Alithya Group hires new CFO, opens office in Pickering, ON

19 July 2018 3 min. read
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Montreal-based strategy and digital consultancy Alithya has brought aboard Claude Thibault as Senior Vice-President and CFO. Thibault has over two decades of experience as chief financial officer at numerous firms. The consultancy also announced the opening of an office in Pickering to better serve its nuclear energy clientele.

Alithya is a leading Canadian strategy and digital consulting firm. The company provides a comprehensive suite of strategy and technology consulting services to a wide range of industries, as well recruitment and staffing services. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Montreal, the consultancy employs more than 1600 professionals across eight offices in Canada, as well as three locations in France.

With Alithya on the edge of going public, the firm has hired Claude Thibault its new chief financial officer and senior vice-president in the important transitional period. Thibault has more than two decades’ worth of experience serving in a CFO capacity at numerous organizations, both public and private.

"I am very pleased that Claude is joining our company," commented Paul Raymond, Alithya's President and CEO. "His extensive experience in financial management for publicly-traded companies will be a major asset for our organization. This is a critical time in Alithya's history as we prepare to take our company public.”Claude Thibault - Senior Vice-President at AlithyaThibault has high-level financial leadership experience in the high-tech, manufacturing, distribution, services, and multimedia industries. Prior to joining Alithya, Thibault served as CFO at construction services firm Group DCM, manufacturing and distribution-focused Nuera Group, multimedia firm Mediagrif Interactive Technologies, pharma sector communications firm Aptilon, and entertainment industry firm Malofilm Communications. Thibault has also held senior financial positions at Shell and Merrill Lynch. Early in his career, Thibault was a Senior Manager, Corporate Finance, at Big Four firm KPMG.

Thibault holds an MBA from McGill University, and a B.Comm. in Accounting from l’Université de Montréal. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a corporate finance (C.F.) qualification.

"I'm very excited about this new challenge I'll be undertaking over the course of the next few weeks," remarked Thibault. "I was impressed by the quality of the vision expressed by Alithya's executives and I'm honoured to join this team and contribute to pursuing Alithya's growth."

New Pickering office

Last month, the consulting firm opened a new office in Pickering, Ontario. The company is a leading provider of consultancy services to the Canadian Nuclear Industry – including engineering and applications services for controls, safety systems, inspections, and cybersecurity. The Pickering location offers closer proximity to the two nearby generation plants in Pickering and Darlington.

“The opening of our new office strengthens our commitment to the energy sector and the local community,” commented Ed Mischkot, Vice President, Energy at Alithya. “Our experience in nuclear spans almost four decades and ranges from architecting and implementing complex technology systems to delivering Machine Learning and Analytics solutions. By expanding our footprint, we can now serve our customers better, and continue to support innovation.”

The opening of the new Alithya office on June 7 was attended by Mayor of Pickering Dave Ryan, as well as Glenn Jager, President, Nuclear, at Ontario Power Generation.

“It is important for us to recognize the ongoing commitment of supply partners such as Alithya, who provide innovative solutions to the nuclear industry across the province and to Ontario Power Generation (OPG),” said Jager. “With a local office now open in Pickering, we look forward to ongoing collaboration as the industry continues to evolve.”

Alithya has delivered hundreds of projects in the energy industry, and has supported every Canadian nuclear generator – including OPG.