The jury is made up of some 30 personalities who hold various expertise in the health promotion and agribusiness sectors (a jury composed of a minimum of 8 people per category). The chairman of each jury has the right to seek the opinion of experts to clarify or specify technical concepts essential and critical for the proper understanding of the project presented to the jury.


Jean Claude Dufour Ph.D

Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Laval University

Background: Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Jean-Claude Dufour began his professional career at the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food before becoming a professor at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Université Laval in 1977. He is currently the Dean since 2011.

Expertise: His research and teaching focuses on the management of food distribution and agri-food marketing. In 2001, he was honored with interprofessional merit awarded by the Office des professions du Québec and the Ordre des agronomes du Québec (OAQ). In June 2011, he was appointed Commander of the Order of Agronomic Merit by the OAQ.

Marie-Claude Viger

Health Food Advisor, MAPAQ

Marie-Claude Viger has, in the past, held executive positions in various food processing plants, primarily in quality assurance and production, been a college educator in Process Technology and Food Quality, and is now a member of the Ministry of Agriculture. Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Expertise: Specialized in food processing with over 24 years of experience in the field, Marie-Claude is recognized for its great versatility and expertise, especially for its scientific knowledge, for the process of developing food products and for everything related to bio-health policies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology-Specialization Chemistry, a Certificate in College Education, and a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition Enroute.

Dr Christiane Laberge

General practitioner, CLSC and radio / television health columnist, Cogeco and Radio-Canada

Dr. Christiane Laberge is a specialist in family medicine and practices in his office with families and youth mental health in CLSCs.

Great Communicator, Dr. Laberge gives corporate lectures via Capsana. She also works with groups such as AFEAS, PANDA and the Institute on Learning Disabilities (formerly AQETA) and other community organizations.

She regularly appears on Marina Orsini’s TV show on ICI Radio Canada and on COGECO Radio, with host Paul Arcand (98.5 FM and its affiliated networks). She is also a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Geneviève Nadeau Dt.P.

Dt. P. Dietitian and Director of Food, Pacini Restaurants

Ms. Nadeau has been a consultant for many companies in the food industry and the media sectors to provide nutrition information. Her role as Food and Nutrition director for Pacini restaurants is to develop recipes and maintain the products quality, while respecting the values of the brand: trans fat free, freshness, taste, pleasure.

Yoann Duroy

General Manager, Conseil de Développement bioalimentaire de Lanaudière (CDBL)

In charge of programming and communication for the Fêtes gourmandes de Lanaudière for more than 8 years, he then developed a pilot project in collaboration with the Conseil de Développement Bioalimentaire de Lanaudière (CDBL), of which he is the current General Manager. Combining his marketing and communication experience with that of cooking, he joined forces in 2013 to create a gourmet circuit of quality in Quebec: La Tournée des Chefs “Goûtez le Québec”. The goal is to unite the artisans of the taste of Quebec and elsewhere, and to shine their expertise. His work has been recognized by the Société des chefs, cuisiniers et pâtissiers du Québec (SCCPQ) who voted him Personality of the Year in 2013. 

Sylvie Turgeon

Professor at the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Laval University and Acting Director of the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF)

Sylvie Turgeon is a professor at Laval University in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. As a food chemist, her research has led her to study polysaccharides and proteins as techno-functional ingredients.

The formulation and impact of the processes used are aspects studied in her team to better understand the nutritional properties of foods and support the development of healthy foods.

Sylvie Turgeon is a researcher at the STELA Center of INAF. In addition to teaching food formulation and the use of food additives at the undergraduate level, she has trained many graduate students over the past two decades.

Chantal Picard


Chantal Picard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology. She has over 30 years of experience in the agri-food industry where she has held various positions in quality assurance, research and development and teaching.

Since 1998, she has been employed by the EnvironeX Group, where she is now head of the consulting department. She participates in the development and implementation of quality and food safety systems such as HACCP, GFSI, ISO, gluten-free. She carries out diagnostics, supplier audits, internal audits as well as certification preparation audits. She manages the inspection programs in hygiene and food safety. She is also responsible for training services offered to customers in the food sector.

She is a consultant to companies in the areas of product lifecycle and system improvement.


President and CEO Cintech agroalimentaire

President and CEO of Cintech Agroalimentaire, a center for the transfer of technologies specializing in agri-food processing, Mrs. Fadia Naim has a strong expertise in research and innovation. She holds a doctorate in microbiology and a master’s degree in veterinary sciences. Before joining the Cintech team in 2007 as Scientific Director, Mrs. Naim completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in food process validation at Agriculture Canada (Saint-Hyacinthe), where she later held a position as a specialist in food technology.

As Cintech’s CEO since 2011, Mrs. Naim has established and currently manages a multidisciplinary team of researchers and highly qualified professionals, who support companies in their innovation projects and day-to-day operations. She has developed the applied research strategy in partnership with companies to meet their current needs and anticipate their future needs in terms of technologies and products. Her team leads several mobilizing research projects aiming to accelerate innovation and its adoption to give partner companies a competitive advantage.

As a recognized expert in innovation, Mrs. Naim is very involved in her professional environment. She regularly participates in roundtables and consultations in the agri-food industry and sits on three boards of directors. She is a member of the INAF Strategic Research Cluster, a member of the DUX Jury and President of CRIBIQ’s COPR-bioalimentaire. In 2015, she founded Innovia, which has become the key biennial event for innovation in the food industry.

Martin Patenaude

Corporate Chef for Provigo and President’s Choice Cooking Schools

If we were to ask Chef Martin Patenaude to describe his cuisine, he would call it progressive, modern and creative. He is a nutrition enthusiast whose more than ten years’ experience in gastronomy have allowed him to establish sound expertise in research, development, management and communication. Martin has participated in numerous television interviews, given over 500 cooking classes and filmed various culinary Web clips.  His involvement with the public and media allowed him to discover a genuine passion for communications. He is proud of his journey and now wishes to share his experience and skill by giving his all as Corporate Chef for Provigo and President’s Choice Cooking Schools.

Nathalie Regimbal Dt.P.


Partner of families’ nutrition, Nathalie Regimbal is an author and a nutritionist. Along with writing articles for different magazines, she oversees Manger Futé’s team of nutritionists who have a positive influence on families’ eating habits through publications and training. To make family meals easier and to introduce children to cooking, Nathalie has been involved in producing inspiring books including the Mandoline series that has won the prestigious Best French Healthy Cookbook Award in Canada as part of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Alain Choinière

Alain Choiniere has been active in strategic and marketing consulting since 1974 for numerous large companies. His main fields of expertise are related to Strategic and marketing planning as well as marketing business intelligence and marketing research for manufacturers as well as service providers and retailers. He has experience in several industries to name a few : finance, food, consumer services and products, Governments and non-profit organizations. He has conducted a large number of research projects on the Web, both quantitative and qualitative. He has also moderated hundreds of focus groups for a very wide spectrum of clients and subjects.

Samar Gharib

Manager, Graphic and Multimedia Communications

Samar Gharib has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising. She has worked for a variety of advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi as Art Director, before joining La Coop fédérée in 2008. Ms. Gharib has successfully piloted several large-scale projects within La Coop fédérée. She has been very engaged in positioning the organization in recent years. Her participative management style stands out due to her leadership and ability to influence. Samar Gharib holds a degree in graphic art and advertising from USEK University in Lebanon, a certificate in web design from Concordia University, and a certificate in administration from HEC Montréal.

Charmaine Kuran, B.Sc., MBA

Section Head, Nutrition Regulations and Standards Division Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Health Canada

Charmaine Kuran has a BSc in Food Science from McGill University and an MBA from Concordia University. Charmaine Kuran is a Section Head in the Nutrition Regulations and Standards Division in the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences in the Food Directorate at Health Canada.  Prior to starting at Health Canada in 2009, Charmaine was the National Manager for Nutrition and Health Claims in the Consumer Protection Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Charmaine’s current files include the recent updates to the nutrition labelling regulations, which include improving the legibility of the list of ingredients on food packages, work on front of pack nutrition labelling and sodium reduction in the Canadian food supply. Charmaine has participated in various working groups including as a member of the Sodium Working Group from 2007-2010, the Pan American Health Organization on Salt Smart Americas (Review of Methods to Determine the Main Sources of Sodium, A Guide for Setting Targets and Timelines to Reduce the Salt Content of Food).  She is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of Laval University’s  Observatoire québécois de la qualité nutritionnelle de l’offre alimentaire.

Francine Masson

President and founder, Technovation inc.

Francine Masson holds a dual degree: MBA in Innovation Management and Executive-MBA from Paris-Dauphine, France. She combines pragmatic business experience with her research and several years of consulting services to offer best practices in innovation management. Creator of MPII ©, The MPII Suite and CRL © process (Business Maturity Level) and online performance measurement tools to better innovate business models in business. Specialized advisor in innovation, she works with more than 1250 companies in strategic growth, and teaches in the graduate program in innovation management at ÉTS.

Marie Beaudry

Executive Director of Aliments du Québec

Marie Beaudry has been the Executive Director of Aliments du Québec since 2010. Her main mission is to ensure the organization’s development, the promotion of Quebec agri-food products and the strategic management of the trademarks the organization owns mainly, «Aliments du Québec», «Aliments préparés au Québec» and the two trademark declinations for organic.

Through her 18 years of experience in the agri-food sector, she worked for private companies such as Montpak Interntional and private organization such as Agri-Food Export Group and Estrie International 2007.

Her work experience enabled her to develop a strong expertise in the food sector as well as managing abilities.

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