Montréal, May 16, 2019 — Gaétan Desroches, CEO of La Coop fédérée, is proud to announce the appointment of Sébastien Léveillé to the position of CEO of Sollio Agriculture. In addition to this appointment, Sébastien Léveillé will also continue his duties as Executive Vice-President of the Agri-business Division of La Coop fédérée.
“Sébastien Léveillé’s appointment underlines his outstanding contribution to the organization’s development across Canada in the past several years, including the completion of a number of strategic acquisitions in his sector. In an industry with multiple challenges, Sébastien will continue to leverage his leadership and commitment to farmers and regional economic prosperity,” says Gaétan Desroches.
“This appointment completes the governance strategy for our three divisions, Sollio Agriculture, Olymel and Groupe BMR, and is part of the development plan for La Coop fédérée, led by Gaétan Desroches. On behalf of the Board of Directors of La Coop fédérée and on my own behalf, I applaud this appointment, which will allow Sébastien to pursue Sollio Agriculture’s growth and development plan,” says Ghislain Gervais, President of La Coop fédérée.
Sébastien Léveillé has a bachelor’s degree in agri-food management and economics from Université Laval (2003) and an MBA from Université de Sherbrooke’s management school (2015). In 2002, he joined La Coop fédérée’s network as General Manager of La Coop Pont-Rouge, located in the Québec City area, where he achieved a successful financial turnaround and a return to profitability. In 2008, he joined La Coop fédérée as Director of Marketing. Given his successful track record, he was appointed Vice-President, Business Development and Communications, and then Executive Vice-Président, Agri-business, in 2014.
About La Coop fédérée
Founded in 1922, La Coop fédérée is the largest agri-food company in Quebec, the only Canada-wide agricultural cooperative and the 24th largest agri-food cooperative worldwide. It represents more than 120,000 members, farmers and consumers grouped into nearly 60 cooperatives spread out across several Canadian provinces. It employs over 14,000 people, and its revenues total $6.5 billion. Including its affiliated cooperatives, La Coop fédérée has more than 19,000 employees and combined revenues of $9.5 billion. Its activities are divided into three divisions: Olymel S.E.C. (under the Olymel, Flamingo, Lafleur, Aliments Triomphe and Pinty’s banners), the agri-business division (under the La Coop, Elite, Agrocentre, Agrico, Agromart and Country Stores banners) and Groupe BMR inc. (under the BMR, Unimat, Agrizone, Potvin & Bouchard, La Shop and Country Stores banners). To know more, visit us on Twitter (twitter.com/LaCoop_federee) or Facebook (facebook.com/LaCoopfederee).
About Sollio Agriculture
Sollio Agriculture, the Agri-business Division of La Coop fédérée, is a Canadian leader in the agriculture industry. It specializes in the marketing of farm inputs and value-added agronomic services. It benefits from a synergy between three sectors: livestock production, crop production and grains. Present in almost every part of Canada, it has close to 1,100 employees and made $2.125 billion in sales in 2018 in Canada and abroad. For more information about Sollio Agriculture, visit sollio.ag.