After a deep governance crisis in 2019, the Montreal Public Markets Management Corporation (CGMPM) has appointed its new general manager. This is Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, who had already held this interim position for 12 months.
Responsible for market development since 2018, Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet took on the role of interim general manager in December 2019, just after the crisis of confidence that shook the management of the CGMPM.
The corporation, which manages the Atwater and Jean-Talon markets in particular, appointed him general manager this week, after “a rigorous process during which several dozen quality applications were received”, according to Serge Marticotte, president of the board of directors.
“It’s a nice gesture of confidence and a great privilege for me. Public markets are an institution in Montreal, they are at the heart of local purchasing and I want to continue working with our members and partners to consolidate our network and allow their development, ”responded Mr. Fabien-Ouellet.
To achieve this, it can probably count on the City of Montreal, which has included the development of public markets in its 2021 economic recovery plan.
“We aim to position public markets at the heart of Montreal’s biofood system, these markets meet a real demand from Montrealers for fresh and local products and Mr. Fabien-Ouellet will be an important partner in this process,” said Luc Rabouin, responsible for the economic and commercial development and design of the City.
Agricultural succession and accessibility
In line with the work already started a year ago, the new director of CGMPM has set himself the goal of making public contracts more accessible. And this, for consumers as well as for companies wishing to sell their products on market kiosks.
“One of the challenges we face is helping the next generation of farmers to develop. I really see the markets as incubators where up-and-coming producers and entrepreneurs have their place, ”emphasizes Mr. Fabien-Ouellet.
At the Jean-Talon market, he also wants to consolidate the delivery service set up in partnership with the Quebec baskets at the start of the pandemic. This initiative, which has made it possible to increase the sales of market products through the sale of baskets, is also expanding its online offer.
Other novelties should also be announced during the year.