Appointed on April 1, 2020, for a four-year term (Order-in-Council 407-2020)
Founding President and Chief Executive Officer
Jean-Pierre Poulin has had a rich career in business and retailing. Early on, he worked in management at major retail firms, rising from manager to buyer manager and franchisee of stores such as Marks & Spencer’s Peoples division, Pharmaprix and Giant Tiger. In 1999, he founded his first company, 3D Visit Inc., which quickly became Canada’s largest supplier of virtual visits; the company went public in 2001 and was acquired by an American firm several years later. He subsequently founded Devcore Group, an organization comprising more than 35 companies specialized in land development, residential construction and real estate management, and headed 1Valet, a technology firm specialized in the development and integration of intelligent solutions in the real estate field.
An excellent communicator, visionary and, at his core, developer, Mr. Poulin is recognized for his sense of leadership, risk appetite and tolerance and ability to anticipate and solve problems. Over the course of his career, he has been the recipient of several honours. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur of the year and won the Palme d’Or Construction, which he also won in 2012 as well as the Palme Platine in 2013 and 2014. His generosity earned him the Ottawa Heart Institute’s philanthropy award in 2012 and, in 2013, the merit philanthropy award of the Foundation Santé Gatineau in support of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau. In 2014, his company was named large company of the year by the Chambre de commerce de Gatineau. Mr. Poulin was a member of the prestigious Young Presidents’ Organization from 2011 to 2015.