Daniel Lefebvre Jean Durocher Steve Adam
Élaine Cloutier Robert Berthiaume Julie Baillargeon
Robert Moore René Roy François Labelle
René Lacroix Jean Brisson Étienne Tremblay
Sylvia Lafontaine Débora Santschi Caroline Brunelle
Gervais Bisson 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
1.800.266.5248, 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
1.800.266.5248, 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)
Robert Berthiaume, Ph.D., Agr.

Dairy Production Expert, Forage systems



rberthiaume@valacta.com
514.459.3030
1.800.266.5248

Education

  • Doctorate in Animal Science , Guelph University
  • Masters in Animal Science, Guelph University

Experience and Achievements

  • Bovine Production Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in Kapuskasing
  • Researcher at the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre in Sherbrooke, Lennoxville sector
  • Research interest: quality, conservation and forage use
Julie Baillargeon, M.Sc., Agr.

Technology Transfer and Research Project Coordinator


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
Jean Brisson, Agr.

Dairy Production Expert


jbrisson@valacta.com
514.459.3030, ext. 7218
1-800-266-5248, ext. 7218
The secret to good forages? Start early and make it quick! (article published in the Quebec Farmers' Advocate - June 2012)

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy, Laval University

Experience and Achievements

  • At Valacta since 2001
  • Frequent speaker at the Symposium sur les bovins laitiers
  • Several training courses on various subjects related to dairy production
  • Author of several general public articles
  • Animal nutrition specialist at Shur-Gain for 20 years
Débora Santschi, Ph.D., Agr.

Nutrition and Management Expert


dsantschi@valacta.com
514.459.3030, ext. 7855
1.800.266.5248, 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
1.800.266.5248, 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
1.800.266.5248, 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
1.800.266.5248, 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
1.800.266.5248, 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
Étienne Tremblay, T.P.

DHI Standards Coordinator


etremblay@valacta.com
514.459.3030, ext. 7050
1.800.266.5248, ext. 7050

Education

  • DEC Farm Management Technology, Campus Macdonald, McGill University (1988)

Experience and Achievements

  • Dairy Production Advisor, Coach and Training Agent at Valacta from 2003 to 2010
  • Member of the Transfer Committee for the Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network (2006-)
  • Manager and Technical Coordinator of McGill's MacDonald Campus Farm from 1996 to 2002
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
1.800.266.5248, 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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