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A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2008, Jean-François Ouellet is Associate Professor in Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at HEC Montréal.
Holding a Ph.D. in Management Sciences (Marketing) from the Université de Grenoble II, his research interests are entrepreneurial marketing for start-ups dans small businesses, lean startup method, new product development, marketing of innovation and technology, and international and cross-cultural marketing.
A born entrepreneur, he was 16 years old when he founded his first business, Les Produits JV, a small manufacturing business which ultimately employed some 30 team members, mainly seamstresses, before taking on the role of Chief Marketing Officer of LYRtech, a technology company that went public (TSX-V) in the year 2000. So far in his career, he has contributed to launching and/or growing a half-dozen companies. His most recent venture, in the field of artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things, provides solutions in the field of water management and maintenance.
He has been Associate Director and remains Chief Economist of the Montreal Creative Destruction Lab, a platform that supports the launch and growth of artificial intelligence-focused startups and ventures. He has delivered hundreds of conferences to organizations in Canada and around the world.
Between 2010 and 2014, he was the host of Génération INC., a television show about the challenges of entrepreneurship, for which he was nominated twice for Best Host of a Public Affairs show at the 2012 and 2014 French-language Gemini Awards (the Gémeaux).