President and CEO
Richard is President and CEO of Ecofuel, an early-stage cleantech company accelerator based in Montreal. He boasts more than 30 years of experience in innovation strategy deploying, start-ups launching, business and project development. Before joigning Ecofuel, he was CEO of the Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB), an organization dedicated to innovation and technology transfer in the bioindustry sector. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Gelkem, a biopharmaceutical private company specialized in therapeutic controlled-delivery.
Richard is a lecturer in business startups and innovation, with a specialization in innovative startups and technology transfer at Université Laval. He also sits on various boards, including Fonds de Recherche Québec Nature et Technologies and different private societies. Richard is frequently consulted for elaboration of international trade strategies and has participated in a number of Quebec’s trade commercial missions overseas.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Biochemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke and a MBA from the Université Laval.