Richard is Managing Partner of the Ecofuel Fund. He has nearly 40 years of expertise in the deployment of innovation, business start-up and business development strategies.
Richard was President and CEO of the Ecofuel Accelerator and of the Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB), an organization dedicated to innovation and technology transfer in the bio-industry sector. Previously, he was for 10 years the Founder, President and CEO of Gelkem, a private biopharmaceutical company involved in controlled drug delivery systems. He has also worked in attracting foreign investment, international partnerships and laboratory research.
Richard was a lecturer in business start-ups and innovation, specializing in innovative start-ups and technology transfer at Laval University. He has served on several boards of directors, including that of the Fonds de Recherche Québec Nature et Technologies, as well as various private companies. Richard is frequently consulted for the development of strategies related to innovation.
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Sherbrooke University and an MBA from Laval University.