Guillaume Lavoie

Entrepreneur, public policy expert, professional speaker
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An outstanding and passionate speaker, Guillaume Lavoie offers accessible, captivating and connected lectures on today's organizational challenges.  


Guillaume Lavoie is a public policy entrepreneur, a lecturer, and a professional speaker with keen interest in urban affairs, bikenomics, analytical design, the sharing economy and the role of urban art. 


An expert on the collaborative economy and its impacts on public policies, Guillaume advises public and private organizations, and was invited to give over 200 presentations, on this topic, at home and abroad. The author of Canada’s first city by-law on the sharing of private spaces, he also developed the country’s first university course on the collaborative economy and public policy, which he teaches at the National School of Public Administration (ÉNAP). In January 2018, he was appointed president of the Quebec Government working group on the collaborative economy.


Convinced of potential of data visualization for better policymaking, he is a senior consultant at Voilà Information Design, where he works with both private and public organizations, notably on improving the presentation of data and budgetary information.


An engaged social entrepreneur, he is the co-founder of the Collège néo-classique, which offers several courses in rhetoric. Guillaume has also given rhetoric training to business leaders and decisionmakers since 2013.


Having lived and worked on three continents, he has been a consultant in public policy for the public, private, and non-profit sectors at home and abroad. He has worked in public diplomacy and international relations, and more recently, as a city councillor in Montreal, in urban affairs, and since, on issues pertaining to the collaborative economy.

A member of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Diplomatic and Strategic studies and a veteran election observer, Guillaume Lavoie has been a frequent a media analyst on public policy, US politics and international relations. 

Guillaume holds an MPA (Énap), a B.A. in industrial relations and certificates in administration, and law (Laval University). In addition, he completed executive programs at the London School of Economics and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. A Public Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson Center, Guillaume is also a Fellow of Action Canada, the Jeanne-Sauvé Foundation, and Next City, and a laureate of the Public Policy Forum's Marcel Côté Award for leadership in public policy. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish. 


Guillaume is a proud son of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region in rural Quebec.

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The Collaborative Economy Fundamental changes for our society

( …and our governments) 
( …and our cities)
( …and our businesses)

… or “Much more than Uber and Airbnb”

… or “How to do more, with what is already there!”

The collaborative (or sharing) economy is not a fad, but an irreversible societal phenomenon. It impacts (or will impact) all spheres of activity: social, economic, and political. It transforms the way markets work, relations between individuals, employment status, and taxation policy. And so, inevitably, the very role of government, at all levels. It upsets the established order. It creates new customers ... and new competitors!

Its fundamentals tend towards a world that is more productive, more sustainable, and more entrepreneurial. In order to achieve this, it is crucial to draw up new rules for protecting and regulating these practices. Regulate in order to better permit. The challenge is huge. 

For businesses, it means rethinking their operations, the competition, and possibly their business models. The regulatory framework is bound to change as well. For governments, such as cities, it means reviewing both regulations (permits, zoning, urban planning, inspections, etc.) as well as operations (procurement, vehicles fleet, citizens services, etc.)

The barriers we face are no longer technological, but cultural and institutional. The world of tomorrow will belong to those societies — and businesses — that are the first to better understand this phenomenon and its fundamental nature, and to conceive a new framework enabling both protection and prosperity.

In this accessible and captivating conference, see what is this "Sharing Economy”. Discover why Uber and Airbnb are just the tip of the iceberg. Learn how the collaborative economy will profoundly impact your sector and the very role of your organization. See how organizations and governments can best navigate and succeed in this “Back-to-the-Future” revolution.


For numbers that speak… correctly

Helping decision making and communicating better with data visualization

Data plays an increasing role in decision-making. Technology development and refinements of management science mean that it becomes more commonly used. There is more pressure than ever on managers and decision makers to know how to read and communicate massive amounts of data. What tools are available to them? 

Visualizing data in graphs and tables is one of the foremost instruments for the understanding and interpretation of numbers. As such, the necessity of visualization has 

reached all aspects of management yet each and every one has to improvise based on minimal skills, other than some technical training on the use of specific software. 

This training fills this gap by presenting good practices of data visualization that lead to graphs that are honest, clear, helpful and efficient. This training presents general principles applicable to all data visualization tools. 

The material is based on what science teaches us about the surprising skills of the eyes and human brain to identify patterns, variations, outliers and trends at a glance. The training material is filled with real world examples taken from management settings or public and media communications with graphs. 

Amongst others, we will see: 

• Why we avoid pie charts. 

• What type of graph can solve almost half your data visualization problems. 

• How a graph can do part of your analysis for you. 

• How the topic, message and audience can influence the design of your graphs. 

At the end of the training, participants will be able to create better analysis and communication tools. 


How to be more convincing

A journey to understand and use the “Irrational” science of arguments

To speak in public, to communicate, to make a speech, to publish an open letter ... Is it to seduce, to manipulate, to convince, to believe, to inform? Of all this at once? From Plato and Aristotle ... to modern election campaigns ... to the success of new business models, the formula has not changed, the rhetoric remains.

Although less well known today, it's far from rocket science. Rhetoric refers to a universal matrix that aims to understand what is at stake when the "one" communicates with the "other".

This accessible and captivating conference offers the discovery of universal - and concrete - tools to make your presentations, both oral and written, more effective and convincing.