Pierre was appointed vice-president of research and chief economist at BDC in 2012. He has more than 25 years of experience as an economist. Prior to joining BDC he was vice-president, Business Analysis, in the National Industry Clusters Development Program in Saudi Arabia. His role was to create program strategies, define sector policies and conduct financial and economic analyses of industrial projects. He was also assistant deputy minister for Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade for Quebec. He spent 12 years at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in various roles, including economist and vice-president, Quebec. He has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master’s in Economics from Laval University.