Jacques was born and raised in Northern Ontario, a proud Canadian who received his Diploma in Business Administration from Canadore College. He began his career in the hospitality industry at Garland Commercial Ranges as an Internal Sales Clerk. Working his way through progressive administrative, marketing, sales and operations roles, Jacques became President of the Garland Group in 2001. As Group President, Jacques established a global vision for the company to ensure that Garland was a recognized brand in over 100 countries. During his tenure, Garland was one of the industries’ most recognized companies receiving numerous Innovation Awards from the National Restaurant Association in the U.S. along with the Canadian Food Service and Hospitality Magazine Pinnacle Award.
In 2014, Jacques assumed the role of Senior V.P. of Strategic Planning and Process Improvement at Manitowoc, and is a member of both the executive leadership team of the Foodservice Division and the senior leadership team of the Manitowoc Corporation.
Jacques is a Fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute, he is the past Chair and Director of the Canadian Hospitality Foundation, which provides over $200,000 of student scholarships annually. He is a recent nominee for the Premier’s Award, as outstanding Ontario College Graduate in the business category. He is an Advisory Committee member at Canadore College and Kostuch Hospitality. He is Chairman of the Board of Inducs, as well as being the Board President for Garland Commercial Ranges. Jacques is also the co-author of the business book “Winners are not lonely at the top”.
Jacques, his wife Michele and their two boys live in Port Credit. He enjoys tennis, cycling and on most summer weekends, you will find him rumbling around the GTA on his Harley Davidson.