The vision and experience to lead Sanimax

Executive Team

Martin Couture President and Chief Executive Officer

Martin Couture <span>President and 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.

Denis Caron Vice-President, People & Culture and Strategic Compliance

Denis Caron <span> Vice-President, People & Culture and Strategic Compliance </span>

Denis graduated in Industrial Relations from Quebec’s Laval University. As a Human Resources Executive, he has successfully taken up the challenges involved in acquisitions, change management, compensation, performance, talent management and labor relations during his career.

He has occupied key positions for large Canadian Corporations essentially in the retail industry, where he took on various Human Resources responsibilities. Before joining Sanimax, Denis was Senior Vice-President, People and Culture for Rona Inc. where he played a leadership role in fostering Leadership change with a strong customer focus. He was also Executive Director for Walmart Canada.

Michael Carlson Vice-President, Sales, Proteins, Fats & Oils

Michael Carlson <span>Vice-President, Sales, Proteins, Fats & Oils </span>

Michael Carlson is based in Green Bay and began his career with Sanimax in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and has been trading cash commodities for over 25 years. Michael’s role with Sanimax is in leading the Sales team for internally produced, finished rendered products as well as related third party products. Prior to Sanimax, Mike was with US Commodities located in Minneapolis, MN, and also with Tysons (IBP) located in Dakota City, NE.

Terry Finn Vice-President, Procurement, Canada

Terry Finn <span>Vice-President, Procurement, Canada</span>

Terry’s successful sales career began at H.J. Heinz, where he moved up the ranks from Sales Representative to National Sales Manager in just ten years. More recently, he served as Vice-President of marketing and sales for Vidéotron, a leading Quebec telecommunications company. Terry focuses on building solid teams and developing strong, long-lasting relationships with his customers. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Montreal’s École des Haute Études Commerciales.

Brandon Foley Vice-President, Procurement - U.S.

Brandon Foley <span>Vice-President, Procurement - U.S.</span>

For over 15 years Brandon has built his vast global sales experience, starting his career with Canada’s largest food processing company – Maple Leaf Foods, in Toronto, Canada. He has held various management positions and has overseen foreign offices in Korea and Hong Kong. Brandon joined Sanimax in 2006 in Green Bay, WI and currently based in South St. Paul, MN. Brandon currently serves on the Governing Board of the National Biodiesel Board based in Jefferson City, MO. He also served as the Vice-Chairman of the United States Hide, Skin and Leather Association (a member of AMI American Meat Institute). Brandon is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Brandon is family man first, and when not attending to family business he has a great passion for sports of all kinds, with running and hockey being his two leading sports.

Tim Guzek Vice-President, Procurement, Strategic Accounts

Tim Guzek <span>Vice-President, Procurement, Strategic Accounts</span>

A team leader with more than 25 years of experience in the rendering business, Tim believes in valuing relationships and providing excellent customer service. Since joining Anamax, one of our predecessor companies, in 1996, he has contributed to our success in a number of senior positions. Tim currently serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Agribusiness Council, sits on two committees of the National Renderers Association, and is active in several charities. He holds a degree in Business Management.

Eric Martin Vice-President, Information Systems & Business Processes

Eric Martin <span>Vice-President, Information Systems & Business Processes </span>

Eric has worked in several industries over the last 25 years and more than 10 years as Vice-President / Chief Information Officer. He has spent most of his career in manufacturing environments, in majority in the agri-food industry. He also worked in the fast-paced technology sector, in the energy industry, as a consultant, both independently and with one of the “big five”, and finally in the engineering and construction area. Eric prides himself in establishing competent, rigorous, fact-based and constructive organizations that are geared toward delivering agile, tangible and sustainable business results. Over his career, he has lead with success multiple ERP and other large systems and processes implementations. Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University of Sherbrooke and has acquired a vast professional knowledge through specialized educational programs, including Six Sigma and various leadership courses.

Martial Hamel Vice President, Supply Chain

Martial Hamel <span>Vice President, Supply Chain</span>

Martial brings 13 years of expertise in the distribution and marketing of food ingredients, commodities and specialty chemicals. More recently, he acted as General Sales Manager for Univar, a global leader in the chemical distribution industry where he led a major and successful team turnaround. Martial has natural leadership skills, focuses on developing great partnerships and values ethical business relationships. Martial is currently pursuing his MBA at Athabasca University.

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