President and CEO at CRIQ
Denis Hardy joined the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) in March 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer. His passion for innovation and economic development made him a natural leader for this organization dedicated to improving the productivity, competitiveness and export activity of companies in Québec and elsewhere.
From 1991 to 2003, Mr. Hardy worked for the National Assembly of Québec for a number of departments including the Québec Conseil du Trésor (treasury board), Industrie et Commerce (industry and trade), Finances (finance) and the Conseil Exécutif (executive council). More specifically, he was actively involved in establishing a program with the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations (department of economic development, innovation and export trade, MEIE) to support innovative market niches.
Successive terms of office as assistant deputy minister within the government apparatus led him to positions as Vice-President of Development with the Gespro company, and Vice-President of the Inno-Centre-du-Québec Corporation. From 2004 to 2007, Denis Hardy put his expertise in economics to work as senior advisor at the headquarters of the Université du Québec in Québec City. Between 2007 and 2012, the Québec area economic development corporation, Québec International, enlisted his services as Vice-President of Corporate Development and later, as Vice-President of Economic Studies.
Today, as part of his duties as President and CEO of CRIQ, Denis Hardy is a member of the Board of Directors of ADRIQ (the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l’innovation du Québec). He also serves as President of the Association RNF (Réseau Normalisation et Francophonie) with over 75 current members in 27 countries based in Europe, Africa and North America.
Under his stewardship, CRIQ won the ADRIQ award for innovation in the occupational health and safety category for developing an equipment designed to protect workers during the inflation a large-size tires. The Association RNF was also a semi-finalist for the international profile award of excellence in the Québec government institute category.
Mr. Hardy graduated in economics from McGill University.