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 CA and CMA designations. 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 empowered them to ensure the Corporate philosophy of decentralization. Further, a priority has been to equip the Company’s workforce with leading-edge technology to offer its customers tailored and innovative out-of-the box solutions.
Through a series of acquisitions and strategic investments across Canada and the U.S., Mr. Bédard has created a powerful, diversified trucking and logistics network. TransForce continually studies acquisition opportunities to further strengthen its network.
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 Quebec CPA Order in February 2011.