President and Managing Partner, Novacap
Jacques started his career with KPMG in Montreal and later joined the Olympia Group, a meat processing company where he worked for more than 12 years. His involvement in numerous mergers and acquisitions helped the company become the largest hog processing business in Canada, known today as Olymel-Flamingo. He joined Novacap in 1994. Member of the board of directors of The Master Group, Jacques is also currently a director of Octasic Inc., Royal Mat Inc., Knowlton Development Corporation Inc., Multibar Group Inc., Metro Supply Chain Group Inc., Nautilus Development Corporation Inc., Enviro‐Viridis Development Corporation Inc., LPDC Holding Corporation Inc. (Smyth), IPL Inc., Idaho Pacific Holding Inc. Storage Systems Holding Corp (Pipp), and Bentley Leathers Development Corporation Inc. He has also received the Arista Award for personal achievement in business.
Senior Vice President Business Development Strategic & National Accounts
Alain Fournier’s career at Master Group spans close to 25 years. After starting out as a sales representative in one of the company’s branches, he rose through the ranks to become sales manager in 1993. He became a shareholder in 1999 and was promoted to the position of executive vice-president in 2009. Persistence, leadership and team spirit are among the assets that have contributed to the company’s growth and influence.
Determined and enthusiastic, Alain Fournier was named Executive Vice-President in January 2009.
General Partner, Novacap
Marc started his career as an entrepreneur founding one of the largest office supplies distribution company in Québec which he sold in 1994 to join Novacap thereafter. In 2001, Marc left Novacap to become the owner-operator of Multiple Awnings, Canada’s largest and fastest growing manufacturer of awnings and exterior products which benefited from 600% growth in sales during Marc’s tenure. Following the successful sale of Multiple Awnings in December 2011, Marc went back to Novacap in April 2012. In addition to his investment experience with Novacap, Marc has hands on experience in manufacturing, distribution, retail, import-export and services. He is and has been active on numerous boards of directors of private companies and entrepreneur associations including ICE (USA), SNOC, Cuisines Experts , YEO (Young Entrepreneur’s Organization), Fonds Régional de Solidarité and Société d’Investissements Jeunesse. He lived, studied and worked for many years in Ontario prior to joining Novacap. He has completed a bachelor of laws (cum laude) and his Québec bar certification at the University of Ottawa. He has also earned an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey School of Business) and participated in the master’s degree in international commerce program at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Michel Ringuet has a B.A. from the University of Laval and MBA from McGill University. After his university studies, he was hired by the finance department of the National Bank of Canada. In 1990, he joined The Master Group as Vice-President Finance and Administration. He is appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2006, a position he will hold until his departure in 2016.
In addition to being involved with various companies as a private investor, Michel Ringuet is Governor of the Tel-Jeunes Foundation, a member of several investment fund committees in addition to sitting on the board of directors of Master as well as Lumenpulse Group inc, Colo-D inc, Earth Alive Clean Technologies and Compagnie Électrique Lion.
Senior Partner, Novacap
Jean-François is a versatile young man with extraordinary experience in the business community. Over the course of his career, he has developed leading-edge expertise in the areas of operations, finance, project management, business development and in mergers and acquisitions, with more than 30 transactions to his credit, both in Canada and in the United States. His work ethic, strong team spirit, dedication, passion and interpersonal skills saw him be promoted several times during his 12 years at Novacap ultimately reaching the position of principal before joining Master in 2017.
Chief Executive Officer
Louis St-Laurent has been Chief Executive Officer of the Master Group since 2019. A graduate of Concordia University, he quickly set himself apart from his peers with his superior interpersonal skills and innate business sense. After gaining experience as a sales representative at Kraft, he was hired in 1984 as Sales Manager of Master’s Kelko division. With the company’s rapid expansion, he was promoted to the position of Vice-President, Marketing in August 1990. He became a shareholder a year later, then was at the helm of the company as President from 2006 to 2019.
Louis St-Laurent is a natural leader and a remarkable executive who is deeply respected within the industry.