"I'm passionate about a lot of things – if something is worth doing, it's probably worth getting passionate about. I get a huge kick out of solving complex problems, whether it be in business, systems architecture or games; I then lean back, open up a bottle of fine Scotch and bask in the dopamine rush."
Pierre was born and raised in a town called Magog, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at the gym, hiking, gaming, travelling, and coding. Recently, he has been picking up video game development, which he admits is tons of fun.
Pierre is also an avid (some would say snobbish) Scotch drinker. There’s nothing he likes more than to share a nice bottle with friends.
He spends a lot of time mentoring fellow entrepreneurs and actively contributing to the development of the Quebec entrepreneurial ecosystem.
What is something on your bucket list?
I want to get my falconry license. I don’t have a falcon yet, but I have interacted with a few birds of prey in random occurrences over the years and we happen to have a fairly well-regarded falconry center in Quebec.
So it started with a touch of curiosity that evolved over time. My thinking is that I’d buy one, but lodge it at a “bird stable”. They make cool pets, but not in the cuddly sense per se, they’re more like “work” animals similar to horses.
How did you get to where you are in your career?
I would say a tremendous amount of luck and ambition – seizing opportunities even when they scared the heck out of me, facing impostor syndrome and grinding through it. It’s by luck that I was allowed to quickly end up in roles where I would be surrounded by astounding people who are some of the best in the world at their craft, and learning from them. It’s by luck that those people became dear friends, and that we ended up building businesses together.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The best advice I’d give myself would be to keep my own wellbeing at the top of my mind in everything I do – when you live of passion, it’s too easy to lose yourself, or see yourself as a second-class citizen in your own life.
Why is data important to you?
Here’s a controversial statement: data is fun. I fell in love with data back when I first started training with personal trainers, at the onset of my martial arts career. The idea that I’d be tracking my performance, my vitals, my health, and then be able to scientifically break it down and analyze it felt as close as I’d ever get to pure science fiction.
This led to me founding, joining, or advising several organizations where data analysis of human behaviour was central, and it’s never failed to entertain and amaze me.
What do you love about working for Infostrux?
The people, without a single iota of hesitation. We are surrounded by people who are at the top of their craft (in data, of course, but also in operations, sales, management and especially marketing (I’m in no way being coerced to include this)) and not a single day passes by without getting the opportunity to learn from them. It’s where you want to be to accelerate your growth and build lasting relationships with people who you’ll still be able to depend on lifetimes from now.