Computer Science and Software Engineering
Bernard Cloutier worked at fostering education in technology during his time at Concordia. He co-founded a neurotechnology club at the university and led the HackConcordia Society. Cloutier organized three hackathons in three years and participated in more than 15 hackathons and competitions. He led delegations to campuses across North America, including Yale University.
He acquired more than 24 months of experience in industry through internships during his undergraduate studies. Cloutier contributed to a smart-city project to modernize the City of Montreal's streetlight infrastructure. In his final term, he was the director of design for the Canadian University Software Engineering Conference.
Three keys to a good education
- Appoint your board of directors: Find mentors and champions that will inspire you and give you honest feedback.
- Get outside your comfort zone: A lot of what you want or need is on the other side of fear.
- Commit: Find something that sparks interest in you and commit to it. This is how passion grows. It takes time.
Two lessons learned at Concordia University
- Life, success and happiness is all about relationships, networks and connecting with others.
- Your degree does not define you. It's a tool. Don't let your dreams be dreams.
Next great goal
- I’m pursuing graduate studies abroad to earn a master’s degree in management. I’d like to find innovative ways to contribute to education and technology.
Advice for future grads
- University is such a unique time for personal growth, so get involved in student life. It will bring you leadership experience that will be invaluable in your career. And remember that failing is not nearly as important here. Make use of that sandbox to elevate yourself, fail and learn as much as you can.