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SOPFIM is a dynamic organization with upwards of 30 professionals in its hire. On account of the seasonal character of work to protect forests from insect pests, the number of employees can rise sharply during the summer period. SOPFIM has adopted a project-based management approach as part of its efforts to promote the principle of continual improvement within the organization and to motive its best elements. Whenever a project is launched, a project leader is identified and mandated to select from among the team of experts those resources required to make his or her project a success.

Management of SOPFIM’s different units has been entrusted to specialists. This responsibility not only motivates them to stay on the cutting edge of the technical, scientific and technological knowledge of their field of expertise but also enables them to actively contribute to the organization’s overall quality and effectiveness. All unit managers are likely to become project leaders and thus have the opportunity to improve their management skills.

The quality of the services offered by SOPFIM’s experts benefits enormously from the enhanced motivation and sense of achievement resulting from this management approach. Under the auspices of a General Manager, SOPFIM is organized into three divisions that encompass a total of six units.

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General Manager’s Office

> Jean-Yves Arsenault, General manager

j.arsenault@sopfim.qc.ca

Appointed by the Board of Directors, the General Manager acts in the capacity of SOPFIM’s chief officer for management and administration and oversees the organization’s business. Under the authority of the Board Chair and following the instructions of the Board of Directors, the General Manager assumes complete responsibility for all work and projects undertaken by SOPFIM. He is mandated to provide the various divisions with the human, technical and financial resources required to carry out the organization’s projects. This management framework provides a basis for implementing projects in accordance with SOPFIM’S environmental policy. The General Manager also ensures that the organization is represented on various committees and at different events. He also promotes different communication activities concerning forest protection programs.

Administrative Services Division

> André Maltais, CMA, Director, Administrative services and Comptroller

a.maltais@sopfim.qc.ca

The mission of the Administrative Services Division is to support the other units and divisions of SOPFIM regarding the management of human, material and financial resources. This division is also responsible for the operation and integrity of the computer system. In addition, it is charged with updating and implementing various internal policies. Furthermore, it oversees the coordination of annual and special budgets as well as follow-up on these budgets. It prepares the various financial statements and counsels the General Manager’s Office on the directions to be adopted regarding finances. Thanks to the rigor of its staff, this division is also responsible for managing several major contracts.

Human Resources and Communications Responsible

> Isabelle Lapointe, Human Resources and communications

i.lapointe@sopfim.qc.ca

Under the supervision of the General Manager, SOPFIM has a human resources and communications responsible whose mandate is to support management at the level of the various tasks concerning human resources, such as health and safety, recruitment, training, rules and policies. In addiction, to ensure that stakeholders are informed of the protection programs as well as any other project where the company is involved in. Because of its expertise, she is planning and insuring the implementation of the communication plan whose objectives were approved by the management. In connection with the protection programs, she in charge of various tasks, such as the issuing of press releases, the management of complaints and the promotion and the participation into the activities of the SOPFIM such as various information days for school groups. The publication of the Emergence newsletter and the updating of the SOPFIM Web site are also under her responsibilities.

Operations Division

> Nicolas Girard, ing.f, M.Env., Project director - operations

n.girard@sopfim.qc.ca

The Operations Division is responsible for carrying out the protection programs and, in this capacity, it plans operations in terms of the required quantities of insecticide, aircraft, employees and equipment. It develops budgets and manages the various contracts under its responsibility. In collaboration with the Geomatics Unit, it converts the treatment prescriptions produced by the Survey Unit into sectors targeted for treatment and lays the groundwork for GPS missions. It performs these tasks in such a way as to both ensure the safety of pilots and optimize operations, logistically and financially. At the start of a program, Operations is charged with setting up the centres of operation and checking the various equipment and aircraft to make sure they comply with all applicable standards and regulations. While a program is being conducted, it optimizes the logistics of operations not only at the various centres of operation but also in the air. In the performance of this work, the division is able to rely on a team of experienced foremen and seasoned aerial monitors. It thus monitors the progress of operations in terms of areas treated and the litres of products used. It also ensures optimal calibration of the various types of aircraft used so as to reduce operational costs and to improve results in the field. Its participation in various knowledge acquisition projects is also elicited. Thanks to the employees of this division, SOPFIM enjoys recognized expertise in the area of aerial insecticide spraying for forest protection purposes.

Forestry and Environment Division

> Alain Dupont, For. eng., M.Sc., Project director - forestry and environment

a.dupont@sopfim.qc.ca

The Forestry and Environment Division coordinates the work performed by all of SOPFIM’s units. It ensures that units keep to the main directions, meet budgets and successfully conduct the various projects entrusted to them. In addition to performing this management task, it works jointly with the Survey Unit on planning, coordinating and evaluating the efficacy of the treatments applied during forest protection programs. It draws on its recognized forest protection experience to analyze and propose effective pest control strategies in accordance with the socioeconomic realities of the regions concerned. In its capacity as a specialist in forestry and the protection of forests from insects and diseases, it provides advice to stakeholders concerning forest pests. It also represents SOPFIM on various expert panels and task forces. In relation to the mission, assignments and interests of SOPFIM and the organization’s partners and/or partners’ representatives, the Division plans and, where required, carries out strategic knowledge acquisition projects and disseminates the results among the various clienteles concerned by the health of forests.

Environment Unit

> Catherine Henry, Biol., M.Env, Project manager – Officer in charge of the Environment Unit

c.henry@sopfim.qc.ca

The main responsibility of this unit is to ensure that SOPFIM is able to carry out its mission in the fullest respect of the environment. It plays a vital role in the planning and implementation of forest protection programs in terms of evaluating and managing the environmental aspects of operations. It also guarantees SOPFIM’s compliance with environmental regulations and sees to obtaining all the required permits and authorizations. Thanks to this unit, SOPFIM possesses solid experience in the environmental monitoring and follow-up of pesticide application programs, and more specifically in relation to the behaviour of the organic pesticides Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki and subsp. israelensis in the environment. This unit is also responsible for managing and maintaining SOPFIM’S registration with the ISO 14001 environmental certification. As workplace health and safety are an important concern of SOPFIM’s, the Environment Unit has been charged with coordinating efforts to prevent work-related accidents among its various teams.

Microbiology Service

> Sylvie Lemieux, Microbiol. tech., Project manager – Officer in charge of the Microbiology Unit

s.lemieux@sopfim.qc.ca

The Microbiology Unit contributes vital expertise throughout the year in relation to anti-pest protection programs. This unit is responsible for performing the bioassays used to verify the insecticidal potency of the products used. Thanks to this unit, SOPFIM possesses a solid body of expertise in the evaluation of different insecticide formulations. Another of its responsibilities consists in ensuring that the products used are free of microcontaminants having a pathogenic effect on human health. The Microbiology Unit also performs various diagnostics on water and soil samples that are gathered during the environmental follow-up performed as part of forest protection programs. To aid it in fulfilling its mission, the unit has been provided with a laboratory fitted out with leading-edge technology. Thanks to its sampling experience, the employees of this unit are often called on to collaborate on various projects involving the calibration of aircraft or the acquisition of knowledge pertaining to techniques for optimizing the deposition of insecticide.

Geomatics Unit

> Maria-Luisa Souto-Neveu, Project Manager, Officer in charge of the Geomatics Unit and the information technologies Unit.

ml.souto@sopfim.qc.ca

The Information Technologies Unit enables SOPFIM to stay on the leading edge of technological developments in the field of geomatics as well as internal and external modes of communication. The employees of this unit have leveraged their expertise in programming and the integration of spatial reference tools and data to significantly improve the management of anti-pest forest protection programs. This unit is also responsible for extracting and processing the forest information contained in the database of the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife and, subsequently, for integrating it into the plans surrounding different protection programs. Another strength of this unit consists in developing Web applications.

Geomatics Unit

> Michel Raymond, Assistant Manager of geomatics Unit

m.raymond@sopfim.qc.ca

The Information Technologies Unit enables SOPFIM to stay on the leading edge of technological developments in the field of geomatics as well as internal and external modes of communication. The employees of this unit have leveraged their expertise in programming and the integration of spatial reference tools and data to significantly improve the management of anti-pest forest protection programs. This unit is also responsible for extracting and processing the forest information contained in the database of the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife and, subsequently, for integrating it into the plans surrounding different protection programs. Another strength of this unit consists in developing Web applications.

Survey Unit

> Alain Bélanger, For.tech., Project manager – Officer in charge of the Survey Unit

a.belanger@sopfim.qc.ca

As the outfit responsible for updating the areas qualifying for forest protection programs, the Survey Unit possesses solid forestry-related experience and singularly in-depth knowledge of the territory. This unit plays a key role in the planning, implementation and analysis of protection programs. Each year, the employees of this unit prepare the sample designs related to the various field projects and, in addition, carry out air and ground inventories. As a specialist in setting out networks of sample plots, the unit thus performs the sampling required in order to monitor insect populations and their seasonal development. For SOPFIM, this information is essential for synchronizing treatments with the development of an insect pest. During epidemic periods, this unit manages the field laboratories used to analyze the various samples harvested and contributes to the smooth functioning of program operations. To aid it in accomplishing its mission during the summer season, this unit draws on a team of forestry technicians and workers as well as a number of laboratory assistants, including several students.

Survey Unit

> Simon Jutras-Martin, Assistant -Survey Unit

s.jutras@sopfim.qc.ca

Sous la supervision du Responsable du Service des relevés, il contrôle l’exécution des activités de récoltes et d’analyses dans le cadre des programmes de pulvérisations aériennes d’insecticide biologique ou de tout autre projet de la Société. Il participe à la planification et à la supervision des activités d’échantillonnage ou autres évaluations en rapport avec les programmes de contrôle des ravageurs forestiers ainsi que de tout autre projet lié à l’acquisition de connaissances stratégiques mis de l’avant par la Société.  En préparation des projets associés aux activités réalisées en forêt et au laboratoire de campagne, il valide ou prépare les formulaires requis, les fichiers de saisie des données, de même que les listes de matériel nécessaires à la réalisation des travaux. Il s'occupe du recrutement et de la formation des travailleurs du laboratoire de campagne ainsi que ceux des relevés. . Il doit aussi appliquer la procédure d’évaluation du rendement des employés syndiqués et les évaluations de stages selon les besoins des institutions scolaires. Il élabore et applique les procédures reliées au transport, à la réception et au suivi quotidien des échantillons entreposés à des fins d’analyse.

Survey Unit

> Patrick Perreault, Assistant of the Survey Unit

p.perreault@sopfm.qc.ca

Sous la supervision du Responsable du Service des relevés, il contrôle l’exécution des activités de récoltes et d’analyses dans le cadre des programmes de pulvérisations aériennes d’insecticide biologique ou de tout autre projet de la Société. Il participe à la planification et à la supervision des activités d’échantillonnage ou autres évaluations en rapport avec les programmes de contrôle des ravageurs forestiers ainsi que de tout autre projet lié à l’acquisition de connaissances stratégiques mis de l’avant par la Société.  En préparation des projets associés aux activités réalisées en forêt et au laboratoire de campagne, il valide ou prépare les formulaires requis, les fichiers de saisie des données, de même que les listes de matériel nécessaires à la réalisation des travaux. Il s'occupe du recrutement et de la formation des travailleurs du laboratoire de campagne ainsi que ceux des relevés. . Il doit aussi appliquer la procédure d’évaluation du rendement des employés syndiqués et les évaluations de stages selon les besoins des institutions scolaires. Il élabore et applique les procédures reliées au transport, à la réception et au suivi quotidien des échantillons entreposés à des fins d’analyse.

Services administratifs et contrôleur

> Dave Alain, Contrôleur

d.alain@sopfim.qc.ca

La Direction des services administratifs a pour mandat d’administrer et de contrôler les ressources financières et matérielles de la SOPFIM. Elle gère la comptabilité et prépare les différents rapports financiers, afin de répondre aux besoins des dirigeants, gestionnaires et  autorités gouvernementales. Elle assure l’application des différentes politiques internes et leur mise à jour ainsi que le suivi de l’application de plusieurs réglementations et législations. Elle veille à la coordination des budgets annuels ainsi qu’à leur suivi. La gestion du parc informatique, des réseaux informatiques et de l’intégrité des données numériques relève aussi de cette direction. Cette direction est aussi responsable de la l’administration des couvertures d’assurances et des réclamations. De plus, elle conseille la Direction générale sur les orientations à prendre en matière de finances.