With an introductory day, four two-day modules and a series of lectures under his belt, including several after his cohort had officially wrapped up, Alexandre sees himself as a true ambassador of the program.
“I loved the certification program. I learned so much about ethics and compliance, and topics that weren’t covered during my undergraduate days. The approach to learning is very effective. We were really smack-dab in the heart of things. The concepts we explored in the classroom were always presented with real-life examples, which was very helpful in making sense of it all.”
The way he sees it, what sets the Certification in Ethics and Compliance program apart is the high calibre of everyone involved: instructors, experts and participants alike. He was impressed to hear from such prominent figures as Emmanuel Lulin, the former Chief Ethics Officer at L’Oréal, and Maria Knapp, a partner at Control Risks and a specialist in corporate ethics and compliance.
He also gives high marks to Stéphane Rousseau, Professor and Chair in Governance and Business Law at the Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal, and his pragmatic style of teaching. His fellow participants only added to the experience: their insights and expertise were a huge plus in his estimation.
Alexandre is now working at the Commission de la construction du Québec as the Director, HR and Transformation. Has the program been useful in his day-to-day work life? “You better believe it!” he answers. “I can spot red flags in ethics and compliance a lot more easily. It’s also helped me bring into focus the ideas I have about compliance and how I want to apply them to our internal processes.”
He has no qualms whatsoever in recommending the Ethics and Compliance Certification program to all HR professionals, lawyers, notaries, financial specialists, procurement heads and anyone working in a management capacity. As he puts it, “Life is complicated. Nothing is black or white. It all lies somewhere in a grey zone between the two. Training is what helps us put it all into perspective so we can make informed business decisions.”