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Management team

Alain-Jacques Simard

President & CEO

From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Simard worked as a production engineer for MIL Davie shipyard, where he was responsible for the activation of communication, navigational and weapon systems on Canadian Navy frigates. He then joined Societe des casinos in 1994, where he was in charge of project management on a number of large projects around the world involving new or expanded casino facilities. He co-founded TeraXion in 2000 with four partners and occupied several management positions, then became CEO in 2009. In 1991, Mr. Simard received a B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universite Laval in Quebec City and he completed the MIT's Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2007.


Richard Kirouac

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kirouac was a senior partner at Dallaire Forest Kirouac, a chartered accountant and business consultant firm with over 40 employees in Quebec City. He acted as Director of the Department of Management Consultants. He was involved in numerous mandates in evaluation, private and public financing, sales and amalgamation, business development, corporative restructuring and business grants. Mr. Kirouac joined TeraXion in October 2000 as Chief Financial Officer. His responsibilities consist in supervising the financial operations of the company, validating and analyzing financial reports, and elaborating financing strategies for the rapid growth of TeraXion. Mr. Kirouac obtained a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting) in 1979 at Universite Laval and received his license in accounting the same year. He was accepted to the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) in 1981.


Ghislain Lafrance

Vice President, Commercialization and Future Technology

From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Lafrance worked as a Project Engineer at EXFO where he led the design, engineering and transfer to manufacturing of several optical test and measurement instruments. He then joined INO as a Project Manager for major military contracts and in 1999 he became Head of Technology for laser diode illuminator products and active imaging systems. As co-founder of TeraXion in 2000, he led the foundation of TeraXion’s manufacturing structure. Starting in 2005, he served as Vice-President, Business Development and initiated activities aiming at diversifying TeraXion’s revenue basis. In 2015, Mr. Lafrance was named Vice-President, Lasers and Photonics Components Business Unit where he oversees the sales and operations of products and services related to the fiber laser, the communication and the optical sensing markets. Mr. Lafrance received a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and a M.Sc. degree from the Center for Optics, Photonics and Lasers in 1993, both from Universite Laval in Quebec City.