Designed to showcase the great personalities of entrepreneurship, this series of In Conversation with a Leader vignettes portrays leaders impacted by an unprecedented crisis. In each interview, we look at the issues of the past few months and the challenges that await organizations.
General Manager of Patrick Morin since 2018, Michel St-Jean has over 30 years of sales, operations, customer service, marketing development and strategic planning experience.
Patrick Morin is a proud Quebec company that has been recognized as a major player in the retail, construction and renovation industry since 1960. Michel St-Jean successfully implemented objectives contributing to a 25% increase in sales in recent years, in addition to undertaking the opening of three stores and two relocations.
Jessika Roussy joined the family business Mode Choc as a purchasing assistant in 2011, then was promoted to marketing director, before becoming one of the main shareholders in 2017 with her sister Christel Roussy. Jessika has now been acting as Assistant General Manager of the banner since 2017. The two daughters of the founders officially form the family succession.
The company, which started as a small business with 6 employees in 1983, now has 11 stores and employs more than 550 people in Québec and New Brunswick.
After studying at the ITHQ, Jean-François Archambault quickly became a manager in the hotel sector. In 2002, he presented his idea of recovering food surpluses in hotels and from caterers with La Tablée des Chefs. Today, the organization feeds more than 1 million people in need each year through its food recovery program, in addition to intervening with more than 4,000 young people with its various culinary training programs, such as Les Brigades Culinaires.
In the spring of 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, he quickly orchestrated the Cuisines Solidaires project with the involvement of many industry partners to produce nearly 2 million meals to help Québec’s Food Banks.
Owner of the Auberge sous les arbres since 2014, Claudine Roy has 30 years of experience in catering. Her passion for the Gaspé region led her to found the Traversées de la Gaspésie cross-country event and has chaired this event since 2003.
Member of the Order of Canada since 2018 and Knight of the National Order of Québec, she is involved with several boards of directors, including Groupe sports scènes and the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec.
In 1986, Marc Gervais joined the Charles family following the expropriation of his parents’ family business. Until 1995, Marc gained experience both as a packer and, later, as manager of all departments in the store. In 1995, Mr. Émile Charles handed over the management of his business to his son and daughter, Marc’s wife.
In 2002, the family acquired an IGA Extra supermarket in Gatineau. In 2017, a third IGA is added to the business (Cantley), as well as their very first Shell gas station with convenience store. Today, the company has more than 375 employees, including 8 family executives, and annual sales of more than $80 million.
Barry F. Lorenzetti is an entrepreneur and business leader in the risk management and insurance brokerage industry in Canada.
Under his leadership, BFL CANADA has become a leading insurance company. The company has experienced extraordinary growth with 850 professionals in 19 cities across the country.
He has dedicated his time to community service and supporting charitable organizations for many years. He also sits on numerous boards of directors.
Richard Lachance has served as President and CEO of CAA-Québec since 2013. This organization, with some 1.3 million members, provides roadside assistance and travel services as well as travel, auto and home insurance.
A graduate of HEC Montréal, Richard is a member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Xperigo and is involved in the Oeuvre Léger’s Mission Inclusion as well as the Arion Baroque Orchestra and Forces AVENIR.
In 1985, Jean Corriveau launched his mattress company Obasan shortly after completing his university studies. Since those early days, he has made it his life’s work to research mattress and sleep product design.
Jean travelled the world in search of the best materials and suppliers for Obasan mattresses. His mission has, and always will be to create a company and culture that embody the philosophy: when you sleep well, you live well.
President and CEO of Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport, Stéphane Poirier is a corporate officer specialized in airport and airline management. A native of Quebec City, he holds an MBA from the University of Oxford in England.
Worked for 15 years to develop Calgary International Airport, in particular as Senior Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer. In Québec, he has worked as director of logistical and industrial development at Société générale de financement du Québec, director of air cargo and logistic development at Aéroports de Montréal, and regional director for Québec at BAX Global Airline, a specialized airfreight company.
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer since 2019, Nathalie Boyer contributes to the planning, coordination, performance and smooth operation of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Network Services team.
A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and graduate of HEC Montréal, Nathalie has nearly 25 years of experience in operations and financial management. Prior to joining Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, she held numerous management positions over a period of 20 years at Transat A.T., a large integrated international tourism company specializing in vacation travel.