Éric Côté | 2015 WINNER
Job then: Vice-president of customer experience for Metro in Quebec
Job now: Vice-president, general manager of Groupe Première Moisson
What has changed in your career since winning the Generation Next Award?
When I won, I was just promoted to vice-president of customer experience for the Metro banner in Quebec. Subsequently, I transitioned to the role of vice-president of central procurement grocery for Metro. It allowed me to work for both the Quebec and Ontario divisions and collaborate with all banners of Metro, including Jean Coutu after the acquisition in 2018. Finally, since March 2020, I have had the privilege of leading the Première Moisson group, an artisanal bakery in Quebec.
Describe what you do.
I’m responsible for the overall management of the company. We have two divisions: retail and bakery plants. In the retail division, I oversee 23 stores in Quebec, where our breads and viennoiseries are baked fresh daily. I have an exceptional team. Additionally, I oversee two plants in the Greater Montreal Area. One plant, in Vaudreuil-Dorion, specializes in our artisanal bread. The other plant in Baie-d’Urfé is where we craft our baguettes, ciabattas and other varieties. We also have two pastry lines creating our croissants. All these products are distributed to grocery stores in Canada and the United States.