Luc Villeneuve


Benchmark Corp.

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. 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 7,000 followers on LinkedIn; and hosts an annual Women + Leadership event for next generation leaders. Last year’s keynote was Mpumi Nobiva, a protégé of Oprah Winfrey and one of the first graduates of Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. 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, which is the seventh time Luc has appeared on this impressive list of technology channel leaders.


It Takes A Village: The role of allies in real inclusion

05/11/2020 13.30 - 14.10

FWD50 in the MixChannel 5Breakout session

The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in awareness around diversity and inclusion. Under-represented groups are finding a voice in the public square and the boardroom. But it’s just the beginning.

It’s not enough to give everyone a seat at the table. Often, those who are at a disadvantage have to advocate for themselves—placing additional burdens atop their already heavy... read more

Policy Ignite + FWD50 Topic Rooms

05/11/2020 16.30 - 17.30

Topic RoomFWD50 Topic RoomsTopic room

An opportunity for open dialogue around relevant themes. The FWD50 Topic rooms bring the conversation to our attendees. Each room will be hosted by curated experts, promoting open, collaborative and productive conversations around pre-determined themes. Pick the theme that’s of interest to you and start talking!