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e180: Christine Renaud

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

  • Summary
  • Company : e180 inc.
  • Region : Greater Montréal
  • Program : Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI)
  • CED’s $200,000 repayable contribution enabled: the implementation of a marketing strategy targeting Europe and Asia

Revolutionizing the way we learn

Christine Renaud, CEO of e180
Christine Renaud, CEO of e180

Christine Renaud is one of the faces of innovation in Quebec. Her company, e180, co-founded nearly 10 years ago with Alexandre Spaeth, has developed an innovative peer learning and professional networking solution called Braindate®.

The Braindate concept is simple: e180 connects users who need knowledge with others who have that knowledge (sewing, designing furniture, building a business plan, etc.). The amazing platform quickly won over major international event players following a successful partnership with C2MTL in 2013, and they have been fighting over its innovative design ever since.

“Learning is not just about acquiring new knowledge or skills, it is a transformation that affects our identity, our habits, our emotions and, ultimately, how we connect with others and the world around us,” said Christine Renaud.

Putting people first

Human contact is without a doubt what sets the e180 concept apart: a real connection between two people. It is about sharing experiences over coffee or discussing a common passion over lunch.

For Christine Renaud, the added value of Braindates lies in building meaningful relationships between two participants who have much to learn from each other. A B Corp-certified company with some 30 employees, this Montréal-based business has adopted a manifesto of humanist values that promotes, among other things, gender inclusion and the importance of diversity.

Tailored braindates for teleworkers

Image of participants attending a virtual braindate
Participants attending a virtual braindate

Forced by the pandemic, e180 has propelled its platform into the virtual world in one fell swoop and saved a number of its prestigious international clients. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, e180’s clientele had to rethink many events.

Unified in facing this challenge, the company proposed virtual braindates, an innovative learning solution based on its existing platform. In just a few weeks, demand exploded! For event organizers, it is an effective virtual alternative for sharing knowledge. For employers, it is a way to connect their teleworkers and help them find solutions to their emerging issues.

e180 has grown in leaps and bounds and now has a presence all around the world. Within the context of the pandemic, it has shown that with flair, the right tools and a remarkable team, anything is possible. “You have to act in accordance with your values, follow your instincts and know what kind of environment you need. You have to surround yourself with people who sometimes believe in it more than you do!” concluded Christine Renaud.


Braindate: Women, Technology and Diversity

In February 2020, CED met with Christine Renaud, President, CEO and Head of Training for e180. This young, trilingual businesswoman is one of the faces of innovation in Quebec. A visionary, she has won numerous entrepreneurship awards throughout her career.

CED asked Christine Renaud how she viewed the place of women in technology and her opinion on diversity in the workplace.

Transcript

Video's lenght : 3:10 minutes

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I became a woman in tech because I had

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a vision for education and learning that requires

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a major shift. Technology, by necessity,

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has become the only way to achieve this big dream.

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If I want to see millions of people

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learn from each other, I can’t be standing there with

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my Excel spreadsheet… We have to develop a product. It has become

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It has become a technological product.

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I think it’s a bit of the chicken or the egg…

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The technology community is

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very male oriented, very white.

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It’s not… It’s not enticing

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for women to go into environments like that.

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Often,

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it’s not enticing for our LGBTQ friends either,

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or for people of colour,

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because it's not an environment that

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we find ourselves in very much.

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Technology is a tool for responding to pressing problems,

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problems that are important to you,

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and technology is a language you can learn

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and manipulate to create important things.

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I think when you can talk about technology

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like that to young girls it becomes interesting,

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it becomes exciting, and then you create,

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they can create their own company,

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just like I did,

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create their own ecosystem, their own culture…

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We are not a company where everyone thinks

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generally the same way, where everyone looks the same, 1:30

and if that’s not you, you don’t feel welcome,

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you don’t feel accepted.

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The more entrepreneurs of colour there are, the more

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entrepreneurs with different profiles, women,

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people from the LGBTQ community there are,

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the more we create

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environments that are more inclusive,

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that reflect other ways of seeing life

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as well as products that are more inclusive

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and reflect other ways of seeing life.

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This is how we create an environment that is more

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welcoming to diversity.

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I feel the need to surround myself

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with people who are respectful,

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who have a completely open mind,

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for whom anything is possible,

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because that is how I am.

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I have surrounded myself with people who believe

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that human beings can do great things.

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I haven’t found that my experience as a woman

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has differed from a man’s experience…

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I haven’t faced major challenges

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being a woman, and…

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I’m also a feminist. In fact, as a result I put special focus

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on well-being, my own well-being

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and that of my team.

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I’m not afraid to fail or to alienate others

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in deciding not to pursue

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certain partnerships or relationships because

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I feel that I’m not being respected as a woman

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or that our well-being as a team is not being respected.

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I think this is something that is

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very important.

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