Top man­age­ment change at UPA

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

On Tues­day, March 8th, Guy­laine Gos­selin an­nounced that she would be step­ping down from her po­si­tion as the gen­eral di­rec­tor of the Union des Pro­duc­teurs Agri­cole (UPA) on March 31st.

Step­ping in to the po­si­tion will be Charles-Felix Ross who holds a de­gree from the Univer­sité Laval and a mas­ter’s de­gree in agro-econ­omy from Cor­nell Univer­sity. Mr. Ross be­gan his ca­reer at the UPA as an agroe­conomist. In 1997 he be­came the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Fed­er­a­tion des pro­duc­teurs ac­eri­coles du Que­bec, a post he kept un­til 2008. His time at the heart of this or­ga­ni­za­tion con­trib­uted to ex­pan­sion in the sec­tor, pro­duc­tion de­vel­op­ment and the put- ting in place of mar­ket­ing tools. Since 2008, he has oc­cu­pied the po­si­tions of di­rec­tor of the Di­rec­tion recherches et poli­tiques agri­coles (DREPA) and the as­sis­tant gen­eral di­rec­tor of the UPA.

Mr. Ross is well-known for his ex­per­tise as an econ­o­mist, par­tic­u­larly in the fields of agri­cul­ture, the food busi­ness and in­ter­na­tional com­merce. His de­ter­mi­na­tion and lead­er­ship will be im­por­tant ad­di­tions to the or­ga­ni­za­tion when he be­gins on April 1st.

Ms. Gos­selin was known for her ex­cep­tional work at the UPA. She be­gan her ca­reer as a man­age­ment coun­sel­lor in the Lanaudiere re­gion and was the gen­eral di­rec­tor of the Fed­er­a­tion des procuc­teurs de lait be­fore be­com­ing, in 2008, the first woman to head the UPA.

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