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.
Chief Operating Officer
Daniel has joined our organization in August 2022 as Chief Operating Officer, managing the operations and business development. Daniel holds a certificate in business management from HEC-Montreal and cumulates over 25 years of experience in the Canadian warehousing, transportation, and logistics industry.
Prior to joining Groupe Robert, Daniel held the position of General Manager of the Baie D'Urfé distribution center at Martin-Brower Canada before being appointed to the position of Vice President of Canadian Operations for their distribution centers, truck and trailer fleet, quality management and sustainability development.
His previous background encompasses some years at VersaCold, Warehousing Solutions. He also worked at Socadis as Logistics Manager and held various roles at Peerless Clothing in Montreal.
Daniel is known among his peers as a person who listens and is close to his teams. His dynamic leadership will help him meet the current and future challenges of our organisation.
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, Distribution Centres
Pierre is a dynamic, results-oriented senior manager who combines knowledge, experience and skills necessary to empower his team with a new outlook. He has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing operations and logistics supply chain management. Pierre has proven a skilled communicator and is able to mobilize his team in accordance with set priorities and objectives.
Pierre jointed Groupe Robert in March 2020 as Senior Manager of Distribution Centres and became Vice President for the same sector in May 2022. Over the years, Pierre has contributed to companies such as Kruger Products, Trico Evolution and Lumen. His broad knowledge ranging from organizational health & safety to financial assets and project management will represent a key asset to the business. With an LSSBB certification awarded in 2006, Pierre provides the necessary structure and guidance to achieve, control and maintain deliverables.
Vice-President, Information and Technology
Jean-François Denis has worked at Groupe Robert since September 2017. He started as Senior Manager of the Information Technology Department and was later promoted to Vice President, Information and Technology in February 2022. Jean-François is currently overseeing Cybersecurity, the maintenance of all infrastructure and IT projects under development within the company.
A proactive senior executive, Jean-François is a team player with the ability to articulate and communicate a strong vision to our organisation and, through his positive outlook, to gain the support of his staff in the pursuit of common goals and objectives.
Jean-François holds a Master's degree in Project Management and has extensive experience in the planning and deployment of IT support systems, as well as the coding and execution of related programs, enabling him to identify the necessary elements to support the company's vision and strategic objectives.
Before joining Groupe Robert, Jean-François held senior positions at Videotron, IXTROM Group and served for nearly 35 years with the Royal Canadian Army Reserves and the Royal Canadian Army at the National Defence headquartered in Ottawa.
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, 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, Fleet Operations
Eric was appointed Vice President, Fleet Operations in October 2022. A senior bilingual executive with more than 25 years of experience in operations, logistics and distribution management in the utility and manufacturing sectors, he is responsible for assessing emerging trends in the trucking industry and guiding us in the choices of future technologies.
A mechanical engineer by trade, Eric worked closely with Groupe Robert when the blue highway was being developed, in connection with our investments in natural gas trucks. In his career, he has also worked for innovative companies such as Goodyear and more recently Fedex.
Recognized as an energetic, inspiring, organized, and insightful leader, he uses his coaching skills to support his General Manager in running the fleet, mechanical shops and procurement for the entire company.
Élie A. Hay
Vice-President, Business Development
Elie has joined Groupe Robert as Vice President of Business Development in November 2022. He is accountable for developing strategies that will set the company apart from its competitors while driving business growth.
Throughout his career, Elie has spent over 24 years in the global telecommunications, supply chain and human capital industries. He has extensive experience in sales strategies and marketing program development. He has worked with major companies such as VersaCold Logistics Solutions, Randstad Canada, Rogers Communications and Telus.
His key strength lies in his ability to foster and nurture productive cross-functional relationships, both internally and with clients. He has established valuable contacts throughout his career in the financial, insurance, procurement and industrial sectors.
Elie is responsible for our sales group in Québec and Ontario as well as our Marketing team. His experience and his negotiation & communication skills are significant assets to his team as well as to our company.