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Olymel meat processor chief executive Réjean Nadeau dies from cancer at age 71


SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — The chief executive of Quebec-based meat processor Olymel has died from cancer at the age of 71.

Réjean Nadeau had a long career in the sector, joining La Coop fédérée (now Sollio Groupe coopératif) in 1976 and had managed OIymel since 1996.

He was responsible for an expansion that allowed Olymel to be active in Quebec, in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The company says Nadeau died of sudden and virulent cancer. He is survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren.

He informed the Olymel team of his inability to continue his duties due to the illness on Oct. 7. 

Yanick Gervais, senior vice-president, operations, has been appointed interim president and CEO.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2021.

The Canadian Press