Since he was young, Alexandre has always shown his interest in new technologies and finance. He also believes that having an engineering background and a good knowledge of finance are two complementary elements that can serve as a real catalyst for companies.
A 4th year student in industrial engineering, Alexandre is the Coordinator of the 2020-2021 cohort, after being VP Logistics of the 2019-2020 cohort and member of La Relève in 2018-2019. As Coordinator, Alexandre wishes to lead and support a multidisciplinary team capable of accomplishing several activities within the framework of the mission, contributing to the personal development of members, building a network in the finance and technology industry, developing strong relationships with colleagues and learn more about the annual theme, Data and Cybersecurity.
In the summer of 2020, Alexandre completed an internship in IT Enterprise Architecture at the National Bank of Canada, where he was able to understand the complex ecosystem and the interactions between the different functions, capabilities and applications of the bank. Helping to deploy a new architectural tool, he was able to work on his sense of initiative, organization and communication.
Alexandre played high level hockey, where he was able, among other things, to develop his work ethic, his sense of responsibility and his organization. At Polytechnique, he passed on his passion for sport elsewhere by getting involved in several committees, including CCGP, CEGI and Poly-L.
It is therefore with this background that Alexandre is ready to coordinate the PolyFinances 2020-2021 cohort towards the achievement of his mission.
A fourth-year undergraduate student in industrial engineering, Hermann aspires to establish himself in the financial world, particularly in private placements in infrastructure. Engineering and Finance are two essential viatics for continuing your financial journey: an environment on the lookout for significant data, with an acute concern for cause / effect relationships, at the dawn of advanced technologies. PolyFinances then acts in the lobby with applied and sustained training in finance.
Building on his ambition, Hermann graduated from preparatory classes for the Maths-Physics High Schools in France before joining the Polytechnic course. He follows an entrepreneurial path, which earned him second place in the HEC 2018 case competitions confronting Quebec entrepreneurial student committees. He also completed an internship at Bombardier Aerospace in strategy and operations as a business analyst. Finally, he completed a parallel internship in inventory planning analysis at Videotron and a research internship with CIRANO (Interuniversity Research Center in Organizational Analysis) and the Ministry of Finance on the impact of interest rates on the profitability of banks in Canada.
At PolyFinances, he is in his second year. He was first a member of the finance department and associate analyst in the energy sector. He was mainly interested in the dynamics that drive production and distribution activities with respect to different energy sources, particularly renewable energies. This year, on the strength of his experience in the committee, he acts as business development manager highlighting his skills in finding mandates, negotiating contracts and monitoring mandates.
Renaud completed two and a half years in industrial engineering at Polytechnique. His time in the 2019-2020 edition of the committee and his personal experiences led him to orient the rest of his studies towards computer engineering. On the financial side, for some time now, current events and the political climate around the world have prompted him to follow the impact of headlines on the world of finance. He is impatient to be able to develop tools that will allow him to push his analyzes further and integrate them into his future research.
In terms of his experiences, Renaud has taken advantage of great opportunities to advance in his field. So, for over two years and just before entering his bachelor's degree program, he worked as a quality technician at Uniboard, a laminate flooring company. It was there that he developed his interest in the manufacturing world and decided to deepen his knowledge there. After a multitude of courses in the program, Renaud added two internships in industry, both at Pélican International, a kayak producer. These internships and experiences allowed Renaud to discover a passion for automation, innovation and digital transformation.
By joining the 2020-2021 cohort of Polyfinances, Renaud hopes to be able to develop a way of analyzing market movements and benefit from a group in which he can develop his interest in everything related to finance. Then, as treasurer, he greatly wishes to be able to facilitate the work of the other members and allow the committee to carry out its projects. Finally, Renaud would like his involvement in the committee to benefit the next cohorts!
A former student at a French high school in Lebanon, Jana is currently in her 4th year of industrial engineering at Polytechnique de Montréal. Passionate about finance and economics and driven by a curiosity and a willingness to learn, she has also taken part in three courses offered by Harvard Business School Online to broaden her knowledge in these areas.
Aware of the importance of technology and finance, Jana joined the PolyFinances committee as Logistics Pole Manager. She hopes to be able to take advantage of this enriching experience to develop her professional contact network, acquire knowledge in the fields of technology and finance, and create a strong bond between the members of the committee to ensure a pleasant experience. Interested in entrepreneurship, Jana is also Vice-President of Finance in the Poly Entrepreneuriat committee, which aims to promote entrepreneurship and inform students about the different possible options.
Jana completed her first internship at Bombardier Transportation where she was able to show initiative by introducing Power BI to the quality team to resolve database management issues and to create clear visual reports. Her second internship was at National Bank where she analyzed financial market data in order to develop the platform and meet the demands of clients and suppliers like Bloomberg.
Since he was little, Félix Moreau has always been very athletic. The practice of sports generates good discipline and it helps in every aspect of life. With his smile and his entousiasm, he maintains good relations with others. Also, Félix decides to study in civil engineering and, actually, he’s specialized himself in hydraulic. In addition of his interest for water management, he finds that finance is very interesting and he believes that there’s a vigorous connection between the two. Merging those two skills is going to make a good engineer with unique knowledge. Further, the technological side of finance creates learning of programming that generate faster resolution of problem connect with engineering. With his three internships of 4 months, he acquired good knowledge in civil engineering.
Laurinda is a 3rd year undergraduate student in Industrial Engineering, she has always had an interest in Mathematics, finance and engineering studies. Thus, although she has chosen Industrial Engineering as her field of study, she sees Polyfinances as an opportunity to complete her engineering profile and explore a new field of knowledge in a world where finance and technology inevitably intersect.
Laurinda also attaches great importance to being social and being involved in her community. She manifested it through her numerous implications within the Polytechnique community. She also completed two internships, one at Neptronic in Production Management and the second at Bombardier Aerospace as an Analyst / Developer.
Having been part of the 2019-2020 succession, she had the opportunity to discover the Polyfinances experience through the various events organized and continues the journey this year as a Member of the Logistics Pole. Her goal as a member of the 2020-2021 team is on the one hand to acquire new knowledge about the world of finance and technology, develop her network in the finance industry and above all live an enriching experience with the different team members within the cohort.
As a third-year undergraduate student in industrial engineering, Seydou has always expressed a keen interest in science. Already passionated by engineering methods, his interest in finance grew in view not only of opportunities to achieve his ambitions, but also an imperative need to bring his contribution to a better organization of society. Having for main aspiration entrepreneurship in the field of consulting, he saw in PolyFinances, the opportunity to acquire relevant skills in Finance in order to complete his engineering concepts.
Regarding his professional experience, Seydou completed an internship at Bombardier Aerospace as a manager of manufacturing engineering and innovation projects where he had the chance to deepen his analytical skills in project management. Concerned to learn and socialize, he got involved in several campus committees and joined the 2020-2021 cohort of PolyFinances as a member in the Logistics pole.
Thus, his objectives for this first year within the cohort are to share a year rich in learning, to make a remarkable contribution to the activities and to build a professional network with the various actors of this sector.
Third year student in software engineering, Marc-Alain is passionate about IT, technology and innovation. It was after completing his preparatory year in science at the University of Montreal that his course in Computer Science at Polytechnique Montreal began. Eager to explore the opportunities that the IT field will open for him, he is involved in several committees and academic projects on various subjects. It was ultimately his interest in finance that encouraged him to join the 2020-2021 cohort of Polyfinances as head of the software division.
He completed an internship at Desjardins in the summer of 2020 on an innovative project using blockchain technology. As a DevOps in an agile team, he had the opportunity to learn how to improve development processes as well as learn about the cloud.
Marc-Alain hopes to be able to take advantage of his experience in the committee to discover how computer science applied to the field of finance can have a positive impact on our world. Being very interested in cybersecurity, he was excited when he heard that the theme of the year would include this subject.
Étienne is a fifth-year Undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering and he plans to pursue a Master's degree in 2021. Having been a member of Polyfinances at the winter 2019, Étienne is coming back this year as a member of both the Software and Communication divisions. He is very excited about the possibility to work on portfolio management using artificial intelligence and to complete numerous consulting projects with the team.
In recent years, he has completed internships in electrical engineering at Hydro-Québec and at Pageau Morel, a firm specialized in the fields of energy efficiency and ecodesign. Subsequently, during the year 2019-2020, Étienne carried out an artificial intelligence project as part of the UPIR scientific research initiation program. In this context, he developed from scratch a predictive mathematical model based on neural networks.
Étienne has a great curiosity and a constant desire to extend his knowledge. He has been passionate about finance since a young age. In his spare time, he likes to follow global economic news as well as financial and international events. He also loves science, astronomy and sports (hockey, tennis, basketball, running). Having played hockey for over 15 years, Étienne has a true team spirit and good communication skills that he wants to put forward on the committee this year. For him, PolyFinances is a golden opportunity to get involved in a field he loves and to meet professionals in the financial industry.
Ever since High School, Ismail has always been curious to discover new fields. Having had the opportunity to take up the position of president of the general assembly of his high school’s model united nations conference during his senior year, he went on to pursue this passion during his undergraduate studies. There, he not only contributed to the organization of various conferences but also took up several positions as a board member and participated in numerous international conferences.
Today however marks a new beginning for Ismail as he seeks to further his knowledge of a field he has always been interested in, finance. Initially planning to pursue a degree in this field, circumstances lead him to change paths to a computer science degree. This however did not brake Ismail from studying the subject as he went on to minor in business administration with a concentration in corporate finance and quantitative methods. With some knowledge in his pocket and a lot of curiosity, he went on to join the PolyFinances club in order to learn from and contribute to the club’s numerous projects.
His primary objective as a second year master’s student in applied mathematics is to apply the experience he gathers form his research project and that which he already has from his computer science degree to the club’s projects, with a primary focus on studying the applications of artificial intelligence in finance.
Samuel has never contented himself with staying within his comfort zone. At the age of 17 he left the family home to move to Montreal and further his studies in an enriched college level program focused on arts and sciences. Learning in and out of class, he assisted lectures offered at school and participated in various extracurricular activities. During his senior year, he joined the delegation of Rwanda representing his college at the National Model United-Nations conference in New-York City. During the simulation, he was awarded an individual and a group recognition which led to him being offered a job as faculty advisor to his college’s delegation for the upcoming simulations.
After completing his college studies, he enrolls at Polytechnique in software engineering in the hopes of using the technological knowledge he learns at school in various interesting projects. He aims to tackle global issues that contribute to various inequalities with the new expertise he obtains in the field. Technology and finance are two major drivers of our modern society and Samuel firmly believes that his experience at university and in Polyfinances will provide him with invaluable skills to better the world we live in.
Thomas is in the third year of his bachelor’s in computer engineering and shows a lot of interest in the fields of engineering, finance, artificial intelligence and process optimisation using software programming. Being one of the members of the software team of PolyFinances, he aspires to put into practice his expertise in these different fields of activities to implant quality financial analysis tools while learning on the best practices in the industry alongside of experienced professionals.
During the summer of 2019, Thomas worked as programmer analyst at the Centre de Solutions Numériques d’Alithya where his team was mandated to develop an online recruiting tool for the Human Resources teams of the company. This experience allowed Thomas to gain experience with some of the emerging technologies for Web programming.
Since his young age, sports has always had a special place in Thomas’ life. He performed in the Carabins alpin ski team of the Université de Montréal for 3 years where he wore the title of co-captain. This combination of sports and full-time studies brought him to develop an efficient and organised work ethic which allows him to excel when encountering stressful situations at work or in his studies.
A baccalaureate student in the 4th year of Industrial Engineering, Jean-Michel has always had an interest in technologies, finance and engineering studies. He is also passionate about training in machine learning, data management and analysis, as shown by his numerous certifications on his LinkedIn profile. To learn and be engaged in these areas, he turned to engineering training, and invested in Polyfinances to enrich his knowledge in finance. He believes that you should never stop learning what you love to be a decisive leader.
Jean-Michel has had many implications within the Polytechnique community and to participate in various entrepreneurial competitions. He carried out two stages in process optimization. The first (summer 2019) at Keurig Dr Pepper and the second (summer 2020) at Métaltech Omega
Having been part of the 2019-2020 succession, he had the opportunity to discover Polyfinances by participating in the various events organized. This year, as head of the Financing Pole, he wishes to acquire a great deal of knowledge about finance and its workings. He wants to expand his network of contacts and feel he belongs to a community that shares the same vision as him. Her main goal this year is to complete her mission within the Polyfinances team.
Graduating student in mechanical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, Yoaquim has from a very young age been passionate about science and technology. During his student years, he quickly noticed the need to start broadening his horizons, acquire new skills in finance and in management. He truly believes that those are complementary areas for an aspiring engineer.
Richard is starting his last year in his bachelor’s degree of industrial engineering and joins the 2020-2021 cohort of Polyfinances in the Financement team. It is with little time that he realized the importance of this field, partly through his school path of industrial engineering. Finance quickly became one of his fields of interests and he is following more and more the news on this subject. During his internships at Lowe’s and Bombardier, Richard had many occasions to see that most of engineering projects are worked in parallel with the department of finance.
By joining this club, Richard plans on using the new notions he will learn concerning the finance world and apply them in business. He is aware that this experience can be a real game changer and that it will allow him to have a more meaningful impact within a company by joining his knowledge in the fields of engineering and finance. In addition, Polyfinances offers very rare opportunities that allows to create a contact network with experts.
Having done an exchange in Switzerland in the Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship section, he took classes on data science and econometrics which will be useful for the team. Richard had the chance to see a different way of doing things which broadened his horizons regarding many aspects.
Being someone who wants to develop himself and stand out with his versatility, Richard hopes that he will continue to grow as a future professional within the Polyfinances team and that he will have a positive impact on the people encountered.
William is a fourth-year Industrial Engineering student who has always been passionate about Operation Optimization and Finance. Two years ago, William started investing in Public markets and developed a passion for it because he loves its dynamic environment.
For the last two summers, William has been working as an Analyst in Continuous Improvement in the Business Optimization team at PSP Investments, one of the fifty biggest pension funds in the world. He acted like an internal consultant where he had to observe, document, analyze and pitch improvement solutions to different mangers of teams in the financial department. William also joined the Polytechnique Consulting in management comitee (CCGP) where he worked with a company as a consultant.
William has always been willing to take on challenges. He has been mixing competitive high level sports with school and other activities. He was a member and co-captain of the University of Montreal Carabins Ski Team for four years. The combination of sports and school helped him develop his organizational sense to allow him perform well under pressure and in difficult situations.