The Master Group welcomes Michel Lecompte to head up its refrigeration department
Boucherville, August 21, 2008 – The Master Group is proud to announce the appointment of Michel Lecompte to the position of Technical Director, Refrigeration. Mr. Lecompte will take over the position, recently left vacant by the departure of Marc Gosselin, in mid-September.
“Michel is regarded as one of the leading experts in the refrigeration industry. His experience, credibility, and versatility are definite assets for our company, and we are especially pleased to welcome him to our team,” noted Louis St-Laurent, President, The Master Group L.P. “His arrival here will further strengthen our position as industry leader.”
In fact, with his extensive experience, Mr. Lecompte has developed a unique expertise. His solid background—close to 40 years in the industry—includes numerous major achievements in Quebec as well as outside the province, for a variety of companies, institutions, and organizations: Wild Life Canada, Sobeys Warehouses, Hershey, Couche-Tard, warehouses for fine wines in California, fish drying facilities in Iceland, and even for the United Nations world biodiversity preservation warehouses.
Since his early days as an industrial designer with Blanchard Industries in 1969, he steered his professional career mainly in the direction of research, development and product engineering. He is self-taught, curious, and talented, and over the years has honed his interest, read extensively, consulted a host of sources, and taken a variety of training courses to extend his knowledge in the field.
After serving with companies like Powrmatic in 1973, where he was Director, Air Conditioning, and Blanchard-Ness in 1977, where he was involved in research, development, and product engineering, as well as supervising specifications for highly specialized applications, he went on to found RefPlus in 1994, and remained its President to this day. He also took on the duties of Vice President, Engineering at Dectron International when it merged with RefPlus.
He has been an active member of ASHRAE since 1982, co-authoring numerous book chapters, manuals, and test method standards for the association. He even drafted a number of his publications at ASHRAE headquarters in Atlanta. He currently holds the position of Secretary of the association’s Montreal chapter. “My decision to join Master stems mainly from a desire to seek new challenges and return to the field of distribution: I’d like to get away from the development and engineering aspect and concentrate more on a wide range of technical applications,” Michel Lecompte explains. “I would also really like to pass along all my knowledge in the field, and I feel I could give the young talents at Master a helping hand.”
About the Master Group L.P.
The Master Group has led the air conditioning, refrigeration and heating sectors for more than 55 years, and is the largest independent distributor in Eastern Canada. It employs some 375 dynamic and devoted individuals who serve the industry from over 14 branches and two distribution centres extending from Eastern Ontario to the Maritimes.
Source: Nathalie Lajoie
Director, Communication and Marketing