Charles Despins

President and CEO, Prompt inc.; Professor of Electrical Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure, Université du Québec à Montréal (Montréal, QC)

Dr. Charles Despins is President and CEO of Prompt inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, as well as M.Sc. and PhD degrees, also in electrical engineering, from Carleton University.

Dr. Despins’ career has spanned both the academic and industrial segments of the information technology and communications sector. In addition to having been a faculty member of INRS-Telecommunications (Université du Québec) in Montreal, he later held various positions in the private sector including as senior director of technology development at Microcell Telecommunications, vice-president and chief technology officer of Bell Nordiq Group, and as a consultant for wireless network deployments in India and China.

He is a former recipient (1993) of a Best Paper of the Year award in IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and was the recipient in 2006 of the Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Canada.

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