As president of Benchmark Corp, Luc Villeneuve leads a customer-first software solutions provider focused on open source technology. It offers fully integrated, multi-vendor solutions to the most respected brands in Canada. Benchmark specializes in assisting, accelerating and automating business infrastructure and application transformation with innovative solutions that reduce acquisition and integration costs. Its unique offering leverages a single, cost-effective point of accountability across multi vendors in a manner that can’t be matched by any other partner in today’s market. With more than 25 years of executive sales and management experience, Luc has built a reputation for turning businesses around by creating winning teams and collaborating with the partner ecosystem to solve the critical business challenges blocking success. After less than one year in his position at Benchmark, the company was honoured with an IT World Channel Innovation Diamond Award for their Centreon solution that bridges cloud and legacy technology. Before joining Benchmark, Luc served in executive roles at Red Hat Canada (where his team was honoured as the North America Region of the Year in 2018), McAfee, NCR, Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment, GE Capital and CNC Global. Fully bilingual in both official languages, Luc supports his community by lending his expertise to the national boards of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), the C4 Canadian Channel Chiefs Council and Ryerson’s Information Technology Management Program Advisory Council (PAC). He is passionate about gender diversity and inclusion and regularly shares his insight in the Globe and Mail Leadership Lab; discusses issues with his almost 7000 connections on LinkedIn; and hosts an annual Women + Leadership event for next generation leaders. One of his proudest moments was being chosen as a finalist for the Microsoft INSPIRE2018 Women in Technology Man of WIT Award which celebrates men who champion diversity and inclusion. Luc holds a business administration degree from Ottawa's Algonquin College and was honoured in 2019 with their Alumni Award of Distinction for Business and also nominated for a prestigious Premier’s Award. Computer Dealer News/IT World Canada honoured Luc as the #4 newsmaker of 2019, external link, which is the seventh time Luc has appeared on this impressive list of technology channel leaders. When he’s not working, he’s refining his golf handicap or doting on his granddaughter Adeline, who was born in September 2018.