Management Team

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Viridis is committed to a humane and stimulating work environment. It seeks out major challenges for people who thrive on them. The team’s range of expertise gives clients access to the services needed to ensure the success of their undertaking. The team members include project managers, agronomists, engineers, biologists and agricultural technicians.

Upper Management

Renaud Lapierre, Eng. LL.L : CEO, Viridis environnement
Renaud Lapierre, Eng. LL.L
CEO, Viridis environnement
CEO, Viridis environnement
Renaud Lapierre is an engineer with a law degree. He initially worked in Quebec’s public sector, where he held several positions, notably as Assistant Deputy Minister in the ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources, during which time, among other things, he coordinated the preparation of the Livre blanc sur la politique énergétique québécoise. He then worked as a development and marketing advisor for technology and manufacturing companies before co-founding, together with an associate, his own consulting firm, through which he negotiated more than a hundred sales, merger, acquisition and financing transactions. For the past 30 years, he has been lending his keen business sense to promote several companies which he has served as principal manager and shareholder. These include Congébec, Pelliko, Domaine des Marguerites in Charlevoix, Services Environnementaux Richelieu and Viridis Environnement. He has also served on the boards of directors of organizations involved in a range of areas, including finance, youth and the arts.
Simon Naylor, agr., M.SC : Vice-President, Treatment and Processing, Viridis environnement
Simon Naylor, agr., M.SC
Vice-President, Treatment and Processing, Viridis environnement
Vice-President, Treatment and Processing, Viridis environnement
Simon Naylor is an agronomist with a Master of Science in biology, who has been working in the areas of agriculture and the environment for more than 20 years. His entrepreneurial spirit soon led him to acquire his own horticultural business, which he later sold to younger operators. He has applied his negotiating and management skills to the development of numerous waste recycling projects. A strong communicator, he is regularly called upon to serve as a presenter, panelist or facilitator at conferences on the environment. He is currently serving on the boards of directors of Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec (CETEQ) and Réseau Environnement, where he was elected Vice-President for the waste and recyling sector. He also served on the board of Écotech Québec, a business cluster for the development of green technologies. Committed to passing on his knowledge, he mentors entrepreneurs for 2 degrés, an incubator for businesses in the environmental and clean energy sectors, and for Cycle Momentum, an accelerator and innovation platform.
Michel St-Germain, dta : Vice-President, Development and Agriculture, Viridis environment
Michel St-Germain, dta
Vice-President, Development and Agriculture, Viridis environment
Vice-President, Development and Agriculture, Viridis environment
Michel St-Germain has a diploma in farm management and operation, and is the owner of Ferme St-Germain et fils, a business specializing in the production of field crops, located in Centre-du-Québec. He has been involved in the agricultural recycling of fertilizing residual materials (FRMs) since the start of his professional career 20 years ago. Over the years, he has hired and trained dozens of professionals in the specific features of that sector. As a growth agent at Viridis Environnement, along with his associates, he has taken part in the acquisitions of several competing FRM recycling firms. He currently leads a multi-disciplinary team of agronomists, biologists, engineers and technicians specializing in fertilization, agri-environment and project management. His team annually recycles close to 700,000 metric tonnes of various residual materials, and files close to 500 project notices and applications for ministerial approvals with Quebec’s ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. He is also involved in various environmental projects such as the Viridis Green Fund, which supports sustainable development initiatives.

Management

Joanie Bégin : Regional Manager, Barraute
Joanie Bégin
Regional Manager, Barraute
Regional Manager, Barraute
Coming from a dynamic agricultural background, Joanie has over ten years of experience as a technical representative and project manager in the field of agricultural recycling at MRF. At Viridis, she manages more than 40,000 tonnes of fertilizing and liming materials that she redistributes to around fifty agricultural producers in her region.
Julie Belzile, agr. : Regional Manager, Quebec
Julie Belzile, agr.
Regional Manager, Quebec
Julie has over 10 years of experience as an agri-environmental consultant and recycling project manager for MRF. With extensive field experience in analyzing and diagnosing production problems, she leads a team that recycles approximately 175,000 tonnes of FRM annually from nearly 300 agricultural customers.
Pascal Desbiens, agr. M.Sc. : Regional Manager, Saguenay
Pascal Desbiens, agr. M.Sc.
Regional Manager, Saguenay
Well known in his region, Pascal worked for several years as an advisor in agriculture, plant production and agri-environment. At Viridis, he ensures the development of the Saguenay territory and leads a team that annually recycles more than 100,000 tonnes of FRM, also providing agri-environmental services to approximately 180 agricultural clients.
Isabelle Fréchette, agr. : Regional Manager, Sherbrooke
Isabelle Fréchette, agr.
Regional Manager, Sherbrooke
Isabelle has been working in the MRF recycling industry for over 15 years. Her solid experience in agricultural production and in the management of agricultural recycling projects has led her to head a team which annually supplies nearly 70,000 tonnes of MRF to around fifty agricultural clients and which carries out fertilization projects. forestry and rehabilitation of degraded sites.
Louis‐Mathieu Gagnon, agr. M.Sc. : Regional Manager, Beloeil
Louis‐Mathieu Gagnon, agr. M.Sc.
Regional Manager, Beloeil
Trained in biology, agronomy and agroforestry, Louis ‐ Mathieu worked for a few years as an agronomist consultant in agri-environment and has more than five years of experience directly related to the recycling of FRM in agricultural settings. At Viridis, he leads a team that annually recycles more than 120,000 tonnes of MRF from around 150 agricultural customers.
Sébastien Hue, M.Sc : Senior Director, Innovation and Technology
Sébastien Hue, M.Sc
Senior Director, Innovation and Technology
For more than 20 years, Sébastien has designed and managed projects related to the treatment and recycling of MRF. At Viridis, he brings to bear his expertise in the rehabilitation of degraded sites, in the fertilization of forest plots, in composting, in wetland management, in wastewater treatment, in air quality management and in problem solving. industrial environment.
Gilles Lemaire, dta : Senior Director, Logistic and market development
Gilles Lemaire, dta
Senior Director, Logistic and market development
A graduate of the ITA in St-Hyacinthe, Gilles has an impressive track record, particularly in transport logistics, market development for aggregates and liming products, BNQ certification and in operation and optimization of agricultural machinery, among others. At Viridis, he combines his experience with his creativity to ensure the development of innovative products and markets.
François Léveillée : Senior Director - Marketing and Development
François Léveillée
Senior Director - Marketing and Development
François has extensive experience in representing the agri-food and agriculture sector at the provincial level through the development of partnerships and innovation technology transfer. At Viridis, he is responsible for the development and marketing of an innovative technology for the extraction and treatment of organic materials found in household garbage.
Richard St‐Amand : Finance and Administration Director
Richard St‐Amand
Finance and Administration Director
Fort de ses formations en comptabilité, en administration et en informatique, Richard supervise l’équipe de comptabilité et assure la planification du service informatique de Viridis. Il participe aux décisions financières et administratives de l’entreprise et contrôle tous ses aspects comptables, financiers et fiscaux.
Sophie St‐Louis, agr., M.Sc. : Senior Director Quality Control and Regulatory Environment
Sophie St‐Louis, agr., M.Sc.
Senior Director Quality Control and Regulatory Environment
Sophie has over 15 years of experience in project management and regulatory and professional compliance, of which a dozen are directly related to the management of MRF. At Viridis, she provides the operations and business development teams with regulatory support at the provincial and federal levels and ensures the development and deployment of management tools for MRF's agricultural recycling projects.
David Vallières, agr., M.Sc. : Senior Director Development
David Vallières, agr., M.Sc.
Senior Director Development
David has over 15 years of experience in the agri-environment and FRR recycling fields. Thanks to his great mastery of the dynamics of the FRM market, he has developed many innovative projects that have diverted thousands of tons of putrescible material from landfill. At Viridis, he is responsible for providing services to MRF generators and actively participates in the strategic development of the company.