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, Founder and Chairman of the board

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.

 

Mario Leblanc, CEO

Mario joined Varitron in 2017 to drive the Company’s strategic plan. He had been on the Board of Directors for 4 years prior. He holds over 30 years of entrepreneurship experience with the creation of companies, including Vector7, a firm focused on helping companies execute their strategies and directly helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Vector7 completed over 65 mandates in North America and Europe.

He was also CEO of Keyrus America, a publicly traded international management and business intelligence consulting group. Mario spent 5 years at Northern Telecom at the beginning of his career. 

 

 

Sylvain Mailhot, CPA, CMA, Corporate Director, Finance

Director of Finances for now more than 15 years in manufacturing and high-tech companies such as Soucy Group, AGT Robotics and Varitron Technologies inc. Sylvain holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and is member of the Chartered Professional Accountants since 20 years.  He worked in financial analysis, modelisation and planning as well as budgeting and cashflow management processes.

 

 


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.

 

Sylvain DuvalDirector of Value Added Services

Engineer by training, Sylvain has extensive experience in engineering management and business development in the 

high technology, telecommunications and IT sectors. throughout his career, he has developed expertise in the management of operations, products and services, project and risk management, sales and marketing as well as research and development (R&D) processes. He started out at Nortel for ten years before being guided by his entrepreneurial spirit and co-founding high-tech product and engineering services companies.

Leveraging his ability to evolve in constantly changing competitive environments and requiring a great capacity for adaptation, Sylvain will be responsible at Varitron for integrating the new production unit recently acquired in Mirabel. In addition to managing the set-up and sale of value-added services, he will also be in charge of setting up the production of prototypes within three to five days, in response to increasing customer demand.

Ruth Fay, Vice President, Manufacturing Operations

Ruth Fay is an experienced manager who has worked for more than 20 years in SMEs and large manufacturing companies. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Industrial Engineering. She is also a member in good standing of the Quebec Order of Engineers.

In her career, Ruth has worked in a variety of fields including Quality, Continuous Improvement, Introduction of New Products and Production. A fervent practitioner of value-added management (lean management & lean manufacturing), she was responsible for production in a mass manufacturing company (Mabe) and also has to her credit the establishment of a new factory on American soil. (Demers).

 

Alain Cloutier, Ing., Engineering and Quality Assurance Director

Alain Cloutier has nearly 20 years of experience as a manager in various engineering, operations and project management environments in the high technology field. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a PMP (Project Management Professional) certification and he is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Prior to joining Varitron, Mr. Cloutier developed his expertise and experience in the development and manufacture of electronic products and embedded systems as a TCMS (Train Control & Management System) Manager at Bombardier Transportation and as Industrial Manager at Kontron Canada. Previously, he held management positions at Mindready Solutions, providing testing engineering services and embedded systems in the high-tech field.


Joelle Bellavance, M.Sc., CHRP, Vice President, Human Resources Director

A member of the Ordre des CRHA, Joelle has more than fifteen years of experience in human resources management in manufacturing and institutional organizations. She has made her mark as a business partner aligned with organizational needs. With a master’s degree in human resources management from HEC Montréal and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she always strives to place the human being at the heart of decision-making. Having worked at PwC, ÉTS, Tembec and Mitchel-Lincoln Packaging, she has been contributing diligently to Varitron’s growth for the past eight years by bringing her professional experience, her passion for people development and her creative touch.

 

 

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