Director General’s Office

Cédrick Pautel, interim Director General

Cédrick Pautel has been appointed to the position of Interim Director General effective February 13, 2019 and until the next Director General is named.

Members of the Executive Management Team

The Director General of ÉTS is supported by an executive management team that advises him, helps him ensure that ÉTS runs smoothly and assists him in carrying out his duties.

JEAN BELZILE, Director of Strategic Development and Resources

Jean Belzile’s background is in computer science and telecommunications. He successively held the positions of Electrical Engineering Professor, ÉTS Research and Industry Relations Director, Interim Director of Academic Affairs and Assistant Deputy Minister in Charge of Innovation at Quebec’s Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations (ministry of the economy, innovations and exports). He has been Director of Strategic Development and Resources at ÉTS since 2016. Over the course of his career, he has contributed to a number of industrial projects and has around 50 scientific communications and 20 patents to his name.

CHARLES DESPINS, Director of Faculty Affairs, Research and Partnerships

Charles Despins has been active in the industrial and academic spheres for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and a master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Carleton University. His research activities primarily focus on IT and communications and wireless networks. Before joining ÉTS, he was a professor at INRS Télécommunications. Formerly a professor at INRS Telecommunications, he also worked for several years in the ICT industrial sector, among other things as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Bell Nordiq Group, and within the Telesystem Group during the deployment of wireless networks in Canada, India and China. More recently, he was CEO of the Prompt research consortium for thirteen years.

CLAIRE SAMSON, Dean of Research 

Claire Samson has been Dean of Research at ÉTS since February 2018. She holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering Physics from Université Laval, a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto. She completed her post-doctoral training at Cambridge University.

Claire Samson has acquired more than 25 year of experience in the industrial and academic sectors, having worked at Shell International in the Netherlands and Neptec Design Group in Ottawa for a decade before joining Carleton University in 2003. At Carleton, she held the positions of Professor, Director of the Earth Sciences Department and Associate Dean (Planning) in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

She has also served as President of the Canadian Geophysical Union and the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society. During her career, Claire Samson has contributed to more than sixty scientific publications.

MICHEL HUNEAULT,  Director of Academic Affairs

Michel Huneault has been Director of Academic Affairs at ÉTS since January 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Université Laval and a master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. From 2012-2018, he was Director of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnological Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke, a department in which he was also a full professor beginning in 2009. Previously, he was employed by the National Resource Council Canada (NRCC), where he directed a research group.

MARIE-JOSÉ NOLLET, Dean of Studies

Marie-José Nollet has been Dean of Studies at ÉTS since April 2019. She holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Université Laval and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from McGill University. 

As a Professor in the Construction Engineering Department at ÉTS from 1995 to 2019, she taught undergraduate and graduate students, along with practicing engineers pursuing continuing education, before taking over responsibility for the Dean of Studies Office. Her research activities, which focus on assessing the seismic vulnerability of structures and studying seismic risk in urban environments, have led to collaborations with a number of partners, including the Geological Survey of Canada and the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec. 

From 2013 to 2017, Marie-José Nollet held the position of Graduate Program Director in Construction Engineering at ÉTS, during which time she oversaw a complete overhaul of graduate programs and sat on various committees. In addition to having taught more than 60 graduate and post-graduate students, she has also authored close to 200 articles. Marie-José Nollet was a Structural Engineer at Hydro-Québec before she joined ÉTS.

LUC MARTIN, Director of Real Estate

Luc Martin has been ÉTS Director of Real Estate since 2017. An engineering graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal, Mr. Martin holds three graduate degrees in administration. He has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, including 20 years in the field as an estimator, project manager, and owner and manager of construction companies both in Quebec and internationally. He is the founder and until recently, was the Executive Vice President of the Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec (Quebec General Entrepreneurs’ Corporation). A company director, he has sat on a number of boards of directors in the construction industry, notably including the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (Quebec construction board).

CÉDRICK PAUTEL, Secretary General

Cédrick Pautel has acted as ÉTS Secretary General since 2017. Mr. Pautel, who holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Université de Montréal and a master’s in public administration from the École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP - National School of Public Administration), also acted as Chief of Staff for the ÉTS Director General’s Office. Previously, he held a number of positions in the academic world, in particular Advisor to the Vice President of Education and Research at Université du Québec; Primary Research Fellow and Policy Analyst at the CREPUQ (now the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire - BCI, or the Interuniversity Cooperation Bureau); Director of Planning, Policies and Legal Affairs at the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (now Universities Canada).