President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
Director, Business Development
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.
Director, Human resources
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.
Vice-President, Human Ressources
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 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.
Vice-President, Business Development
Gilbert Duquette is a seasoned manager with upwards of 30 years of experience in logistics and transportation. His leadership and people skills are greatly appreciated by both the people on his team and the clients he does business with.
Gilbert has been with Groupe Robert since 1987, after close to a decade of running his own transportation company. He began as Regional Manager, Sales and Operations, and gradually touched on various other facets of the company as he took on positions of increasing responsibility in sales, operations and business development.
Deputy to the President
Proven manager, with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Rejean has built his career primarily at Provigo, holding various positions that allowed him to climb the ladder until he is entrusted with the General Management of the Fresh Products division for the Quebec territory.
In 2004, he joins Groupe Robert as Vice President, Distribution Center Operations. He will take a short retirement in 2017 to before returning to the organization in May 2019 as Assistant to the President with the main objective of optimizing some of the company's operations.
Vice-President, Distribution Centres
Louis-Philippe has over 15 years of experience in supply chain management. His knack for finding solutions to improve logistics efficiency for Groupe Robert’s clients has greatly contributed to the organization’s growth.
Louis-Philippe joined the Groupe Robert team in 2000 as Manager, Logistics and Continuous Improvement. He was later put in charge of the company’s distribution centres, eventually rising to the position of Vice-President, Distribution Centres, in 2017. Earlier in his career, he worked in distribution centre management for Richelieu Hardware and Provigo.
Vice-President, Public Affairs and Special Advisor, Public & Government Relations
Jean-Robert Lessard began his career at Ultramar in 1964 as a representative and supervisor for Northwestern Quebec and Ontario. In 1975, he accepted the position of Project Director for the Groupe Brazeau (Transportation) for distribution in the James Bay hydroelectric project. In 1980, he moved to Vancouver to become General Manager of Cross Canada Carriers Corporation, a division of Groupe Brazeau.
He joined Groupe Robert in 1984 as Vice President of Operations and took the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing in 1989 until 2004. Subsequently, he held the position of Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs and, since 2012, has been Vice President, Corporate Affairs.
Guest speaker and panelist at several conferences on the Canadian supply chain Industry, Jean-Robert is very involved in the Quebec business community.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
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.
Vice-President, General Transport
Prior to Luc starting his career at Groupe Robert in 2005, he worked for Linen Chest and Provigo’s distribution centers in a supervisory capacity. He then joined Groupe Robert Inc. in 2005 as Operations Supervisor for our distribution centers. Over the years, Luc has been a key player in our numerous new warehouse start-ups and has steadily worked his way up to more senior positions. His achievements have contributed to him acquiring a solid knowledge in specialized fields such as aerospace, automotive and oversize loads industries, mainly for our dedicated customer-base.
His experience also led him to oversee the management of smaller fleets in our warehouses located on the outskirts of the metropolitan region. Given his proven track record and successes, Senior Management at Robert felt confident Luc was ready for new challenges and hence promoted him to Vice President of General Transportation after his 15 years career thus far.
Vice-President, Transportation Operations Special Advisor
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.
Vice-President, Material Resources
Daniel St-Germain is a veteran transportation executive with more than 35 years of experience under his belt. His commitment to the environment and energy efficiency is directly responsible for putting Groupe Robert on the path to sustainable development. His skills in managing resources and boosting the productivity in the organization’s maintenance workshops have led to significant efficiency gains. And his interest in new technological developments has made Groupe Robert a leader in the trucking industry.
Daniel joined the company in 1982. Previous positions include buyer and head of procurement.