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Executive team

Our Board of Directors

André Couture Chairman of the Board

André Couture <span>Chairman of the Board</span>

André has held top leadership positions for more than 25 years, leading the transformation of a single-plant renderer into the current cross border company and creating a smooth transition from second to third generation ownership. Now, as Chairman of Sanimax, he is focusing on the strategic alignment between the management, the Board of Directors and the shareholders of Sanimax. André has served in several leadership roles in the National Renderers Association and the Fats and Protein Research Foundation. He serves as a trustee at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York, from which he earned a BA in Economics, at Collège François-de-Laval and also at Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines, both in Quebec City.

Martin Couture Chief Executive Officer

Martin Couture <span>Chief Executive Officer</span>

Holding a Bachelor degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York), Martin is creative, forward-thinking and charismatic leader. He combines strong leadership skills with extensive operational experience. Since joining Sanimax in 1989, through his involvement in the Rendering and Restaurant Services units, two core sectors of the family business, Martin has gained an in-depth knowledge of the industry. Since taking the helm of the company in 2009, he has invested his efforts in modernising the operations and putting corporate values into practice. Martin was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40”, a Caldwell Partners award, in 2007, and received the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008. He is an active member of the National Renderers Association, the professional association of the rendering industry in North America, and is also deeply involved with the Young Presidents’ Organization since 2003.

Julie Couture

Julie Couture <span></span>

Julie is President of Placements Julie Couture Inc., a private holding company with interests both in rendering and commercial/residential real estate. She has served on the Board of Directors of Sanimal Inc. since 1999 and has been an active board member of other charitable organizations. Julie earned a BA in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, as well as a post-graduate degree from Ontario College of Art in Toronto.

Hani Basile

Hani Basile

Mr. Basile has extensive experience as a senior manager in the consumer goods sector. Until recently and since 2009, he was President and CEO of the Juvenile Segment at Dorel Industries Inc., overseeing many operating entities in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and South America. From 2003 to 2009, he held a number of strategic positions within that company. From 1990 to 2003, he exercised his skills on behalf of I-Tech Sport Products Inc., where he held various key management positions, notably that of Senior Vice-President and COO from 1999 to 2003.

 

Mr. Basile is a member of the Board of OPMEDIC Group Inc. (TSX: OMG). A Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Concordia University, Mr. Basile is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Geneviève Fortier

Geneviève Fortier

Ms. Geneviève Fortier is Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Government Affairs and Corporate Communications. In addition to overseeing all strategic initiatives aimed at promoting and preserving McKesson Canada’s reputation, Ms. Fortier is responsible for the strategy to represent McKesson’s interests in terms of public health policies with federal and provincial governments. She is also responsible for developing and implementing strategies and solutions to attract, develop and retain top talent within the company.

 

Since joining McKesson Canada in 2007, Ms. Fortier has also been responsible for Legal Affairs, Corporate Security and Six Sigma. Prior to joining the organization, Ms. Fortier held several executive positions in human resources, particularly at Reitmans Canada, Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. and BioChem Pharma Inc.

 

Ms. Fortier is Chair of the Board of Directors for CHU Sainte-Justine. She was President of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and, for several years, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et relations industrielles agréés du Québec.

 

Mrs. Fortier was awarded the PRIX DE L’ACADÉMIE DE LA PERFORMANCE™ for her leadership and outstanding contribution to the human resources field. The Interprofessional Council also awarded her the MÉRITE PROFESSIONNEL in 2006 for her contribution to the development and growth of the human resources profession in Quebec.

 

Ms. Fortier holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from Laval University in Quebec City.

John Meyer Jr.

John Meyer Jr.

John brings 18 years of experience in various operational and development roles at the Anamax Group. Since 1995, he has been an active member of the National Renderers Association and other industry organizations. John is the major shareholder of Rock Removal Resources LLC and Sand and Sun LLC, both of which he has participated at a senior management level. He has served on numerous board positions, both business and charitable. He is a currently serving on Pro Con – a national paper converting business, Jo to Go – a franchise coffee distributor, FVMT – a metal fabrication business. John earned a BS from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and a BA from St. Benedicts’ in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Benn Mikula

Benn Mikula

Mr. Mikula is a Partner of Cheverny, a merchant bank. He brings 19 years of experience in financial markets, most notably at J.P. Morgan in London (where he was Head of European Technology Investment Banking) and RBC Dominion Securities (where he headed technology research and was a #1 ranked analyst). He has served as Special Advisor to the Shadow Secretary of State for Homeland Security (UK parliament), President of the Acorn Society as well as on the fundraising boards of the Montreal Neurological Hospital & Institute, the Montreal Childrens’ Hospital, Heritage Montreal and the RSC. His other directorships include Mega Brands Inc. Mr. Mikula holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from McGill University.

Richard Goulet

Richard Goulet

President of Alter Ego Capital, which he co-founded in 2013, Mr. Goulet is a committed entrepreneur with a successful track record in mergers & acquisitions and portfolio management.

He started his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young in 1992. He made the leap into the industry in 1995, serving in various management positions at Bombardier. In 1997, he joined the management team of De Luxe Group, a North American leader of flexible packaging solutions for the food industry. He quickly rose to the position of President and became a major shareholder. Under his leadership, the company experienced exceptional growth, organically and through major acquisitions. Operating several manufacturing plants in Canada and in the United States, serving customers worldwide, De Luxe Group became a dominant player in the industry, recognized for its capacity to innovate and its strength on the international markets.

Mr. Goulet is a chartered accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (accounting, urban planning and real estate) from Laval University. He is also involved with the Young Presidents’ Organisation since 2008.

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