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Global Leadership

Distech Controls' innovative product development and unique commercial strategies have attracted a highly talented team of professionals who have been instrumental in the company's continued growth.


Martin Villeneuve

SVP Distributed Building Technology, Acuity Brands
President, Distech-Controls


Constant renewal of the company in relation to technology and the market, evolution of people both internally and externally, the fire that has driven Distech Controls since its creation!


  • As President of Distech Controls, Martin accompanies and guides the management team to implement effective growth and development strategies while continuing to offer innovative solutions linking the different building systems and occupants.

Over the last 19 years, Martin has played an integral role within Distech Controls. Prior to joining the company, Martin served a Controls Project Manager within the building automation industry.

What year did you start at Distech Controls?


What and where did you study?

  • HVAC Engineering DEC, Cégep Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
  • Management and International Marketing courses, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, QC

What are a few highlights from your career thus far?

  • Developed and managed several departments including Technical Support, Training, Documentation, Quality Assurance, and Product Management
  • As Vice President, leading the way into new markets for Distech Controls throughout Europe and Africa that is performed by integrating the best technology from all these markets


What does innovation mean to you?

Innovation is responding to the customer’s needs in the most efficient way possible, using cost effective technology. Constant innovation is the only way to succeed in today’s marketplace.


Where were you born?

Chicoutimi, QC, Canada


Where is your favorite place to travel?

The Mediterranean coast, the Alps, Florida


  • BACnet International
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)