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.
- 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.
Partner, President and CEO
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 2008.
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. 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.
Catherine Brodeur, M.Sc., agr.
Partner, Vice-President – Economic Studies
The vice-president of economic studies and a partner since 2008, Catherine Brodeur is an agriculture economist.
A leading expert in agricultural economy and policies and a noted speaker, 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 and international trade.
527-4681 Ext. 234
Jean-Michel Couture, M.Sc.
Partner, Project Director
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 agricoles (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.
514 439-9724 Ext. 210
Julie-Anne Chayer, Eng.
Vice President – Corporate Responsibility Services
Julie-Anne has headed the firm’s corporate responsibility service since June 2018, prior to which she was the director of business relations for over three years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal.
Julie-Anne actively contributes to mandates as a content expert and project manager and is a specialist in ISO standards related to environmental life cycle analysis. She provides support to businesses of various sizes and sectors in integrating life cycle thinking in their business processes. Through her work, she has developed a unique expertise in the agri-food and sustainable building sectors, in which she is especially active and recognized.
She joined Quantis Canada when it was founded in 2010 and was 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 project in El Salvador. She gained her first experience in the environmental field working for Solvay in Belgium.
Julie-Anne is often invited to speak on environmental LCA topics and is a leading figure in Québec’s sustainable building sector. She has been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council (Québec section) since June 2016 and is often called upon to develop and provide training in this sector.
514 439-9724 Ext. 239
Catherine Houssard, Eng.
Consultant – Corporate Responsibility
Catherine Houssard, a qualified agri-food engineer, also holds a degree in corporate social responsibility (ESG UQÀM) and recently obtained a Ph.D. from CIRAIG (the International Reference Center for Life Cycle of Products, Services and Systems) at the Polytechnique Montréal. Her research project enabled her to acquire leading expertise in eco-efficiency, environmental life cycle assessment and life-cycle cost analysis.
Catherine also has some 15 years of experience in the packaging, pulp and paper and agri-food industries, in which she has held a variety of management and strategic analysis positions for major companies such as Cascades, Sidel (Tetra-Pak group) and Air Products. Her analytical and creative spirit, combined with her extensive scientific background and her diverse management experience, make her an exceptionally versatile and meticulous professional who is able to fully comprehend the issues faced by our clients. Constantly striving for excellence, and highly invested in the transformation of our company, Catherine prides herself on supporting our clients in the search for innovative solutions that enable them to set themselves apart and make a positive impact on society.
Catherine is passionate about the popularization and communication of science. She has been the vice-president of an environmental awareness non-profit since 2017. Her mission is to help consumers change their behaviour in order to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. She is often called upon to give public lectures on sustainable food.
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.
Bertrand bring a leading expertise in the funding and development of Canada’s agricultural and agri-food sectors and the international trade of agricultural products. Through the years, he has built a network of strategic contacts in these sectors.
Caterina Rossi, M.Sc.
Consultant – Corporate Responsibility
Caterina Rossi has been working in corporate responsibility for almost 10 years. She is a proven expert in the effective implementation of compliance, sustainability, and health and safety programs. She holds a Bachelor of Communication (IULM) and a Master of Management of Sustainable Development and Cooperation Social Enterprises (SDA Bocconi-Milan). She also holds a qualification in accountability from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Throughout her professional career, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, Caterina has specialized in an approach based on sustainable operations and supply-chain sustainability. She has the ability to engage stakeholders by acting as an educator and influencer. Her practice has led her to develop extensive experience as a supplier auditor in environmental, health and safety regulatory compliance.
Highly motivated and results-oriented, Caterina brings a creative approach to problem solving. She is an excellent communicator and is fluent in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Sandrine Ducruc, M.Sc.Env.
Sandrine Ducruc is trained as a geographer and holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She joined Groupe AGÉCO in October 2018. She is a senior analyst on the economic studies team.
Sandrine worked for five years at the Centre of Social Innovation in Agriculture (CISA), where she coordinated numerous research projects, in particular, in the fields of farm waste management, territorialized agri-food systems, succession and the agricultural establishment, and urban agriculture.
Sandrine has in-depth knowledge of qualitative research methods and open innovation approaches, including living labs and participatory action research. She has developed marked abilities for facilitating focus groups, think-tank workshops and one-on-one interviews.
Sandrine is known for her strong interpersonal skills, which facilitate collaboration between parties that sometimes have opposing interests.
Hugues Imbeault-Tétreault, Eng. M.A.Sc.
An engineer physicist by training, Hugues Imbeault-Tétreault earned a master’s degree from the International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG), Polytechnique Montréal. He then worked as an analyst for over six years and acquired extensive expertise in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), specifically in the wood products, pulp and paper and tires sectors. In February 2018, he joined Groupe AGÉCO as an analyst.
Through his numerous mandates with various levels of government and businesses, he has also developed expertise in water footprint, GHG inventories for businesses (scope 3), circular economy and the monetarization of LCA indicators. Known for his professionalism and thoroughness, he demonstrates his versatility in the implementation of mandates and his curiosity to explore new topics.
Rosalie-Maude St-Arnaud, B.Sc.
An agro-economist by training, Rosalie-Maude St-Arnaud joined Groupe AGÉCO in 2007.
Rosalie-Maude has developed particularly effective expertise in data research and analysis, focusing on market surveys, sector diagnoses and strategic planning as well as the assessment of the economic value of ecological goods and services. She has also acquired specialized knowledge of the egg and poultry sector and non-timber forest products.
In addition, Rosalie-Maude has conducted a number of regulatory analyses related to the frameworks for environmentally sound agricultural practices and to the themes of occupational health and safety and labour rights as they pertain to work conditions in Québec and North America—a critical expertise to establish corporate responsibility commitments that go beyond regulatory compliance.
Madavine Tom, Eng.
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, pulp and paper and construction industries, and also carried out carbon footprints and literature reviews, and worked on the development of life cycle inventories databases. In addition, she has worked on the development of greenhouse gases (GHG) reduction targets based on science and supports organizations with their GHG reporting at the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Always on the lookout for new market requirements and trends, she has worked on the development of several Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs).
Madavine is recognized for her thoroughness and ability to explain complex topics in simple terms.
Adeline Baudoin, M.Eng.
Adeline Baudoin graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy in France and holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering, specializing in circular economy, from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. She joined the Groupe AGÉCO in 2019 as a corporate responsibility analyst.
In the course of her career, Adeline has previously worked on the development of environmental performance indicators and promoted industry and public awareness of sustainable development. She also has experience in the publishing field as a project manager involved in the evaluation of convenience goods.
Adeline has a strong interest in supporting informed decision-making, which leads to clearly and effectively presented analytical results.
Marie-Ève Lamoureux, M.Sc. in Economics
Educated as an economist, Marie-Ève holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Economics from the Université de Sherbrooke. She joined Groupe AGÉCO in October 2018 as an analyst in the economic studies department.
Marie-Ève worked for two years at La Milanaise and Les Moulins de Soulanges where she supported the organization analyzing economic data, coordinating research and development projects, and developing profitability indicators. There, she developed expertise in organic farming, along with her ability to collaborate with partners. In 2017–2018, as an economic analyst at the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (AQPP), she helped the organization in its use of business intelligence for issues affecting the industry. She helped to build the Association’s position on various issues, based on a reliable and contextualized economic case statement.
Marie-Ève distinguishes herself through her keen abilities for quantitative and qualitative analysis. She relies on these to popularize and present results in an effective manner. At Groupe AGÉCO, she has revived her interest in the agri-food sector and her desire to support its development.
Pascale Lapointe, B.Sc.
Pascale Lapointe graduated from Laval University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics in December 2018. Following a professional internship with Groupe AGÉCO in the summer of 2018, she joined the team of analysts in Economic Studies.
Curious and open to the world, Pascale previously took a study trip to France to further her knowledge of agri-food chains. To complete her graduation internship, she researched the investment needs of hog and field crop producers.
Pascale is currently providing support for our team and is involved in various projects pertaining to our economic services, such as market research, production cost studies, and conducting surveys.
Elsa Moawad, M.Sc.
Elsa Moawad holds a degree in chemistry and chemical engineering as well as a master’s degree in industrial engineering research from Polytechnique Montréal, which she pursued at the International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG). She joined Groupe AGÉCO in 2019 as a corporate responsibility analyst.
With her experience in life cycle assessment (environmental and economic), eco-design, and eco-efficiency, Elsa is a valuable addition to our team.
She brings strong presentation skills and is a master in popularizing science. Elsa is also passionate about human relations and stands out for her ability to build strong professional relationships.
Camille Payant, M.Sc.
Camille has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in animal sciences from Laval University. Her particular expertise is the impact of climate change on Quebec dairy farms. She joined Groupe AGÉCO’s team of analysts in 2019.
Camille’s combined agronomic expertise and knowledge of responsible agricultural practices bring a complementary perspective to Groupe AGÉCO’s corporate responsibility work in the agri-food sector. Her ability to summarize complex information in communications with stakeholders is an invaluable asset. Camille works on a broad array of assignments for Groupe AGÉCO, including farm-level best practice evaluations, participatory approaches, providing survey support, and data analysis.
Camille also studied in France during her bachelor’s degree to acquire a broader range of knowledge of other animal production methods.
Alban Pilard, M.Eng
Alban Pilard holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the École d’ingénieurs des Mines Douai (Northern France), and a master’s degree in energy and sustainable development from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. He joined the team in 2020 as a corporate responsibility analyst.
Alban has worked in green roof and wall design, and, in 2016, he co-founded WASA Games, a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages sustainable development practises in businesses and among individuals. He has developed game-based training tools (serious games) and has given numerous workshops to raise awareness of environmental, social and economic issues. Alban is well recognized in the social and solidarity economy community for his technical and scientific approach, and for his volunteer involvement in impact projects (Solon, Thésez-vous, WASA Games). Having grown up on a farm, he also has first-hand knowledge of the agricultural environment and a keen interest in construction.
Alban is deeply motivated and committed to his professional causes. He decided to join the team to pursue the development of a more sustainable society by equipping companies with concrete, applied solutions.
The survey and poll service rests on the solid know-how of our surveyors: Gervais Turcotte, Anne Goupil, Nancy Morin.
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.
Groupe Agéco also relies on Monique Mercier and Nadia Rebillard for administrative tasks on a daily basis. They are precious to quality administrative contacts with our clients and suppliers.
Diane Gilbert, B. Sc., agr., agroéconomiste.
Diane Gilbert a débuté sa carrière au sein du Groupe de recherche en économie et politique agricoles (GREPA) de l’Université Laval de 1988 à 2000, d’abord à titre de chargée de projet puis comme directrice adjointe à la gestion des opérations. Cofondatrice du Groupe AGÉCO en 2000, elle a occupé pendant 20 ans les fonctions de directrice générale.
Diane est particulièrement reconnue pour ses capacités à diriger des projets d’enquête et pour son expertise en détermination de coûts de production, domaine dans lequel elle compte à son actif plus de 30 ans d’expérience. Elle se spécialise également dans le développement d’outils de collecte de données, la validation et l’analyse de données.
Le Groupe AGÉCO et Diane Gilbert
Diane collabore maintenant avec Groupe AGÉCO à titre de conseillère en Études Économiques. L’expertise de Diane, sa rigueur et sa neutralité sont reconnus et appréciés dans le secteur agricole québécois. .
Edouard Clément, Eng., M.Sc.A
Edouard Clément was vice-president of corporate responsibility at Groupe AGÉCO from March 2015 to August 2018. He is also one of the co-founders of Quantis Canada (2009), a company specializing in LCA and corporate responsibility, which he led until it was integrated into Groupe AGÉCO in 2015.
Edouard holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal. He began his career with General Electric as an engineer in the Technical Leadership Program before joining the International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) in 2005 as a technical coordinator. In this capacity, he led the team of analysts dedicated to environmental life cycle assessment research and its industrial application.
Groupe AGÉCO and Serecon
Edouard works with Groupe AGÉCO as a recognized expert in life cycle assessment (LCA), packaging optimization, eco-design, and the strategic integration of sustainable development into business plans.
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
AGECO 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.