Devolutions is quickly acquiring new team members, new community members, new offices — and of course, new accounting wizards to help us keep our financial systems and administrative processes running smoothly. And that’s why I’m delighted to introduce you to the latest member of our growing accounting team: please say hello to Simon Roy!
Now, before we look at a snapshot of my chat with Simon, I should highlight something earth-shattering: Simon brews AMAZING beer! He is also going to be working on a special Devolutions project: a microbrewery! Yes, you read that right. Who knows? Maybe one day soon you’ll be able to launch RDM from your patio while enjoying a nice cold bottle of “Devolutions Brew.”
Until then, here’s your chance to get to know Simon:
Can you tell me a bit about your professional background?
After earning a certificate in electrical engineering, I started a cooperative called Café Culturel de la Chasse-Galerie right here in Lavaltrie, where we organized all sorts of cultural activities. As a Managing Director, I was in charge of administration. This experience motivated me to go to university and earn my Bachelor’s Degree in accounting. Since then, I’ve spent more than 15 years in administrative and economic development roles, including 4 years as VP of Finance with an IT company.
What would you say is your biggest professional achievement so far?
Even though it was more than 15 years ago, as mentioned a moment ago, I’d say that my biggest professional achievement was launching Café Culturel de la Chasse-Galerie and serving as Managing Director. Over 50 people helped transform an old barn into a charming performance hall, which has hosted some of Quebec’s greatest performance artists. The hall is a symbol of our rich culture, and to this day I am still part of its administration.
What was it about Devolutions that made you want to work here?
I’ve known Devolutions’ founder David since we were kids. Way back then, we used to exchange DOS games on a bulletin board system that David hosted. This was before the internet as we know it was invented. Let’s just say that technology has evolved quite a bit since then!
I was also aware that Devolutions’ work environment was incredible, and it’s located in the city where I grew up. Working here was an opportunity to come back home and be part of something special.
What would you say are your top three strengths at work?
First, I’d say that I’m very efficient. I’m obsessed with automation and simplifying tasks. My colleague Laury is often surprised by the efficiency ideas I come up with. She likes to say it’s because I’m lazy!
Second, I’d say that I’m dedicated to teamwork. I believe that we accomplish a lot more when we cooperate and maintain a strong working relationship with colleagues.
Third, I’d say that I’m dedicated and always willing to help. You don’t have to ask me twice if you need me!
What tasks do you carry out in your job, and what are some of the tools you use?
My primary focus is on various accounting tasks. Since I know most of the people reading this are IT pros, I won’t go into too much detail because it might get boring!
What are your impressions of working here?
After just one week here, I feel like I’ve been part of the team for years. Devolutions is growing rapidly, and this is an incredible opportunity to be part of a beautiful adventure. It is without a doubt an enriching experience.
What goals would you like to achieve at Devolutions?
I want to establish new administrative processes that are more efficient. Administration is very important in a company, and it should not be heavy. On the contrary, it should streamline the flow of everyday operations. I want to create models, strategies and approaches that help Devolutions move forward.
On a personal note, what are some of your hobbies and interests?
I’m always open to learning new things. At home, I have a greenhouse and I breed farm animals. I’ve also taken woodworking classes and made all of the furniture in my house. In addition to this, I really like to fish, and these days I’m really into brewing beer. Actually, we have a project to develop our own microbrewery at Devolutions. Stay tuned!
Please share a few words with our community of IT pros:
IT pros do incredible and important work. You’re absolutely needed to manage all of this chaos and make it user friendly. I’ll do everything I can as part of the accounting team to help make sure your experience with us is efficient and positive.