Google CFO Patrick Pichette on being a Canadian in the Bay


Canadians are everywhere. It’s true. We’ve run the International Space Station, we’ve won gold medals, play on most NHL hockey teams, have a strong contingent of all-star baseball players, are revered around the globe and, one actually controls the purse strings for the largest and most innovative Internet startup on the planet – Google.

Patrick Pichette is from Montreal and now makes his living as the Chief Financial Officer for Google. I was able to spend a few minutes with him to talk about his journey from Canada to the United States, his views on the opportunities that Canadians have in business, and even managed to snag some advice for wandering Canadians should they choose to head south and west to California.




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About Patrick Pichette
Patrick Pichette GooglePatrick Pichette is Google’s chief financial officer. He has nearly 20 years of experience in financial operations and management in the telecommunications sector, including seven years at Bell Canada, which he joined in 2001 as executive vice president of planning and performance management. During his time at Bell Canada, he held various executive positions, including CFO from 2002 until the end of 2003, and was instrumental in the management of the most extensive communications network in Canada and its ongoing migration to a new national IP-based infrastructure. Prior to joining Bell Canada, Patrick was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was a lead member of McKinsey’s North American Telecom Practice. He also served as vice president and chief financial officer of Call-Net Enterprises Inc., a Canadian telecommunications company.

Patrick is a board member of Trudeau Foundation and Bombardier Inc., and serves as an advisor to Engineers Without Borders, Canada. Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Université du Québec à Montréal. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

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Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

  • Sebastien Lauzon

    Thx to Rob Woodbridge for getting us this awesome interview and Thx Patrick for giving some of your precious time Hey!

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