Management Team

Our multidisciplinary management team comes from a variety of backgrounds such as Finance, Military, Communications, Transport, OEM and EMS. This diversity allows us to better understand our customer’s challenges and to offer a wide range of solution tailored to their specific needs.

 

Michel Farley, President and Chief Executive Officer 

Recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Technology category, Michel Farley is a seasoned businessman and a born entrepreneur. He founded Varitron Technologies in 1991 with fewer than half a dozen employees.

In a highly complex and competitive industry, Varitron Technologies stood out immediately, thanks to superior production quality and strong customer commitment. Michel very quickly made his presence felt within the company, making sure to be personally involved in all facets of production. Today, he is at the helm of a company experiencing strong growth despite the clouds of uncertainty hanging over the global economy. Varitron Technologies, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011, is now Québec’s largest electronics assembly company, according to Les Affaires newspaper.

Dedicated to helping the community, he just started the social project Réussite Rive-Sud to prevent school dropout and is actively involved with a consultation group to stimulate entrepreneurship in Québec. Over the years, he has also contributed to the growth of several startup companies.

 

Véronique Côté, Managing Director, Human Resources

Véronique has over 15 years of varied experience in human resources management, including consulting services in health and safety solutions and, most importantly, in manufacturing. Having established a human resources department during a period of strong growth, Véronique has acquired a solid expertise in talent management adapted to the manufacturing environment and growing SMEs. As a generalist, this career has enabled her to master the many functional, legal and strategic aspects of talent management.
Véronique Côté is a member of the College of Certified Human Resources Consultants of Quebec (CHRP) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Université de Sherbrooke.

 

Fabio Ferrarini, Vice President, Customer Experience

Fabio Ferrarini has 20 years experience and expertise in high flow manufacturing, mechanical design, quality systems and plant management. Through his roles as Quality Director and Plant Manager, he has led numerous strategies and initiatives that had major positive impact on operations, cost and customer satisfaction while empowering his team associates to flourish and outperform themselves.
Fabio Ferrarini holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from École Polytechnique of Montreal, a Major in Engineering Management from Sherbrooke University, and is a GE-trained Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.

 

Jean-Pierre Gauvin, Vice President, Marketing and Business Intelligence

Jean-Pierre is responsible for positioning Varitron in the Canadian and US markets. He leads the development and implementation of the overall marketing strategies, from brand awareness, customer relationship management to planning and launching technological innovation and new services. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications, information technology and media sectors where he has successfully collaborated in the development of new markets and business models, the design, management and launch of many products and services as well as the creation of new strategic partnerships.

Jean-Pierre holds a master’s degree in marketing from HEC Montréal and a post-graduate diploma in innovation management from the Université de Sherbrooke.

 

Serge Laflamme, Vice President, Finance and Controller

Serge Laflamme is a certified management accountant (CPA-CMA) and holds a bachelor of business administration degree (BBA) from HEC Montréal. An executive member and shareholder of Varitron Technologies Group, he has more than 20 years of experience in the electronics, energy (Norcan/Calex) and banking (Laurentian Bank) industries.

Serge is also actively involved in the community, and is co-founder and treasurer of a co-operative food service that enables disadvantaged schoolchildren to have healthy and balanced daily meals.

 

 

Patrice Lavoie, Vice President – Sales and Business Developement

Patrice is a results-driven executive with more than 17 years of experience in the industry. He worked previously with CMC Electronics and Ultra Electronics, and he has solid experience in technology transfer and military applications.

Patrice has IPC Class 3 training and is an active IPC and SMTA member. Patrice’s former positions (business unit manager, director of operations, supply chain manager and others) have enabled him to build an extensive understanding of how to align Varitron’s manufacturing and supply-chain strategies with customers’ needs.

 

Mario Leblanc, Chief Transformation Officer

Mario has a proven track record in creating, growing and transforming local and international businesses in highly competitive industries. As Varitron’s Chief Transformation Officer, he is responsible for planning, communicating and implementing the overall strategic plan. Mario is also driving internal and external initiatives aimed at expanding the corporate capabilities while increasing the value and the innovation strength of the company through a positive change leadership.

Prior to joining Varitron, Mario created successfully Vector7 to help organizations to reach their business goals on an ongoing basis. He also led Keyrus, an international organization specializing in integrated consulting and technology services. Prior to Keyrus, he founded Inverse Consulting Group and made it a leading player in the development of tools, infrastructures and IT solutions.

Mario is known for his commitment to delivering results-oriented solutions, his ability to move from vision to action, and his communication skills.

 

Jon Saunders, Vice President, US Operations

Jon Saunders has over 25 years’ experience in electronics manufacturing. Jon has held leadership positions in several Global Contract Manufacturers and has brought both small and large organizations through times of transition and growth. Jon also has industry experience in PCB fabrication, Microelectronics, and Explosive Trace Detection equipment. Jon has proven expertise in Operational Excellence, Quality Systems, and creative Supply Chain strategies.

 

 

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