A return to his roots for Mr. Sylvain Boyer, new general manager of Uniag Cooperative and Sollio & Uniag Cooperative agriculture. Courtesy Photo

NAPIERVILLE – Uniag Cooperative and Sollio & Uniag Agriculture Cooperative announced on July 27 that Sylvain Boyer will take on the role of general manager of Uniag Cooperative and Sollio & Uniag Agriculture Cooperative. Boyer will officially take office on Aug. 20.

He is originally from Vaudreuil-Dorion, and grew up on a family dairy farm, which became Ferme Vaudal in 1991. He and his family were awarded the title of Farm Family of the Year by the Farm Family Foundation in 2019.

Boyer was initially a consultant in crop and animal production at La Coop Excel, Unicoop and La Coop Seigneurie. Boyer became the senior director for the ruminant department at Sollio Agriculture, formerly La Coop Fédérée. He had worked there for 15 years.

Boyer joined the Centre d’insémination artificielle du Québec (CIAQ) as director of producer services and then as director of network and partnerships for the past eight years. By this time in his career, he had accumulated 25 years of experience with the cooperative network.

“Both boards of directors are delighted with the arrival of Sylvain Boyer as general manager of Uniag Cooperative and the regional partnership with Sollio Agriculture. We believe that his dynamism, his ability to build relationships and his developmental temperament will fit in perfectly with the objectives we have set for the coming years. With the addition of Sylvain to the quality of the employees and directors of the management team already in place, the future of our cooperative promises to be very bright,” says Sylvain Brault, president of Uniag Cooperative and Sollio & Uniag Agriculture Cooperative.

As a resident of Rigaud, in the heart of Uniag’s territory, Boyer already feels a strong sense of belonging to the cooperative.

He said, “For me, it’s a return to my roots, he says. I feel like I’m coming home after a long journey.”

Sollio & Uniag Cooperative Agriculture is an agricultural division of Uniag Cooperative, which combines us with Sollio Agriculture, our input supplier, in a business model without intermediaries. Uniag Cooperative, formerly La Coop.

Unifrontières, is an agricultural cooperative and an economic force in the Montérégie-Ouest and Eastern Ontario. Created through the merger of La Coop des Frontières and La Coop Uniforce, and the acquisition of La Coop AgriEst in 2017, it has seven business locations (banners: BMR, BMR Express, Agrizone and Sonichoix) in addition to five fertilizer centres. It operates in the following sectors: animal and crop production, agri-environment, grain marketing services, hardware products and vegetable seeds, through its Norseco banner. It has over 920 agricultural members and over 360 auxiliary members. It employs more than 135 people who combine knowledge and skills and has sales of $181 million.