Jean-Marc Rousseau earned a Ph.D. in operations research from MIT in 1973. He went on to hold a professorial appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at Université de Montréal (1973–1992) and served as the director of the Centre de recherche sur les transports, which became the CIRRELT (1979–1987). He is the co-founder of GIRO inc. (1979), a company specializing in computer software and related consulting services for transportation applications, notably in the area of public transit scheduling and routing of pickup and delivery operations. From 1990 to 2000, he joined GIRO as a full time vice president of business development. GIRO computer software is now used by more than 200 organizations in 25 different countries. He joined CIRANO as a senior vice president in 2001 and became President and CEO in 2002 until 2005. He was President and CEO of Rcm2 (The Mathematical Calculus and Modeling Network) from 2005 to 2009 and is still a member of the Board of Directors. In 2011, he joined Anges Québec as an advisor to start-ups. He also sits on several boards of directors and advisory committees. He is the author of over 80 scientific publications and has received 13 awards and honours in his career.
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