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Air Liquide's "Operation Seduction" at Polytechnique

On October 31, the Air Liquide Canada Operation Seduction special squad, made of Bertrand Masselot, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sébastien Boden, Vice-President, Metal Fabrication, Sylvie Voyer, Vice-President, HR and Communications and Christyne Turcot, Director, Talent and Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, had invited students from different levels and fields of study at Polytechnique to express themselves, through social media, in a competition on a highly topical subject: the role of hydrogen in various aspects of the energy transition.

The purpose of the operation is to raise Air Liquide's profile among the next generation and possibly attract the best talent. The grand prize? Live an "Air Liquidian" experience, i.e. spend a full day in our ranks, be introduced to our reality through some of our projects and other daily initiatives. 

The competition

Quickly, with the help of our partner Poly-Monde, six teams of four students registered for the competition, which took place in four stages:

A few days before the competition Reading of a document from the Hydrogen Council, initiated by Air Liquide in 2017). 
On D-Day: short presentation
of Air Liquide by Bertrand Masselot
Then ...

Teamwork for 90 minutes to:

  • define recommendations on the potential of hydrogen in a Quebec environment ;
  • more generally, identify development options for a profitable contribution to the establishment of low-carbon economy.
And finally ...

Presentation by each team to a panel made of the Air Liquide squad members and one student.


After evaluating the presentations on 13 criteria, the top three teams were subsequently announced during a networking event. The judges were favourably impressed by the bright intelligence, innovative spirit and spontaneity of the students.

And the winners are....

This is how we will have the pleasure of welcoming at the beginning of 2020 the winning team made up (in the order shown in the photo) of Olivier Gazil, Caroline Safi, Florence Ravary-Berger and Francis Guay, accompanied here by Bertrand Masselot, Sylvie Voyer and Sébastien Hally, student organiser.