MONTREAL – Sébastien Léveillé was named CEO of Sollio Agriculture, the agri-business division of La Coop fédérée. Léveillé will continue his duties as executive vice president of Sollio. As CEO, Léveillé will lead a group of 1,100 employees in facilities across Canada.
Léveillé joined La Coop fédérée in 2002 as general manager of La Coop Pont-Rouge in the Québec City area, where he is credited with a successful financial turnaround and a return to profitability. In 2008, he joined La Coop fédérée as director of marketing. He was appointed vice president of Business Development and Communications and later promoted to executive vice president, Agri-business, in 2014.
“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,” said Gaétan Desroches, CEO of La Coop fédérée. “In an industry with multiple challenges, Sébastien will continue to leverage his leadership and commitment to farmers and regional economic prosperity.”
Léveillé has a bachelor’s degree in agri-food management and economics from Univ. Laval and an MBA from Univ. de Sherbrooke’s management school.
Ghislain Gervais, president of La Coop fédérée, said, “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.”