Vice-President, Business and Professional Services
François Cordeau was appointed Vice-President of Business and Professional Services in September 2020, taking on the responsibility for Knowledge, Information and Technology Services, National Programs and Business Services, and Design and Fabrication Services.
He is also leveraging his experience at the NRC and in the private sector to lead a special project to simplify the NRC's internal processes in order to find efficiencies that will benefit both the organization and its employees.
Mr. Cordeau joined the NRC in 2013, as General Manager of the Information and Communications Technologies portfolio. He went on to serve as Vice-President of the Emerging Technologies – Platforms division, and later as Vice-President of the Engineering division. He was appointed as Vice-President of the Transportation and Manufacturing division in 2017 where he spearheaded the NRC's Advanced Manufacturing program and the new research facility in Winnipeg. Prior to joining the NRC, he was heavily involved in the high-tech sector, as President of Roctest Ltd. and its subsidiary FISO Technologies Inc. He also held various leadership positions at Mitel Corporation including Senior VP and General Manager of its semiconductor division. He was involved in many acquisitions throughout the world.
Mr. Cordeau is a graduate of the University of Sherbrooke in electrical engineering and holds a master's degree in the same field from the University of Waterloo. He also has a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke.