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Caroline Lachance

Caroline Lachance

Graduate Diploma in Management (2012)

With nearly 15 years of experience in human resources and communication, Caroline Lachance is known and respected for her expertise in employee engagement and action plan development.

Her systemic vision of business helps her understand key issues, identify optimal solutions and communicate them in a strategic manner.  

Caroline is the volunteer head of the Laurentians chapter of the Association des véhicules électriques du Québec and herself the owner of an electric vehicle. She is determined to make EVs more accessible to the general population. As such, she regularly organizes events with her team of more than 60 volunteers and shares information of interest via the radio, television and the Web.


What are you doing to help change the world?

As a mother of two who is constantly on the go and juggling a crazy schedule, I am proud to do my part to make a difference by opting for an electric vehicle and sharing my experience with the public on a volunteer basis. Not only is this a personal choice for me, I’ve also decided to invest my time in improving our environment, using my skill sets and expertise to get the word out. There’s no time like the present to go electric: it’s easier than you might think and there are so many benefits, both individually and for society as a whole. Working in conjunction with a wonderful bunch of passionate volunteers, 700 strong across Quebec, my role is to implement effective ways to demystify electric vehicles in my region. Among the events organized by our team are free road tests and media blitzes to sell people on the benefits of driving an EV. We got our message across to thousands of people last year, and as a result there are now hundreds of new electric vehicle owners on the road. The more EVs there are in Quebec and around the world, the better it will be for our health, our environment and our economy.

 

To what do you attribute the success of your career path?

It has been anything but a straight line. I’ve worked hard to get where I am. I’ve made sacrifices. I went back to school while I was on maternity leave. I’ve taken risks and followed my instincts. But there have been a few constants along the way: I love what I do. I have asked other people for their input and it always gives me something else to add to my toolbox. So I would say that passion, a genuine desire to help other people and a drive to learn are three of the factors that have helped me become the person I am today.

 

How did your time at HEC Montréal help you or give you the tools to overcome the challenges you encountered along the way?

The graduate diploma in management at HEC Montréal helped me understand that the business world can be in harmony with sustainable development and people. Obviously this isn’t always the case, but the realization gave me hope, confidence and the tools to make it happen. During my time at HEC Montréal, I met a number of passionate, inspiring professors with their finger on the pulse of the market. Through discussions, learning materials, lectures and concrete examples, I was able to develop my critical thinking skills, my business acumen and my agility so I could adapt to various situations, audiences and stakeholders with ease. In fact, what I learned there has helped me in both my personal and my professional life.

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