Daniel Lefebvre Jean Durocher Steve Adam
Élaine Cloutier Maxime Leduc Julie Baillargeon
Robert Moore René Roy François Labelle
René Lacroix Caroline Brunelle Sylvia Lafontaine
Gervais Bisson Débora Santschi
Mario Séguin​​
Daniel Lefebvre, Ph.D., Agr.

General Manager and Director of R&D


dlefebvre@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7579
1 800 266-5248, ext. 7579

Education

  • Doctorate in Dairy Cow Nutrition and Physiology, McGill University (1998)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, McGill University (1989)

Experience and Achievements

  • At Valacta since1993
  • Certified by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists and by the American College of Animal Nutrition
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science, McGill University
  • Member of the Bovins Laitiers du CRAAQ committee
Élaine Cloutier, Agr.

Assistant Manager R&D - Training and Knowledge Transfer


ecloutier@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7849
1 800 266-5248, poste ext. 7849

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, McGill University (1988)
  • DEC in Animal Health, Sherbrooke CEGEP (1984)

Experience and Achievements

  • Assistant Manager for Research and Development since 2011
  • In charge of training and technological transfer files since 1996
    • Developed and implemented the Ascent Program (a skill development program for employees) 
    • In charge of content development and training tools
  • At Valacta since 1989
Robert Moore, Ph.D.

Scientific Manager


rmoore@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7521
1 800 266-5248, ext. 7521

Education

  • Doctorate in Animal Genetics, Guelph University (1991)
  • Master's Degree in Animal Genetics, McGill University (1980)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, McGill University (1977)

Experience and Achievements

  • Assistant Manager, Valacta R&D since 1982
    • Business Analyst in multiple development projects
    • Key role in the development of the Vision 2000 software and database program
  • Member of the CDN Genetic Evaluation Committee (GEB)
  • Lecturer for the Department of Animal Science and Associate Researcher for the Quebec Dairy Herd Analysis Program (1979-1982)
René Lacroix, Ph.D., Eng.

Analyst – Data Value (Business Intelligence)


rlacroix@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7530
1 800 266-5248, ext. 7530

Education

  • Doctorate in Agricultural Engineering, McGill University

Experience and Achievements

  • Planification Analyst at McGill's Planning and Institutional Analysis office from 2005 to 2010
  • Assistant Manager of McGill's Dairy Information System Group, in collaboration with the PATLQ, for 10 years
  • Author of close to 40 scientific articles for the general public on new information technologies and data analysis
Sylvia Lafontaine, Agr.

Business Analyst


slafontaine@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7827
800 266-5248, ext. 7827

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, McGill University

Experience and Achievements

  • Regional Manager for Valacta's Atlantic region and business analyst since 2010
  • Business analyst since 2000
  • Standards and data coordinator at Valacta from 1996 to 2010
  • Contributed to the development of Vision2000
  • Expertise for the development of Lact-T
Jean Durocher, M.Sc., D.M.V.

Dairy Herd Health Coordinator


jdurocher@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7219
800 266-5248, ext. 7219

Education

  • Master's Degree in Veterinary Science, University of Montreal (1992)
  • Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal (1983)

Experience and Achievements

  • At Valacta since 2007
  • Associate Professor at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine since 2008
  • Member of the organizing committee for the Colloque sur la santé des troupeaux laitiers
  • Technological Services Manager (embryonic bovine transfer), Alliance Boviteq (1998-2007)
  • Veterinary and Production Manager, Alliance Boviteq (1991-1998)
  • Veterinary practitioner specialized in reproduction, St Hyacinthe (1984-1991)
  • Veterinary practitioner, Verchères (1983-1984)
Maxime Leduc, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Intern – Forage Systems



mleduc@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7535
1 800 266-5248, ext. 7535

Education

  • Doctorate in Animal Science, Laval University (2018)
  • Master’s Degree in Animal Science, Laval University (2014)

Experience and Achievements

  • At Valacta since 2017
  • CQPF Administrator (2017)
  • President of the Syndicat des producteurs ovins Laurentides Outaouais (2014)
  • Member of the Health and Research committee of the Centre d'expertise en production ovine du Québec (CEPOQ)
  • Topics of special interest: Forage plant reading, data sharing in this industry and the use of artificial intelligence in agriculture.
Julie Baillargeon, M.Sc., Agr.

Knowledge Transfer Expert


jbaillargeon@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7580
1 800 266-5248, ext. 7580

Education

  • Master's Degree in Veterinary Science, University of Montreal
  • Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, McGill University

Experience and Achievements

  • Transfer Agent at the Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network (2003-2011)
  • Coordinator and member or the organizing committee for the Colloque sur la santé des troupeaux laitiers (2004-2009)
  • Communications Manager for the Canadian Dairy Research Cluster from December 2010 to 2011
  • Marketing Agent at PATLQ in 2001
Débora Santschi, Ph.D., Agr.

Nutrition and Management Expert


dsantschi@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7855
800 266-5248, ext. 7855

Education

  • Doctorate on short dry-off management, Laval University (2010)
  • Master's Degree in Dairy Bovine Nutrition, McGill University (2004)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, McGill University (2002)

Experience and Achievements

  • Speaker at several conferences related to short dry-off period management 
  • Worked on the family dairy farm located in the Eastern Townships
  • Member of the CRAAQ Dairy Bovine Committee 
Steve Adam, Agr.

Dairy Production Expert on Animal Comfort, Behaviour and Well-being


sadam@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 8124
800 266-5248, ext. 8124

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy, Laval University (2008)
  • Certificate in bovine and dairy production, Laval University (2005)
  • DEC in Zoo technology, ITA of St-Hyacinthe (1991)

Experience and Achievements

  • Strategic Advisor at Valacta and responsible for robotic milking services (2004-2010)
  • Development Agent (1997-2004)
  • Dairy Production Advisor at PATLQ/Valacta (1991-1997)
  • Speaker at several conferences as well as author of numerous general public articles
François Labelle, Agr.

Organic Dairy Production Expert


flabelle@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7590
800 266-5248, ext. 7590

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy, McGill University (1989)

Experience and Achievements

  • Member of the Valacta R and D team since 2008
    • Responsible for various technology transfer projects
    • Technical support for the consulting team in organic milk production
  • Manager of the Alfred Campus Farm and in charge of organic agriculture transfer
  • Lecturer in animal production at the University of Guelph's Alfred Campus, Ontario (2004-)
  • Advisor for a technical support club in organic agriculture
  • Training and field experience in organic dairy production
  • Member of various committees in organic dairy production
René Roy, Agr.

Agro-economist


rroy@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7220
800 266-5248, ext. 7220

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Agro-economy, Laval University

Experience and Achievements

  • 2002 Rivet Award for his exceptional contribution to the development of agricultural management
  • Speaker at several conferences and author of numerous articles for specialized magazines
  • Regional coordinator for agricultural advisory groups in the East of Quebec from 2003 to 2006
  • Management advisor for the Agricultural Advisory Group of Côte-du-Sud from 1980 to 2007
Caroline Brunelle, Agr.

Provincial Dairy Goat Production Advisor


cbrunelle@valacta.com
514 459-3030, ext. 7860
800 266-5248, ext. 7860

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, Laval University (2006)

Experience and Achievements

  • Dairy Production Advisor from 2006 to 2009
  • Goat Specialist at Valacta since 2009
  • Member of the Chèvres du CRAAQ committee

Conferences and Available Trainings

  • Dairy goat nutrition
  • Raising and selection of dairy goats from birth to calving
  • Milking and dairy goat quality
  • Dehorning and hoof cutting
  • Use of luminous deseasoning (photoperiod) in dairy goat production
Gervais Bisson, Agr.

Dairy Production Expert - Milking Robots and Strategic Advisor - Abitibi-Témiscamingue




gbisson@valacta.com
514 459-3030 
1 800 266-5248

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Agro-economy, Laval University

Experience and Achievements

  • Joined Valacta in 2012
  • Has held several positions at Purina from 1992 to 2012
  • Owner of a dairy farm from 1981 to 1989

 

Mario Séguin, Agr.

Dairy Production Expert – Milk Recording and Data Management




marioseguin@valacta.com
514 459-3030 ext. 7792
800 266-5248, ext. 7792

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, McGill University (1987)

Experience and Achievements

  • Joined the Valacta R&D team in July 2016
  • Dairy Sire Analyst, CIAQ/Semex (1987-2008)
    Some examples of selected sires : Rudolph, Lee, Fever.
  • Assistant Director of Genetics, CIAQ (2008 -2014)
  • Freelance Writer, Progressive Dairyman (2015-2016)
  • Member of the CDN Genetic Evaluation Committee (GEB) (2008-2014)
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