Program Director & Mentor, Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta
Pierre is Program Director and a mentor for the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA), an Alberta-wide mentoring program that matches Alberta-based entrepreneurs with experienced mentors to accelerate startup success.
Pierre is an entrepreneur, angel investor, corporate director and mentor who is passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed. He chairs the Board of Directors of HGI Industries, a Florida-based company marketing its air purification technology internationally. Pierre has invested in several early-stage technology companies, and is involved in real estate investment and land development.
Following his formal training in agriculture and animal science, Pierre worked in the crop and livestock input sectors where he occupied various positions in sales and marketing. This experience led to the creation of a marketing and communications firm providing services to North American agribusiness and agri-food clients. As a business consultant, he has had direct involvement in strategic planning, domestic and international channel distribution, organizational structure and development planning, executive team development, product management and corporate restructuring. He was president and CEO of Chariot Carriers where he led the management team and the transition of production from Calgary to Asia, European distribution agreements, and streamlined product development. He negotiated the sale of the company to Sweden based Thule Group of companies.
Pierre has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for succesfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.