An entrepreneur and supporter of the arts, Bernard Poulin established The S.M. Group International in 1972 as an undergraduate student at the University of Sherbrooke. Since founding this company, Mr. Poulin has grown the firm to include more than 1,400 employees from Asia, Europe, North America, and elsewhere.
The S.M. Group International offers asset management, engineering and design, network integration, and project management services. At this company, Bernard Poulin provided consulting services for the hydroelectric initiative sponsored by Hydro Quebec executive James Bay. Mr. Poulin served on the management committee for this project, which had a budget of more than $15 billion.
Bernard Poulin attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and graduated from the Owner/President Management Program there in 1982. He also gained an honoris causa literature doctorate from the New Jersey City University, which gave Mr. Poulin its Global Leadership Award in 2010.
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Montreal Council for the Arts granted Mr. Poulin, who contributes to the Montreal New Cinema Festival, the Business-Art prize in the large company category. Bernard Poulin, who later received the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the technology and communication sector in Quebec from Ernst & Young, was selected to sit on the Special Advisory Group on international trade matters for the Minister of Industry of Canada.
He remains affiliated with the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Quebec.