Our Senior Management Team

Groupe F. Dufresne draws on the talent and dedication of nearly 1500 employees at its various subsidiaries. It owes its position as a solid, innovative, and diversified company to its strong team of experienced managers.

  • Pierre Dufresne

    Chairman of the Board

    Pierre Dufresne joined the company in 1968 as a heating oil truck driver. Today, as president and CEO, he is constantly seeking out new opportunities and has extensive industry expertise. Under his leadership, the family business has grown from a small heating oil distributor to a large, 800-employee company. The Milliplein loyalty program is one of his biggest achievements. It launched in 1997 and now has over 200,000 members.

    Pierre Dufresne sat on the board of Quebec’s association for energy distributors (ADEQ, formerly AQUIP) for a many years and also served as chair. He has been involved with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Quebec City for many years.

  • Jacques Dufresne

    Vice Chairman of the Board

    Jacques Dufresne joined the company in 1968 as a heating oil truck driver. For over 35 years, he and his team have been committed to providing thousands of customers with outstanding and reliable heating oil and diesel delivery and home heating services, 24 hours a day. Throughout his career, he has helped acquire petroleum product distributors to ensure a bright and sustainable future for Groupe F. Dufresne.

    As vice-president, he brings solid industry experience to the senior management team, including in environmental management and petroleum product transportation logistics.

    Jacques Dufresne is personally involved in many charitable causes.

  • Jérôme Dufresne

    Executive VP, Retail, Marketing and Fuels

    Jérôme Dufresne joined the family business in 2000, after majoring in business administration with a specialization in operations and production and inventory management at HEC Montreal. He has 20 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Before taking on the role of senior director of corporate networks in 2015, Jérôme Dufresne held various positions within the group, including regional manager of the EKO affiliate network, director of corporate operations, and senior director of Pétroles Cadeko.

    He is deeply involved in the industry and for a number of years has been a member of the Convenience Industry Council of Canada (CICC) steering committee and the ADEQ economic affairs committee. In 2017, Jérôme Dufresne served as the ADEQ organizing committee’s conference chair.

  • Pierre-Olivier Dufresne

    Executive Vice President, IT and Project Office

    Pierre-Olivier Dufresne has nearly 15 years of experience in the family business and was promoted to senior director of information technology in 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administration and organizational information systems from Laval University. Among many other projects, he was tasked with overseeing a complete overhaul of the company’s IT systems and business processes.

    He sits on the ADEQ board of directors and has also served as honorary president of the Dare to Be Red cocktail fundraiser for the La Symboise youth centre in Cap-Rouge.

  • Francis Dufresne, MBA


    Francis Dufresne holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Laval University. He has over 10 years of experience in the service station and convenience store industry. He is trained as a lawyer and started his career at Lavery de Billy, before joining the family business in 2011 as business development coordinator. He subsequently held the title of director of legal affairs and shortly thereafter, in 2017, was promoted to senior director of legal affairs. He is involved in many of the organization’s development projects and acquisitions.

    He is actively involved in the community, including as honorary president for the Adaptavie gourmet buffet and the “Le Petit Prince” benefit for Quebec City’s social pediatric centre.

  • Jean-Claude Gadras, CPA, CA

    Special Advisor, Finance, Administration and Human Resources

    A chartered accountant (CPA, CA) since 1989, Jean-Claude Gadras began his accounting career as an external auditor in a public accounting firm, before joining Groupe F. Dufresne in 1995.

    Over the past 25 years with the company, he has participated in the development of numerous projects that have enabled him to develop skills in business acquisition, financing and management.

    Promoted to Senior Director, Finance and Administration in 2008, he managed the accounting, credit and human resources departments until 2022, before handing over to Stéphane Pomerleau and Mélanie Racine in anticipation of retirement towards the end of 2023.

    As Special Advisor, Jean-Claude now has the mandate to ensure a smooth and efficient transition of his duties to Stéphane Pomerleau and Mélanie Racine. He will continue to support senior management in implementing our strategic plan, and will also take on specific mandates.

  • André Berthiaume, Eng.

    Senior Director, Logistics, Construction, Environment

    André Berthiaume holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and has more than 20 years of experience in the petroleum industry. He joined our team as senior director of logistics, construction, and environment in 2019.

    Before making the move to Groupe F. Dufresne, André Berthiaume was a partner at Groupe SM Tardif for over 8 years. He held various leadership positions before serving as vice-president from 2014 to 2019.

  • Saïd Ben Ahmed

    Senior Director, IT and Project Office

    Saïd Ben Ahmed holds a university degree in software engineering, a university certificate in project management and a DESS in digital business management from Laval University. He has also obtained several professional certifications: PMP, Prince2, ITIL V3 and Microsoft MCP.

    With some twenty years' experience in the IT field, Saïd Ben Ahmed specializes mainly in software solutions development, technology governance and enterprise systems modernization.

    Over the years, he has worked with a number of organizations, including Revenu Québec, CHUL de Québec, Desjardins, EBC and Groupe Sélection. He recently joined Groupe F. Dufresne in 2022. His current position is Senior Director - IT and Project Office.

  • Benoit Huard

    Senior Director, Transportation and Logistics

    With a degree in Administration from the Université de Chicoutimi and over 20 years' experience, Benoit Huard knows all there is to know about the world of transport. He has an impressive and well-rounded track record. He began his career as a driver, then moved on to positions such as dispatcher, coordinator, terminal manager and assistant operations manager.

    Benoit Huard joined the Group in 2019 as Operations Manager before becoming Operations and Sales Manager in 2021. He was then promoted to Senior Director - Transportation and Logistics in 2023.

  • Gabriel B. Pelletier

    Senior Director, Marketing, Sales and Communications

    Gabriel B. Pelletier graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BAA) from Université Laval, specializing in marketing, SME management and entrepreneurship. After starting his career in the cultural sector, at just 28 he co-founded the TRAMWAY consulting agency, where he carried out numerous mandates. He went on to become marketing director of Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère, Groupe Huot and its subsidiaries.

    Gabriel B. Pelletier was recruited by Groupe F. Dufresne as Marketing Director in 2014. Since then, he has initiated and participated in several projects, such as the creation of the Dépanneurs Sprint banner, the development of Topla! restaurants and the redesign of the Milliplein program. He was promoted to Senior Director, Marketing and Communications in 2022.

    He was also involved in 2011 with La Fondation du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec as a founding member and VP of Cercle 179.

  • Stéphane Gélinas

    Senior Director, Development and Affiliate Networks

    Stéphane Gélinas studied Business, Administration & Marketing, and has over 25 years of experience in sales representation and management.

    He joined the Group in 2005 as Director of Development, where he oversaw the growth of the affiliate network under the EKO banner. In 2022, he was promoted to Senior Director, Development and Affiliate Networks.

    In parallel with his career at Groupe F. Dufresne, he was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for over 16 years as an officer in the Cadet Instructor Cadre, including 13 years as an instructor at the École Régionale des Instructeurs de Cadets. He is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration and has been awarded the Silver and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of organizations that have enabled him to pass on his leadership and knowledge to the adults of tomorrow.

  • Patrick Labrie

    Senior Director, Corporate Network

    The son of entrepreneurs, Patrick Labrie has always been involved in the family business and immersed in customer service. A sports enthusiast, he studied for a bachelor's degree in physical education at Université Laval. It was during these years of team sports that he developed his ability to work as part of a team and become a good leader. Patrick Labrie is involved in a number of sports organizations, including Loisirs et Sports Neufchâtel.

    Patrick Labrie began his career with us in 2005 as Operations Supervisor and became Director for Eko in 2012. In 2021, he became Senior Director, Corporate Network.

  • Mélanie Racine, CPHR

    Senior Director, Human Resources

    A member of the CPHR (Chartered Professionals in Human Resources), Mélanie Racine completed her studies in Industrial Relations at Université Laval in 2000.

    Upon graduation, she began her career as an HR consultant and health and safety coordinator for all Groupe Permacon inc. plants in Quebec.

    In 2014, she joined the Groupe F. Dufresne's management team as Director of Human Resources, where she supported the company's growth by building a solid team of professionals in payroll and benefits, training, talent acquisition and prevention. Mélanie Racine was promoted to Senior Human Resources Manager in 2022.

  • Stéphane Pomerleau, CPA

    Senior Director, Finance and Accounting

    A member of the Quebec SPA Order since 2009, Stéphane Pomerleau holds a BAC in administration and a DESS in public accounting from HEC Montréal.

    He began his career with EY, mainly on audit mandates for public companies. Stéphane joined Groupe F. Dufresne in 2012 as Accounting Manager. In 2022, he was promoted to Senior Director - Finance and Accounting.

    Over the years, he has been involved in all phases of the SAP ERP implementation, the creation of the Topla! restaurant chain and several business acquisitions.

Our management team

Groupe F. Dufresne can count on the experience and passion of a high-level management team.

  • Stéphane Blouin

    Operations Manager, Transport Norcité

  • Matthieu Bouchard

    IT Operations Manager

  • Benoit Castilloux

    Territory Manager, Affiliated Networks

  • Rayna Desgagné

    Territory Manager, Affiliated Networks

  • Yves Fournier

    Territory Manager, Affiliated Networks

  • Audrey Lapointe

    Operations Manager - A&W Restaurants

  • Jeff McLeod

    Territory Manager, Affiliated Networks

  • Sébastien Robillard

    Corporate Operations Manager, Sprint Convenience Stores

  • Fabiola Trujillo

    Merchandising Director

  • Sébastien Turgeon

    Production, Procurement and Business Development Manager, La Cuisine Centrale

  • Luc Vachon

    Territory Manager, Affiliated Networks

  • Claude Villeneuve

    Territory Manager, Affiliated Networks

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