External member joins the board of the largest agricultural organization in Quebec - Appointment of Robert Dutton to the Board of Directors of La Coop fédérée

MONTREAL, May 18, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - La Coop fédérée is pleased to welcome Robert Dutton as the external director invited to sit on its Board of Directors.

La Coop fédérée's Board of Directors will benefit from Mr. Dutton's business expertise, especially in retail trade. As with the other 14 agricultural producer members on the Board of Directors for La Coop fédérée, Mr. Dutton will have many responsibilities and duties. He will serve, in particular, on the audit committee for La Coop fédérée and on the Board of Directors for Groupe BMR, which was recently acquired by La Coop fédérée.

"I am very honoured to have been chosen as the external member invited to the Board of Directors for La Coop fédérée. For me, this appointment represents a big vote of confidence by the other directors. Therefore, I intend to honour this appointment by continuing to work together with everyone to move forward and advance one of the largest organizations in Quebec. I will assume this role with pride and dedication," mentioned Robert Dutton.

About Robert Dutton
As president of RONA from 1992 to 2012, Mr. Dutton carried out many operational and structural changes. Under his leadership, this company experienced sustained growth and became the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products. Mr. Dutton has a BBA in Administration, and in 2012, he received an honorary degree from the Université de Montréal. Since 2015, Mr. Dutton has been an associate professor at HEC-Montréal and is the chairperson of the advisory committee for Executive Education.

About La Coop fédérée
Founded in 1922, La Coop fédérée is the largest agri-food organization in Quebec. It is owned by more than 90,000 members grouped together within 72 cooperatives located across several Canadian provinces and is present throughout the agri-food chain. As a wholesaler, La Coop fédérée provides agricultural producers with the goods and services necessary for their operations. Its activities are separated into three divisions: Agribusiness (livestock and crop productions, and marketing grains under the Elite and La Coop brands), Retail & Innovation (energy, hardware and farm machinery under the Sonic, Unimat, BMR and Agrizone brands), and Meats (under the Olymel, Flamingo and Lafleur brands). La Coop fédérée employs 12,200 people with revenues reaching $5.992 billion. Including its affiliated cooperatives, La Coop fédérée counts more than 18,350 employees and combined revenues of $9.6 billion. www.lacoop.coop  twitter.com/LaCoop_federee.


SOURCE La Coop fédérée

Image with caption: "Mr. Robert Dutton becomes external director invited to sit on La Coop fédérée’s Board of Directors. (CNW Group/La Coop fédérée)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160518_C1745_PHOTO_EN_693973.jpg

For further information: Source: Ben Marc Diendéré, Senior Vice-President, Communications & Public Affaires, La Coop fédérée, Twitter: @Marc_Ben; Interview Requests: Marie-Hélène Cliche, Director, Corporate Communications & Web, 514-347-5939, marie-helene.cliche@lacoop.coop


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