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Jean-Paul Gladu appointed new Bouchier CEO

PHOTO. Bouchier announced Jean-Paul Gladu has been appointed the company's new CEO. Gladu succeeds Nicole Bourque-Bouchier as of April 6, 2020. Supplied by Bouchier Group.

Bouchier Group named Jean-Paul Gladu as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Gladu will succeed Nicole Bourque-Bouchier as CEO of the province’s largest Indigenous-owned, integrated site-service company as of April 6, 2020.

Bourque-Bouchier said Gladu is a thoughtful, talented leader, and gifted collaborator.

“He has extensive experience in the natural resource sector, but his ability to bring together non-Indigenous and Indigenous businesses toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity has made him the ideal successor to take us into the future.”

Co-founder and current CEO Bourque-Bouchier shall retain her senior leadership role as President.

Meanwhile, founder David Bouchier will assume the role of Chairman of Bouchier’s Board of Directors, which they shall establish in early 2020.

“This is a monumental step forward for our company. We are optimistic about the growth potential in this region and have established ambitious goals for the next decade. This change in leadership will give us the opportunity to focus on our strategic vision.”

Bouchier Group will develop a plan he said would allow for a seamless transition for the new CEO and board members.

PHOTO. (Left to right) Bouchier Group co-founders Nicole Bourque-Bouchier and David Bouchier. Bourque-Bouchier will remain in a senior leadership role as President of Bouchier Group, while Bouchier will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Supplied by Bouchier Group.

Leadership change

Gladu is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek in northeastern Ontario.

He’s also the former president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto.

Gladu said it’s an honour to join a team and lead alongside trailblazers.

“Bouchier is one of the most successful and respected Indigenous-owned companies in our country. Their values mirror my own and I look forward to adding to the Bouchier legacy of solid work ethic, strong business relationships and unwavering commitment to enriching Indigenous peoples’ lives and communities.”

Gladu has more than twenty-five years of experience working in the natural resource sector.

He also worked with Indigenous communities and organizations, non-government environmental organizations, industry and governments across Canada.

For 20 years, Bouchier supported Canada’s largest oil producers and oilsands operators.

With more than 1,000 employees, they hope to increase its Indigenous workforce to 48 per cent within the next five years.

On top of road maintenance and construction, Bouchier now provides facilities management, engineering, procurement, and construction services.

For the past ten years, Bouchier invested $4-million dollars into Wood Buffalo alongside thousands of volunteer hours.

Based in Fort McKay, they take pride in enhancing quality of life, female empowerment, and Indigenous heritage and community.