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François Perras
Chief Executive Officer, ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada
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François Perras is Chief Executive Officer, ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada since 2017. He oversees the group’s operations, which include an ore reduction plant, two steel mills, three rolling mills and two wire mills. Mr. Perras strives to maximize cooperation and synergy to enhance product quality and ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada’s already enviable reputation among its customers.

Mr. Perras joined the company as a Metallurgist in 2000, then became a technical advisor at the cold mill, becoming Senior Coordinator in 2004. He managed the hot mill from 2006 until the facility closed in 2008. Mr. Perras subsequently held several strategic positions and spent some time in a professional development program at the Company’s global head office in Luxembourg where he worked closely with the management committee. In 2012, he returned to Canada and was appointed Director, Recycling and Raw Materials, then added the Purchasing portfolio in 2015.

Prior to his nomination as CEO, in his previous role of Chief Strategy Officer, François Perras was dedicated to defining and implementing our business strategies to increase our profitability, market share and operational effectiveness. He was also responsible for the Continuous Improvement and Strategic Value Creation group created at the end of 2014 to accelerate the identification of best operating practices and their implementation in a structured manner.

François Perras holds a bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Université Laval and Michigan Technological University (MTU) as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Université de Sherbrooke.

Directors, Operations

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Eric Belzil
General Manager, Feruni and Metals Procurement
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Eric Belzil

Eric Belzil is General Manager, Feruni and Metals Procurement for ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada. In this position, which he holds since 2018, he coordinates activities of our Contrecoeur Recycling and Scrap Processing Center (“Feruni”) as well as our scrap and iron ore purchasing, as well as related supplier management.

Mr. Belzil has worked in the industrial sector since 1994, mostly in the steel business in Quebec and Ontario including for Ivaco, QIT (RioTinto), Stelco (U.S. Steel), Ford and Co-Steel Lasco (Gerdau AmeriSteel). He has been part of ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada since 2005 in a variety of management roles; before holding his current position, he has been General Manager of our Wire Group between 2016 and 2018.

Eric Belzil has a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University as well as an Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) from McGill-HEC.

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Marco Savard
General Manager, Contrecoeur-East Complex
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Marco Savard is responsible for the Contrecoeur-East steelworks and wire rod mill. Mr. Savard is also in charge of the Reduction Plant and the Recycling and Scrap Processing Center. He takes care of these sites in order to optimize their performance and quality and to satisfy the needs of customers who require steel that meets their specifications.

After starting his career at Atlas Steel in Sorel-Tracy in 1994 as a process engineer and production coordinator, Mr. Savard joined ArcelorMittal in 2000. He acted as senior coordinator in several installations of our Contrecoeur complex before his appointment as manager of the Contrecoeur-East steelworks in 2010. He has held his current position since the fall of 2017.

Marco Savard holds a degree in metallurgical engineering from Université Laval and engineering administration (MBA equivalent) from Université de Sherbrooke.

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Stéphane Brochu
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
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Mr. Brochu is responsible for coordinating all the operational activities of our facilities in order to optimize their efficiency while promoting collaboration and sharing of best practices. He is in charge of an Operations group made of site managers to increase the synergy between our various industrial activities.

After joining ArcelorMittal in 1998, Mr. Brochu first worked at our Contrecoeur-East rod mill, successively as Senior Coordinator and Manager. After working in our cold and flat rolling mills, he transferred to Contrecoeur-West in 2008. He managed the bar mill from 2008 to 2012, then managed the steelworks until his new appointment as General Manager, Contrecoeur-East Complex in 2016.

Stéphane Brochu is a Bachelor in Metallurgical Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

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Mathieu Francoeur
General Manager, Contrecoeur-West Complex
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Mathieu Francoeur is General Manager of the Contrecoeur-West complex since 2017. The strategic site includes an electric arc furnace steel mill and a bar mill. Much of the steel manufactured there is destined for the automotive and construction industries. In his current role, Mr. Francoeur actively contributes to the growth of the Contrecoeur-West complex and the synergy between the various ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada facilities.

Mr. Francoeur joined ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada in 2006 as a financial analyst. He then became part of our Sales and Marketing team in various positions related to sales coordination and price control. Before being promoted to General Manager of the Contrecoeur-West complex, he was Sales Manager, SBQ Products and Sales Coordination. He has solid experience and knowledge of our products and our customers.

Mr. Francoeur has a degree in Management Accounting from Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as an MBA from Université de Sherbrooke. He holds a Management Accountant Order (CMA) licence for Quebec.

 

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Charles Fréchette
General Manager, Wire Group
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Charles Fréchette

Since 2018, Charles Fréchette is General Manager of our Wire Group, which includes our wire mills in Hamilton (“Hamilton-East”) and Montreal (“St-Patrick”). These two facilities manufacture wire products for many customers in the automotive, furnishings, high-performance springs and consumer products sectors.

Mr. Fréchette has been part of the ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada team since 2012. He was previously Director, Financial Planning, Analysis and Control in our Finance and Accounting department. Prior to his arrival in our organization, he worked for companies such as Aveos Fleet Performance and GE Capital and for the fund manager Fondaction.

Charles Fréchette holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Finance (MSc) from Université de Sherbrooke where he also taught in the MBA program. He also is a member of the Quebec CPA Order.

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Michel Germain
Manager, Reduction Plant
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Michel Germain has been the manager of ArcelorMittal’s reduction plant in Contrecoeur since 2004. He is responsible for smooth operation of this strategic facility, which supplies the ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada steel mills with direct-reduced iron pellets that are essential for production of top-quality steel. In 2013, he was instrumental in the start-up of one of the plant’s two modules that had been temporarily idled in 2011. The start-up and related activities required an investment of $20 million.

Mr. Germain joined the Company in 1984, and over the years was an engineer and foreman in primary steel production and in wire rod and tube production. After a brief stint as manager of the Contrecoeur scrap recycling and processing centre from 2003 to 2004, he took over management of the reduction plant.

Mr. Germain has a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

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Luc Lacerte
Operations Manager, Bar Mill, Longueuil
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Luc Lacerte is the Longueuil Bar Mill manager since January 2015. His focus is to optimize the plant’s workforce and technical processes.

Mr. Lacerte joined ArcelorMittal in 2008 as Senior Coordinator, Maintenance for the Contrecoeur-East Rod Mill. He was appointed Manager of the Rod Mill in 2011, a position he held since December 2014. Previously, he spent a decade in the pulp and paper industry where he has held a number of positions with increased responsibilities in major companies such as Uniforêt, Bowater and Fortress Paper.

Luc Lacerte is a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University.

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Louis Plante
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
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Louis Plante is Chief Technology Officer for ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada since 2015. His job is to oversee continuous improvement of information technology and automation, quality, environment, planning, technology and engineering as well as strategic value creation for our products and operations. His goal is to satisfy customers and maintain ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada’s competitive position and leadership in the steel industry. Mr. Plante and his team support plant operations at ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada for everything related to quality management, including product quality monitoring, solving quality issues, introducing new technology and improving employee awareness.

Mr. Plante began his career in 1985 as a laboratory technician at the Contrecoeur-West steelworks. He subsequently held positions as metallurgist, quality supervisor, general foreman for operations and maintenance, and became steelworks manager in 2001. In 2010, he took over the quality and continuous improvement functions for three ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada plants. Today, all ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada locations benefit from his nearly thirty years of experience and extensive know-how acquired in the industry.

Mr. Plante chairs the board of Quebec’s Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en transformation métallique (CRITM) [Consortium for metal conversion research and innovation] since 2012. The organization’s mission is to improve the competitive position of the Quebec primary metals industry through innovation.

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Pierre Sbeghen
Director, Technology, Planning and Reliability
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Pierre Sbeghen has been Director, Technology, Planning and Reliability at ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada since 2012. Much of his work deals with researching and introducing new technologies in the company with a view to enhancing performance and production efficiency. He also coordinates planning for capital investment projects and production planning at the various plants.

After a short time in the plastics industry, Mr. Sbeghen joined the Company in 1989 as an engineer at the reduction plant, then held similar positions at the Contrecoeur-East steelworks. He was promoted senior coordinator of mechanical maintenance at the steelworks in 1998 and improved production times. In 2001, he became manager of the billets and slabs units at Contrecoeur-East, then Maintenance Director, Primary Operations, in 2006.

Mr. Sbeghen has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Business Administration diploma from HEC Montréal.

Directors, Services

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Judith Gorog
General Manager, Industrial Controls and Corporate Strategy
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Judith Gorog

Judith Gorog acts as General Manager, Industrial Controls and Corporate Strategy since 2018.

A seasoned professional in the fields of Finance and Accounting with 20+ years of experience, Ms. Gorog worked in Belgium, France and the United States. Before joining ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada, she acted as Chief Financial Officer in the metals industry for companies such as Skyline Steel and Ugitech.

Judith Gorog has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Liège University (Belgium).

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Gilles Quenneville
Vice President and General Manager, Human Resources and Legal Affairs
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Gilles Quenneville

Since 2015, Gilles Quenneville manages ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada's human resources activities, overseeing a team of professionals dedicated to compensation and benefits, organizational development, talent management, training, health and safety and labor relations. He is also in charge of legal affairs.

With a strong background in human resource management, industrial relations, health and safety and employee benefits, Mr. Quenneville has held various management positions with General Motors, Danone Waters of Canada, Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. (ABI) and more recently, at Alcoa Canada since 2010 as Director, Human Resources Planning

Mr. Quenneville is Bachelor in Business Administration, Option Finance, with thesis from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute (Kettering University), Flint (Michigan, USA).

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Luc Trempe
Director, Human Resources
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Luc Trempe

Luc Trempe coordinates labor relations for all ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada facilities. With his team, he actively works in sustaining a partnership approach with local unions and supports the company’s initiatives with regards to organizational climate, health and safety and employee engagement.

Over time, Mr. Trempe has earned a solid track record as human resources manager, especially in the industrial sector. He worked for Stone Consolidated in Shawinigan (1988-1996) and AbitibiBowater in Gatineau (1996-2010), and most recently for Montfort Hospital in Ottawa. He joined ArcelorMittal in 2014 as Human Resources Manager, successively for our Contrecoeur-West complex and our Contrecoeur-East complex. He was appointed to his current position in 2016.

Mr. Trempe has a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations from Laval University.

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Srinivas Durvasula
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Srinivas Durvasula

Srinivas Durvasula manages all financial operations for Long Products Canada. Among other things, he coordinates accounting, financial forecasting, credit, treasury, taxation, accounts payable and payroll operations.

He joined ArcelorMittal in France in 2007 as part of the global Procurement department. He subsequently acted as Controller and headed until recently the Performance Management team of ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products. Mr. Durvasula started working for Long Products Canada in 2017 as Director, Strategic Analysis before moving to his current position.

In addition to a degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi, Mr. Durvasula also has an MBA from IESE Business School (University of Navarra, Spain).

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Luc Chabot
Director, Environment
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As Director, Environment, Luc Chabot ensures that ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada facilities operate in harmony with their host communities through compliance with environmental standards, implementation of efficient control measures, development of greener solutions and management of steel-production by-products. Mr. Chabot’s team actively contributes to the maintenance of ISO 14001 certificates that reduce the environmental impact of steel manufacturing.

After a number of years as an environmental engineer with an engineering consulting firm, Mr. Chabot worked for the Quebec Environment Ministry from 1989 to 1995 as an industrial services analyst. He joined our company in 1995, became manager of the ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada Environment department in 2006, then Director in 2012.

Mr. Chabot has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Université Laval.

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Cecilia Torres
Director, Information Technology
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Cecilia Torres is in charge of information technology activities for Long Products Canada. Her team manages the day-to-day operations of various systems, as well as handling user service calls, the company’s computer equipment and telecommunications.

Ms. Torres began her career at ArcelorMittal Acindar in Argentina in 1999 where she held various roles including some related to procedural analysis and information technology. She also worked in Brazil for ArcelorMittal between 2006 and 2007 before going back to Argentina. She joined ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada in 2011 as Project Manager, Information Technology. She then served as Manager of Projects and Information Systems between 2014 and 2015, before being appointed SAP Business Process Manager in late 2015. She was appointed to her current position in 2018.

Cecilia Torres holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration from Universidad Del Salvador.

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Philippe Boulanger
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
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Philippe Boulanger is responsible for all sales, marketing and customer service activities at our Canadian steelworks and rolling mills. He supervises a team that is dedicated to satisfying our customers, from the initial order to product delivery and after-sales service. Mr. Boulanger’s group also analyzes markets and the competitive environment on an ongoing basis.

Mr. Boulanger joined the Contrecoeur-West complex as a quality supervisor in 2001. In 2003, he was promoted to senior rolling mill coordinator at the complex. In 2009, Mr. Boulanger transferred to a position as metallurgist in Customer Service and Continuous Improvement at the Longueuil bar mill, where he was involved in a series of measures to improve metal yield and reduce production costs. He became the Plant Manager in 2011 and remained in this role until December 2014. In 2015, he was named General Manager for the Contrecoeur-West Complex before entering his current role in the fall of 2017.

Mr. Boulanger has a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Laval University, as well as a management diploma and an MBA from HEC Montréal.

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Louis-Philippe Péloquin
Director, Communications
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Mr. Péloquin oversees all internal and external communications strategies and tools at ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada and works closely with the operations teams and with the company’s short- and long-term business issues. Main spokesperson with the media, Mr. Péloquin is also responsible for community relations and oversees the company’s social responsibility efforts in locations where it operates.

After working in communications consulting for well-known human resources consulting firms – Aon and Morneau Shepell – from 1999 to 2010, Mr. Péloquin held senior communication positions in the manufacturing sector with Alcoa Canada and Domtar. He joined ArcelorMittal in 2013.

Louis-Philippe Péloquin has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications (Journalism major) from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and earned the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation at Dalhousie University. He has been vice-chairman of the Board for the Fondation du Cégep de Sorel-Tracy between 2014 and 2017.

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François Théorêt
Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
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As the Chief Procurement Officer, François Théorêt optimizes ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada's material and financial resources through proactive relationships with our suppliers. Whether for parts and supplies required for operations or for establishing service contracts, Mr. Théorêt responds to internal users’ requirements and maximizes value for our company.

François Théorêt is also in charge of purchasing our raw materials and scrap supply, which are fundamental for steel production at our facilities. He and his team optimize procurement based on prices, market trends and the types of steel our customers need. Mr. Théorêt also supervises our transportation operations (raw materials receiving and product delivery to our customers) and is the main contact with our freight carrier partners. In addition, his group coordinates energy supply agreements.

With us since 2017, Mr. Théorêt's career of more than 20 years led him to fill positions in procurement, purchasing and transportation with Uni-Select and Q.I.T. Iron and Titanium (now RioTinto Iron and Titanium). Since 2009, he has worked for the RioTinto group in Montreal where he held management positions in Purchasing for Canada and the Americas.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from HEC Montréal.

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Patrice Sarrazin
Senior Director, Integrated Operational Technology and Information Technology
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Patrice Sarrazin works closely with our various mills to move forward our multiple Industry 4.0 projects as digital capabilities become crucial in the manufacturing ecosystem of today and tomorrow.

Mr. Sarrazin has worked for the company since 1986.  He was promoted Director, Information Technology, in 1999. He was nominated to his new functions in 2018.

Patrice Sarrazin has a certificate in information technology management from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

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Isabel Martinez
Director, Health and Safety
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With a team of safety advisors and in cooperation with plant management, the union and all employees, Isabel Martinez coordinates occupational health and safety at our facilities. Her role is to help the organization put safety first in all our business processes and industrial operations, in accordance with ArcelorMittal’s policy of zero accidents and injuries.

Isabel Martinez's expertise in health and safety stems from her training in engineering and her knowledge of the field, developed during her career. From 1999 to 2005, she worked as Productivity Engineer and Health, Safety and Environment Engineer for Colgate Palmolive Company in Colombia. In 2008, she joined Domtar Distribution Group as Health and Safety Coordinator for Canada. In 2010, Ms. Martinez became Senior Advisor, Health and Safety, a position she held until her nomination as Director in 2015.

Ms. Martinez is a graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Cali, Colombia) in Industrial Engineering and completed a Certificate in Engineering Development for foreign graduates from Polytechnique Montréal.