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Twenty-five years ago, Nelson started his first business. He learned a lot from suppliers and clients around the globe. He then jumped into the Internet world in the 90's to help companies with marketing. Early adopters, we say. Came technology transfer and research soon. He then started and managed a tech transfer center to boost business innovation and create in-depth learning initiatives. 

"This is where my passion for innovation began. Learning the concepts and at the same time in an MBA program. It gave me a deeper understanding of an idea, clients, research, Financials, partners, HR, product, sales, and marketing. Each part is in sync. This whole process is what we call the innovation process."

He supports organizations and SME in their goal to start, grow and have an impact on our society.

His experience shows acumen in management, online and offline marketing automation, sales, human resources, partnering, and innovation. He taught marketing, entrepreneurship, human resources, eCommerce and management at the college and university levels in Canada. He also gave training in organizational settings and online.

"I give clients my life. Because of my experience, skills, and knowledge, I can see in their business where is the weakest link. Sometimes we look at online sales, but we discover that management and processes need a fix."

Nelson also helps parents and children non-profit organizations. He wants Canadian sick children to have access to phase 1 clinical trials, even though they are outside of their province of residence. He wishes to change laws for parents who lose a child under 18 years old. Parents must have a job-protected time off to enable them to heal emotionally, mentally and perhaps even physically and then return to the workplace to give back to society. More, parents must have access to employment insurance to recover and come back stronger.

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Radio-Canada Interview - French

Cantley father calls for better job protection for grieving parents | CBC News June 2018


A Cantley, Que., father says a proposal to amend Quebec's labour law doesn't go far enough when it comes to protecting the jobs of parents who are grieving the death of a child.

Nelson Picard's son Willem, 12, was diagnosed with a brain tumour four years ago. The two have been travelling back and forth to Toronto where Willem has been undergoing an experimental treatment.

While the boy has been responding well to the treatment, Picard said he's seen other parents who've had to cope with the death of a child.

"When you have a child dying, you're not there. You cannot do anything. You cannot work," he said.

Picard is advocating for bereavement leave of up to two years for parents whose children have died due to illness.

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The Quebec government has proposed a bill to broaden parents' access to bereavement leave, but Picard and other advocates are concerned it could be interpreted to deny benefits to some.

Leucan, an organization that supports children who have cancer and their families, are backing Picard's cause.

"The way the law is currently written, it really implies that the provision is limited to deaths linked to suicide, to a kidnapping or a criminal act," said Pascale Bouchard, Leucan's director general.

Nelson Picard, left, and his son Willem. (Nelson Picard)

A statement from Quebec's Ministry of Labour said the proposed change to the law would allow a parent to take a 104-week leave of absence and return to their position regardless of the circumstances of the death of their child.

Picard and Bouchard said Quebec could use Ontario's legislation, which explicitly includes parents whose children have died of disease, as a model.

Jonathan's law

Vince Leitao was part of the push for Ontario to adopt a similar law in 2016 after the death of his 16-year-old son Jonathan.

"His wish was to help other kids who were going through similar situation," he said. "When he realized he could not do that he asked me if I could, I made a promise to him that I would."

Vince Leitao advocated for bereavement leave for parents after the death of his 16-year-old son, Jonathan. (CBC)

Leitao said it was unfair that parents were only covered by bereavement leave if their child's death was linked to a criminal act.

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He said parents are often too shattered after the death of their child to become advocates.

"These bereaved parents have been shattered by the death of their child. It's not their fault, but we need to support them," he said.

"It definitely requires time, requires protection, you don't need additional pressure of possibility of losing your job. That's what we need to protect against."

Leitao said the next step should be to provide financial support to bereaved parents.

The federal government recently increased financial support and extended the eligibility period for parents of missing and murdered children.


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