The members of the National Optics Institute (INO) Board of Directors recently ratified the appointment of Jacques Topping CPA, CA, MBA, ASC as Chair of the Board. In addition to serving as a director on a number of corporate boards, Jacques Topping is the President of the holding company MissionBis and Chair of the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIQ) Board of Directors.
After starting his career in 1974 as a programmer, Jacques Topping became a chartered accountant (CA) in 1977 and practiced accounting for five years at Deloitte and other firms. He also holds an MBA (specializing in information systems) from Université Laval, which he received in 1984. In 2007 he completed the ASC certified corporate director program.
He cofounded the Informission Group (NurunTSX: NUR), an interactive IT services and software company. By the time he resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2000, the company had completed nine mergers and acquisitions, had over 1,000 employees, and posted annual sales in excess of $120 million under his leadership.
Since 2000, Mr. Topping has served on 25 Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, including 10 as Chair, in the financial, digital, business, associative, and, of course, telecommunications and optics sectors. He has been a member of INO's Board of Directors since 1998.
"I'm very honored that my colleagues have placed their trust in me to chair the Board of an organization with so many outstanding achievements to its credit and that has made such an impact on the region," said Jacques Topping. "I am eager to work alongside everyone on the team to contribute to INO's success and create value for our company by helping INO navigate its future challenges in the areas of financing, growth, performance, and global recognition."
As the largest center for industrial optics and photonics expertise in Canada, INO has developed over 6,000 custom solutions for Quebec and Canadian companies across a wide variety of fields. INO has performed 72 technology transfers and helped create 33 spinoff companies employing over 2,000 people. INO's activities are made possible through the continued support of Quebec's Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. www.ino.ca