Discover our management team. Passionate, innovative and strategic. Their work, and that of the employees, has made AV&R the world’s largest engineering firm specialized in Robotics for the gas turbine industry for many years.

Jean-François Dupont

CEO

Biography

Golf enthusiast, Jean-François Dupont is the president and founder of AV&R. Loving to plan projects and have fun with his colleagues, his motto is “Work hard, play hard”. Jean-François is convinced that what separates the 50% of entrepreneurs who succeed from the 50% who fail is perseverance, the thought that helped him build what AV&R is today! He is a graduate in Automated Production Engineering and has a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since its inception in 1994, Jean-François has held virtually every role within AV&R until becoming president of the company.

Anne-Marie Gendron

Quality and Human Resources Director

Biography

Strategy and innovation! These are Anne-Marie’s guidelines since the beginning of her career. Graduate in biology and environmental sciences, this cycling enthusiast has been using her warm and motivating personality at AV&R since 2011. Whether in innovation, technological development, quality management or human resources, Anne-Marie Marie always proposes different and avant-garde ideas. Her goal? Constantly improve business practices to make all employees leading players.

Michael Muldoon

Product Development and Sales Director

Biography

2007 is the beginning of Michael Muldoon’s adventure at AV&R where he has evolved over the years. He is now Director of Product Development and Sales. A graduate of the University of Windsor, Michael demonstrates curiosity, creativity and dedication on a daily basis. His strategic spirit, focused on the industry’s evolution, has enabled the company to develop innovative products while remaining focused on market issues, and the current and future needs of customers. His goal? Maximize the potential of all, to conquer the world as a team!

Dominic Després

Finance, Purchasing and IT Director

Biography

CPA, CMA, Dominic Després has been AV&R’s “finance expert” since 2008. This passionate baseball fan is pragmatic at heart who has evolved within the company to become the Director of Finance, Procurement and IT. Dominic is a person of action and a team player. Beyond his strategic vision, which has helped finance the AV&R’s international expansion, he is committed to training the next generation and helping his employees to be as autonomous as possible.

François Arrien

Vice President – New Market Development

Biography

François Arrien is part of the fearless group that finalized the acquisition of the AV&R division in 2005. Today, he is Vice President – New Market Development. After graduating in 1990 from a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, a travel and real estate enthusiast, François has travelled the world in search of new markets for AV&R. With extensive technical knowledge and a goal to constantly satisfy customers, François has enabled the company to promptly position itself on the international market. It was also François who led the robotic finishing expertise towards a product development vision. His ambition for the company? Create the best products by combining innovation and lean design.

Maxime Ducharme

Engineering Director

Biography

According to his colleagues, Maxime Ducharme is tireless and always leads several projects head-on. This mechanical engineer by training joined the ranks of AV&R in 2010 and has continued to evolve at the pace of the company. An avid outdoorsman and car enthusiast, Maxime uses his impressive memory and contagious humour to create a working atmosphere conducive to the company’s technological development. His motto is “Do more with less in order to always optimize”.