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Who is Bernard Poulin?

As an engineering undergrad at the University of Sherbrooke in the early 1970s, Bernard Poulin founded the engineering and scientific integration company The S.M. Group International (SMi), where he oversaw a soil-engineering laboratory. As its president and CEO, Bernard Poulin has expanded the company into a multinational corporation composed of over 1,400 employees in more than 30 countries on five continents. Ranked as a top five engineering firm in Poulin’s native Canada, SMi has grown into an asset management, project management, engineering and design, and systems and networks integration firm.

Bernard Poulin’s career has not existed solely within the bounds of SMi, however. In fact, he has previously been appointed to numerous boards including those of North American Environmental Services Ltd. in Virginia, the Hotel-Dieu Hospital in Quebec, and the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He is also active within a number of industry associations such as the Order of Engineers of Quebec, the American Society of Engineers, the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Alumni, and the University of Sherbrooke alumni.

Bernard Poulin is active in charity work, particularly involving education initiatives. Some of his charitable activities have included assisting New Jersey City University with its partnership with Dassault Systèmes S.A. and other companies to create opportunities for students of the school, co-chairing a cyclo-challenge benefiting cancer research for the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, and acting as President for the Youth Quebec Mission 2010-2013 project that promotes musical arts to students.

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