Strategic and business development consultant
Yves began his career at Xerox Canada, where he worked for eight years. After having carried out a variety of important assignments in the financial sector, he started working for Desjardins General Insurance in 1994 as vice-president in charge of network sales. In 1998, he was hired by Confédération des caisses populaires Desjardins to lead the team in the development and implementation of the sales management model for the Confédération. After working for a period with ING Canada (Intact) in Montreal as vice-president of financial services, Mr. Bourget returned to Quebec City in 1999 as executive vice-president at La Capitale services conseils. During this period, he made the decision to pursue graduate studies part time and obtained an MBA (management option) from Université Laval.
Drawn to the field of teaching, between 2004 and 2006, Yves worked as a consultant and lecturer for the Faculty of Business at Université Laval. Over this two-year period, he designed, developed and led a training program on sales management for the insurance sector, while carrying a teaching load in management. He also led a two-day seminar on sales management in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, two years in a row. In 2006, he completed a certificate in Sales and Marketing and became regional vice-president for Sun Life, individual life insurance division.
In 2010, he started working for La Fondation de l’Université Laval as chief executive officer. During his term, he successfully led the biggest fundraising campaign in the history of the institution, with the result of $530,000,000, whereas the initial goal was $350,000,000, thus exceeding the target by 50%.
Throughout his career, Yves has always been active in volunteering. Starting in 1976, he was involved in organizing the Quebec Winter Carnaval, where he became Président du duché de Frontenac, and he was involved with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Quebec as president of breakfast meetings, among other things. He was also involved in mentoring, originally with Entrepreneuriat Laval and then through the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship SAGE program. He also held different positions on the boards of directors of foundations, such as those of CHUQ, Hôpital Laval, Université Laval and the 35th Service Battalion. And then there’s his involvement on the boards of directors of companies and organizations like Télé-Alarmes Microtec and S.A.G.E. He has been a member of the Association des diplômés de l’Université Laval and associate member of the Mess des officiers, R22ndR, La Citadelle for many years.
With extensive experience in philanthropy, he has been solicited on many occasions to be a guest speaker, panelist and host for activities taking place in Montreal and Quebec City. In 2019, Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches asked for his help developing and leading a seminar on philanthropic development for 29 nonprofit organizations in Greater Quebec City.
Yves’ involvement in the business and philanthropic environment have garnered him considerable recognition over time. Inducted in 2002 as a member of the Ordre du Bonhomme Carnaval, he has also received the following honours and awards: HEC-Québéor Média prize (2002); Association des diplômés de l’Université Laval Influential Graduate (2012); Marcel Lafrance distinction (2012); Mentor of the Year from Entrepreneuriat Laval (2012); Certificate of Recognition from Université Laval Faculty of Business (2014); Le Soleil–Radio-Canada laureate (2017); Major Donor from Centraide (2017, 2018); Chevalier du Cercle from the rector of Université Laval (2018); was the subject of a “Branché sur Québec” profile by the daily Le Soleil (2018); and the Lieutenant Governor’s Seniors Medal (silver) for his social and community involvement (2019).
- Business development
- Major fundraising campaign
- Research funding