Valerie Coutu wins Women in Dynamics Diversity and Inclusion Award

November 9, 2022

Hamburg, Germany, November 9, 2022 – We are delighted to announce that Valerie Coutu, JOVACO Solutions President, won the Women in Dynamics award in the Diversity and Inclusion category! Ms. Coutu received this award during the Women in Dynamics reception at Directions EMEA 2022, which is taking place from November 9 to 11 in Hamburg, Germany, to gather the global Microsoft Dynamics community.

“I’m incredibly honoured to receive this recognition,” says Ms. Coutu, whose father founded JOVACO in 1983 in Montreal, Quebec. “My father Jean-Claude is himself a pioneer as he hired a woman as our first programmer-analyst back in the 80s. It’s important for me to honour his legacy as president and work on making JOVACO a leader both on the human and technological fronts.”

The challenges of the past few years have been the opportunity for JOVACO to redefine its vision and its values. The firm put in place multiple measures to accommodate people of all backgrounds and realities, including mothers and new immigrants. As such, it puts at their disposal flexible work hours and generous social benefits, while also investing in the training of employees who show potential.

By investing in the long term, JOVACO has now been reaping the benefits of this approach. The firm was less impacted during the economic challenges of the past few years, such as the pandemic and the current labour shortage. It was able to keep all its employees on board during the pandemic, and even welcomed 14 new employees in 2021, including several immigrants. And while women are underrepresented in the IT sector, they make up 40% of JOVACO’s team and more than half its management team.

“Every day I see the positive impact of a diverse team that comprises different approaches and ways of thinking,” says Ms. Coutu. “I firmly believe that the key to our success is a strong, solid team, which is why fostering a healthy and inclusive work culture is so important. I feel incredibly lucky to benefit from the talent and skills of our team members, and I believe it’s thanks to them that JOVACO was able to stand out from such a strong roster of candidates.”

Launched this year, the Women in Dynamics awards recognize the work of Microsoft Dynamics community members. The Diversity and Inclusion award recognizes an individual or group that implemented inclusive measures to destroy barriers and improve the work experience within their firm.

About JOVACO Solutions

As a leader in business management applications, JOVACO has been the partner of choice for businesses for almost 40 years. We develop our own specialized applications to meet the needs of professional services firms and project-based organizations, and we also offer a range of services to accompany them during the various steps of their business growth. For more information, visit our website or contact us.

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