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MISSION

To ensure, through its leadership, knowledge and investments  in research, the development and promotion of knowledge to stimulate innovation and foster the sustainable growth of Quebec’s dairy industry.

Board of
directors

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

Mr Charles Langlois

Secretary-Tresaurer

CEO of 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

Secretary-Tresaurer

CEO of 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 David Poulin

Vice-President

Director, Les Producteurs de laits du Québec

dpoulin@lait.qc.ca

Mr. Poulin is co-owner of Ferme Davico Inc. with his brother and his son who recently joined. The farm is located in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce and has been in the family since 1967. The Poulin family produces milk, pork and maple syrup. Mr. Poulin has been involved in the UPA for nearly 20 years in various positions. He is a founding member of the CUMA Petite montagne and has been president for 15 years. He is also a director of the Chaudière-Appalaches Sud regional milk producers' council since 2017 and president since 2021. His goal is to collaborate in the evolution of dairy products to meet the current and future needs of Quebec consumers.

Mr David Poulin

Vice-President

Director, Les Producteurs de laits du Québec

dpoulin@lait.qc.ca

Mr. Poulin is co-owner of Ferme Davico Inc. with his brother and his son who recently joined. The farm is located in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce and has been in the family since 1967. The Poulin family produces milk, pork and maple syrup. Mr. Poulin has been involved in the UPA for nearly 20 years in various positions. He is a founding member of the CUMA Petite montagne and has been president for 15 years. He is also a director of the Chaudière-Appalaches Sud regional milk producers' council since 2017 and president since 2021. His goal is to collaborate in the evolution of dairy products to meet the current and future needs of Quebec consumers.

Mr Alex Berthiaume

Administrator

Director of Agropur Dairy cooperative

alex.berthiaume@agropur.com

Mr. Berthiaume is co-owner, with his brother, of the family businesses located in St-Elzéar in Beauce. They operate a dairy production (120 kilos of quota), maple syrup production (2000 taps), pork production (1000 hogs) and poultry production (2600 m2 of quota). Agriculture has been in the family for several generations. Graduated as an agricultural technician in 2010 followed by the title of agro-economist from Laval University in 2013, Mr. Berthiaume has always been involved in the agricultural world. He has been an administrator for the next generation of farmers at the Centre régional d’établissement agricole and the Réseau Agri-Conseil of Chaudière Appalaches. He was the 2nd vice-president of the Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec. He joined the board of directors of Agropur cooperative in February 2020 and in February 2022 he joined the board of directors of Novalait.

Mr Alex Berthiaume

Administrator

Director of Agropur Dairy cooperative

alex.berthiaume@agropur.com

Mr. Berthiaume is co-owner, with his brother, of the family businesses located in St-Elzéar in Beauce. They operate a dairy production (120 kilos of quota), maple syrup production (2000 taps), pork production (1000 hogs) and poultry production (2600 m2 of quota). Agriculture has been in the family for several generations. Graduated as an agricultural technician in 2010 followed by the title of agro-economist from Laval University in 2013, Mr. Berthiaume has always been involved in the agricultural world. He has been an administrator for the next generation of farmers at the Centre régional d’établissement agricole and the Réseau Agri-Conseil of Chaudière Appalaches. He was the 2nd vice-president of the Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec. He joined the board of directors of Agropur cooperative in February 2020 and in February 2022 he joined the board of directors of Novalait.

Ms Claudine Martel

Director

Director of Government and Industry Relations, Agropur Dairy cooperative

claudine.martel@agropur.com

Ms. Martel has a degree in bio-agronomy from Laval University. During her career, she has held various positions of responsibility, including Director of R&D in medicinal plants, General Manager of the Conseil des productions végétales du Québec and various management positions within the UPA, including Director of Marketing and General Manager of Specialized Production. Ms. Martel joined Agropur in 2003 and, as Director of Government and Industry Relations, she is specifically responsible for negotiating the Transportation and Milk Marketing Agreements for the Cooperative. Ms. Martel represents Agropur on various national and provincial dairy committees. Ms. Martel has been appointed to the boards of directors of the Ontario Dairy Council and the Western Dairy Council and since 2021 at Novalait.

Ms Claudine Martel

Director

Director of Government and Industry Relations, Agropur Dairy cooperative

claudine.martel@agropur.com

Ms. Martel has a degree in bio-agronomy from Laval University. During her career, she has held various positions of responsibility, including Director of R&D in medicinal plants, General Manager of the Conseil des productions végétales du Québec and various management positions within the UPA, including Director of Marketing and General Manager of Specialized Production. Ms. Martel joined Agropur in 2003 and, as Director of Government and Industry Relations, she is specifically responsible for negotiating the Transportation and Milk Marketing Agreements for the Cooperative. Ms. Martel represents Agropur on various national and provincial dairy committees. Ms. Martel has been appointed to the boards of directors of the Ontario Dairy Council and the Western Dairy Council and since 2021 at Novalait.

Mrs Chantal Fleury

Director

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

cfleury@lait.qc.ca

After growing up on a dairy farm in Centre-du-Québec, Ms. Fleury completed a bachelor's degree in animal science from McGill University. She worked 6 years for the Artificial Insemination Center of Quebec (CIAQ) as service development manager. She has been working for Les producteurs de lait du Québec since 2013 as an agronomy advisor and most recently, assistant-director of economic research.

Mrs Chantal Fleury

Director

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

cfleury@lait.qc.ca

After growing up on a dairy farm in Centre-du-Québec, Ms. Fleury completed a bachelor's degree in animal science from McGill University. She worked 6 years for the Artificial Insemination Center of Quebec (CIAQ) as service development manager. She has been working for Les producteurs de lait du Québec since 2013 as an agronomy advisor and most recently, assistant-director of economic research.

Mr Jean-Marc Bertrand

Director

Milk/Dairy Procurement, Danone

jean-Marc.BERTRAND@danone.com

Mr. Bertrand holds a bachelor's degree in food science from Laval University. He has always worked in the agri-food sector, starting his career at Kraft Canada in various roles in manufacturing, quality, innovation and continuous improvement. He was subsequently appointed to Danone Canada as Procurement Director. He also sits on various committees and boards of directors of the dairy sector, including Novalait and the Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec.

Mr Jean-Marc Bertrand

Director

Milk/Dairy Procurement, Danone

jean-Marc.BERTRAND@danone.com

Mr. Bertrand holds a bachelor's degree in food science from Laval University. He has always worked in the agri-food sector, starting his career at Kraft Canada in various roles in manufacturing, quality, innovation and continuous improvement. He was subsequently appointed to Danone Canada as Procurement Director. He also sits on various committees and boards of directors of the dairy sector, including Novalait and the Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec.

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