledge in order to continue growing in this field.”

Patrick Monnot

Project Manager – Fuel by McKinsey | McKinsey & Company
Bachelor's degree in engineering physics at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2012)

“Today, I’m changing the world by supporting new technology companies to establish their growth strategy and by advising them on the best way to bring their products to market.”


“I currently work as a project manager at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. I’m based in our San Francisco office, home of our “Fuel by McKinsey” division, which specializes in supporting growing businesses. In my activities, which are concentrated in the technology sector (e.g., software, consumer electronics, eCommerce), I help companies in this field with issues related to strategy, product development, sales and marketing.

My role is to lead teams of two to four consultants through various mandates in order to support our clients in achieving their marketing, expansion and diversification objectives. In addition to managing day-to-day client relationships, I oversee the smooth running of projects by performing market research and quantitative analysis as well as developing a variety of deliverables.

Although my current job is far from the concepts of quantum mechanics or crystallography that I was taught in engineering physics, the engineering curriculum gave me something much more fundamental, namely excellent reasoning skills and impeccable discipline in my work. My engineering studies allowed me to learn how to deconstruct a situation, identify a problem, formulate a hypothesis, and test it with data. These skills are applicable in a wide range of professional sectors and jobs, whether the problem is of an analytical nature or not. And most of all, they are highly valued skills by employers.

I decided to pursue a career in consulting since it represented a springboard for my professional development, allowing me to build my skills and knowledge in the business and technology world, while creating a solid network of contacts. In the near future, I would like to shift to the entrepreneurial sphere in order to eventually, I hope, continue to change the world in my own way.”

Dany Khalife

Software Engineer 2 | Microsoft Corp.
Bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2015)

“Today, I’m changing the world by developing and improving the functions of a note-taking software used by millions of people around the world.”


“I’ve been fascinated by software since I was a child. Back then, I loved breaking my toys and seeing their inner workings.

I chose to work at Microsoft because I loved the breadth of opportunities I would be exposed to, learn from, and contribute to. By working for this industry leader, I can share my passion with millions of people around the world through the products we develop. Microsoft was also ranked among the best employers in Canada and the United States.

Through my role as a software engineer on the OneNote team at Microsoft, I get to work on challenging and fun projects with multidisciplinary teams made up of other skilled engineers, project managers, researchers, designers, and writers. We all work towards the same goal: to improve the note-taking experience for users.

My studies at Polytechnique Montréal helped me develop solid skills and stand out in the field of engineering. The theoretical courses taught me essential notions for working on large-scale applications. The lab courses, which focused on problem solving, gave me the opportunity to practice my skills in design, architecture and implementation. Finally, through the integration projects, I learn to work as a team on concrete projects, an omnipresent reality in the world of engineering.

With my background in software design patterns, quality, and testing, I was quickly able to fit into and contribute to my team at Microsoft, challenge our status quo, and inspire the team to consistently stay on the lookout for best practices in the field. I’m very proud to have obtained my bachelor's degree in software engineering at Polytechnique Montréal and I encourage all those who wish to work in the field of technology to pursue their dreams and begin their studies at this excellent engineering university.”

Samuel Tremblay

Business Intelligence Consultant | Dataperformers
Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2019)

“Today, I’m changing the world by protecting our Quebec companies from foreign interests and relocation using advanced artificial intelligence techniques.”


“As a business intelligence consultant at Dataperformers, I help the company’s clients add value to their data so that they can make better business decisions. This is accomplished through three main tasks: (1) setting up a robust data acquisition and analysis framework (2) optimally processing and uncovering hidden trends and (3) the simple and easy visualization of these discoveries by the client.

I think that the best aspect of my studies at Polytechnique is the diversity of accomplishments that I was able to achieve there. Indeed, the flexible academic curriculum and the large number of committees allows students to flourish, no matter what their interests are. For example, I was able to carry out my individual integration project in the field of data science (a field with little connection to traditional mechanical engineering), which ultimately allowed me to land an internship in this sector at Pratt. & Whitney Canada, and also led me to my current job.

Now, I’m starting a master's degree in business intelligence (surprise!) at HEC Montréal in order to complete my skills in this field. I want to consolidate my expertise in this area with a view to building a strong personal brand. In addition, a degree in management will allow me to better position myself in the labour market since I will have skills in both engineering and business management, a combination that is popular with employers.”

Geneviève lussier

President | Eequinox
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2001)

“Today, I’m changing the world by developing innovative solutions that reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of buildings.”


“As president of Eequinox, an engineering consulting firm that specializes in energy efficiency of buildings, I work on the development of measures to reduce the energy consumption of building mechanical systems. Among other things, these measures involve heat recovery, the use of renewable energies, as well as the reengineering and automation of mechanical systems.

The theoretical skills I acquired during my studies at Polytechnique Montréal combined with the project experience from my internships allowed me to find a job quickly in my field, building mechanics. When I was at university, I wanted to pursue a career in a field related to ecology and my courses in building mechanics made me discover the potential of this sector from an environmental standpoint. In my first job, where I remained for 18 years, I deepened my knowledge of building sciences while observing the concrete beneficial effects of my projects on the environment. Indeed, over the course of my career, the projects we have carried out in several hundred buildings have reduced GHG emissions substantially.

Today, at the helm of Eequinox, I continue my mission of reducing the carbon footprint of buildings through the design of innovative solutions in a stimulating and creative work environment. Each project brings its share of challenges, which constantly motivate me to push my limits and create new solutions. My long-term goal is to grow our business in such a way as to train future leaders in energy efficiency and to continue innovating in sustainable development so that buildings have the least possible impact on the environment.”

Alexandre Vigeant

Junior Engineer – Automation | Hydro-Québec
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2017)

“Today, I’m changing the world by deploying new digital technologies for Quebec's electricity grid.”


“Quebec’s electrical network is evolving. The technologies used for network control and protection are undergoing a digital transformation. As part of my work, I participate in projects aimed at sustaining and developing systems. To this end, I ensure the installation of new digital technologies in the network that offer greater flexibility and reliability while maintaining a high level of security. Concretely, as a junior engineer in the field of protections and automation, I write expert reports in my field for multidisciplinary teams that prepare the detailed engineering of projects (civil works, mechanical installations, equipment, etc.).

I chose to study at Polytechnique Montréal in electrical engineering because its curriculum includes the advanced physical and mathematical concepts necessary for engineering work, and also develops the creativity for innovative solutions to the problems that come up. Through my studies at Polytechnique, I developed a vast knowledge of various electromagnetic phenomena, which is useful to me in the performance of my tasks that require great attention to detail. By combining this background with my knowledge of digital technologies and best practices, I’m able to stand out and produce quality deliverables.

Today, I’m particularly proud to work at Hydro-Québec, which is a renowned world leader in the field of green energy. I’m motivated to find solutions to social, environmental, economic, and reliability issues as well as health and safety concerns in a world where electricity is omnipresent, and its use is booming.”

Laurence lebel

Project Engineer - Internal and external interfaces | SNC-Lavalin
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2013)

“Today, I’m changing the world by participating in the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project and designing infrastructures that will change the mobility of Montréalers and breathe new life into the public transit network of Greater Montréal.”


“I’m a railway system project engineer currently participating in the design of infrastructures for the future REM automated light rail. My role is to ensure collaboration between the various engineering disciplines involved in order to resolve the technical and functional issues of the project. I work to ensure that the interfaces are validated between the infrastructures, railway systems, trains, operators and maintenance teams.

I decided to study mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal because I was interested in working in public transit, more specifically railway engineering. Even if I didn’t specialize in railway engineering, the general education allowed me to achieve my ambitions, with versatile knowledge that could be transposed from one field of application to another.

In addition, my involvement in the Projet Esteban - Voiture solaire technical club allowed me to develop my leadership and my ability to make decisions, as well as my communication and popularization skills. The development of these abilities early in my career at Polytechnique was an incredible springboard to the job market.

My career is already taking shape as an exciting journey in the railway industry. I’m inspired daily by the development of infrastructures throughout the world that promote urban mobility and sustainable development. It is an immense source of pride to be part of the design and realization of these ambitious engineering projects.”

Gabriel Brassard

Senior Consultant - Artificial Intelligence Strategy | Deloitte
Bachelor's degree in engineering physics at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2016)

“Today, I’m changing the world by helping companies make good use of artificial intelligence to solve their business problems.”


“As a senior strategy consultant, I specialize in supporting large companies looking to adopt artificial intelligence wisely to solve business problems and to adapt to the impact of new technologies on their industry.

I like to make the analogy between our work and that of a sports doctor. Sometimes, we advise organizations who are in excellent shape, who want to achieve ambitious goals, such as launching a new product using artificial intelligence or acquiring a start-up in the sector. Other times, we help companies in less good shape to regain their health and remain competitive in the future, for example by using advanced analytics and the help of our specialists to optimize the pricing of one of their products, or helping them reorganize and prioritize their portfolio of innovation initiatives.

What was Poly’s contribution to all this? Consulting work requires a range of skills that engineering studies and the environment at Poly truly cultivated. A good business consultant must acquire a working knowledge of a complex industry, organization and products in a short time, and must know how to extract useful information from vast amounts of data. The consultant must also know how to communicate all this to their client. The engineering physics program allowed me to forge a work ethic and rigorous problem-solving skills, which are essential tools for these challenges.

In addition to the academic curriculum, my involvement in student life, particularly in technical clubs, taught me to work in high-calibre teams. Like a committee bringing together students with extremely varied profiles, a consultant is constantly called upon to work together with colleagues, clients and experts of very diverse specialties, coming from all over the world, and with whom a cohesive team must be formed.”

Carl Marc-Aurèle

Vice President | Formadrain Inc.
Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2009)

“Today, I’m changing the world by developing innovative underground pipe lining technologies.”


“As for many students, it was my interest in chemistry that prompted me to undertake my studies in chemical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. During my time at Poly, I developed a strong interest in polymers.

Since May 2009, I’ve been working at Formadrain Inc., a manufacturer of no-dig rehabilitation technology for underground composite pipes. In order to become familiar with the workings of this industry, I first held a position in the field as an assistant technician. Although there is no school to learn the basics of this sector, my ability to solve problems allowed me to adapt well to the challenge.

My involvement in the company’s research and development activities was vital to the creation of an innovative and unique latent epoxy formulation in our field. As we use a steam cooking technique, the thermodynamics concepts acquired during my chemical engineering studies help me on a daily basis. With my expertise, I have developed my understanding of the company’s approach to using resin and I contribute to improving the quality of the product. Moreover, my excellent understanding of the technology used has also allowed me to get actively involved in technical sales.

In January 2017, I was appointed to the role of Vice President of the company. As it is an SME, I am involved in all aspects of the company, whether technical, administrative or human-focused.”

catherine desrosiers

Junior Developer | Object Research Systems (ORS)
Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2017)

“Today, I’m changing the world by developing image processing techniques that facilitate scientific research in a variety of fields.”



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Graduate Studies Profiles (DESS, master’s, doctorate)

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Thanh Tri Nguyen

R&D Engineer, Digital Simulations | Qarnot Computing
Research-based master’s degree in aerospace engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2020)
Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po2019)

“Today, I’m changing the world by using computer waste heat to ecologically heat buildings.” 



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Photo d'un diplômé du baccalauréat en génie aérospatial et de la maîtrise professionnelle en génie industriel à Polytechnique Montréaljonathan brodeur

Economic Development Commissioner - Innovation | DESTL
Non-thesis master’s degree in industrial engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2016)
Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2013)

“Today, I’m changing the world by supporting Quebec manufacturing SMEs in their transformation towards Industry 4.0, which will transform Montréal into a manufacturing innovation zone.”


"As Commissioner for Innovation at the Centre d’expertise industrielle de Montréal, my role is to support our SMEs in identifying and structuring innovative projects, whether in digital transformation, the implementation of a new business model or the development of new products and technologies.

I chose to join this NPO during my doctorate because I wanted to help our manufacturing SMEs. My work allows me to have exclusive contact with the leaders of small businesses and to work on the implementation of solutions to their problems, whether it is the selection of a technology, the optimization of processes or even solutions to overcome the labour shortage. This job also brings me to work in collaboration with various players in the Montréal ecosystem, including CEGEPs and universities, business groups, research centres or other NPOs. This dynamic of mutual aid within an ecosystem is, in my opinion, a distinguishing factor of Quebec innovation. It is also what makes me passionate about the work I do.

Each program I undertook at Polytechnique allowed me to acquire different skills, all complementary to each other. My bachelor’s degree helped me understand the technical aspects related to technologies: how to use them, integrate them, develop them or manufacture them. Through my master’s degree in project management, I learned how to structure an objective in project stages and determine the best approach to achieve it.

Finally, my doctorate in industrial engineering allowed me to understand the need to dig deeper into certain issues and to consider how different contexts will influence the solutions to a problem. Also, my extracurricular involvement in organizations like PolyTV and PolyFinances as well as the start-up of the technical club in rocketry (Oronos) allowed me to develop my leadership skills as well as several skills complementary to the work of an engineer.”

Photo d'un diplômé du baccalauréat et de la maîtrise recherche en génie civil à Polytechnique MontréalSébastien Verger Leboeuf

Designer | WSP Canada inc.
Research-based master’s degree in civil engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2016)
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2013)

“Today, I’m changing the world by designing more sustainable and resilient structures with a view to reducing the impacts on current and future society.”


“I’m a bridge and civil engineering structure designer at WSP Canada. Briefly put, I design solutions for repairing and building various structures (bridges, docks, walls, etc.). Structural engineering has always fascinated me in its variety of potential projects. Each one is unique and offers equally unique challenges, whether small or large scale.

The breadth of training in the bachelor’s degree allowed me to broaden my horizons, which facilitates collaboration with the various fields of engineering. The Little Long Dam project in Ontario is a good example of a moment when I worked with multiple sectors, such as energy, mechanical, electrical or infrastructure, to deliver a quick replacement solution for a bridge in a remote area.

Through my graduate studies, I developed cutting-edge expertise with fibre-reinforced concrete, which allowed me to work on large-scale projects around the world, such as the Sydney metro in Australia and the Confederation Line Extension in Ottawa. My knowledge of this new generation concrete allows me to provide simpler and more durable solutions to better solve the complex problems that we are increasingly confronted with in projects.

Over time, I’ve been able to observe the benefits of these new materials. However, I noticed that they are underutilized due to lack of training. To help the world change faster, I decided to develop training on a range of fibre-reinforced concretes, thus allowing other engineers to acquire the knowledge necessary for these materials to be used in more projects.

It’s important to remember that we can accomplish much greater things as a team. The overall goal is to help society be more resilient when facing change.”

nabil ayoun

International Energy Policy Analyst  | Ressources Naturelles Canada
Non-thesis master’s degree in civil engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2016)
Master of Science - International Business at HEC Montréal (Po 2012)

“Today, I’m changing the world by fostering relations between Canada and converging countries towards a low-carbon economy with the aim of increasing the visibility of Canadian innovations and promoting Canada as a world leader in clean energy.”


"As a policy analyst in the Energy Policy and International Affairs Branch at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), I help promote Canada’s interests abroad, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

Specifically, I’m responsible for promoting trade and bilateral engagement in the energy sector, which involves government-to-government and business-to-business collaboration through ministerial and trade missions as well as high-level dialogue about the future of energy.”

fatemeh erfanian

Engineering Project Manager | Société québécoise des infrastrutures (SQI)
Executive MBA, UQAM and Paris-Dauphine (Po 2020)
Research-based master’s degree in industrial engineering, Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2014)
Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, University of Tehran (Po 2011)

“Today, I’m changing the world by optimizing collaborative management within Quebec ministries and organizations while restoring their buildings and infrastructure.”


“I’m a project management engineer at the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI). I manage asset maintenance and infrastructure improvement projects in Government of Quebec buildings. I’ve achieved many large-scale projects, including the Longueuil courthouse expansion and the 13-elevator modernization project at a Sûreté du Québec police station I did my bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, which covers all areas of engineering. I decided to continue my studies by specializing in project management. The master’s in industrial engineering, with a specialization in technological projects under the supervision of Professor Mario Bourgeault, marked a turning point in my professional life. I found my first job through the network of contacts developed between Polytechnique Montréal and the Project Management Institute (PMI). I started my career as a project controller at the Commission scolaire de Montréal, where I was assigned to set up a project office to establish project management methodologies and communicate best practices to build better schools.

I continued my development by taking final responsibility for projects as a project management engineer at SQI. I put the things I learned during my master’s at Polytechnique into practice in organizational improvement assignments and collaborative project management.

The most stimulating aspect of my career is the power to turn clients’ dreams into reality, in the form of a functional, sustainable building. I love being in the heat of the action and making complex decisions with my project teams.

I hope to become a high-level manager to make a difference in society. I’m convinced that the combination of my technical skills gained at Polytechnique Montréal and my executive MBA will show me the way.”


Communications Advisor | Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Non-thesis master’s degree in industrial engineering, Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2014)
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Ottawa (Po 2010)

“Today, I’m changing the world by distributing information to increase public understanding and trust in Canada’s role in the regulation and use of nuclear material and energy.”


“An integral part of my work at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), a world-class organization, is to provide the public with objective scientific, technical and regulatory information. As a communications advisor, my role is to provide Canadians and the rest of the world with information that highlights our experts’ remarkable work. To do so, I use various tools and strategies. One of them involves direct engagement with my engineer, technologist and specialist colleagues, both women and men, so I can better understand and communicate the science.

Whether I want to understand systems engineering management, technological project planning and monitoring, the design and operations of factories and facilities, or the analysis and management of technological risks, my engineering training at Polytechnique Montréal prepared me well to take on my current and previous roles. The curriculum at Poly clearly focuses on the various areas of engineering while shining the spotlight on the world of science at work and on the practical and strategic understanding of organizational concepts in a scientific context.

Furthermore, my involvement in international CNSC activities at the International Atomic Energy Agency has allowed me to gain stimulating career experience. The international nuclear regulation community is one of a kind. Its members follow international standards and conventions. To put it simply, my knowledge of various elements involving scientific, technical and industrial culture allows me to reach new audiences to help them become more familiar with the CNSC and its nuclear regulation mandate. If you’re someone who wants to turn your job into a passion, choose engineering.”

Simon amiot

Junior Water Treatment Engineer | WSP
Master of research in civil engineering from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2019)
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2018)

“Today, I am changing the world by designing water treatment solutions that enable municipalities to provide high-quality drinking water and reduce their discharge of under-treated wastewater into the environment.”


“During my bachelor's degree in civil engineering, I developed a passion for everything related to water management, especially wastewater treatment. Now, I work as a Junior Engineer on the water treatment team at WSP, a world-renowned consulting engineering firm that employs some 49,000 people. My work consists mainly of designing water treatment systems for Quebec municipalities, both for drinking water production and wastewater treatment. I work with these municipalities to enable them to offer high-quality drinking water to their citizens and to ensure adequate wastewater treatment.

My studies at Polytechnique Montréal gave me access to advanced technical training, both theoretical and practical, which is a solid foundation for a successful engineering career. The bachelor’s degree in civil engineering gave me an overall vision of civil infrastructures. Thanks to the four integration projects and the internships, the curriculum has allowed me to apply the concepts I learned in the courses. I should also mention the many opportunities to get involved in the various student committees at Polytechnique, which allows us to develop other professional skills that are useful in our work and highly sought after by employers.

I have just completed a master’s degree in civil engineering at Polytechnique, with a specialization in the environment. This allowed me to get specialized training in the field I am most passionate about, which is wastewater treatment. Now, I am proud to be able to work at WSP and it is largely thanks to the training I received at Polytechnique that I can now help change the world.”

Hélène Drouin

Performance and Process Coordinator, Operations | exo
Professional master’s degree in ergonomics at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2015)
Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2014)

“Today, I’m changing the world by helping to optimize public transit services in the Greater Montreal area to provide users with a friendly and efficient customer experience.”


“As an industrial engineer, I am involved in improving processes and performance at exo, a public transit organization responsible for the operation of commuter trains, buses and paratransit in the northern and southern suburbs of the Greater Montreal area. My role is to support the various internal teams in the implementation or redesign of processes, performance indicators and new technological tools.

The bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering allowed me to acquire a number of skills that I use in my daily life, such as flow chart mapping and change management tools. Thanks to my studies at Polytechnique, I have become more thorough and increased my ability to solve problems and work on a team. The projects and internships also helped me prepare for the job market and confirm that industrial engineering was a good choice for me.

Student life at Polytechnique was very enriching and certainly helped me get to where I am now in my career. I took part in the Poly-Monde committee mission, during which I took part in a comparative analysis of sectors (including transportation) between Canada and Germany. This experience allowed me to deepen my knowledge of transit and enhance my leadership, communication skills and openness to the world. 

Basically, industrial engineering is really exciting, since it’s probably engineering that opens the most doors to various work environments. I know industrial engineers who work in technology, agri-food, aeronautics, finance, etc. I am very proud to work in the field of public transport, as it’s totally in line with my values. The activities I work on as part of my job are aimed at optimizing our internal procedures so that we can maximize the quality of service offered to users in the long run. So, it’s very gratifying to know that I can have an impact on people’s lives.”

Sebastian Carranza Tovar

Project Manager | United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Professional master’s in chemical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2013)
Degree in chemical engineering from Universidad de América in Colombia (Po 2009)

“Today, I am changing the world by working with governments to encourage the adoption of ambitious and effective climate and environmental policies that will have a major positive effect across the globe.”


“I am currently working as a project manager in climate transparency at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for Latin America and the Caribbean. I am involved in cooperation projects with governments in the region to promote the implementation of ambitious and effective climate and environmental policies that will have a significant impact on the world.

In concrete terms, my colleagues and I are developing information systems that allow governments and citizens to track the impact of their actions on climate change. We are involved in the implementation of the Paris Agreement’s Enhanced Transparency Framework and the updating of climate targets. This Transparency Framework was put in place to improve the global effort to tackle climate change and ensure that every country contributes.

During my professional master's degree at Polytechnique Montréal, I had the chance to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams made up of people from all over the world and to benefit from the expertise of excellent professors, such as Professor Oumarou Savadogo. In addition, since Polytechnique offers students the chance to take courses at other universities, I was able to benefit from more humanities-based courses, particularly in sustainable development, in order to acquire training that now allows me to have a job that meets my interests. Thanks to these various elements, I am now able to develop professionally and work at a very prestigious international organization.”

André Phu-Van Nguyen

Robotics Engineer - Lidar | Applanix
Master of research in electrical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2017)
Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2015)

“Today, I am changing the world by developing LIDAR-based positioning solutions for the autonomous vehicles of tomorrow.” 


“As a robotics engineer, I am involved in the design of positioning algorithms for autonomous vehicles using LIDAR technology, laser rangefinders that provide a high-definition 3D model of the environment. While Applanix traditionally specializes in inertial positioning systems aided by satellite constellations such as GPS, many of our clients want to operate in environments with poor reception or even no satellite signals at all (e.g., underground, in a factory, in a high-density urban environment).

After completing my bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Polytechnique, I undertook a master of research at the Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory, under the direction of professors Jérôme Le Ny and David Saussié. There were many reasons why I decided to do a master's degree. I had a strong desire to participate in the advancement of drone technologies, I wanted to see my research work published in scientific journals, and most importantly, I realized that I lacked a certain mathematical background that would allow me to move from computer engineer to robotics engineer.

My training at Polytechnique Montréal, my active participation in the technical clubs, Projet Esteban (Solar car) and Élikos (autonomous and semi-autonomous drones), and my participation in the 2016 DJI Developer Challenge have allowed me to become a very versatile qualified engineer who can integrate a team of senior roboticists in the blink of an eye. Working in robotics requires a wide variety of skills that are difficult to acquire by following a traditional academic path. However, Polytechnique has taught me that no matter what challenge we face, everything can be solved with scientific rigour and a sound work ethic.”

Emmanuel ngue

Advisor, Quality on the Work Site | Andritz Hydro Canada
Professional master’s in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2018)

“Today, I am changing the world by helping to install and refurbish hydroelectric plants that produce clean, renewable energy.”


“Hello! My name is Emmanuel Ngue, I am originally from Cameroon, and I am a graduate of Polytechnique Montréal where I got my professional master's in mechanical engineering in 2018.

My intense interest in renewable energies, in particular hydroelectricity, stemmed from my passion for turbines and my experience in oil exploration. From then on, my plan was simple: get the right training at a world-class school, especially in Canada, where more than 60% of energy comes from hydropower.

My experience exceeded my expectations. I was able to benefit from experienced professors, state-of-the-art laboratories, various software (simulation, CAD, etc.) and the many conferences organized at the school. During my training, I was able to get an internship at Andritz Hydro, a hydroelectric services company that is among the leaders in this field in Canada. This experience allowed me to define my career plan and to reconfirm my interest in this industry, in a world that is increasingly energy intensive.

Looking for practical experience, I then had the opportunity to continue the adventure at Andritz Hydro, but this time in a field role. This mandate allowed me to directly apply, in a concrete way, what I learned in class.

I am currently responsible for quality assurance and quality control on the sites I am assigned to across Canada. Operating in the “Large Hydro” sector, our clients (project owners) are electrical distribution companies (Hydro-Québec, Nalcor Energy, etc.). My role is to ensure that the parts to be assembled are in line with the engineering drawings (dimensions, materials, etc.) and that the assembly and disassembly procedures are followed. I am also responsible for supervising the work of third parties and identifying any defects or non-conformities that may slow down or jeopardize the assembly and disassembly.

Furthermore, as a quality supervisor at Andritz, I have a lot of responsibility and authority in the project process and I play a key role in the whole chain, as I have the chance to interact with different actors (engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, management, customers, etc.). I am “technologically” fulfilled, as I have access to unique and complex designs from one plant to another and state-of-the-art tooling (e.g., laser scanner, thermal camera).

I am very fulfilled in my career, and I am proud to be a graduate of Polytechnique Montréal, working in the energy sector and helping to make the world a better place.”

Vincent Dubanchet

Research Engineer in AOCS/GNC and Space Robotics | Thales Alenia Space, France
Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2016)
Master of research in electrical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2012)

“Today, I am changing the world by developing new space robotics solutions to deal with orbiting debris and make our use of space more sustainable.” 


“My name is Vincent and I work as a Research Engineer in the space field. Rockets and planes were obviously some of my toys as a child, but it was only during my engineering studies that their “magic” made me choose this career path.

A good dose of dreams and equations later, here I am today at the heart of the new European space wave for the development of future robots in orbit to repair and refuel active satellites, or to deorbit them at the end of their life.

The aim of my work is more specifically to bridge the gap between research and industry on the design and control of satellites and space robots. In concrete terms, I am responsible for carrying out technical studies for the French and European space agencies, and then proposing applied solutions for the satellites of tomorrow. More specifically, I am in charge of robotics studies related to the development of sensors, their processing algorithms, and the modelling and control methods of complete systems.

To get to this point, I walked the halls of Polytechnique for more than four years in the automation & systems section of the electrical engineering department. I did a master of research on launcher control as a double degree with my French engineering school, ISAE-Supaéro. I was drawn to the research and teaching environment and continued with a Ph.D. in collaboration with the same two schools to work on the modelling and control of space robots in orbit.

I sincerely hope that I can make my own contribution to a more sustainable and responsible space. Are you ready to hop on the shuttle to try out this space adventure? Then get on board!” 

maxime lapalme

Senior Technical Specialist | Bell Helicopter
Master’s in mechanical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2013)

“Today, I am changing the world by redefining vertical take-off for aircraft.”


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Optics Researcher | Photon etc.
Ph.D. in engineering physics from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2015)

“Today, I am changing the world by developing optical instruments that help advance cancer research.”


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Graduates of certificate programs

Photo d'une diplômé du baccalauréat par cumul avec appellation en cybersécurité à Polytechnique MontréalSarah-Eliessa Badaoui

Project Manager & Advisor in Information Security and Cyber Defence | Fédération des Cégeps
Bachelor’s degree by accumulating a cybersecurity designation at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2021)

“Today, I am changing the world by managing cybersecurity projects with the objective of protecting the entire college network in Quebec against cyber threats and improving its computer and information security every day.”


“When I was little, my friends dreamed of having the new Barbie doll, while I wanted the games that allowed me to assemble and disassemble computers! I have always been passionate about computers, and it was a goal of mine to work in this field.

Cybersecurity is a passion that I developed during my studies. When I applied to Polytechnique, my first choice was the computer engineering program. While browsing through the program options, I was attracted to the bachelor's degree in cybersecurity. It was a field that was becoming important in our society and Polytechnique was the only university to offer it. Since that day, I have been in love with my field. My studies at Polytechnique allowed me to develop a lot of knowledge and gave me a good foundation. Moreover, as a woman studying engineering, this bachelor’s degree allowed me to develop a certain strength, to get involved and to be confident when handing in projects and presentations in class. My studies also allowed me to acquire many project skills, which drew me to the profession of project manager.

As a Cyber Security Project Manager, I can combine my two passions. I implement projects related to information security and cyber defence in order to contribute to the security of Quebec's 48 CEGEPs. I make sure to guide the college network through the world of cybersecurity in order to prevent cases of cyberattacks and to react to an attack. Whether it's through consultation or by setting up training workshops, I face new challenges every day.

Now a graduate of Polytechnique, I am also a teaching assistant for the bachelor's degree in cybersecurity in order to share my knowledge and train future cybersecurity experts. This field is on the rise and Polytechnique Montréal allows us to take our first steps in this world and to grow.” 

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Director | City of Drummondville
Bachelor’s of science by accumulating certificates (Po 2016)

“Today, I am changing the world by collaborating with players in the fire and civil security community to promote a change of culture and, in doing so, develop a succession management plan that requires university training.”


“I started my career in 1995 as a part-time firefighter and at the dawn of the 2000s. I enrolled in the new certificate program in fire and accident prevention management offered by Polytechnique. I successfully completed the certificate, and it allowed me to meet lecturers with a lot of experience and also to establish a very important and essential network of contacts in the field of fire safety in Quebec.

After that, Polytechnique offered another certificate in fire safety emergency operations management, which I completed, and which allowed me to put the learning I had acquired to good use on a daily basis and have the necessary tools to climb the ladder to the position of Director of the Drummondville fire and emergency preparedness department. I completed my bachelor's degree with another certificate in human resources management.

For the past few years, the City of Drummondville has required the certificate in emergency operations management offered by Polytechnique for its captain, chief and director positions. The rule on the conditions for working at a municipal fire department does not require this certificate, but we believe that the content of this program provides added value for sound management and dynamic and contemporary development.”


Financial Crime Analyst | National Bank of Canada
Certificate in cyber investigation from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2018)8)
Bachelor’s degree in criminology from Université de Montréal (Po 2014)

“Today, I am changing the world by helping to detect and prevent financial crime.”


“Being a Financial Crime Analyst means not only complying with the legislative and regulatory requirements regarding the fight against the proceeds of crime and money laundering and terrorist financing (PCMLTF), but also actively participating in this fight. It also means developing knowledge of the various money laundering schemes and participating in organizations’ internal risk management.

As I began my career as a Psychosocial Worker, the certificate in cyberinvestigation from Polytechnique Montréal has definitely complemented my background in criminology by adding the aspect of internet crime. This training has enabled me to broaden my vision of crime and my career possibilities. I was able to acquire new skills in conducting due diligence, detecting suspicious transactions and carrying out investigations into various crimes and malfeasance. I was also able to access a wide network of professionals and build lasting relationships.

I am now a long way from psychosocial support and rehabilitation, but I still contribute to the protection and safety of the population just in different way. In the future, I hope to continue to develop my analytical skills to maintain sound risk management on a daily basis.”

Victor De Luca

Senior Advisor | KPMG
Bachelor’s in cybersecurity from Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2020)

“Today, I’m changing the world by supporting businesses in their cybersecurity strategy, governance and transformation decisions to address hacker threats.”


“I am currently a Senior Consultant on the Cyber Security Advisory Services team at KPMG in Montreal. I work primarily with large organizations in the technology, banking, rail and government sectors. The advantage of working at KPMG is that it allows me to work with senior executives to assist them in developing their strategic information security plan.

As a Senior Consultant, my role is to ensure that project teams deliver high-quality results and that the advice we provide for businesses is accurate and of superior value. Whether it’s a penetration test, a review of information security policies, analysis of a specific threat, the defensive position to take against it or the type of strategy and vision to adopt for the future, I have to guide our clients towards the best solution.

Having started my career as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, I was immediately able to understand the concept of enemy attack as well as the concept of defensive posture. I chose the bachelor’s in cybersecurity to learn how to apply these concepts at civilian organizations. I have always been passionate about computers and this training has given me the confidence and academic foundation to provide my advice in a professional setting.


Head of Prevention/Training Operations | Town of Saint-Félicien
Certificate in advanced fire prevention technology at Polytechnique Montréal (Po 2018)

“Today, I am changing the world by enforcing the construction and safety requirements for buildings through regulations, codes and standards to ensure the safety of the public and to safeguard built heritage.”


“I started working for the Town of Saint-Félicien’s Fire Safety Department in 2005 as a part-time Firefighter. In 2008, following my technical training in fire prevention, I got a position as a full-time Preventionist/Inspector for the same organization. During my inspection work, many questions were often left unanswered, forcing me to turn to engineers or to do extensive research to get answers.

One day, I discovered that Polytechnique Montréal offered a certificate in advanced fire prevention technologies. After reading the course descriptions, I immediately decided to enrol. My experience in the field allowed me to make direct links with the learning process. The teachers, most of whom are engineers or architects working in the field, possess exceptional expertise and skills.

I have been in the same management position for the same organization since 2015 as Head of Prevention/Training Operations. I am able to advise the preventionists under my responsibility and my colleagues in the region. This training has helped me to understand the why and how, has provided me with a vast network of contacts and has contributed directly to my career path. I would recommend this training to anyone working in the wonderful field of fire prevention.”