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Executive Team

Martial Hamel President, North America

Martial Hamel <span>President, North America</span>

Martial joined Sanimax in 2010 after spending twelve years in the chemicals and food ingredients industries, where he held several key positions both in sales and supply chain. Before joining us, Martial was General Sales Manager at Univar, a global industrial and specialty chemicals distributor, where he led the company’s Central Canada Region through a major turnaround. At Sanimax, Martial has led the transformation of our customer experience and supply chain operations, which was realized over a 3-year period through the implementation of major company-wide initiatives. Martial held the position of Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, until July 2018, when the Board of Directors appointed him President of Sanimax to lead the company’s North American operations. Holder of an MBA from Athabasca University, Martial was named “Supply Chain Executive of the Year” in 2017 by the Freight Management Association of Canada, in recognition of his leadership and innovative approach in the field of supply chain management.

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.

Vincent Brossard Vice President, Manufacturing operations, North America

Vincent Brossard <span>Vice President, Manufacturing operations, North America</span>

Vincent began his career with Sanimax as Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the company, but he quickly showed his interest in operations. Since 2011, Vincent has acted as attorney while gradually assuming the leadership of our Québec facilities to finally be appointed Head of our North American plants and operations.

This career path allowed Vincent to have a unique experience and understanding of the company’s management and performance. From corporate governance to manufacturing processes and the importance of sound financial management, Vincent is recognized as a result-oriented senior executive and a change agent with leadership and managerial courage who strongly advocates the development of his teams.

Prior to joining Sanimax, Vincent spent over ten years within one of the largest Canadian financial institution as Vice-President, Legal and Corporate Affairs – Communications.

François Berthiaume Vice President, Finance and Administration

François Berthiaume <span>Vice President, Finance and Administration</span>

François has nearly 25 years of experience working for companies with national or worldwide operations. Having held key positions in various industries, he joined Sanimax in early 2015, attracted by the company’s entrepreneurial profile and international presence.

Focused on improving and optimizing results and processes, François seeks to strike the right balance between strategy and fieldwork. His area of expertise includes strategic planning, management of accounting and financial operations as well as business and financial process reengineering.

Holder of a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke, he is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA, CA) and the Québec Chapter of Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada).

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

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

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.

Denis Caron Executive Vice-President – South America and Country Manager, Colombia

Denis Caron <span>Executive Vice-President – South America and Country Manager, Colombia</span>

Denis is a graduate of Université Laval in Quebec City in the field of people management. As Vice-President, People and Culture, he has worked in all areas of human resources management, where he has met significant challenges over the course of his career, including the modernization and cultural transformation of organizations, succession strategy of management teams and coaching of leaders and executives.

With a strategic and pragmatic approach, he has held executive positions with major Canadian companies such as Provigo, Loblaws and Walmart. Prior to joining Sanimax, Denis was Vice-President, People and Culture for Rona, where he held a management role in promoting leadership change strongly focused on the customer.

Sanimax is currently experiencing significant growth in South America, mainly in Brazil and most recently in Colombia with the acquisition of Agrosan. To this end, Denis currently holds the position of Vice-President – Strategic Development, Governance and Culture for all South American operations, in order to build a high-performance management team that can, with a 5-year strategic plan, support the strong growth of future years.

Terry Finn Vice-President, Supply Chain

Terry Finn <span>Vice-President, Supply Chain</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.

Éric Trudeau Vice-President, People & Culture

Éric Trudeau <span> Vice-President, People & Culture</span>

With over 25 years of experience in human resources management, Éric Trudeau focuses his work on understanding business issues and provides solutions that are aligned with corporate values and culture. Eager to promote employee professional development, he acts as a facilitator in change management, which enables him to build a partnership with managers and support the management of their teams. He pays particular attention to challenges related to recruitment, employee engagement and talent retention within the company.

Eric has held senior positions in Human Resources for various organizations, including Komatsu and General Mills. Between 2007 and 2013, he served as the Corporate Director of People & Culture at Sanimax. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Human Resources for Groupe Robert, before returning to Sanimax in 2018, where he now holds the position of Vice President, People & Culture.

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