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Managing odour near our transformation sites

Sanimax Verchères Plant

As a company specialized in rendering, Sanimax’s operations do not generate odours but rather eliminates them thanks to transformation processes. However, the transportation of organic matter to our facilities can sometimes be accompanied by odours, especially during heatwaves. We take this matter very seriously, taking concrete day-to-day measures to limit the impact of our operations on the everyday lives of those residing close to our transformation facilities.

Logistical adjustments adapted to each of our facilities along with the implementation of a state-of-the-art logistics system, the addition of processes automation, the improvement of our artificial intelligence, and targeted investments help improve the overall performance and stability of our operations. In concrete terms, these improvements allow us to deal with fewer unforeseen circumstances and thus work faster, all of which reduce the risk of odours.

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Our transformation tools for continuous improvement

Multiple factors can account for the presence of odours close to Sanimax’s transformation sites, some of which are beyond our control. Nonetheless, we continuously commission internal and external research studies in order to determine which factors potentially lead to odours and find solutions to correct the situation. Our meaningful investments toward reducing these negative effects have produced results, especially since 2019.

Our approach relies on the 3 following pillars:

Major investments to reduce odours and increase factory efficiency:  increased efficiency leads to fewer delays and less odour.

Open and proactive communication with the surrounding community.

Changes in logistics and work practices, especially:

  • Schedule and transportation optimization.
  • Optimization approach inspired by lean manufacturing.
  • Increased reliance on business intelligence and data.

Equipment modernization

  • We now operate the air emission control systems on our silos and chimneys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the summer months.
  • In 2021, we launched an air capture pilot project on a finished product silo.
  • We installed an air collection system in the chicken feather processing department, identified last year as a source of odours.
  • We installed an air barrier system in the feather processing department to prevent odour circulation when the door is opened.
  • We operate our mist park 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the summer months, thus neutralizing odours on-site and in neighbouring communities.

Improved operation management

Our production, maintenance and servicing schedules have been identified in the past as potential sources of odours. Indeed, technical issues can lead to processing delays, which, in turn, can generate odours. To ensure that our operations remain seamless, we have:

  • Revised the management of our weekly start-up process (conducted and planned maintenance).
  • Revised management practices related to plant maintenance (preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, and more).
  • Implemented artificial intelligence and automation tools (real-time reading of environmental parameters related to operations and alert systems).

Transportation optimization

Unprocessed organic matter transported by truck to our facilities are a source of odours. For this reason, shipments must be unloaded as quickly as possible following their arrival. With this in mind, we have, through various measures, successfully reduced wait times from 8hrs in 2019 to 1,5hrs in 2020. Today, our continued efforts are backed by additional concrete actions, such as:  

  • Installing tarps on all Sanimax trailers at our Montréal plant
  • Increasing truck maintenance (damaged tarps and potential leaks)
  • Increasing the cleaning frequency of trucks and trailers
  • Installing anti-spill grates on all trailers

External analysis carried out by an impartial firm

In Lévis, the warm summer of 2021 coupled with strikes in the agri-food sector has negatively impacted our transformation sites. These circumstances have prompted us to hire an external firm to assess each report.

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, the firm in charge of assessing the situation will look at the connections between those reports and some of our operations.

Increase the electrical robustness of our Montréal plant

By the end of 2021, we will finalize the replacement of our Montréal power substation, significantly increasing our plant’s electrical reliability.  

This represents an important upgrade, as blackouts considerably impact not only our daily activities but also those of our neighbours.

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Paul Beauchamp

Paul Beauchamp joined the Olymel executive team in 2000 and currently holds the position of First Vice President. In this capacity, he is responsible for supply in the hog and poultry sectors, is also in charge of corporate affairs, communications and public affairs, and acts as the company’s spokesperson. He is also directly involved in decisions about acquisitions, mergers, partnerships and business strategy.

Mr. Beauchamp previously served as Secretary and Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Lactel from 1996 to 2000, and as Director of Public Affairs for the Coopérative Fédérée de Québec from 1992 to 1996. He also worked for the Government of Quebec from 1985 to 1992 as Chief of Staff to the Ministers of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as well as the Minister of Education.

Paul Beauchamp is a graduate of Laval University, where he studied law and economics. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1986.

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 in 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.

Robert Coallier

Chairman of the Board

The Board of Directors of Sanimax is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Robert Coallier as its Chairman.

Mr. Coallier has enjoyed an illustrious and diversified business career holding executive positions at several leading businesses such as La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Vice President Investments), C-MAC Industries (Vice President and Chief Financial Officer), Molson Coors (Vice-President Executive Development and Global Affairs) and Dollarama (Chief Financial Officer), after which in 2012 Mr. Coallier joined Agropur as its Chief Executive Officer, a position he held up until 2019. Mr. Coallier sits on the Board of Directors of Stella-Jones and has been the recipient of several industry awards and honours.

Geneviève Fortier

Chair of the governance and human resources committee

Mrs. Geneviève Fortier, Fellow CHRP is Chief Executive Officer at Promutuel Insurance. In this role, she directs the fate of the organization, comprised of 2 000 employees regrouped in the 16 Mutualist Societies and its Shared Services Center; all being engaged to deploy our unique offerings to our 630 000 insured members.

She is also a Corporate Director. She is a Board Director at Sanimax where she chairs the Governance, Human Resources and Environment Committee. She recently joined the Group Germain Board or Directors, where she is equally chairing the Governance and Human Resources Committee.

Throughout her career, Genevieve successfully lead several portfolios of responsibilities at SSQ Insurance, McKesson, Reitmans, Merck and BioChem Pharma. Recognized for her strategic mindset, focus on customers and results-orientation, Genevieve is an inspiring leader, capable of mobilizing teams through clarity, empowerment and commitment.

Experienced Corporate Director, she chaired the Board of Directors for the CHUM between 2015-2019 and was a Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association Board Director in 2014-2016. She Chaired the Board of Directors at CHU Ste-Justine in 2011-2018 while being on this Board between 2007-2018. In 2004-2005 Ms. Fortier Chaired the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and from 2000-2004 she Chaired the Board of Directors for the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et relations industrielles agréés du Québec.

Geneviève is a Leader of L’Effet A, an innovative program offering women concrete tools to propel their professional ambition and accelerate the development of their potential and she recently co-chaired the Major Fundraising Campaign (11 M$) for FitSpirit, aiming at engaging the 12-17 teenager girls to move.

Award-Winner of numerous prizes throughout her career, Genevieve has notably been recognized as one of the Top 5 Canadian Influential Women in Human Resources and Diversity in 2017, was a Finalist for the 2015 Alpha Business Personality of the Year and the Business Women in Québec Winner for Large Corporations in 2014. Mrs. Fortier holds a Bachelor and a Master degrees in Industrial Relations from Laval University in Quebec City.

Hani Basile

Chairman of the financial audit and verification committee

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, he is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant

André Couture

Chairman Emeritus

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 patrimoineculturel des Augustines, both in Quebec City.

Julie Couture

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.

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 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.

Martial Hamel

President, North America

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.

Réjean Nadeau

Réjean Nadeau a consacré sa vie professionnelle au secteur de la transformation agroalimentaire. Nourrir le monde aurait pu être sa devise dès le début de sa carrière. Détenteur de deux baccalauréats de l’Université Laval, l’un en pédagogie et l’autre en relations industrielles, Réjean Nadeau se joint à La Coop fédérée dès 1976.

Visionnaire et innovateur, Réjean Nadeau a toujours lancé de grands chantiers. C’est ainsi qu’il crée Unidindon, plus importante entreprise canadienne du secteur du dindon, avec Exceldor comme partenaire. Il regroupe les activités des secteurs porc et volaille de La Coop fédérée sous la filiale Olymel. Il procède à l’acquisition de la plus importante usine canadienne de transformation de porc à Red Deer, en Alberta. Il réalise la fusion d’Olymel avec Supraliment, division des viandes du Groupe Brochu, ajoutant aux marques Olymel et Flamingo celle des célèbres charcuteries Lafleur. Il met en œuvre un partenariat d’affaires avec Westco, producteur de volailles du Nouveau-Brunswick, pour la construction de l’usine d’abattage et de découpe de poulets Sunnymel, desservant les Maritimes. Il acquiert le deuxième plus important producteur de porcs du pays, Big Sky Farms de Saskatchewan, afin de garantir les approvisionnements d’Olymel dans l’Ouest canadien.

Au Québec, au cours des dernières années, il conclut des partenariats importants dans le secteur du porc frais avec ATRAHAN Transformation Inc., ainsi qu’avec le Groupe Robitaille dans Lucyporc. Sous sa direction, Olymel a aussi procédé à plusieurs acquisitions dont celles de La Fernandière en 2016, de Pinty’s Delicious Foods et des Aliments Triomphe Inc. en 2018, ainsi que de l’ensemble des activités porcines de F. Ménard en 2020.

En moins de vingt ans, Réjean Nadeau a été responsable d’une expansion qui a permis à Olymel d’être active au Québec, en Ontario, au Nouveau-Brunswick, en Saskatchewan et en Alberta. Sous sa direction, Olymel n’a jamais cessé de se moderniser, de valoriser ses produits, d’innover dans ses façons de faire et de répondre aux attentes des clients et des consommateurs.

Il a siégé à plusieurs conseils d’administration et s’est également impliqué auprès de nombreuses œuvres de charité. C’est aussi sous sa direction que l’entreprise a remporté de nombreux prix, tant pour ses produits et l’originalité de leur mise en marché que pour sa gestion des ressources humaines. En novembre 2013, Réjean Nadeau s’est vu attribuer l’honneur d’accéder au Temple de la renommée de l’Association des détaillants en alimentation (ADA) pour l’ensemble de sa carrière. En 2016, Réjean Nadeau a également reçu le Prix Hommage Grand Bâtisseur Desjardins pour ses qualités d’entrepreneur et de leader du secteur de la transformation agroalimentaire.

Vincent Brossard

Vice President, Manufacturing operations, North America

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 an 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.

Éric Trudeau

Vice President, People & Culture

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.

Michael Carlson

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 and also with Tysons (IBP) located in Dakota City.

Denis Caron

Executive Vice President, Colombia

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, North America

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.

François Berthiaume

Vice President, Finance and Administration

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).

Martin Couture

Chief Executive Officer

Holding a Bachelor degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, Martin is a 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 modernizing 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.