Sebastien Dignard, president and global head of sales, marketing and support, FRAMOS Technologies

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Sebastien Dignard

Age: 39

Birthplace: Ottawa

Company: We offer solutions that enable imaging technology from the sensor to the system.

Education: Bachelor of commerce, University of Ottawa (2000)

Charitable involvement: I am involved with various local charities, and my business groups include TEC Canada and Gazelles International.

Biggest biz achievement: I am extremely proud that FRAMOS Technologies grew close to 4,000 per cent over the last three years. We successfully combined technology and business innovation to deliver true value to our customers around the world.

Biggest biz obstacle: Balance, whether it’s work-life or balancing the priorities within the business. All your responsibilities can seem overwhelming and conflicting until you exercise the proper balance.

Biggest influence: I have been blessed with many great mentors and coaches during my career; however, most influential are my family, who have always shown me the value of honest hard work, persistence and doing what you love.  

Biggest lesson learned: Resourcefulness, persistence, attitude and the right team with the right mindset can achieve almost anything. Throughout my career, I have noticed that these four elements were often the only differentiator between success and failure.

First job: Working at a farm for $4 an hour!  

Advice I’d give the younger me: Be patient and enjoy the ride more!

What’s left to do: I would like to continue to spoil the people I love and drive for that perfect balance while learning to play golf. On a professional level, I am looking forward to seeing FRAMOS play a leading role in cognitive systems as we use our imaging expertise to help machines see and think.

Favourite pastime: Being outdoors

I’m currently reading: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Favourite movie: The Matrix

Favourite song: Mr. Jones by Counting Crows

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Canada Day

Preferred social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn