Francois de Bellefeuille, general manager, Spiria Digital

Francois de Bellefeuille
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.

 

In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.
See the full list of recipient profiles here and be sure to check out photos of the 2019 gala here.

 

Business: We produce custom software.

Education: Bachelor of science in software engineering, University of Ottawa (2009)

Biggest business achievement: Since I became general manager in 2018, the company has moved from a position of debt to a position of growth while improving its office culture and hiring practices.

Biggest obstacle overcome: After becoming general manager, I kept my previous role as technical director and continued to perform both roles despite having limited time and resources. In addition, as a francophone working in a largely anglophone environment, I had to improve my English skills quite rapidly.

Biggest influence: Stephane Rouleau, the president and co-founder of Spiria. He showed me that it is possible to do business while being transparent and being yourself. He leads a 150-employee company with integrity as a primary value.

First job: General manager and co-founder of software company

Advice I’d give the younger me: Don’t be afraid! Just do it!

Favourite pastime: Playing board games.

I’m currently reading: Speedsolving the Cube by Dan Harris

Favourite movie: The Shawshank Redemption