Top management

Michel Robert

Michel Robert

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Michel Robert has fine-tuned his expertise in transportation and logistics for nearly 30 years. His natural leadership abilities and insight-driven approach to managing the business inspires and motivates both his colleagues and his industry peers.

Michel plays an active role on a number of committees and task forces that focus on promoting the industry, improving performance and encouraging innovation.

He joined the company that represents his family’s legacy in 1991. He has held several management positions in the years since in customer service, dispatch, pricing and operations. In 2000, he was appointed Vice-President, Warehousing and Distribution. Following this, he served as Executive Vice-President until being named President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2015.

Michel is also a member of several organizations, associations, committees and study groups related to the industry. In addition to his professional activities, Michel is passionate about wine and ciders. In 2006, the Robert family acquired a magnificent estate in Rougemont and now cultivates 27 hectares of vines and 55,000 apple trees. The Vignoble et Cidrerie Coteau Rougemont presents products that deserve the highest honors.

Isabelle Robert

Isabelle Robert

Director, Business Development

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As a specialized logistics and transportation executive, Isabelle Robert has acquired her operational management experience at Groupe Robert, her family legacy. Her positive approach to leadership and noteworthy contributions to internal communications and client relations have been instrumental in promoting sound corporate management.

Isabelle started working for the company in 1997 following her studies in business administration at HEC Montréal. After serving in various capacities with the dispatch team, she took over the management of the IT department. She then moved to Client Relations, first as Director, then as Vice-President and is now continuying her role to develop our business as Director, Business Development.

Julie Robert

Julie Robert

Director, Human resources

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As a manager specialising in integration and mobilisation of human resources, Julie helped to build Groupe Robert employer brand, her family legacy. Julie has a strong sense of equity, social inclusion, safety and well-being of all Groupe Robert employees and she is actively participating to the company image by being the spokeperson in many events and associations of our Industry.

Daniel Girouard

Daniel Girouard

Chief Operating Officer

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Daniel has joined our organization in August 2022 as Chief Operating Officer, managing the operations and business development.  Daniel holds a certificate in business management from HEC-Montreal and cumulates over 25 years of experience in the Canadian warehousing, transportation, and logistics industry.

Prior to joining Groupe Robert, Daniel held the position of General Manager of the Baie D'Urfé distribution center at Martin-Brower Canada before being appointed to the position of Vice President of Canadian Operations for their distribution centers, truck and trailer fleet, quality management and sustainability development.

His previous background encompasses some years at VersaCold, Warehousing Solutions. He also worked at Socadis as Logistics Manager and held various roles at Peerless Clothing in Montreal.

Daniel is known among his peers as a person who listens and is close to his teams. His dynamic leadership will help him meet the current and future challenges of our organisation.

Jean Boisvert

Jean Boisvert

Vice-President, Human Ressources

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Jean is a human resources management specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing, petrochemical, agrifood, mass distribution and other sectors. He has been involved in every aspect of HR, including labour relations, workplace health and safety, training, compensation and staffing. He prides himself on his strong communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

Jean joined Groupe Robert in September 2018. In his previous position, he was responsible for supporting employees and managers located in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

 

Chantal Bourgeois

Chantal Bourgeois

Vice-President, Finances

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Chantal is a chartered accountant specializing in management accounting, performance management, as well as governance and strategy. Chantal has acquired, after more than 25 years of practice, valuable expertise enabling her to effectively, and above all, support development of businesses of all sizes.  Chantal has had a long career in consulting at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. In addition, she has an vast knowledge of the reality of businesses being an entrepreneur herself for many years; her company has become a model in Quebec in the poultry sector.

Chantal has the business acumen to put in place the tools and structures to enable Groupe Robert Inc. to progress. As Vice President of Finance, it is essential for her to guarantee the financial health of the company, to allow Groupe Robert to look further and create a stimulating and enriching environment for all professionals and employees.

Pierre Beaulieu

Pierre Beaulieu

Vice-President, Aerospace & Automotive Operations

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Pierre joined Groupe Robert in March 2020 as Director, Distribution Centres; he was promoted to Vice‑President of that division in May 2022. Then, with the growth of our aerospace-automotive sector, he was appointed Vice-President of Operations for this sector in March 2024.

Pierre is a dynamic, results-oriented senior manager who combines knowledge, experience and skills necessary to empower his team with a new outlook. He has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing operations and logistics supply chain management. Pierre has proven to be a skilled communicator and is able to mobilize his team in accordance with set priorities and objectives.

Over the years, Pierre has contributed to companies such as Kruger Products, Trico Evolution and Lumen.  His broad knowledge ranging from organizational health & safety to financial assets and project management represents a key asset to the business. With an LSSBB certification awarded in 2006, Pierre provides the necessary structure and guidance to achieve, control and manage targeted results.

Martin Longpré

Martin Longpré

Vice-President, Corporate Affairs

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Martin joined Groupe Robert in November 2019 where he oversees legal aspects of the company in addition to the Company's corporate business affairs.

Before joining Groupe Robert he held various positions starting as Director of Litigation and Corporate Secretary with Forest Products Alliance Inc in 1989. He then joined Air Transat as Deputy Director of Litigation in 2002. He moved to Valero Energy Inc. in 2010 as Senior Director, Legal Affairs and Risk Management while assuming the functions of Corporate Secretary as well.

In November 2013, at CST Brands, Martin moves over to operational duties as Vice President, Commercial and Residential Energy, where he is tasked with the responsibility for the bulk oil sales division's operations for industrial, commercial and residential customers. Next in 2017, he worked at Parkland Fuel Corporation as Vice-President, Eastern Canada Operations where he managed the whole operational activity of the commercial bulk petroleum products division, regrouping more than 800 employees and subcontractors. This division is the largest supplier of fuel to institutional, industrial, commercial and residential customers in Eastern Canada.

Martin holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and is also a graduate of the Cornell University's Organizational Leadership Program. Martin was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1989.

Claude Riopel

Claude Riopel

Vice-President, Transportation Operations Special Advisor

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Manager in the transportation industry for nearly 40 years, Claude is a key player in the company’s operations. Claude has now become Special Advisor to Management in sharing his vast knowledge regarding all domestic transportation activities. Leveraging his extensive knowledge of the transportation industry, primarily in fleet management and route optimization, Claude is a major contributor to the company's success and that of his successors.

Claude joined Groupe Robert in 1990 and has contributed to the growth of our company by serving as Vice President in various departments such as pricing, logistics, sales and operations.

Éric Desmarais

Éric Desmarais

Vice-President, Fleet Operations

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Eric was appointed Vice President, Fleet Operations in October 2022.  A senior bilingual executive with more than 25 years of experience in operations, logistics and distribution management in the utility and manufacturing sectors, he is responsible for assessing emerging trends in the trucking industry and guiding us in the choices of future technologies.

A mechanical engineer by trade, Eric worked closely with Groupe Robert when the blue highway was being developed, in connection with our investments in natural gas trucks.  In his career, he has also worked for innovative companies such as Goodyear and more recently Fedex.

Recognized as an energetic, inspiring, organized, and insightful leader, he uses his coaching skills to support his General Manager in running the fleet, mechanical shops and procurement for the entire company.

Jon  Chiniborch

Jon Chiniborch

Vice-President, Business Development

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Jon joined the company in February 2024.  He adds a wealth of experience and knowledge of our industry. Over the course of his career, he worked for major companies such as Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) as Vice-President of supply chain and Pival as Vice-President of sales and marketing. His career also includes nearly eight years with CN, where he held various managerial positions.

Beyond his professional commitment, Jon is actively involved with the Montréal Traffic Club, thereby demonstrating his involvement and leadership within our professional community.

Jon holds a B.A. in Economics and Marketing from Concordia University, and further enriched his skills by successfully completing the McGill University’s Lean Six Sigma GB certification.

Richard Séguin

Richard Séguin

Vice-President, Specialized Transportation

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Richard is Vice-President to our Specialized Transportation division since September 2023. He rejoined the company ranks in June 2022 as Director for that same division after an interval of a few years.

Richard’s expertise in our industry is invaluable, and together with his ability to overcome intricate issues and his talent for inspiring the focused team he has built, Richard is proving to be a valuable contributor to reaching our corporate goals.

Nick  Marandola

Nick Marandola

Vice-President, General Transportation

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Nick joined the company in April 2023 as Vice-President, General Transportation. He has been working in the transportation and logistics industry for over 20 years. He combines an inclusive leadership style with a focus on safety, employee empowerment and corporate values.

Prior to his current role, he led a team of over 300 associates at Walmart Canada, operating across their six sites in Eastern Canada. He also worked for major companies such as Sysco Canada and Tim Hortons.

Nick is currently in charge of LTL, TL, intermodal, U.S. and logistics operations, as well as customer service. He is responsible for the Québec and Ontario teams. His extensive experience in our industry is a valuable asset to the company.

Natacha Bouvier

Natacha Bouvier

Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation

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Natacha is Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation and joined the company in November 2023. She brings over 25 years’ experience in information technology including 17 years in management roles.

Natacha spent nine years as a member of the Réseau de Transport de Longueuil’s management team, overseeing information technology and intelligent transportation systems.

She also established herself at SNC-LAVALIN where she managed a team of over 85 IT professionals in an international environment, as well as for retail companies. Natacha is recognized for her congenial leadership, her thoroughness and her enthusiasm for carrying out promising and innovative projects.