Experts on all the line. For a world who wants to move forward.

A multidisciplinary team

 
Engineers, agronomists, economists and managers make up our team of experienced professionals. Together, they combine expertise and experience.
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  • A dynamic and innovative team
  • Support that is adapted to the realities of your business
  • Strong technical knowledge and rigour

Isabelle Charron, M.Sc., agr.

Associate, President

Isabelle Charron is an agro-economist. In 2013, she was appointed president of Groupe AGÉCO, which she joined in 2001 when the firm was founded, and became a partner in 2009.

Isabelle is known for her strong team management, communication and facilitation skills. She specializes in strategic planning, regional development, market studies, labour and corporate responsibility. She has gained cutting-edge expertise in qualitative approaches based on interviews, the conduct of focus groups and guidance for management.

A recognized expert in Québec’s agri-food sector, she has often been called to all four corners of the province to speak at conferences on topics of interest in agri-food. She is a member of the Ordre des agronomes du Québec and sits on the organizing committee of the Perspectives agri-food outlook conference organized by the Centre de référence en agriculture et agroalimentaire du Québec (CRAAQ).

Diane Gilbert, B.Sec,. agr.

Associate, General Manager

In 2001, Diane Gilbert cofounded Groupe AGÉCO, where she is now the general manager and director of the surveys and polls department. From 1988 to 2000, she was a project manager and then the associate director of operations management in the Groupe de recherche en économie et politique agricoles (GREPA) at Université Laval.

Diane is known for her ability to lead survey projects and expertise in production cost determination—a field in which she has acquired over 25 years’ experience. She also specializes in training, data collection tools development, data validation and analysis, production cost studies and agri-environmental surveys.

Her know-how, rigour and neutrality are recognized in Québec’s agricultural sector. She is often called upon to serve as an expert witness in cases appearing before the courts.

Catherine Brodeur, M.Sc., agr.

Associate, Vice-President – Economic Studies

The vice-president of economic studies and a partner since 2009, Catherine Brodeur is an agriculture economist. Before joining Groupe AGÉCO in 2001, she was an analyst at the Financière agricole du Québec.

A leading expert in agricultural economy and policies, Catherine is recognized for her acute project design skills, critical sense and strategic thinking to support organizations in the agri-food sector. She has focused her career on economic and political analysis in the agri-food sector, the collective marketing of agricultural products, international trade and the energy issue.

A noted speaker, Catherine is in strong demand in Québec’s agriculture sector. She is also a lecturer in the Department of Agri-Food Economics and Consumer Sciences at Université Laval.

Jean-Michel Couture, M.Sc.

Associate, Senior Consultant – Corporate Responsibility

Jean-Michel Couture is an agricultural economist. He joined Groupe AGÉCO in 2011 as a social life cycle assessment (LCA) analyst. In 2013, he was appointed director of corporate responsibility projects and became a partner. From 2007 to 2009, he was a research professional in the Groupe de recherche en économie et politique agricole (GREPA) at Université Laval. In 2010, he worked as a trainee at the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) in Bern, Switzerland.

Jean-Michel is an expert in social life cycle assessment, specifically in the agriculture and agri-food sectors. He has contributed to methodological developments in the field and carried out a number of mandates for various organizations. As a professional, he is open to new approaches and actively participates in the development and implementation of projects on ecosystem goods and services as well as social benefits—two innovative areas.

Since 2009, Jean-Michel has contributed to expanding the reach of social LCA by speaking at dozens of conferences in Canada and Europe and publishing scientific papers. He also serves as an expert on selection boards and sectoral committees.

Edouard Clément, Eng., M.A.Sc.

Vice-President – Corporate Responsibility

Edouard Clément was appointed vice-president of corporate responsibility services at Groupe AGÉCO in March 2015 when the company acquired Quantis Canada—the life cycle analysis (LCA) and corporate responsibility firm he cofounded in 2009. He began his career as an engineer in General Electric’s technical leadership program and went on to join the CIRAIG LCA research centre in 2005, where he served as the technical coordinator and led a team of analysts working on industrial research and development projects in environmental life cycle analysis.

He is a recognized expert in life cycle analysis, packaging optimization, eco-design and the strategic integration of sustainable development into business plans. Edouard is focused on supporting all types of organizations in the adoption of more sustainable production and procurement processes.

He is also very active in the development and promotion of corporate responsibility. For the past decade, he has provided training and spoken on a range of sustainable development topics. He is a founding member of the ECPAR (responsible procurement) and the secretary of its board of directors and sits on the board of directors of Packaging consortium (PAC).

François Charron-Doucet, Eng. M.A.Sc.

Scientific Director – Corporate Responsibility

Since March 2015, François Charron-Doucet has served as the scientific director of corporate responsibility services at Groupe Agéco—a position he also held at Quantis Canada from its founding and until it was acquired by AGÉCO. François earned a bachelor’s degree in physics engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and went on to complete a master’s in life cycle analysis (LCA) and carbon footprinting. He then worked as a senior analyst at the CIRAIG LCA research centre at Polytechnique Montréal. He began his scientific career as a teaching assistant at École de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Montréal in 2004 and took an LCA consulting position in Paris in 2006.

François is recognized in Canada and the US for his extensive expertise in environmental life cycle analysis and rigorous quality assurance reviews. He is often invited to chair and serve as an LCA expert on critical review committees. In the past decade, he has led and collaborated on several hundred environmental projects, including comprehensive life cycle assessments, carbon and water footprints and Carbon Disclosure Project reports. He also contributes to the development and implementation of projects focused on ecosystem goods and services—an innovative sector.

François is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He is a CSA Group Certified GHG Verifier and a recognized verifier for several North American and European environmental product declaration programs, including the International EPD System (Sweden) and CSA (Canada). In addition to being an LCA instructor, he has taken part in the scientific working groups of the Sustainability Consortium. He is a member of the Canadian ISO committee on international standards for environmental labelling.

Julie-Anne Chayer, Eng.

Director, Business Relations – Corporate Responsibility

Julie-Anne Chayer holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and is the director of business relations in the corporate responsibility services division at Groupe AGÉCO. She also actively contributes to mandates as a content expert and project manager. She joined Quantis Canada when it was founded in 2010 and remained with the company until it became part of AGÉCO in March 2015. At Quantis, she was a senior life cycle assessment (LCA) analyst and the director of business development. From 2002 to 2010, she was a member of the CIRAIG LCA research centre. During her studies, Julie-Anne carried out an international cooperation internship in El Salvador and an internship in environmental studies in Belgium before taking a position as an LCA intern at Polytechnique Montréal.

A specialist in ISO standards for environmental life cycle analysis, Julie-Anne has led in the past 15 years many life cycle thinking projects for organizations in various sectors. She has developed unique expertise in the agri-food and sustainable buildings sectors, in which she is especially active and recognized.

Julie-Anne is often invited to speak on environmental LCA topics and is a leading figure in Québec’s sustainable building sector. In June 2016, she was appointed chair of the board of directors of the Canada Green Building Council (Québec section) and is often called upon to develop and provide training on related topics.

Michèle Roy

Senior Consultant – Corporate Responsibility

A communications and public affairs specialist, Michèle Roy has worked as a senior consultant in corporate responsibility at Groupe AGÉCO since March 2015. She had held the position at Quantis Canada prior to its acquisition by AGÉCO since 2011. She previously served as vice-president of communications and public affairs at RONA, where she oversaw the coordination of the corporation’s sustainable development plan. Michèle began her career in a national public relations firm as an advisor and later became a partner (1985–1996). She then spent a decade in the pharmaceutical industry in national and international listed companies: at BioChem Pharma as the director of corporate communications, at Shire Pharmaceuticals as the director of communications for North America and at ID Biomedical as the vice-president of corporate communications.

Today, Michèle supports all types of organizations in every sector in their corporate responsibility approaches. She is recognized for her strategic vision and project management skills. With her clients, she focuses as much on strategy as on program implementation. She specializes in the development of CR plans, responsible procurement, stakeholder mapping and relations, communications tools and strategies and reporting.

Renaud Dumouchel-Fournier, M.Sc., Adm.A.

Senior Consultant – Corporate Responsibility

Business management specialist Renaud Dumouchel-Fournier holds a bachelor’s and master’s in management from HEC Montréal. He joined Groupe AGÉCO in 2017 as a senior advisor in the corporate responsibility (CR) services group.

Renaud began his career as a CR advisor in a strategy consulting firm. There, he led and coordinated a number of research projects and consultation mandates in the financial, telecommunications, energy and education sectors. An active member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec, he had the opportunity to sit on the organization’s sustainable development committee and be a guest speaker.

Known for his expertise in the development and implementation of CR strategies and project management, Renaud possesses unparalleled analytical and synthesis skills to support informed decision making.

Andrea Vallejos, M.A. in Economics

Consultant – Economic Studies

An economist by training, Andrea Vallejos earned a bachelor’s and master’s in economics from Concordia University. She joined Groupe AGÉCO as a economic studies consultant in August 2017.

Prior to joining AGÉCO, Andrea worked in an economic analysis firm specializing in the industrial sector. She carried out and coordinated several consulting mandates, including trend analyses on economic conditions, value chain analyses, market studies and economic impact studies in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors. She is known for her ability to design and build analytical models and understand and effectively communicate economic facts.

Bertrand Montel, Ph. D.

Consultant – Economic Studies

Bertrand began his career in France, conducting research on the economy and the organization of livestock sectors in France and the Netherlands through a sustainable development perspective. Upon arriving in Canada in 2003, he worked as a risk manager and an economist and strategist for major Canadian banks in agriculture and agribusinesses lending. He is a director of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and a member of the Agricultural Advisory Group of Accounting Standards Board.

Since 2013, Bertrand has provided agricultural and agri-food economics research, consultation and training services in Canada and France. Through the years, he has built a network of strategic contacts in these sectors.

The collaboration between Groupe AGÉCO and Bertrand enables us to provide our clients with leading expertise in the funding and development of Canada’s agricultural and agri-food sectors and the international trade of agricultural products.

Simon Dostie, B.Sc.

Senior Analyst

A member of Groupe AGÉCO since its founding in 2001, Simon Dostie is a senior analyst. He holds a degree in agri-food economics and management from Université Laval. From 1999 to 2001, he worked at the Financière agricole du Québec.

Simon specializes in data collection and processing. He coordinates production cost surveys and is active in the field at the national level. He is especially recognized for his capacity to analyze and synthesize data. He is also an expert in modeling and the development of data entry tools.

Rosalie-Maude St-Arnaud, B.Sc.

Senior Analyst

Rosalie-Maude St-Arnaud is an agro-economist. She joined Groupe AGÉCO in 2007.

Rosalie-Maude has developed expertise in effective data research and analysis. She specializes in market studies, sectoral diagnostics, strategic planning and the assessment of the economic value of goods and services, specifically in the egg and poultry sector.

Madavine Tom, Eng.

Senior Analyst

Madavine Tom has worked as an analyst at Groupe AGÉCO since April 2015. She had previously held the position at Quantis Canada since November 2011. She earned a degree in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph (Canada) and carried out two internships in European sustainable development consulting firms as well as one in Zambia with Engineers Without Borders Canada.

Madavine has conducted numerous environmental life cycle analyses in the textile, agri-food, packaging, information technology and construction industries. She has also carried out carbon footprints and literature reviews. She is recognized for her thoroughness and ability to explain complex topics in simple terms.

Antoine Léger Dionne, Jr.Eng.

Analyst

Trained as an engineer, Antoine Léger Dionne earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and a major in environment from McGill University. In 2017, he joined the corporate responsibility team at Groupe AGÉCO as an analyst. His previous professional experience includes environmental characterization and rehabilitation, as well as the identification of environmental best practices in the industrial sector.

Antoine also specializes in health and safety on construction sites related to workplace hazardous materials.

Julien Martel

Analyst

An engineer by training, Julien Martel earned an undergraduate degree from Arts et Métiers ParisTech (France) and a master’s in civil engineering with a specialization in environment from Polytechnique Montréal.

In 2017, he joined the corporate responsibility team at Groupe AGÉCO as an analyst. His prior professional experiences were focused on research and development in new soil characterization technologies and project management on building sites.

Julien is particularly interested in the presentation of analysis results and the development of tools to help clients make informed decisions.

 


Surveyors team

The survey and poll service rests on the solid know-how of our surveyors: Gervais Turcotte, Anne Goupil, Nick Raymond.

Groupe AGÉCO can also count on a a team of contractual surveyers for phone surveys if needed.

Groupe AGÉCO professionals have a reputation for the quality of their methods to survey and poll and to put forth the adequate means to ensure representativity and reliability of results.

Administrative team

Groupe Agéco also relies on Monique Mercier for administrative tasks on a daily basis. They are precious to quality administrative contacts with our clients and suppliers.


Our collaborators


Serecon
Serecon is one of the largest agricultural consulting and valuation firms in Canada, with offices in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as associate offices in London, Ontario. Created in 1991, Serecon is dedicated to providing consulting services to the agricultural industry in Canada and internationally. Its team is focused on environmental sustainability, economic impact analyses, policy analysis, industry studies and assessments, and development of industry strategies. Serecon clients can be found in all livestock and crop sectors, as well as in their upstream and downstream industries.

Groupe AGÉCO and Serecon

AGÉCO and Serecon have broad and recognized expertise in the agri-food sector, covering all aspects of the industry’s economic, environmental and social responsibilities. AGÉCO and Serecon collaborate on projects that require a national outreach and an in-depth understanding of the specific realities of agricultural production in Canada. Serecon’s extended network as well as its expertise in valuation and sustainability assessments are solid assets AGÉCO can rely on to bring value to its clients.

Jérôme Dupras

Jérôme Dupras holds a B.A. in biochemistry from Université de Montréal. He studied two years at UQAM before starting a Ph.D at the geography department at Université de Montréal. He is now a professor at the Department of Natural Sciences of the Université du Québec en Outaouais and researcher at the Institut des Sciences de la Forêt tempérée.

Groupe AGÉCO and Jérôme Dupras

For his input on economic evaluation of ecosystems goods and services and preservation of natural habitat.

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Jacques Chavaz is an agronomist specializing in animal sciences and in agricultural economics and policy. For several years, he worked with and for Swiss dairy producers. As the assistant director of the Federal Office for Agriculture (Swiss department of agriculture) for twelve years, from 2002 to 2014, he was at the forefront of national and international agri-food economy issues in Europe and around the world.

Groupe AGÉCO and Jacques Chavaz

Building on his vast and solid expertise in European agricultural policy analysis, Jacques Chavaz is a longstanding partner. Particularly interested in issues related to social responsibility in agriculture, Jacques plays a strategic role for AGÉCO in the projects that require a physical presence in Europe and keen understanding of the sustainability issues faced by agri-food sector stakeholders. Furthermore, in a context of a globalized market and increasing trade with Europe, the firm’s collaborations with Jacques provide us with leading expertise for the benchmarking analysis of business environments, programs and Canadian and European agri-food policies.

 

 

 

Jean-Pierre Revérêt

An internationally recognized expert in environmental economics, the social responsibility of organizations and sustainable development implementation tools, Jean-Pierre Revéret was a partner and the vice-president of Groupe AGÉCO from 2004 to 2016 and continues to work in close collaboration with our team. In his academic career at UQAM, Jean-Pierre was a full professor in the Department of Biology and later in the Department of Strategy and Social and Environmental Responsibility at the School of Management (ESG UQÀM). He is also the founding director of the Institut des sciences de l’environnement. From 2002 to 2016, he jointly held the International Life Cycle Chair (Polytechnique Montréal / ESG UQÀM), where he oversaw the social and socioeconomic impact research areas.

Groupe AGÉCO and Jean-Pierre Revérêt

The collaboration between Groupe AGÉCO and Jean-Pierre enables our firm to provide clients with leading expertise in biodiversity, social impact assessment, economic instruments as agri-environment measures, support for climate change adaptation and ecological goods and services valuation.


Demers Beaulne
Since 1979, Demers Beaulne has been the privileged business partner of SMEs in accounting, taxation and organizational and financial services. The accounting firm specializes in the agri-food sector, specifically in meat, dairy product, grain, fruit and vegetable processing and food logistics. Demers Beaulne has developed an extensive international network to gain leading-edge information and facilitate the business ambitions of its clients.

Groupe AGÉCO and Demers Beaulne

To complement its expertise in financial analysis and business model development and analysis, Groupe AGÉCO partners with Demers Beaulne on certain projects in order to provide strategic support for its agri-food clients in their growth, acquisition, turnaround and financing and help position their organizations in the global business environment.

Ciraig

The Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur le cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services (CIRAIG) was founded in 2001 by École Polytechnique, in collaboration with Université de Montréal and HEC Montréal. They are state-of-the art on methodology for the environmental issues.

Groupe AGÉCO and CIRAIG

For an answer to the need of industry and goverments who want to develop a high-end academic expertise regarding sustainability tools using the strenghts of Canadian universities in the areas of life-cycle assessment (LCA) and life-cycle management. For the development and the implementation of the social aspects of life-cycle assessment.