Farmers and processors are involved in their company

Board of
directors

Novalait is governed by six experienced administrators who represent the three groups of Novalait shareholders.

Mr Réal Gauthier

President

Administrateur des Producteurs de lait du Québec

rgauthier@lait.qc.ca

Mr. Gauthier is a shareholder in Ferme Belvache, located in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC. In addition to milk, the farm produces organic grains. While there is always work to be done, the structure of the company allows the owners to dedicate time to other organizations. After holding the position of administrator for the milk producers union in the Outaouais Laurentides region since 2005, he became president in 2006. Communication is of the utmost importance for Mr. Gauthier, who strongly believes that dairy farmers must be kept well informed of the issues that concern them. He is also interested in the general public, participates in Open House days at the farm and never misses an opportunity to share his passion for the dairy sector with the media. In addition to his involvement with Valacta, the Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault (CRSAD) and a number of other organizations, Mr. Gauthier became president of Novalait in 2015.

Mr Réal Gauthier

President

Administrateur des Producteurs de lait du Québec

rgauthier@lait.qc.ca

Mr. Gauthier is a shareholder in Ferme Belvache, located in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC. In addition to milk, the farm produces organic grains. While there is always work to be done, the structure of the company allows the owners to dedicate time to other organizations. After holding the position of administrator for the milk producers union in the Outaouais Laurentides region since 2005, he became president in 2006. Communication is of the utmost importance for Mr. Gauthier, who strongly believes that dairy farmers must be kept well informed of the issues that concern them. He is also interested in the general public, participates in Open House days at the farm and never misses an opportunity to share his passion for the dairy sector with the media. In addition to his involvement with Valacta, the Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault (CRSAD) and a number of other organizations, Mr. Gauthier became president of Novalait in 2015.

Mr Charles Langlois

Vice-president

Président-directeur général du Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec (CILQ)

charles.langlois@cilq.ca

Mr. Langlois holds a master's degree in Economics from the Université de Sherbrooke. He has always worked in the agri-food industry, beginning his career as an economist in 1989 at the Coopérative Fédérée de Québec. From 1990 to 1993, he was the Director of Economic Studies at the Lactel Group. Mr. Langlois then joined the Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec (CILQ), where he has held a number of different positions, including Director of Economic and Legal Affairs (1993–2000) and Vice-President of Economic Affairs and Procurement (2000–2014). In June 2014, he became the 4th President and General Director of the CILQ. One of his primary responsibilities is to negotiate the annual agreement regulating the marketing of dairy products in Quebec and to represent Quebec's dairy processors in national dairy product marketing agreements. He also sits on various committees and boards of directors in the dairy industry, including Novalait, the Fonds de développement de la transformation alimentaire (FDTA) and, previously, Éco Entreprises Québec and Collecte Sélective Québec.

Mr Charles Langlois

Vice-president

Président-directeur général du Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec (CILQ)

charles.langlois@cilq.ca

Mr. Langlois holds a master's degree in Economics from the Université de Sherbrooke. He has always worked in the agri-food industry, beginning his career as an economist in 1989 at the Coopérative Fédérée de Québec. From 1990 to 1993, he was the Director of Economic Studies at the Lactel Group. Mr. Langlois then joined the Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec (CILQ), where he has held a number of different positions, including Director of Economic and Legal Affairs (1993–2000) and Vice-President of Economic Affairs and Procurement (2000–2014). In June 2014, he became the 4th President and General Director of the CILQ. One of his primary responsibilities is to negotiate the annual agreement regulating the marketing of dairy products in Quebec and to represent Quebec's dairy processors in national dairy product marketing agreements. He also sits on various committees and boards of directors in the dairy industry, including Novalait, the Fonds de développement de la transformation alimentaire (FDTA) and, previously, Éco Entreprises Québec and Collecte Sélective Québec.

Mr Simon Robert

Secretary-treasurer

Directeur, relations avec les membres, Agropur coopérative

simon.robert@agropur.com

Mr. Robert was born in Compton, QC, where he was raised on his family's dairy farm. Currently a member of the Ordre des agronomes du Québec, Mr. Robert completed his bachelor's degree in agriculture at McGill University. He continued his studies at the master's level and received his master's in business administration within Quebec's university network. After accepting a position at the Agropur Dairy Cooperative in 1997, he went on to hold various positions within the department of institutional affairs and the department of member relations, of which he became director in 2008. Mr. Robert has worked as an administrator at Novalait since 2011 and served as president from 2013 to 2015.

"The training of young professionals to take over is a priority for Novalait. We ensure that a significant proportion of funds invested in projects are dedicated to it."

Mr Simon Robert

Secretary-treasurer

Directeur, relations avec les membres, Agropur coopérative

simon.robert@agropur.com

Mr. Robert was born in Compton, QC, where he was raised on his family's dairy farm. Currently a member of the Ordre des agronomes du Québec, Mr. Robert completed his bachelor's degree in agriculture at McGill University. He continued his studies at the master's level and received his master's in business administration within Quebec's university network. After accepting a position at the Agropur Dairy Cooperative in 1997, he went on to hold various positions within the department of institutional affairs and the department of member relations, of which he became director in 2008. Mr. Robert has worked as an administrator at Novalait since 2011 and served as president from 2013 to 2015.

"The training of young professionals to take over is a priority for Novalait. We ensure that a significant proportion of funds invested in projects are dedicated to it."

Mr Michel Couture

Administrator

Administrateur d’Agropur coopérative

michelcou@sympatico.ca

Mr. Couture is the owner of Ferme Coupar Inc., located in Thetford Mines, QC. Totalling 563 acres, the farm supports a 200-head dairy herd in automated loose housing, as well as a maple tree farm. In addition, Mr. Couture holds a certificate in corporate governance and has sat on the board of directors at the Agropur Dairy Cooperative since 2001. He joined the cooperative's executive committee in 2005. In addition to serving as a member of the auditing committee for 8 years, Mr. Couture currently sits on the human resources committee. He has also worked as a Novalait administrator since 2012.

"Congratulations to Novalait, an organization that fosters research for the dairy production and processsing industry in Qubec. One of the keys to success for the future."

Mr Michel Couture

Administrator

Administrateur d’Agropur coopérative

michelcou@sympatico.ca

Mr. Couture is the owner of Ferme Coupar Inc., located in Thetford Mines, QC. Totalling 563 acres, the farm supports a 200-head dairy herd in automated loose housing, as well as a maple tree farm. In addition, Mr. Couture holds a certificate in corporate governance and has sat on the board of directors at the Agropur Dairy Cooperative since 2001. He joined the cooperative's executive committee in 2005. In addition to serving as a member of the auditing committee for 8 years, Mr. Couture currently sits on the human resources committee. He has also worked as a Novalait administrator since 2012.

"Congratulations to Novalait, an organization that fosters research for the dairy production and processsing industry in Qubec. One of the keys to success for the future."

Mrs Geneviève Rainville

Administrator

Directrice de la recherche économique, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec

grainville@lait.qc.ca

Ms. Rainville holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Université Laval. She began her professional career as a management consultant for dairy producers. Since 2008, she has served as the Director of Economic Research for Producteurs de lait du Québec. Having served as a member of the board of directors at Novalait from 2009 to 2013, she began a new term in 2015.

Mrs Geneviève Rainville

Administrator

Directrice de la recherche économique, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec

grainville@lait.qc.ca

Ms. Rainville holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Université Laval. She began her professional career as a management consultant for dairy producers. Since 2008, she has served as the Director of Economic Research for Producteurs de lait du Québec. Having served as a member of the board of directors at Novalait from 2009 to 2013, she began a new term in 2015.

Mrs Carole Thibault

Administrator

Directrice des affaires publiques et gouvernementales, Danone Canada

carole.thibault@danone.com

Ms. Thibault has a background in quality assurance (École de technologie supérieure) and administration (Université du Québec à Montréal). She is currently completing a certificate in corporative governance at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS) at Université Laval. Ms. Thibault has always worked in the agri-food industry, beginning her career as a quality assurance specialist at Culinar. From 1994 to 2003, she worked as a regulatory affairs advisor and, from 2003 to 2007, she served as director of regulatory affairs for Canada, the United States and Europe at the Agri-Food Export Group. In June 2009, Ms. Thibault joined Danone as the head of the department of public and governmental affairs. Since 2013, she has focused her work on industry representation and relations in the dairy sector. She also sits on various committees and boards of directors within the dairy sector, including Novalait (since 2014), DPAC and as the president of the CILQ.

"Novalait is a unique and effective business model, a staple of the dairy research whose projects meet the priorities of industry and train the professionals of tomorrow."

Mrs Carole Thibault

Administrator

Directrice des affaires publiques et gouvernementales, Danone Canada

carole.thibault@danone.com

Ms. Thibault has a background in quality assurance (École de technologie supérieure) and administration (Université du Québec à Montréal). She is currently completing a certificate in corporative governance at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS) at Université Laval. Ms. Thibault has always worked in the agri-food industry, beginning her career as a quality assurance specialist at Culinar. From 1994 to 2003, she worked as a regulatory affairs advisor and, from 2003 to 2007, she served as director of regulatory affairs for Canada, the United States and Europe at the Agri-Food Export Group. In June 2009, Ms. Thibault joined Danone as the head of the department of public and governmental affairs. Since 2013, she has focused her work on industry representation and relations in the dairy sector. She also sits on various committees and boards of directors within the dairy sector, including Novalait (since 2014), DPAC and as the president of the CILQ.

"Novalait is a unique and effective business model, a staple of the dairy research whose projects meet the priorities of industry and train the professionals of tomorrow."

the research
council

The research council advises the board on strategic issues concerning research development and knowledge transfer. It is composed of four dairy production and processing experts and two external advisors familiar with the dairy industry, research and innovation and originating from industry-overseeing departments or any other appropriate organization.

The
committees

The steering committees

Novalait involves its shareholders in monitoring research projects through steering committees composed of knowledge users and stakeholders. The role of steering committees is to orient current research to optimize the potential benefits. The committees also examine the applications of results and investigate strategies to make them known to stakeholders in dairy farms and plants. They design adapted knowledge transfer strategies, including means of dissemination, training and scaling implemented by knowledge transfer- and innovation-oriented industry organizations.

Novalait then takes over to implement the knowledge transfer strategies through its own means of communication (capsules, articles, video, website, forum) in collaboration with its partners for training, consulting services and validation projects on farms and in plants.

Start-up committees

In addition to relying on the creativity of researchers, Novalait develops its own research initiatives, such as chairs to create new researcher positions when an expertise gap is identified. When these initiatives are being developed, committees are established to select the partner research institution, identify the desired expertise profile and design the scientific program in collaboration with the lead. The members of the committees have a thorough understanding of the strategic issues related to the initiative and have the practical and scientific knowledge necessary to orient the research.

The team

Elise Gosselin, M.Sc., agr.

CEO

egosselin@novalait.ca

Valérie Bélanger, Ph.D., agr.

Transfer officer

vbelanger@novalait.ca

20 years
of history

Producing and processing the milk of the future requires technology, knowledge and skills. A research contingent is essential to fuel innovation on the farm and at the plant. Quebec’s dairy producers and processors united under this shared vision over 20 years ago and decided to create a research investment fund and to found Novalait to manage it. The adventure continues!