Let’s Accelerate Change!
We currently live in an era where everything is easier ─ an era marked by unprecedented technological and scientific advances. The problem is, this rate of development is not sustainable. Natural resources are no longer sufficient, and entire ecosystems are in jeopardy. If we continue this way, Earth will no longer be able to assure or sustain life. So let’s set a new course… let’s be the inspiration.
Louis Roy: President, OPTEL GROUP
Here’s My Story
I was born into a globe-trotting family of 7. My father was an agronomist with the Canadian International Development Agency, so I had the chance to live in Africa for several years and hear stories from across the globe, some great and some very sad. As a young boy, this international start brought me a very unique perspective of the world and different ways of life. The story of the Congo (then known as Zaire) was a marking one: In terms of natural resources, this is one of the richest countries in the world, but it is also one of the poorest and most exploited. Still today, life expectancy and personal income are the lowest on the planet.
All this occurred at a time when the first international conferences on the environment were taking place. And even at the tender age of 15, I felt the urgency to act and have a positive impact on the planet and on humanity.
People used to tell me: “You want to change the world? You’ve got to be kidding!” They all thought I was crazy, but every time, I replied: “What if nobody does it, what happens then?”
So day after day, I work toward this goal. It is my motivation, and it fuels my every action, decision, effort and investment. Everything changes. We just have to make sure we go in the right direction, with good intentions and for the right reasons.
As citizens of the world, we have to work together to make it a better place. We can all make a difference in our own way.