An entrepreneur at heart, Déodat founded his first company in 1995.
Already used to thinking outside the box, he then registered a numbered company in Quebec and became the youngest independent trader on floor of the Montreal Stock Exchange trading via technical analysis his own portfolio of options on securities contracts and equities. At the time, love-money from his grand-father got him started.
It was basically day-trading roughly two years before the online craze started, when Compuserve and AOL were still the mainstream internet gateways, when fast computers were 486 and early Pentiums and where IBM dual color black & green screens were still prevalent on the Montreal Exchange Floor. To this day, he still remembers the excitement of everyone when the first 32 colors quote screens arrived on the floor! The pace of the world has changed, but not the value of delivering innovation. His excitement to discover new cutting edge technologies never waned.
A turning point however occurred in 1996 as he still remembers one key conversation with Jacques B., a long time seat holder of the exchange at the time, who asked him bluntly:
"What are you doing here? Shouldn't you be getting your ass kicked in the corporate world to learn what real professional life is about? You have a degree, go use it and learn real life, real politics and get real experience. Don't stay here, this floor will close one day, and then what if this is all you ever known?"
Déodat subsequently had a long stable 20 years period employed in the corporate world. But what is clearer today....his entrepreneurial roots definitely always stayed with him.