Top Management

Manuel Gendron

Manuel Gendron, CPA, CA

General Manager

Manuel Gendron studied biology and then moved to accounting and business administration. He now holds the title of Chartered Professional Accountant. Prior to joining Ceresco in January 2008, Manuel Gendron worked in various accounting firms and also as business management.

Mireille Raymond

Mireille Raymond

Vice-president Operations, Human Resources and Finances

Mireille Raymond has significant expertise in management, administration and accounting. As Vice-president, Operations, Human Resources and Finances, Mireille Raymond considers the quality of company products and services to be very important. To achieve her goals, she relies primarily on the skills and professionalism of Ceresco’s employees.

Thierry Gripon

Thierry Gripon

Vice-president, Sales and Procurement

Thierry Gripon has unique expertise in sales, administration and coaching. He also has broad knowledge of the global marketplace of soybean for human consumption. As Vice-president, Sales and Procurement, Thierry Gripon maintains preferential relations with company clients and soybean producers. Through his keen ability to bring people together, he is fully committed to the company’s dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic team.

Alexandre Santarelli, CPA, CMA

CFO and Corporate Controller

Alexandre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a CMA profile from HEC Montreal and the 2013 CPA Emergence Laureate for the Montreal region. A member of the CPA Order, he has nearly 15 years of experience in various fields related to finance, accounting and management. Prior to joining Ceresco in March 2018, Alexandre Santarelli served as Controller for AD Display Group and Production Manager for Les Plastiques Evolupak Inc.

Hicham Bali, Agr

Agronomic, Purchasing, R&D manager IP soybean

Hicham is an Agronomist and graduate of the HEC in Business Management and Business Administration. He currently serves as Procurement Director of grain. In this role, he leads the Sales team, Research and Development, Customer Service and Business Development for seeds. During his career at Ceresco, Hicham served as Quality Control Specialist and Agricultural Representative.

Steve Harrison, CRHA

Human Resources and IT Manager

Graduate in International Relations and Human Resources with the title of CHRP, Steve is currently in the process of obtaining his Master’s in Business Administration from the ESG (MBA). Having worked in various SMEs, Steve gained expertise in Human Resources management. Prior to joining the Ceresco team in August 2011, he held the position of Human Resources Manager at L.B. Maple Treat. Steve also sits on several boards in the region.

Mathieu Bourdet. Agr.

Procurement Director

Coming from an agricultural family, Mathieu earned his agronomist degree at the Agricultural College of Angers in France. Following his arrival in Quebec and over the years, Mathieu has built up strong managerial skills by holding the positions of project manager in automation and director of operations specializing in organic cereals. He joined the Ceresco team in 2013 as a grain reception supervisor. Capitalizing on rigorous procedures, his sense of continuous improvement and his knowledge of logistics, he was promoted to director of procurement.

Hidetsugu Ochiai

Hidetsugu Ochiai

President Ceresco Marketing

Hidetsugu Ochiai holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Prior to joining Ceresco in November 2002, he worked for several food processing firms in Japan. He is responsible for overall marketing and customer relation working directly from our office in Japan.