Gilbert Paquette holds a Ph.D from the Université du Maine (FRANCE) in Artificial Intelligence and Education. Researcher at the Center for Interuniversity Research on Telelearning Applications, (CIRTA-LICEF) he has founded in 1992, Gilbert Paquette holds a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive and Educational Engineering, has acted as the Scientific Director of the LORNET Canadian research network and is a professor at Télé-université du Québec in Montreal. In 2007, he has received an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI).
He has pioneered strategic projects in the field of knowledge-based systems, instructional engineering and distance education. Recent publications include three books on technology-based learning. He has given invited conferences in many parts of the world and sits on the scientific committee for six Journals, three in France, one in the US and two in Canada. He is “fellow” of the World Technology Network, a group of international experts. He represents Canada on the Globe consortium on learning objects and sits on the scientific committee of the European networks TENCompetence and Share-TEC. He has also founded two companies and has acted as Minister for Science and Technology in the Quebec Government (1982-1984).