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As Vice President, Product Management and Strategy at BlackBerry's QNX Software Systems, Grant Courville is responsible for managing the company's global product portfolio and strategy for the automotive and general embedded markets. Grant has over 25 years of experience in the embedded industry and is a recognized leader and spokesperson for connected and autonomous car technology and trends. In his 20+ years with QNX, he has held a variety of leadership roles in engineering, marketing and strategy. Grant also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Ontario Centre of Excellence Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (OCE AVIN).
Grant's QNX experience is also complemented by senior leadership roles with Curtiss-Wright Controls
Holder of a Master's degree in physics and a MBA, Alexandre Vallières cumulates more than 15 years of experience in project management and systems engineering and has participated in the development and commercialization of numerous high-tech products.
Alexandre co-founded AIworx in 2011 and is now the vice-president of this AI service firm. His expertise and creativity are integrated in the team effort to generate novel and ground-breaking artificial intelligence solutions for the industrial and defence markets.
Chris Blanchette is the Executive Director of Global Accounts at FANUC America Corporation and is responsible for large Assembly and Aerospace Accounts. Chris has worked at FANUC for more than 12 years and has been involved with Robotic Automation in Assembly processes for over 25 years, and Aerospace Specific processes for over 15 years. Chris has worked at various system integrator companies, robot manufacturers and metrology companies in a development, sales, and management role over the course of his career. He has vast experience in intelligent based robotic manufacturing using vision, force sensing and other adaptive processes for use in a variety of markets including Aerospace, Automotive, Auto-Components, Micro-Electronics, Medical Device, Semiconductor, and Consumer Electronics Manufacturing.