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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 Michel Couture

President

Director of Agropur coopérative laitière

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

President

Director of Agropur coopérative laitière

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 Yvan Bastien

Vice-President

Director, Les Producteurs de laits du Québec

ybastien@lait.qc.ca

Mr. Bastien is the owner of the GeoBastien Farm, located in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines (north of Montreal), which has been in existence since 1965. Co-owner since 1993, he becomes the principal owner in 2008. With a surface area of 95 hectares, the farm has a dairy herd of about fifty dairy cows in tie-stall barn. Mr. Bastien has a bachelor's degree in agronomy and a great interest in research and development of the dairy sector. He has been involved for a long time with the local UPA union and the Holstein Club. He joined the Board of directors of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec in 2018. In May 2019, he joined the Novalait’s Board of directors too.

Mr Yvan Bastien

Vice-President

Director, Les Producteurs de laits du Québec

ybastien@lait.qc.ca

Mr. Bastien is the owner of the GeoBastien Farm, located in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines (north of Montreal), which has been in existence since 1965. Co-owner since 1993, he becomes the principal owner in 2008. With a surface area of 95 hectares, the farm has a dairy herd of about fifty dairy cows in tie-stall barn. Mr. Bastien has a bachelor's degree in agronomy and a great interest in research and development of the dairy sector. He has been involved for a long time with the local UPA union and the Holstein Club. He joined the Board of directors of Les Producteurs de lait du Québec in 2018. In May 2019, he joined the Novalait’s Board of directors too.

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 Simon Robert

Director

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

Director

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."

Mrs Geneviève Rainville

Director

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

Director

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 Dominique Mathieu

Director

Directrice d'usine, The J.M. Smucker Company

dominique.mathieu@jmsmucker.com

Ms. Mathieu holds a technical diploma in dietetics and a certificate in food safety. For several years, she worked in the meat production sector at Olymel. She was responsible for insurance and quality control. When she started working for J. M. Smucker, she was also responsible for quality. Since 2014, she is the general manager of the plant. She also is a member of the CILQ's board of directors since 2015. In 2019, she adds to her involvement her role as administrator of Novalait.

Mrs Dominique Mathieu

Director

Directrice d'usine, The J.M. Smucker Company

dominique.mathieu@jmsmucker.com

Ms. Mathieu holds a technical diploma in dietetics and a certificate in food safety. For several years, she worked in the meat production sector at Olymel. She was responsible for insurance and quality control. When she started working for J. M. Smucker, she was also responsible for quality. Since 2014, she is the general manager of the plant. She also is a member of the CILQ's board of directors since 2015. In 2019, she adds to her involvement her role as administrator of Novalait.

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