As an Executive Advisor, Benoit Hardy-Vallee helps IBM clients to create 21st century organizations where micro-management is history, alienation is eradicated, work amplifies well-being and performance is fuelled by talent and collaboration.
Benoit consults with HR leaders to bring innovative practices, evidence-based techniques and workforce analytics in the workplace. As the practice lead and thought leader for IBM Smarter Workforce & Social Business Canada and Caribbean, he develops strategies for talent management, collaboration, leadership development, performance management and employee engagement that makes use of the best technology, science and analytics.
Since the 1990’s, Benoit has been using technology to connect and engage people. He started to create online communities and implement solutions for collaboration, project management and knowledge management when going online required a 14mpbs dial-up modem. He started this work as an independent consultant and kept working on larger and more complex engagements since then, earning a Project Management Professional designation as well.
He is also an interdisciplinary scholar who edited books, published research articles and organized conferences that helped systematize the current knowledge on human decision-making across various disciplines (philosophy, psychology, economics, neuroscience, biology). He studied in Montreal, Paris, Waterloo and Toronto. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy and cognitive science from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris. In his PhD thesis and post-doctoral research, he studied how brains, minds and groups make economic decisions.
In his career as a consultant, he leveraged his experience in project management and his knowledge of human behaviour to advise clients on management, leadership and strategy issues.
Through white papers and speaking engagements, Benoit has contributed to thought leadership and best practices sharing with IBM clients, and regularly share his perspective on talent, engagement and collaboration with various business audiences across Canada and the Caribbean. He participates in research projects with the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute.
With his wife Aurélie, he raises 2 daughters in Toronto, Estelle and Adèle. His personal and professional missions are the same: to create workplaces where they could have fulfilling careers.