A graduate in Accounting and Finance from the Université de Sherbrooke, Mr. Bédard began his career at KPMG in 1975. He rose to become a senior auditor within three years while obtaining his C.A. and CMA. Subsequently he served as a Controller in the forest products sector before joining Saputo in 1984 where he progressed through the ranks to become its Vice-President Finance. In 1996 he assumed management of a regional trucking firm which eventually became TransForce.
From the outset, Mr. Bédard introduced a bold strategic plan of expansion, based on specific criteria including profitability, market penetration and geographic expansion. He has built a strong management team and has ensured the Company’s workforce is equipped with leading-edge technology to offer its customers tailored and innovative out-of-the box solutions.
Through a series of acquisitions and strategic investments, Mr. Bédard has created a powerful, diversified trucking network. The Company has expanded its activities into Less-Than-Truckload, Package and Courier, Specialized Services and Truckload. TransForce continually studies acquisition opportunities to further strengthen its network.
Today TransForce is a $3,1 billion organization, serving more than 75,000 customers throughout North America and has a workforce of 23,000.
The creation of shareholder value is an on-going focus and is a key priority for Mr. Bédard.
Mr. Bédard’s community activities include participation in a range of humanitarian causes and support for foundations active in health and higher education. Mr. Bédard was awarded the title of Fellow by the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec in February 2011.