The Executive Team
Christian Laforte l President & CEO
Christian Laforte is the President and CEO of Fortem, which he founded in 2005 to solve complex real-life problems using their expertise in 3D graphics software development.
While his responsibilities include managing the company’s financing and strategic growth, he continues to maintain a focus on his passion: integrating and creating new high-technology solutions to solving critical physical security problems. Since 2008, he has consulted on high-profile projects including city- and state-wide information-sharing initiatives, the protection of military bases, palaces, mass transit systems and large universities in the USA, Asia, Middle East and Canada.
During the early years of Fortem, formely known as Feeling Software, Christian negotiated and helped successfully deliver over 50 mission-critical custom-engineering projects for more than 30 clients including Google, Sony, Apple and Autodesk. Before Fortem, he spent ten formative years as a software engineer and manager at industry-leading companies including AMD (formerly ATI Research), Autodesk (formerly Alias), Sanyo Electric and Dakis Decision Systems. One highlight of Christian’s early career is the Academy Award (Oscar) he received with his team for their contribution to the Maya software, the industry standard for 3D special effects in the movie industry.
Christian is a Software Engineering graduate of the École Polytechnique de Montréal and a co-inventor of 3 patents applying advanced 3D technologies to physical security.
Paul-Henri Rouleau, CFO
Paul-Henri Rouleau joined Fortem as CFO in 2012. With a B.B.A. from Laval University, Paul-Henri possesses over 25 years of experience in business, including 15 years within the largest financial institutions in Quebec, during which he started up a new division specialized in financing high-tech companies for the National Bank of Canada. Following the success of this venture, Paul-Henri continued his career as a venture capitalist with Desjardins Venture Capital Group. Over the past 8 years, Paul-Henri has provided his financing expertise to entrepreneurs, often as part-time CFO within their organization, helping them develop better strategies, achieve stronger results. He closed investment rounds and completed M&A transactions for over $50M, starting with the sale of Kaydara to Alias in less than 6 months and bringing the company to growth and profitability.
Christophe Bouchaud, SVP of Sales
Christophe Bouchaud is the SVP of Sales for Fortem and is in charge of building and managing the business development, sales, and sales engineering teams worldwide. Prior to joining the Fortem team, Christophe was the VP & GM, Eastern Canada, for Stanley Security Solutions, a worldwide leader in the electronic security industry. He has also held senior sales and marketing positions with Guardall, a division of UTC, Gebo Automation, a division of Alfa-Laval, and was a Corporate Account Manager at Crédit Lyonnais, a major European bank.
Christophe has lived abroad and travelled very extensively throughout his career and has a passion for languages, history, food and wine.
Christophe holds a BA from Concordia University, an MBA from the John Molson School of Business and an ELP from the Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia.
Victor Foo, Managing Director - Fortem Asia
As Managing Director for Fortem Asia, Victor oversees business development and operations across the Asia Pacific region. He has over 20 years of experience delivering successful real-time, mission-critical homeland security, defense and public safety projects for governments and multi-nationals. His experience spans all phases including solution design, planning, recruitment of key personnel and training, deployment, maintenance and support. He most enjoys developing collaborative strategic relationships with partners and customers. Victor holds an Engineering bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Glasgow University in Scotland.
Charlotte Saint-Hilaire, Project Manager
Charlotte has over 8 years of international project management experience and is Fortem’s main point of contact during project delivery. Responsibilities include liaising with clients and partners on-site or remotely, managing stakeholders and deliverables, project planning, monitoring and control, and reporting. Prior to joining Fortem in 2013, she worked on delivering large construction and process improvement projects, mainly in the civil aviation and aluminum industries.
Charlotte is a certified PMP and holds a Masters in Project Management from Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as a Bachelors of Engineering from McGill University.
Jean Sylvain, Director of Research and Development
Jean Sylvain has over 30 years of professional experience in organizational management, including nearly 15 years as a senior executive in the public sector.
His expertise lies in the analysis of business, organizational strategy, managing critical projects and change management. In recent years, Mr. Sylvain was particularly interested in the field of organizational capacity development and management of organizational expertise.
Mr. Sylvain has advised executives and managers of public and semi-public organizations. He has worked in the areas of health and social services, knowledge management, information management, finance and professional and academic training.
Mr. Sylvain has a thorough understanding of methodologies for project management and has an excellent knowledge of all aspects specific to the management of software application development teams.
Richard Singer, Vice President of Business Development
As VP of Business Development, Richard’s responsibilities focus on growing and developing sales opportunities for Fortem’s security related products. Richard has a successful history of developing key partner and re-seller relationships, management and customer relations. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Marketing from Concordia University in Montreal.