Serge Godin, Founder and President of CGI
Serge Godin founded CGI in 1976 at the age of 26. Under Serge Godin’s leadership, CGI grew from two employees in 1976 to 225 employees after 10 years, 1,200 after 20 years, 25,000 after 30 years and 72,000 by 2012. From its early days as an IT strategic consulting firm, CGI gradually developed into a full-service IT and business process services company by adding systems integration and IT and business process outsourcing services to its offering.
Serge Godin began his professional career as an IT practitioner. He has been involved with every phase of IT systems development and implementation, both at an operational and management level. He has also managed major transformation projects for CGI clients in all of the economic sectors served by the company.
Under his governance, CGI has expanded through both organic growth and acquisitions. These acquisitions, which number more than 70, were all successfully integrated into the CGI business model in accordance with what is known as the CGI Management Foundation. The IT management processes that are part of this Foundation have also been successfully implemented at a number of CGI client sites. The CGI Management Foundation is the intellectual property of CGI.
Serge Godin is a member of the Order of Canada and the Ordre national du Québec. In 2008, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. In 2011, he was named an Honorary Associate by the Conference Board of Canada.
Serge Godin was awarded an honorary management degree from the École des hautes études commerciales (HEC Montréal) (Université de Montréal’s Business School), an honorary doctorate in administrative sciences from Québec’s Université Laval and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Montréal’s Concordia University. He completed studies in computer sciences (CEGEP diploma). After obtaining the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in management, he undertook studies in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program at Université Laval in Québec City.
Serge Godin has long been involved in charitable causes. In 2000, he established a family foundation with a mission to alleviate poverty, advance education and improve the health of disadvantaged children and teens. He has personally funded the Foundation in addition to giving his time and other resources. Since its inception, the Foundation has helped more than 90 schools, hospitals and youth organizations.
Serge Godin was inducted into the Academy of Great Montrealers in the Economic category in 2003 and was named a Commander of the Ordre de Montréal in 2016