Julia Fournier

Julia Fournier

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Ottawa, Ontario

Founder | CEO | Single Mother And Business Strategist | Leadership And Transformation Expert

Julia Fournier is an accomplished 4 time founder and entrepreneur that has built 4 reputable long standing entities. She is a single mother of twin boys and spent the last 16 years leading and building HCMWorks and Payment Services Corporation. Julia speaks about resilience and business strategy as an accomplished entrepreneur of several business services companies. She also speaks about overcoming the challenges of being a woman CEO. Julia faced significant adversity as a business owner and founder she talks about her ability to endure those challenges and overcome them to an exit. Julia is also a graduate from MIT in AI and speaks about her vision of the future and artificial intelligence. She is the recipient of the EY – RBC Sarah Kirke award for entrepreneurship and Enterprising Woman of the Year award one of 6 in categories over 100M ever. Leading high performance teams, transformation execution, experienced business sales strategist, global staffing and VMS expert with over 30 years of experience and multiple times award winning entrepreneur.
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JULIA FOURNIER BIOGRAPHY

Julia Fournier is a visionary leader with over 35 years of experience commencing in the staffing industry with Adecco. Julia Fournier was given the opportunity to build a service solution in the call center industry in Canada which was called Staffmax. Staffmax became one of the largest Adecco brands winning AT&T Solutions customer care. She then worked with leadership directly including the Global CEO Philipe Destezez and became the youngest member of the global executive team at 26 where she held the role of GM Call Center Services responsible for the rollout and management of the world’s largest call centers; IBM, AT&T, Bank of Montreal, Eddie Bauer, Nike and countless others. She left that position to pursue IVF and worked at Kelly Services in a National Sales position working again with Global and North American clients and supporting Toronto branch operations. IVF was successful after 3 attempts and she had twins.

In 2002 Julia started to work in vendor management technology with white amber one of the earliest companies in that space. Vendor management is now widely used but then it was used to automate the procure to pay process of staffing companies. The technology automated the requisition to payment process. Julia became one of the earliest in that industry in North America and her experience in global staffing gave her the understanding of what the technology should do. She was used as a global expert helping many companies build their roadmap. Today that technology is used by hundreds of companies known as Fieldglass Beeline, People click and several others.

In 2004 Julia founded HCMWorks and in 2006 she founded Payment Services Corporation combined those companies became $150M in annual revenue. Julia built that company to 5000 contractors and a permanent headcount of 50 people with offices in Ottawa, Montreal and NYC. She successfully exited the business in 2022 and is now starting several ventures in AI and IT including Pinchitter an AI consulting firm dedicated to helping companies envision future uses of AI.

Julia speaks about leadership, her role as a single mother and founder. How to navigate challenging situations with perseverance and resilience. Julia has experienced burnout that lead to challenges permanently with mental health and also speaks about that. A graduate from MIT in Artificial Intelligence Julia speaks about how to use AI how to get the most from it and what she sees as the future uses of Artificial Intelligence. She is the recipient of the EY – RBC Sarah Kirke award for entrepreneurship and Enterprising Woman of the Year award one of 6 in categories over 100M ever.

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Testimonials

Julia knows the MSP and VMS market extremely well. Her belief in vendor neutral MSP programs to manage contingent labor as the way forward is a strong, customer focused approach, and I appreciate her professionalism and expertise. Julia knows the MSP and VMS market extremely well. Her belief in vendor neutral MSP programs to manage contingent labor as the way forward is a strong, customer focused approach, and I appreciate her professionalism and expertise.

JP Gooch

Global Product Leader and Operations Manager
Global Consulting - Operations, Product, Partnerships

For the last six and a half years, it’s been a real honour to work for and be mentored by Julia Fournier. I began working for her when I had just graduated from university and the first thing that struck me about her was her remarkable ability to motivate those around her to get the job done through her contagious enthusiasm and dedication to her clients & employees. The business environment in which we operate can be challenging at times, but what makes Julia a great leader is the fact that regardless of the challenges encountered, her vision remains clear and her commitment towards achieving any goals set never falters. Despite her busy schedule and the fact that her employees work...

Sarah Di Tosto

Head of Program Success
NAMER & LAC at SAP Fieldglass

When I got a call in mid 2006 from an ex-colleague who said she had been trying to locate me to talk to me about an opportunity with a company she had formed, I knew that I had to explore it. At the time, I was not looking towards a drastic change, but the enthusiasm in her voice when she spoke to me compelled me to travel to Ottawa and meet with her in the Ottawa office. It was not long before I was entrenched in the position that I hold today- Director of Client Services, at HCMworks. Rosalyn Carter said: “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be! Julia Fournier has a unique ability to take people...

Phil Reid

VMS / MSP Expert

I worked with Julia through the work she performed while at HCM – a procurement specialist. My experience has always been a positive one – Julia is strong, knowledgeable and solution driven. With continuous demands on achieving a competitive cost structure Julia took this objective as her personal mandate and consistently sought to find new ways of helping our team succeed. Certainly, Julia would be a strong asset to any team and I am happy to recommend her.

Deborah Therien, CPA

Director of Finance/Controller Directrice de finances/Controlleur

Julia has continuously demonstrated great leadership, category mastery and stewardship in not only advancing the projects for our organization but also creating a very beneficial outcome for all stakeholders – the internal clients, the suppliers, the Procurement organization and the Organization as a whole.

Jean Bigaouette

Vice President, Procurement
Agropur

Julia is highly knowledgeable, trustworthy, has high integrity and is tremendously dedicated to her clients. She and HCM Works are at the forefront of the industry in Managed Services Providers and Services Procurement. As a client, I would trust her with my life because as a consultant, she was tough as nails on us solution providers, yet open-minded to all alternatives, to deliver the best output to her clients, which impressed me the most about her. She’s top-notch. I would recommend her to anyone.

Stephan Bisson

National Sales Manager, US
3E

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