Senior Vice President, Business Solutions
With a degree in mechanical construction, Rolland Grenier has seen his career marked by working for a high tech heating & ventilation manufacturer where he started as a draftsman and estimator, to subsequently being appointed to the joint position of sales director and general manager. These latter roles allowed him to put to use and improve his knowledge of the North American market, a major asset for The Master Group which he joined in 2011 as Products Director, Hydronic Heating, a fast growing sector for which he possesses great expertise.
His outstanding strategic vision, management of sales operations, technical skills, product and market knowledge, and his dedication earned him a senior management position in December 2012 as Vice-President, Sales Montreal.
President, Value Added Distributors, & SVP, US Distribution Master Group
Clay is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in general management, sales, and marketing across multiple industries. He was selected as the top choice to lead the US-based business in 2022. Clay is known for his exceptional leadership skills, passion for developing people, and a track record of delivering outstanding results. He holds a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Tulsa and started his career as an account manager at Hilti. Over 15 years at the company, he progressed to Division Manager before becoming VP at Parker Hannifin in 2017. Clay later entered the HVAC industry as VP & GM at Johnson Controls in 2019 prior to joining Master.
COO – Chief Operating Officer
John Kaul is a veteran executive with over 25 years of global experience. As the Chief Operating Officer of Master, he oversees the growth and success of the company's supply chain and strategies. John holds a Master's degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He started his career with Barclaycard and Hilti, and has held various leadership positions at Acklands-Grainger and Allredi. He is a dynamic leader and skilled communicator, known for his passion for excellence, relationship building, and talent development. John joined Master in 2022, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role .
Chief Financial Officer
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in management accounting from the Université du Québec à Montréal and member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA), Rémy has more than 20 years of management experience in the fields of finance, accounting and administration as well as mergers and acquisitions. Rémy joined the Master team in January 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as operations controller and project controller at Bombardier Transportation and worked for over 14 years at Héroux-Devtek, where he quickly climbed the ladder in the finance department to reach the position of vice-president corporate development, mergers and acquisitions. Known for his remarkable business sense and his versatility within large, medium and small companies, Rémy brings a wealth of experience to support The Master Group’s business strategy.
Neil McDougall has had an illustrious career operating at the highest levels in multiple industries. After earning his business administration degree in England in 1996, he accumulated extensive experience in the diesel engine industry over the next ten years to then join Caterpillar Inc. in Geneva, where he oversaw regional sales and marketing operations for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He continues his rise within the company through various management positions, up to his appointment as Director, Global Retail Sales and Marketing. His impressive career at Caterpillar delivered many achievements. In 2016, Neil joins Johnson Controls and applies his strategic approach and experience from 27 years with Caterpillar to a new and different industry. He took the helm of the Master Group as president in June 2019.
Chantal de la Rochelle
CHRO - Chief Human Resources Officer
With 20 years of experience as a strategic executive in human resources and organizational development, Chantal joined the Master team in February 2022. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in psychology from McGill University and a master’s degree in industrial relations from Queen's University, she worked at the creative firm Sid Lee where she held the position of Head of Talent Management since 2018, following a 17-year career at Bombardier. She brings with her multiple skills, including talent acquisition, change management, organizational development, leadership development and labour relations. Also responsible for the overall development and capacity objectives of our company, Chantal shares with Master her success in fast-paced, diverse organizations and her experience in developing multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams on a global scale.
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.
Senior Vice President, Distribution
With a wealth of wholesale distribution, business strategy, and leadership experience, Keith joined The Master Group as a Regional Director for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in March of 2020. Keith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Calgary and he has augmented his education through studies at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business and the IMD School of Business in Switzerland. Over his 17 year career at Wolseley Canada he continuously progressed through various leadership positions, serving as General Manager for Western Canada and as a member of the Executive Management Team.
Having worked in all levels of wholesale distribution, Keith understands the strength of progressive customer relationships, a strong team culture, and the growth and development of the people on his team. This understanding helped lead to his appointment as Senior Vice-President, Distribution for The Master Group in late 2020.