Slaughtering, Processing and Marketing: Issues and Challenges of Canadian Businesses


Business managers of well-known swine slaughtering and processing companies in Canada will present the issues and challenges not only for their businesses, but also for the whole sector.

Learn more about the impacts of the pandemic on this key link of the industry’s supply chain, but also on their vision of the future.

Me Paul Beauchamp
1st Vice-President Olymel S.E.C./L.P.

Paul Beauchamp joined the Olymel executive team in 2000 and currently holds the position of First Vice President. Over the years, he was closely linked to the company's sustained growth, and is directly involved in decisions about business strategy, acquisitions, mergers and partnerships. In this capacity, Paul Beauchamp largely contributed to making Olymel the Canadian leader in poultry and pork meat processing and marketing.

Paul Beauchamp is also responsible for supply in the hog and poultry sectors. He is also in charge of corporate affairs, communications and public affairs, and acts as the company's spokesperson.

Mr. Beauchamp previously served as Secretary and Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Lactel from 1996 to 2000 Before that, he was Director of Public Affairs for the Coopérative Fédérée de Québec (now Sollio Groupe Coopératif) from 1992 to 1996. From 1985 to 1992, he also worked for the Government of Québec from 1985 to 1992 as Chief of Staff to the Ministers of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as well as the Minister of Education.

Married and father of two girls, Paul Beauchamp is a graduate of Laval University, where he studied law and economics. He is a member of the Québec Bar since 1986.

Arnold Drung, BBA, MBA
President Conestoga Meats

Arnold Drung is President of Conestoga Meats, located in Breslau, Ontario. He joined Conestoga in 2002 as General Manager and has been in his current position since 2009. Prior to joining Conestoga, he held positions with J.M. Schneider Inc., McNeil Consumer Products and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, primarily in the marketing and business unit management areas, and he also worked in the consulting field.

Raised in the Kitchener area, he holds Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University and was named the WLU MBA Alumnus of the Year in 2016.

Mr. Drung is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Meat Council, along with a number of other utility and non-profit boards.

Stéphanie Poitras, MBA
Executive director Aliments Asta Inc.

Born near Rivière-du-Loup, Stéphanie went to high school in Collège Notre-Dame, in the same town. She then completed a bachelor's degree and a MBA in Business Administration at Laval University.

Stéphanie is owner-manager of the family business, Aliments Asta Inc., with almost 500 employees and exporting pork products in over 35 countries.

Aliments Asta Inc. also owns a trucking company (Transport St-Alexandre) and is a business partner and shareholder of Isoporc, one of the largest swine producers in Québec, as well as a feed mill and several farrowing barns.

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