Proud to be recognized in Quebec for growing beyond its borders

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The perception that a Quebec business will only succeed in Quebec—not in the ROC or US markets—is further off the mark today than it ever has been. Still, many entrepreneurs won’t look beyond the provincial boundary, dissuaded by conventional wisdom and warnings about the difficulties they will face. 

Over the past 20 years, I have had the honour of being part of Genius Solutions, a company that has grown quickly in Quebec, and is now poised for further growth in the ROC and US markets. Recently, we decided to aggressively target growth in the US market. We relaunched parts of our operations into ‘startup mode,’ and drew up a strategy for how to succeed. There has been resistance and doubt, and the hard work is not over yet. But we have been encouraged by a couple of things, and I would like to share those with you here. 

The world is a lot smaller than before

Distances don’t matter like they used to, even for companies who sell a person-to-person service. With the right team in place, more can be done from hundreds of kilometres away than might be done while in the same room. 

What always matters is facetime and a truly helpful attitude, which Quebecers are naturally strong at. 

Success in Quebec does translate

At Genius Solutions, we work with manufacturers, providing them with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services. Genius ERP was built with feedback from Quebec companies, and within this ecosystem we have developed a solution that applies for manufacturers from coast to coast. 

With just a bit of language tweaking, success does translate. And the expertise and skill this province produces is not only recognized and appreciated a long way from home, it can provide a unique perspective that is truly beneficial. 

When we’re proud and friendly, others are proud to know us

As the French speakers of this continent, and northerners at that, with our own customs, cuisine and quirks, Quebecers have a certain ‘X factor.’ It is a great thing to realize that people from Texas to Alaska truly want to be closer to us. The interest in each other is mutual, and like with much in the world today, we are looking beyond our own spheres for a likeness in each other. 

A connection always occurs under positivity.

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I write this after learning of our nomination for Les Fidéides 2018, which follows a nomination for PME en Lumière 2017 (congratulations to Abilis Solutions on that win). Both awards honour Quebec companies experiencing growth, most notably those expanding beyond the province’s borders. 

I commend the hard-working entrepreneurs of this province, and would like to underline the biggest thing that I have learnt and what drives us forward: we can be proud wherever we go.

Jean Magny

Jean is the president of Genius Solutions. With over 20 years of experience working in industrial engineering with a focus on operational best practices, Jean has in-depth knowledge when it comes to the challenges faced by fast-growing companies and their implementation of new processes with limited resources. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and completed the entrepreneurship development program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and has served as both a technical advisor and a project manager for ERP implementations in small to medium-size manufacturers across North America. He’s passionate about engaging the next generation in manufacturing.

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