Josée Côté

When she was 17, Josée chose an unusual path for a woman, studying electronics in college, starting out as an IT technician, and creating in 1999 a consulting firm offering IT services to some leading names in Quebec – Bombardier, Cirque du soleil, Mouvement Desjardins and Banque Nationale. Josée managed the stresses of her busy life by being physically active. In 2011, at the age of 47, she had a stroke while jogging near her home in Ste-Dorothée, a suburb of Montréal. The stroke left her paralysed on the left side. With the help of intensive therapy, she defied the odds and learned to walk again. After a nearly three-year hiatus, Josée, the mother of three young adults, returned to work in March 2014. She coordinates e-commerce projects.