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Simon Bouffard, President, VizStudio

Simon Bouffard has specialized in the visual simulation of land-development projects for more than 15 years. During the course of his career, he has overseen visual-simulation initiatives for major projects in both urban and regional settings. He has worked for the park, garden and green space development unit of the City of Montreal, where he carried out a number of large-scale projects. He was subsequently employed by flight-simulation system manufacturer CAE, where he honed his skills in real-time visualization technologies.

Over the years, he has become one of only a handful of land-development professionals with both practical and theoretical skills in 2D and 3D virtual-reality modelling tools. Simon has also played a key role in numerous technical feasibility studies with respect to the real-time visualization of complex 3D scenes. This research, partially funded by the National Research Council of Canada, led to the development of an advanced visual-simulation system for land-development projects marketed under the name of Foresight (see

Simon’s entrepreneurial spirit and extensive experience prompted him to help found two companies: MédiaLand (rehabilitation of industrial sites and visual simulation) and In Situ Simulation (development of 3D visual-simulation software for land-development uses). Under his guidance, both companies have seen their revenues grow steadily. He also co-ordinated a financing package for over $1 million to fund the R&D projects he supervised.

In June 2004, he established his own company, VizStudio, with a commitment to promote visual simulation as a strategic development tool for land-development projects.

Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the Université de Montréal (1990) and a postsecondary degree (DEC) in land development and urban planning from Collège de Matane (1985). He has also taken a number of specialized 2D and 3D animation courses at Montreal’s Institut de création artistique et de recherche en infographie (1997) and is about to complete a master’s-level program in geomatics at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

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