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 finishing and visual inspection robotic solutions for many years.
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.
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.
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!
With a master’s degree in public relations and an MBA, Marlène Daugarou joined AV&R’s marketing team in 2015 and progressed within the company to become Director of Marketing and Communications. Marlène demonstrates commitment, curiosity, and team spirit on a daily basis. Her international experience in France and Canada and her desire to constantly learn have been put to good use at AV&R.
What does she like about her job? Popularise the concepts of high technology so that they are understood by all, simply and effectively. Always on the lookout for the latest marketing trends and best practices, Marlène ensures that AV&R’s team of marketing professionals support the development of the business at all levels. Communicative above all, she enjoys human contact and inspires a spirit of teamwork within her colleagues.
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.
After 13 years at AV&R and a short 4-year hiatus, Marc-Olivier Abel has decided to come back “home” and to join AV&R’s team again in 2021 as Engineering Director. His wealth of product development experiences, which he brings back with him, gives a fresh perspective to AV&R’s product range! This cycling, mountain and travel enthusiast is known for his strong mobilizing leadership skills. His main objective? Having fun as a team while developing robotic solutions that meet specific client needs.
David Mailhot, with his legendary enthusiasm, joined the ranks of AV&R in 2011. This music passionate from Montreal has worked his way over the years to become today Director Robotic Finishing Development. One of David’s best qualities is that he cares about the development and fulfillment of his colleagues. His main goal every day? Ensure a bridge between client needs and AV&R’s offer!
A Lawyer by training and a passionate sportswoman, Steffi St-Antoine’s interests include business law and contract negotiation. She joined AV&R in January 2018 as legal counsel. With a strong work ethic and rigor, Steffi serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors and works directly with the President on all contract negotiations. From confidentiality management to the evaluation of risk factors, Steffi participates in the development of the company’s strategy. Her daily goal: To provide proactive advice, to collaborate with the different internal teams and to encourage her colleagues to move!
With a bachelor’s degree in automated production engineering, Mathieu Chenard joined AV&R’s great family in 2011. Director Visual Inspection Development since the end of 2020, this eternal enthusiast, for whom programming has almost no secrets anymore, pushes his team to surpass themselves day after day. Developing the skills of his clan members is a priority for him. What motivates him on a daily basis? Bring solutions to life!