Simon Allaire is currently senior director of business development at Desjardins Entreprises. Profoundly engaged in his region’s economic development, he was general manager of Maskinongé MRC Centre local de développement from 2012 to 2015. He was also industrial commissioner of Shawinigan and Sorel-Tracy CLDs, the latter being his birthplace. Simon has a B.A. in economics from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and has also completed a local development micro-program at Université de Sherbrooke. Simon is also deeply involved in community organizations in his region.