Board of Directors
The largest printer in Canada and fourth-largest in North America, TC Transcontinental is also the country’s leading publisher of consumer magazines and French-language educational resources, and one of its leading community newspaper publishers. TC Transcontinental distinguishes itself by creating strategic partnerships that integrate the Company into its customers’ value chain. From mass marketing to highly personalized marketing, from print to digital, the Company offers its customers a multiplatform marketing communications service.
The Company’s mission is to help its customers attract, reach and retain their target consumers. This mission is carried out through the use of market activation, a strategic, integrated campaign which calls upon a wide range of marketing communications tools. These tools include printing products and services, media content, physical distribution, mobile applications and services, interactive and digital products, and data gathering and analytics.
TC Transcontinental is a company whose values, including respect, innovation and integrity, are central to its operation.
TC Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B, TCL.PR.D) has more than 10,000 employees in Canada and the United States, and reported revenues of C$2.0 billion in 2011.
TC Transcontinental has set up an innovative operating structure so that it can meet the individual needs of its major customer categories. The Company's operations are grouped into two major sectors.
For the Company, this structure works to help publishers and commercial clients reach and keep their customers more effectively.
TC Transcontinental Printing
TC Transcontinental Printing handles all of the Company's printing, encompassing newspapers, tabloids, magazines, periodicals, catalogues, directories, books, flyers, newspaper inserts, and direct mail products. This sector focuses its efforts on customers who need specific printing products and services, and specializes its plants accordingly.
At November 1, 2011 TC Transcontinental Printing operated 38 production plants with 172 printing presses and printers in Canada and the United States. These facilities offer a range of specialized services along the full extent of the graphical production line, including digital prepress services for graphics production and direct digital imaging services for increasing the efficiency of page preparation. The geographical disposition of printing facilities and the type of equipment in each enable TC Transcontinental Printing to provide local, regional and national customers with such advantages as the ability to print the same product in more than one plant simultaneously and the ability to transfer production from one plant to another to meet customer deadlines.
TC Transcontinental Printing serves a number of areas: retailing of consumer products and services, newspaper and magazine publishing, educational, trade and niche publishing, and marketing-communications, which assists organizations such as financial institutions and pharmaceutical corporations in promoting their image, marketing their products and services, and reporting to their stakeholders.
TC Media is Canada’s fourth-largest media group, covering local and regional newspapers, magazines, educational publishing, digital media and distribution activities. Both in print and through 250 local, regional and specialized topic websites, TC Media serves the Canadian reading public. The total offering provides a valuable service to both national and local advertisers in English and French in a range of market segments.
TC Media publishes 11 daily newspapers and 173 weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and bi-monthly newspapers. These serve communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Daily circulation is about 250,000 copies, and 2.4 million copies are circulated at the other frequencies.
Door-to-door distribution of newspapers and advertising flyers is carried out in the areas served by TC Media’s newspapers. Targeo, a cross-country distribution brokerage service, carries out the distribution of over 50 million printed items to more than 12 million Canadian households each week.
Business and consumer publishing comprises a roster of 23 consumer publications and five business publications, one of which is a weekly publication. Collectively these publications serve readerships in both languages from coast to coast in Canada, and are complimented by 30 websites which derive content from the publications. Furthermore, practical guides on many topics are published on as one-off titles for Canadian consumers.
Educational publishing activities involve the creation, development, adaptation, translation, publishing, marketing and distribution of French-language textbooks, teachers’ guides, activity books and digital products. Publications span all educational levels.
Digital solutions encompass database marketing and analytics, permission-based e-mail marketing, offline content to online interactive content conversion, and personalized digital web to print services. These solutions are utilized by both the Company’s own media properties and by external clients.
Spanning a number of channels, content solutions include custom communications, branded content development, pre-media services and digital content management services. These services support customers brands and marketing campaigns with consulting, design, custom publishing, photography, print-to-web and digital distribution services.
TC Transcontinental rose from small, entrepreneurial beginnings in Québec. Through the skill of the founders and their willingness to take calculated financial risks, and thanks to the faith of early investors, the Company was set on a course leading to the major printing and media firm of today.
When it was founded in 1976, TC Transcontinental had 100 employees and revenue of $2.9 million in that first year. Revenue was earned through the printing of flyers, a fast-growing market. Innovative customer service was the catalyst for success: the Company provided design, printing and shipping services in a single supplier and a single bill, and offered four-colour printing in different formats on high quality paper.
Two years later, a network was set up to handle door-to-door distribution of the flyers printed in the Company plant. This evolved into the well-known Publi-Sac, which by 1987 was being distributed throughout Québec.
The Company's first foray into the publishing was in 1979 with the purchase of Les Affaires, which has become Quebec’s leading business publication. From this base in publishing the Company gradually built a stable of consumer and trade magazines, then weekly newspapers.
TC Transcontinental started its expansion outside of Québec three years later by opening a first flyer printing plant in Ontario. The plant was set up to serve existing customers who were active in that market. In 1985 the Company expanded both in geographical extent, by acquiring a printer in Calgary, and in service offering, by moving into newspaper printing.
Over the following 25 years the business grew through internal developments and through acquisitions large and small. Additions were made to printing, prepress and graphical design capability. Books and weekly newspapers joined the Company’s publishing business. Significant printing businesses were acquired in the United States and Mexico. Websites were launched to bring publications and services to the Internet, to the extent that today TC Transcontinental has more than 1,000 websites reaching over 13 million unique visitors per month in Canada.
During 2012 the Company divested itself of its Mexican printing operations and its U.S. export book printing business to a U.S printer in return for the acquisition of that organization’s six Canadian printing plants and its Canadian pre-media facility.
TC Transcontinental is a North American leader in corporate environmental, social and governance practices.
Since 2004 TC Transcontinental has been included in the Jantzi Social Index®, modeled on the S&P/TSX 60 Index and containing 60 Canadian companies which meet a set of broad-based environmental, social and governance rating criteria. In 2011 the Company, for the third year in a row, was included in the Maclean’s / Jantzi Sustainalytics ranking of the 50 most responsible companies in Canada. For the fifth year in a row, the Company was ranked by Corporate Knights as one of Canada’s 50 best corporate citizens, a ranking that considers donations and sponsorships, commitment to the community, occupational health and safety, environmental practices, as well as governance practices.
For TC Transcontinental, social values and commercial success go hand in hand.
TC Transcontinental's driving force is its customers. Today, the Company’s integrated services combine the scope of the printed word with the power of digital media, a one-stop-shop approach that allows the Company to serve all its customers’ needs with high quality at a lower cost. Another key objective is to maximize the return on capital invested by shareholders and the corporation's financial partners.
For more information about TC Transcontinental, please visit www.tc.tc
Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board
François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer
Nelson Gentiletti, Chief Financial and Development Officer
Nathalie Larivière, President, TC Media
Brian Reid, President, TC Transcontinental Printing
Katya Laviolette, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources
Christine Desaulniers, Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Sylvain Morissette, Vice President, Corporate Communications
Chair of the Board, Transcontinental Inc.
Lucien Bouchard, G.O.Q.
Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
President, Gestion Phila Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Atrium Innovations Inc.
Harold "Sonny" Gordon, Q.C.
Chairman of the Board, Dundee Corporation
Senior Vice President, Business and Consumer Solutions Group, TC Media
Founder, Transcontinental Inc.
President, Groupe Dynamite Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Transcontinental Inc.
François R. Roy
Lino A. Saputo, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Saputo Inc.
Managing Partner, Trio Capital Inc.
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Chair of the Board
Isabelle Marcoux was appointed Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc. on February 16, 2012. She had been Vice Chair of the Board since 2007 and Vice President, Corporate Development since 2004. In the latter role, she was responsible for the strategic planning process and mergers and acquisitions.
Between 1997 and 2004, Ms. Marcoux was Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as Director, Legal Affairs and Assistant Corporate Secretary. Before joining Transcontinental, she was a lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
Ms. Marcoux is a member of the boards of George Weston Limited, Rogers Communications Inc., Power Corporation of Canada and Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. As part of her contribution to society, she is a member of the board of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Chair of the Education Committee of the Museum. She is Co-Chair of the 2011-2015 major fundraising campaign for the Fondation Tel-jeunes. She has also been actively involved in fundraising campaigns for the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse, the Montreal Children's Hospital, Centraide and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She was Co-Chair of the Honorary Committee for the annual fundraising event of the non-profit organization Générations in 2010 and in 2011, of the Grand Bal des Vins-Coeurs for the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.
In 2010, Ms. Marcoux received the prestigious Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100TM award, in the Corporate Executives category. The Top 100 is Canada's most visible award for the country's highest achieving female executives in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. On December 13, 2010, Ms. Marcoux was named Personality of the week by La Presse and Radio-Canada in recognition of an outstanding career that has earned her positions on the boards of major Canadian companies — an achievement few women can claim. In 2007, she was a recipient of Canada's Top 40 under 40TM award, a national program which honours every year 40 Canadians under 40 who have reached a significant level of success in a private corporation, in the public service or as a member of a non-profit organization.
Ms. Marcoux holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Economics, and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Law, both from McGill University. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1995. She is married to François Olivier and they are the parents of two wonderful children, Jeanne and Philippe.
President & CEO
François Olivier was appointed president and chief executive officer of Transcontinental on February 20, 2008. Prior to this, he was chief operating officer responsible for the three operating sectors.
Since he joined Transcontinental in 1993, Mr. Olivier has risen through the ranks, exceeding expectations at every stage of his career. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2005, and until September 2007, was president of the Printing Products and Services sector, which reported revenues of $700 million in 2006.
A determined man and an indisputable leader, Mr. Olivier belongs to the new breed of managers who are focused on innovation, teamwork and customer satisfaction. Growth and results are the core elements of his business philosophy, as is demonstrated by the fact that during the five years he headed the Transcontinental Printing Newspaper Group, revenues tripled.
Mr. Olivier has particularly distinguished himself in the past several years as the driver of the Canadian and then North American breakthrough of Transcontinental's newspaper outsourcing printing model, one of the company’s key growth areas. He established solid partnerships with major industry players La Presse, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Mr. Olivier is also the leader for organic sales growth, one of the four major issues of the Corporation's Evolution 2010 business project. This is a natural fit for him, as he knows the importance of building allies and offering his colleagues a stimulating work environment in order to achieve goals.
François Olivier has a B.Sc. from McGill University and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He is married to Isabelle Marcoux and they have two children, Jeanne and Philippe.