Saint-Georges is home to a number of highly accomplished leaders in many different sectors of the business world. Here are a few of the local business personalities whose entrepreneurial drive and management talent have helped to make the city’s economy a success:
Marc Dutil, C.M., President and Chief Executive Officer, Canam Group
Marc Dutil was born on December 25, 1964, in St. Georges, Quebec. He graduated from Boston College in 1987 and founded a software firm specialized in the design of electronic exchange systems.
Mr. Dutil joined The Canam Manac Group Inc. in 1989 where he held various positions at the St. Gedeon de Beauce, Quebec, plant until 1995 while also pursuing his studies at various Canadian and American universities.
In 2001, Mr. Dutil was appointed Vice President of The Canam Manac Group Inc. One year later, he was named Executive Vice President of the company and elected to its Board of Directors. In 2003, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2012 he became President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Dutil spent 10 years on the Board of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction before serving as Chairman from 2001 to 2003. He is a member of the Cercle des présidents du Québec and founder and President of the École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce.
In October 2013, he was awarded the title of 2013 Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year by the International firm, Ernst & Young. At the end of the year, he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada for his achievements as a business leader, and for promoting the well-being of his community and the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Mr. Dutil has also chaired on the boards of not-for-profit organizations. He has equally presided over numerous community fundraisers and is frequently invited to speak at various functions across Canada and abroad.
Marc Dutil and Catherine Larochelle have been married since 1989 and have five children.
Danny Dufour, President, MaxiMetal
A business graduate of Laval University, Danny Dufour was originally trained in Quebec City as a chartered accountant. After spending several years in California in the high tech industry, he returned to Canada and accepted an executive position with a wood products manufacturing company based in Saint-Georges. Seeking new challenges to satisfy his own entrepreneurial ambitions, he later acquired MaxiMetal, where he now serves as President and CEO.
Located in the Saint-Georges industrial park, MaxiMetal specializes in the production of customized fire and utility trucks. The company currently employs 75 full-time staff, and since its founding in 1983 it has delivered over 1,000 trucks to a wide variety of customers. Dufour’s vision is to continue to grow the company by building upon its past successes, and accessing new market opportunities outside Quebec.
“Saint-Georges is a great community in which to live and operate a business. There’s a very strong work ethic here, and employees take a tremendous amount of pride in a job well done. It’s an attitude that has made a huge difference to the success of our company.”
– Danny Dufour, President, MaxiMetal
Pierre Pomerleau, Eng., MBA, President and CEO of Pomerleau
Mr. Pomerleau earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1987, followed by a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Ontario’s well-reputed Richard Ivey School of Business in 1989. Soon after graduation, he was given a mandate to provide the family business with an in-depth analysis of its operations, develop a quality management system capable of sustaining the company’s vision for the future, and implement a new information management system.
In 1997, he was appointed President of Pomerleau Inc. and soon branded the company with his own corporate vision. The results were quickly tangible. That very year, Pomerleau was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies through the Deloitte program of that name. Following this, the company put its focus on its construction activities, targeting larger and more complex projects.
Company have risen up substantially, from $200M in 1997 to more than $1.6 B in 2014.
Pomerleau is now one of Canada’s leading construction companies and a pioneer in sustainable buildings. It specializes mainly in the building, infrastructure and civil engineering sectors. The company employs up to 4,000 people at its 10 regional offices and more than 100 worksites across the country.
Michel Gendreau, President, Garaga
A business graduate of Laval University in 1978, Michel Gendreau had the opportunity to buy the assets of Portes Garaga Ltd in 1983. He was 26 years old.
Over the years, Garaga has become one of the largest garage door manufacturers in Canada. Garaga designs and manufactures garage doors of superior quality for residential, commercial and industrial markets, as well as hardware suited to its doors.
With a different customer approach, Garaga has nearly 75% of its sales in Canada and the other 25% distributed between the Northeastern United States and the Great Lakes area. Garaga has two ultra-modern plants in Saint-Georges, Quebec and in Barrie, Ontario. The company has now over 200 employees.
Pierre Thabet, President of Boa-Franc Inc.
From 1978 to 1983, Pierre Thabet was at Murox Inc., a company he founded and presided until its amalgamation with Canam. Since 1983, he is the president of Boa-Franc Inc., leader in the manufacturing and marketing of prefinished hardwood flooring and maker of the Mirage brand. Since 1997, he is also president of Prolam LP, a company that manufactures laminated hardwood floors for trailers.
Mr. Thabet is currently an administrator on the boards of both the National Bank of Canada (TSE: NA.TO) and the Canam Group (TSE: CAM.TO) as well as taking part in some private advisory committees. He is also involved in various private investments related to manufacturing, finance and real estate.
Pierre Thabet is an active member of his community and has presided several local fundraising activities to the benefit of non-profit organizations, including the Beauce-Etchemin Hospital Foundation and the Catherine de Longpré Foundation.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting from the University of Moncton.
Raymond Dutil, President, Procycle
A member of one of the Beauce region’s most prominent entrepreneurial families, Raymond Dutil today runs Procycle, a family-owned business that has manufactured over eight million bicycles in its nearly 45 years of existence.
Procycle got its start in Saint-Georges as a small company with 40 employees in 1971. During the first year of operations, approximately 30,000 bicycles were produced. The company grew steadily through a combination of internal expansion and acquisition of competing manufacturers, and by the year 2000, it had produced and sold approximately six million bicycles.
In recent years, Procycle made a strategic decision to “switch gears” and focus exclusively on higher-end bicycles sold through independent retailers. Today, the company employs 120 people at its head office in Saint-Georges, and markets bicycles under the Miele, Rocky Mountain, and eVox brands in over 30 countries around the world. In addition, Procycle also serves as the exclusive Canadian distributor for the prestigious Italian-made Colnago line of bicycles.
“There is a wonderful quality of life to be found in Saint-Georges, and that is a huge advantage for businesses located here. This is a community which people are proud to call their home, and one in which they can build happy and rewarding lives for their families. It’s great for companies in terms of helping to attract and keep talented and loyal employees.”
– Raymond Dutil, President, Procycle
Robert Cadrin, Director General, Kenworth Québec
An alumnus of Laval University and the Entrepreneurship school located in Beauce, Robert Cadrin serves as Director General for Central Quebec for Kenworth Trucks. The company has been selling trucks in the Beauce region for over 30 years, and now has a permanent presence located in Saint-Georges.
Located in the Saint-Georges industrial park and opened in May 2015, the new Kenworth branch supports a complete range of sales and service activity to support customers in the Beauce region. Cadrin is proud of the brand-new facility, and at the same time, he’s excited and optimistic about the role it will play in supporting future economic growth.
“The Beauce region is already booming, and we’re going to see even more impressive growth when the autoroute from Quebec City is extended to Saint-Georges in 2016. Our company is delighted to be able to play a role in contributing to the region’s success. For people who have the kinds of skills we need, there’s lots of opportunity to be found, as well as a great environment in which to live and work.”
– Robert Cadrin, Director General, Kenworth Quebec