Michel Guitard is the Executive Director of CBDC Restigouche. Originally from Pointe-Verte, Michel moved to the Restigouche region in 1997. Before his current role, he served as General Manager of the Caisses populaires acadiennes for 15 years.
Michel received his diploma in business technology and accounting from CCNB Bathurst. He furthered his training by undergoing professional development at the Institut de Coopération Acadienne to supplement his work experience.
With Michel’s leadership, the CBDC Restigouche has achieved remarkable growth, including increasing the team from five employees to 35 employees. In that time, he has overseen many national projects as well as numerous regional, provincial, and Atlantic projects. In addition, since 2019 Michel has also managed Restigouche Family Services, which includes over 60 employees.
With over thirty years in the business world, Michel has become a well-respected figure in the Restigouche region and throughout New Brunswick. He has distinguished himself as an expert in program development, financial management, human resources, credit management, and risk management. Michel's unwavering support for entrepreneurship and extensive knowledge of labor markets and community organizations has earned him high regard in the region. He is highly skilled at identifying the needs of the region and the province and has a proven track record in creating innovative initiatives and value-added services.
Michel is dedicated to the advancement of the economy in his local, provincial, and Atlantic business communities, as evidenced by his involvement in various boards and committees. Since 2017, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, where he represents the business sector. Michel is also a great motivator for his team, actively encouraging his employees to participate in community development initiatives.
Michel has established a reputation as an innovative and skilled manager. He is known for his impressive dynamism, good-natured personality, and ability to stay up to date with emerging trends and concepts.