Management team

Meet members of the management team.


Denis Parrot


Having earned a degree in surveying and mapping from Université Laval in 1981, Denis began his career working in those fields around the world for five years. He then completed graduate studies in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he earned a master’s in satellite geodesy. With a passion for his area of expertise, Denis has been involved since 1991 in a host of projects that employ geospatial information to meet the specific needs of various markets and users. Denis currently supervises administrative and financial services as well as GNSS development activities of Effigis.

Magella Bouchard

Vice-President – Telecommunications

Magella has a master’s of electrical engineering with a specialization in telecommunications from Université Laval and has been a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec since 1981. He began his career with the Department of Communications in Ottawa, where he helped develop a number of national and international measurement standards. He then worked in the cable TV sector and was involved in several projects involving a variety of telecommunications aspects. In 1994, he received the award for excellence in engineering from the Canadian Cable Television Association for a project to build an automated leakage and capture detection patrol system. Magella is responsible for the company’s material resources and manages the Telecommunications Department at Effigis.

Claude Levasseur

Vice-President – Geomatics

Claude has a bachelor’s in geomatics from Laval University, where he was also trained in Computer Science. He has worked mainly on conducting large projects involving the use of geographic information systems (GIS) applied to areas such as surveying and infrastructure management, particularly in the areas of cable television, telecommunications and energy distribution. At Effigis, Claude manages the GIS and Infrastructure Survey Division and is responsible for the company’s ISO 9001: 2015 quality system. In 2016, Claude was awarded the Gaia Award by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of geomatics in Quebec. Claude has been a member of the Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec since 1984. He is also Director – Quebec Region of Professional Surveyors Canada.

Michel Rheault

Vice-President – Geology

Michel has an M.Sc. in remote sensing from Université Laval and a B.Sc. in geology from Université de Montréal. He is a member of the Ordre des géologues du Québec (OGQ#259). Michel has completed a number of geological survey projects for the mining and oil industry and managed many geological application development projects for the Canadian Space Agency and European Space Agency. At Effigis, Michel develops and applies geomatics technologies to exploration geology and environmental geology. With 35 years of experience, his expertise has gained national and international renown.

Mathieu Benoit

Vice-President – Earth Observation

Mathieu has worked for Effigis since 1993. After holding positions as technical manager, project manager and director of applications, he is now managing the Earth Observation Department. With his passion for geomatics, he is especially involved in remote sensing applied to land management, natural resource inventory and topographic mapping, in a development and production context. Mathieu has a solid background in planning and managing local and international Earth Observation projects. He has a B.A.Sc. in geomatics from Université Laval and an MBA from Université de Sherbrooke.


Nicos Keable-Vézina

Director, Precision Agriculture

Passionate and result-oriented, Nicos started his career as a consultant, then in business development. He has worked for several organizations, including for the corporate sector, government agencies, and startups in Canada and Switzerland. He now leads the product management of FieldApex and develops strategic partnerships in precision agriculture around FieldApex at Effigis Geo-Solutions. Nicos completed an agronomic bachelor’s degree and a MBA.

Manon Blackburn

Operations Director – GIS and Infrastructure Inventory

Manon has a B.Sc. in geomatics from Université Laval. She has been involved since 2000 in the design and use of geographic information systems applied to, among other areas, surveys of public service network infrastructures. Backed by her experience on large projects in that field, she is responsible for monitoring and developing processes and supervising operations. Over the years, she has built up solid experience in data processing and management by having, among other activities, implemented a geographic information system applied to project management.

Denis Gervais

Engineering Director

Denis is a civil engineer who graduated from École Polytechnique de Montréal (UdeM). Since 1991, he has contributed to the growth of Effigis by carrying out innovative projects based on automated processing and validation processes. Since July 2000, as Engineering Director of the Products Division, he manages the orientation, development and production of the various CPAT modules, an embedded monitoring solution for radiation and capture in cable networks. In addition, Denis coordinates the maintenance and improvement activities of the company’s ISO 9001 quality management system.

Claire Gosselin

Manager, Research & Development

As Manager, Research & Development, Claire has been working in the remote sensing/geomatics field for over 25 years. Following a five-year stint with the United Nations in Bangkok as spatial technology application specialist, she developed the geomatics market in Southeast Asia for Canadian companies for ten years. Claire joined Effigis in 2008. She focuses on the development and management of R & D projects. She is also involved in the international market development.

Jean Le Tellier

Director, Operations and Business Development

With a Bachelor of Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal, Jean has over 25 years of experience in management positions, including 15 in the sector of remote sensing. During those years, he has developed expertise in image acquisition tailored to the various challenges facing users. In his capacity of Director, Jean is responsible for the company’s operations and business development on domestic markets.

Caroline Pilon

Finance and Administration Director

Caroline has a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a specialization in finance, from HEC Montréal, and is a Certified Management Accountant in the Ordre des CMA. Backed by 13 years of experience in the information technology and consulting sectors, Caroline joined Effigis in 2011. Her previous jobs have given her extensive experience in the implementation of financial systems and internal controls and in corporate acquisitions and sales. Caroline manages the Finance and Administration Department for Effigis.