Claude is President of Mindtrust, a youth leadership development charity. Also President, Venture Coaches, an investment and management consulting firm, and Leader of Strategy, Governance and Leadership Development at Business Sherpa Group. He serves on the Boards of Directors of APX, VigilantCS and Portia International. He has more than 40 years in a variety of technical, general management and investment roles in the technology and not-for-profit sectors.
Claude is also founder and President of Mindtrust Inc., a not-for-profit corporation which focuses on youth leadership development.
Claude attained ICD.D certification and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012. In 2013, Claude co-edited and published the book Business Models for Entrepreneurs and Startups: Best of TIM Review which is available at amzn.to/1aLNtYe.
From 2009 to 2011, Claude was President and CEO, OCRI (now Invest Ottawa), Ottawa’s economic development corporation for the advancement of the regions globally competitive knowledge-based institutions and industries.
Prior to Venture Coaches, Claude held executive positions at Newbridge, including Vice-President of Corporate Business Development. As VP and GM of the ATMnet Business Unit, the unit grew from inception to a $200-million-per-annum business. Before Newbridge, he held senior management positions at Mitel Corporation and Leigh Instruments.
Claude holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University. He completed the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He has been a guest lecturer at local universities speaking about entrepreneurship, business planning and venture investing. He has completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto and holds ICD.D certification from Institute of Corporate Directors.