I was a young lieutenant in 1992...
That year, after graduating from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean with a Bachelor of Sciences, I started my career as a Signals Officer in the Canadian Forces. Already, I had been captured by a relentless fascination with information. Not information for its own sake, but for the lasting empowerment that the right information at the right time for the right person creates.
I did not know it at the time, but right then, when I started to explore Borland Paradox, Microsoft Access and database design principles, all for fun and not for work, my story with Information began. It it as strong as ever.
Along the way I picked up two law degrees from the Faculty of Law, McGill University, practiced as a military lawyer and gained practical experience as a project director in National Defence, later served as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Court Technology, founded Government 2.0 Think Tank and the Ottawa Drupal Group.
Fast forward to now. Enter the ever more accelerating and complex, sometimes chaotic worlds of digital transformation and digital disruption. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies are all the rage and these topics are no longer the exclusive purview of the technological elite. They must be assessed for relevancy in diverse organizations and in our societies.
I still feel awed by the challenge. The challenge of assessing relevancy, timing and application of an increasing number of diverse information technologies. How could I possibly take into account the right information and possess the right knowledge to make optimal decisions on the proper digital transformation journey to undertake? How can I help others address this challenge? How could I best advise on and speak about digital transformation? I took a moment to reflect on that question. What follows came by way of answers.
I believe in the empowerment of self, others, organizations and nations.
I have the ability to cut through complexity, including the complexity of digital transformation, and to overcome that complexity with simple explanations, actionable frameworks and knowledge maps.
My diverse background, in science, law and the military allow me to bring several perspectives to any topic.
I enjoy the pursuit of intellectual clarity and the feeling of empowerment that comes with it. I aim to help others develop that clarity no matter where they are on their cycle of learning.
I have a strong empathy for my readers and my audiences. I am curious about their learning journey and how they fare in digital transformation and in their lives.
Finally, above all, I have a deep aspiration to empower individuals, organizations and societies to thrive and expand by evolving their use of information technology.
I am a digital transformation executive and I look forward to help you on your own journey.
- Patrick Cormier