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Jean-Sébastien is the President, CEO and founder of Groupe Unigesco. A natural leader and a skilled negotiator, he is known for his exceptional strategic instinct and in-depth knowledge of the construction industry.

Jean-Sébastien has more than 25 years of experience as a project manager and estimator. Before founding the company, he worked at Cogir Management as the vice-president of real estate development, construction, and technical services. From 2008 to 2012, he was responsible for all development projects, from site prospecting to commissioning, as well as maintenance for all real estate assets.

Jean-Sébastien’s early engineering career in a large aerospace company undoubtedly contributed to his highly disciplined approach and critical thinking.

With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from ÉTS, he spent the past 20 years specializing in industrial and construction project management. Often self-taught, he is deeply curious and constantly trying to learn about a wide range of subjects. He also values passing on knowledge through teaching and coaching, to help his collaborators. While the technical side of mountain bikes is fascinating to him, Jean-Sébastien mostly identifies as an avid mountain biker who loves to ride. When he’s not at work, you’ll probably find him on the trails … in both summer and winter!

Jean-Sébastien Gariépy, P. Eng.

President and Chief Executive Officer – Owner and Partner
Maxime is the vice-president, owner, and partner at Unigesco. He is a builder with a passion for the technical and human challenges that come with construction projects.

With over 15 years of experience, technical proficiency, and a versatile skill set, Maxime gets things done and is always focused on the needs of his clients.

Thanks to his proactive and practical approach, he is an excellent collaborator and a valuable source of information about construction.

Raised by a father who was himself a general contractor, Maxime developed skills and expertise early on in life, and now applies them to successfully delivering construction projects. Over time, he quickly moved up the ranks and took on various jobs as a carpenter, superintendent, project manager, and construction manager. His extensive field experience and innate problem-solving skills are essential assets, allowing his teams to accomplish even the most ambitious and complex projects.

Before joining Unigesco, Maxime was the president and founder of Construction Centurion. He is an enthusiastic person with boundless energy; he’d need more than 24 hours a day to accomplish everything he’s passionate about! Besides construction, Maxime loves cars, skiing, cycling, and motorbiking, he is a specialist in long-range precision shooting, and he still uses his remaining free time to take apart and repair tools.

Maxime Laporte

Vice-President – Owner and Partner
Jérôme joined the Unigesco team in January 2017, armed with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an accounting specialization, and an advanced graduate diploma in professional accounting, both from HEC Montréal. As a finance and accounting team manager, he controls all aspects of the accounting operations in the company, is responsible for Unigesco’s cash management policies, and ensures compliance with the regulatory requirements set by all statutory bodies.

Always keen to acquire knowledge, he participated in the 2021 edition of Parcours Innovation, an opportunity given to roughly thirty managers of Montréal SMEs to sit, reflect, discuss, and learn, in order to find a better way forward!

He is an experienced accountant who sets high standards for the quality of his work; he is known for ensuring that projects are delivered on time and for contributing to establishing innovative and effective solutions within the company.

Jérôme’s team appreciates his presence as a boss who is always ready to listen to his employees and who can support them in reaching their goals. In addition to his interest in personal finances and reading fantasy novels, Jérôme is all about board sports, from wakeboarding to snowboarding.

Jérôme Brûlé, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
As a good listener with a personalized approach, Mélanie is an excellent communicator who is capable of taking in a holistic view of issues at hand. Since joining Unigesco in 2016, she has proudly contributed to the development and growth of the company, whether it be in the hiring process, in developing strong HR practices, or in setting organizational objectives and developing a strategic plan.

Mélanie truly cares and is invested in the staff and management team. She created an internal program called “Let’s move forward together,” a tool for dialogue that keeps the professional and personal interests of Unigesco team members at the heart of corporate decisions. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, including managing human resources at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a multinational corporation in the pharmaceutical industry, and several mandates as a consultant for various SMEs, she makes sure to recommend innovative and concrete solutions.

Mélanie also holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Université Laval, completed in 2000. Known for her boundless energy and determination, she recharges in the mountains while out climbing, biking, snowboarding, and trail running.

Mélanie Laberge, CRHA

Human Resources Director
With a DEC in architectural engineering and a construction engineering diploma from ÉTS completed in 2017, François joined Unigesco as an estimator, right after his graduation.

A highly methodical person with extraordinary organizational abilities, François was promoted to become the estimation team leader in 2020.

Since joining Unigesco, François has secured contracts that have significantly contributed to the company’s growth.

François’ ability to understand building plans and specifications is remarkable. He is also known for his attention to detail, perseverance, positive attitude, as well as his ability to rally the troops. His lifelong love of music makes him the natural go-to person for his peers for all things music. François is a fan of team sports too, and we suspect that his strengths as a collaborator and organizer stem from that experience!

François Bouchard, P. Eng.

Team Leader, Estimator
After graduating from the École Polytechnique de Montréal in 2015 with a degree in industrial engineering, Xavier joined Unigesco in 2021 as the deputy managing director.

He is qualified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and has previous experience as a customer service manager and continuous improvement manager at Goodfood Market Corporation. He was also a continuous improvement specialist at Brother International Corporation.

Xavier has a strategic vision and is exceptionally adaptable. Since he first started in this position, Xavier has contributed to supporting the company’s strategy and growth by leading several continuous improvement projects.

He also oversees the coordination team and has reviewed and improved the structure and processes that it relies on. To support Unigesco’s growth and efficacy, he has assessed and implemented IT tools in various areas of the company. He is a driving force for achieving goals. Entrusting Xavier with a project means knowing that it will be completed, and with impressive results.

He is an outstanding collaborator, as a colleague, a boss, and an employee, always ready to prompt good reflections and enhance discussions. Xavier is a traveller and he is interested in a variety of topics, spending his free time planning his next trips and inspiring hikes. To unwind, he recently discovered a new interest in woodworking.

Xavier Brochu, P. Eng.

Deputy Managing Director
Mélanie joined Unigesco in December 2021 as the director of marketing, in a new role created to meet the company’s needs in terms of visibility and market positioning.

Hailing from the retail sector and with more than 15 years of experience as a business owner, Mélanie brings her expertise, her interest in strategy and trade , her positive energy, and a fresh perspective on the construction industry.

With a degree in pharmaceutical studies from the Université de Montréal, completed in 1999, Mélanie also holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), in the pharmaceutical management stream, awarded by Université Laval in 2001. Mélanie began her career with a multinational pharmaceutical company in the sales department, where she gained valuable sales and marketing knowledge.

As an active person and an advocate for exercise, she spends her free time climbing mountains on alpine hikes or riding down them on her mountain bike.

Mélanie Loranger, B.Pharm, MBA

Director of Marketing
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