Sobeys

Executive Committee

From coast-to-coast, our business is led by dedicated leaders that share a common passion - food retailing.

Marc Poulin

Marc Poulin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor. He is a member of the Board of Directors Empire Company Limited.

A native of Québec, Mr. Poulin has more than 30-years experience in the food retailing, packaged goods and financial services industries.

Between 1986 and 1996 Mr. Poulin held a variety of progressively senior retail marketing and management roles with Provigo Distribution, Culinar Inc. and Desjardins-Laurentian Life Group.

In 1997 he joined the Oshawa Group as Vice President, Grocery Merchandising and in 2001 was appointed President of Operations, Sobeys Québec. In 2011, he was appointed President, Sobeys IGA Operations, the position he held immediately prior to being named President & Chief Executive Officer of Sobeys Inc. in June 2012. In December 2013, Mr. Poulin also assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire Company Limited, Sobeys Inc.’s parent company.

In 2013 Mr. Poulin was appointed to the Board of Directors of Richelieu Hardware (TSX:RCH), a Québec-based importer and distributor of specialty hardware products. Mr. Poulin is also an active member of his community serving on the Board of Directors for the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation, as a volunteer for the United Way of Greater Montréal and as President of the Québec Chess Federation. He is a past board member of the Montréal Board of Trade and a former participant (1987) in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. In 2010, he was recognized as one of Québec’s top business leaders by Perform Québec.

Mr. Poulin has a Bachelor of Actuarial Science degree from the Université Laval and holds a Masters of Management (Marketing) degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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François Vimard, CPA, CA

François Vimard, CPA, CA is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Empire Company Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor. He provides leadership for the Company’s Finance, Information Technology, Distribution & Logistics, Corporate Strategy, Real Estate, and Legal functions.

Mr. Vimard’s career at Sobeys began in August 1995 as Director, General Accounting (Québec Region). Two years later he was promoted to Vice President, Finance. In 2000, he became Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategic Planning for Sobeys’ operations in Québec. In 2003, Mr. Vimard was appointed Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Technology. In July 2007, he became Chief Financial Officer for Sobeys Inc. and was appointed to Executive Vice President in October 2011. In February 2014, Mr. Vimard assumed the role of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Sobeys Inc. and Empire Company Limited, Sobey Inc.’s parent company.

Mr. Vimard is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He began his career as an auditor for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in 1983 before joining Provigo Distribution, Inc. in 1985. Over more than eight years he held progressively senior roles in Finance and Supply, eventually assuming the position of Director, Planning and Financial Analysis. From March 1994 to August 1995, Mr. Vimard was Controller (Eastern) for Petro-Canada before joining Sobeys Inc.

Mr. Vimard earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Licence in Accounting Sciences from Université Laval. He is a member of the Québec Chartered Accountant Order.

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Jason Potter

Jason Potter is President, Operations, Western Canada, for Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor. He is responsible for the West Business Unit including the Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, IGA (Western Canada), Cash & Carry, Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits banners.

Mr. Potter has worked with the company since 1992 in progressively senior operations and merchandising roles. Prior to his appointment as President, Operations, Western Canada in April 2015 he was President, Sobeys Multi-Format Operations.

Mr. Potter holds an MBA from Athabasca University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program for business. In May 2009, Mr. Potter was recognized as a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ award, which annually honours 40 Canadians under the age of 40 for vision, leadership, innovation, achievement and community involvement.

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Yves Laverdière

Yves Laverdière is President of the Quebec Business Unit for Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor. He is responsible for the IGA, IGA extra, IGA express, Marché Bonichoix, Les Marchés Tradition, Rachelle-Béry, IGA Mini and Bonisoir banners.

Mr. Laverdière held progressively senior finance, procurement and merchandising roles at Provigo Distribution Inc. before joining Sobeys Inc. in 1996. He served as Vice President, Procurement and Merchandising for the meat category before being appointed to Senior Vice President, Merchandising for the IGA banner in 2001.

In 2015, after 37 years in the food retail industry, Mr. Laverdière announced his retirement. In early 2016, he returned to Sobeys Inc. as President of the Quebec Business Unit, where he will continue to advance the Joy of Eating Better strategy throughout Quebec.

Mr. Laverdière holds an Accounting degree from the Université Laval in Quebec.

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Simon Gagné

Simon Gagné is Chief Human Resources Officer for Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor.

In his capacity as overall leader of the Company’s People, Performance and Development strategy, Mr. Gagné serves as the principal counsel and steward of Sobeys’ talent attraction, retention and development initiatives, as well as the organization’s succession and career planning, leadership development and people engagement initiatives.

A native of Matane, Québec, Mr. Gagné has close to 30-years experience in food retailing and in private and public transportation. Between 1985 and 1997, Mr. Gagné held a variety of progressively senior management positions with Cabano Transport in both Montréal and Ottawa and with the Montreal Urban Transit system (STM).

In 1997, he joined the Oshawa Group as Director, Employee Relations and in 2000 was appointed Vice President, Human Resources and Internal Communications, Sobeys Quebéc. In 2010, he assumed additional responsibility for the Company’s Distribution & Logistics function in Québec.

Mr. Gagné is actively involved in community sports and leisure.

Mr. Gagné has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Laval University.

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