A project created by Carleton PhD student Christian Bordeleau has won the Gaz Metro Population Prize as part of the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest. It’s the seventh prize that Bordeleau has won in eight months for his company Intangible Governance.
Intangible Governance, a company that had its genesis at Carleton, is working to establish a certification that helps public institutions meet high standards of ethics. The certification process, called IGO 9002, is the first of its kind in the world and is sanctioned by a council of nine international experts. The process has already received national media attention and has been well received by a number of institutions. The city of Blainville, Québec is piloting the new process.
Bordeleau is currently finalizing a doctoral thesis on the emergence and diffusion of public-private partnerships in Canada, Great Britain and the United-States entitled “Re-Building States’ Infrastructures Privately.” He has won 18 prizes and award for his academic work and has also been nominated for the IPAC Thought Leadership Award in Public Administration.
“This is a clear signal to local governments that are still hesitant in raising their practices to the IGO Urbis level,” said Bordeleau. “By awarding us this prize, citizens are making a clear demand for governance benchmarks such as the IGO 9002.”
Since 2000, good governance has been a priority for the Government of Quebec, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In this context, they established important good governance criteria. The IGO 9002 process builds on their work.
“For the first time, an academic project has been awarded and recognized by the prestigious Québec Entrepreneurship Contest,” said Bordeleau. “I think this a recognition of the quality of the certification program and its usefulness for any administration that has good governance truly at heart.”
Click here to read more about the IGO 9002 certification process.
About the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest:
The Population Award aims to develop Québec’s entrepreneurial culture through the start-up and recognition of new businesses and entrepreneurial projects in schools and the community at large. In 1997, at the invitation of the Ministère de l’Éducation and partners, work began to merge three separate entrepreneurial contests into a single contest which was to become the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest. The first permanent team was then set up and the first annual Québec Entrepreneurship Contest was launched in 1998.
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