Applications are now closed for the 2018 contest.

Finalists will be revealed on January 18, during the 5@7 Parcours d’entrepreneur with Steeve Duchesne, be there!

The contest

Investment Québec CEO of the Year Award is the best way to introduce yourself to the ICT leaders and expand your influence! By filling up your application you reach out to jury members such as representatives of Investment Québec, AQT and well-known entrepreneurs. The Finalists and the Winner will also have the opportunity to get media coverage. This contest is the best way for your team and for yourself to gain credibility and notoriety within the entrepreneurial and financial sphere!

Since 2003, this contest aims to acknowledge an ICT CEO that stood out by his or her exemplary leadership and contributions to the visibility of the Quebec Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. A committee will study the applications and select 3 finalists. One of them will be elected Investment Québec CEO of the Year during the CEO Vision Gala on February 16, 2017.

Advantages for all finalists and the winner :

  • Great press coverage
  • Gain visibility with the key players in the tech and financial industry
  • A corporate video that can be used for your own communication tools
  • Be known and attract the best talents
During the event :

  • The three finalists will be invited to make a presentation of up to 4 minutes (2 minutes of speaking time and 2 minutes for the broadcast of the promotional video) during a Gala evening as part of Vision PDG
  • Make yourself known to the jury made up of representatives of Investissement Québec, and CEOs able to evaluate the full potential of your company.
  • A jury selects the finalist nominations and assigns a first mark, and Vision Vision participants elect the winner at the grand gala on February 21, 2018.

Be the next CEO of the year AQT – Investissement Quebec

The positive spin-offs

Visibility : Awareness – Credibility – Talent Attraction – Employee Pride
Media outreach : Visibility offered to the companies of the 3 finalists
Notoriety : Participation in the AQT – Investissement Québec 2018 CEO of the Year award increases the credibility and reputation of the company and its CEO
Peer recognition : Presentation of the candidacy for the 18th edition of Vision PDG next February and election by the CEOs of the technology industry. The 3 finalists are invited as speakers at the 5 @ 7 Entrepreneur Course of AQT and are at the forefront of various organizations for additional recognition throughout the year, on various platforms.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Be CEO of a technology company with headquarters in Quebec.
  • Be a registered participant in Vision PDG 2018
  • Laureates from previous years can no longer apply, however, the candidates who have not been selected for the Prize, as well as the finalists of previous years can represent themselves.
  • The nomination must meet all the eligibility criteria and the registration form must be duly completed and submitted no later than Monday January 8, 2018 at midnight.



Evaluation criteria

Realisations (role, contribution and leadership as a CEO
Originality and creativity of presented realisations
Positive impact on the organization and on the technology industry
Initiatives and solutions to counter possible problems

Selection process

  • Nominations will be judged by an independent jury according to the competition selection criteria.
  • All nominees will be notified prior to the official announcement of the finalists if or not their nominations have been selected as finalists.
  • The unveiling of the 3 finalists will take place on January 18, 2017, during the 5 @ 7 Entrepreneur Path , so please remain available.
  • Each finalist will be entitled to an 2 hour individual session to prepare them to communicate with the media
  • A video for the promotion of the nomination will be produced for each finalist.
  • The three finalists will be invited to give a presentation lasting up to 4 minutes (2 minutes of speaking and 2 minutes for the broadcast of the promotional video) during a gala evening as part of “Vision CEO”, exclusive forum for CEOs of technology companies to be held from February 20 to 22, 2018 in Mont-Tremblant.
  • The grand prize winner of the competition will be crowned by the voice of the jury (30%) and the vote of the participating CEO Vision presidents (70%) at the gala evening of the 21st February as part of “Vision CEO”.
  • Both the jury vote and the on-site peer vote will be based on the same evaluation criteria.

Deadline to apply

Monday, January 8th, 2018, at midnight.

Are there fees associated with the application

Submitting a candidacy is completely free.

Previous years winners

2017 – Louis Roy, Optel / 2016 – David Hervieux, Devolutions / 2015 – Chantal Trépanier, SIM / 2014 – Benjamin Desmarais, Fibrenoire / 2013 – Daniel Handfield, MédiaMed Technologies / 2012 – Éric Bergeron, Optosecurity, inc. / 2011- Claude Mc Master, Technologies D-BOX / 2010 – André d’Orsonnens, Druide informatique / 2009 – Pascal Pilon, Averna Technologies / 2008 – Alain Paquin, Komunik / 2007 – Didier Gombert, Objectif Lune / 2006 – David Gellerman, Advantech / 2005 – Jean Mignault, Technologies 20-20 / 2004 – Karol Brassard, Nexxlink Technologie / 2003 – Dennis Wood