Meet the multitasking team

Jacques Nault LaserAG
Jacques Nault, agr., MS VP Agronomy and Co-Founder

Jacques Nault has a BS and a MS from McGill University’s Macdonald Campus. He started his agronomic career in 1984 and, up until 1999, he researched soil management and best management practices, wrote technical guides pertaining to soil fertilization and erosion control, and worked as a consultant with farmers. In 1999 he co-founded Logiag with his brother Charles, where he now supervises field technical services and business development. Between 2004 and 2014 he was also the general manager of FCS, a U.S. consulting firm that he cofounded.

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Charles Nault LaserAG
Charles Nault, eng., MBA President and Co-Founder

Engineer Charles Nault is Logiag’s president and general manager. He holds an MBA and an engineering degree from Sherbrooke University. After 5 years working in a manufacturing plant, he co-founded Logiag with his brother Jacques, where his functions now include strategic planning and development.

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Valérie Dulude, eng., agr., MBA Director (interim)

Engineer and agronomist, Valerie holds an MBA from HEC Montréal, a bachelor’s degree in bioresource engineering from McGill University and almost 10 years of experience in the agri-environmental field and in consulting.

After working for the multinational management consulting firm Capgemini, Valerie returned to Logiag in 2023 as interim LaserAg Director. During her first stint at Logiag, from 2016 to 2021, she led several projects in agricultural engineering, agronomy and climate transition.

While Valérie is known for her collaborative approach and her ability to solve complex problems, her career path also demonstrates her rigor and versatility.

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Mélanie Sbrissa, BS Director - Presently absent from the office

Mélanie is presently absent from the office. For all enquiries, please contact interim LaserAg Director Valérie Dulude.

Mélanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and a diploma of specialized graduate studies (DESS) in Management from HEC Montreal.

For six years she worked in the project management department of the aerospace industry, from the development of new technologies to the industrialization of products. She joined Logiag in 2022 as a product manager on the LaserAg team, and became director a few months later.

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Carla Pereira de Morais, PhD Team Leader, R&D – LIBS specialist

Carla Pereira de Morais is a laser-induced plasma (LIBS) spectroscopy specialist. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry of São Paulo State University. She also completed a PhD. in cotutelle in Science (Institute of Chemistry of São Paulo State University) and in Chemistry (Toulon University). During her PhD, she worked at Embrapa Instrumentation.

Since the beginning of her training, Carla has worked with photonic and spectroscopic techniques applied to agri-environmental samples. During her first PhD, she developed and optimized a LIBS system that uses single and dual pulses to analyze sediments, soils, fertilizers, and plants quickly and cost-effectively. Using LIBS, she also developed methods to identify nutrients and contaminants in sediments, soils, fertilizers, and plants.

For soil samples, the objective was to assess carbon sequestration to contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation. She also developed methods to assess organic matter in soil and sediment samples using fluorescence techniques.

Carla has experience in spectroscopy (LIBS, laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence excitation-emission matrix, fluorescence quenching, inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometry, flame atomic absorption spectrometry, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy), chemometrics, experimental design, and statistics. She has published in high impact scientific journals and has received awards for her work on LPS and organic matter.

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Nancy Basque Dassé LaserAg Team
Nancy Basque Dassé, Eng Product Manager and Mechanical Designer

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from l’École de technologie supérieure de Montréal (ÉTS). She worked for more than four years as an optomechanical designer for a high-tech company involved in hyperspectral and infrared cameras for industry and scientific research. 

She joined Logiag in 2017 as a mechanical designer for the beginning of the LaserAgTM method and instrument industrialization. Since 2018, she also serves as LaserAgTM product manager.

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Gabriel Marcil Rivard, CEP R&D Scientist

Gabriel graduated from Polytechnique Montréal in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics (concentration in quantum engineering). He knows the programming languages Python and Matlab as well as specialized software such as Feko or Comsol.

Gabriel completed an internship at Logiag in the summer of 2021 and started working for the company in the summer of 2022.

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Kevin McMeekin, MS Senior R&D Scientist

Kevin graduated from Polytechnique Montreal in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Physics Engineering and obtained a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2016 from l’École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).

Kevin is very versatile, having worked with technologies related to optics, laser, plasma and spectroscopy. He is also familiar with many specialized software and programming languages, such as Matlab, Comsol and Labview. After his engineering studies, Kevin joined Logiag in 2017 where he now contributes to the development of LaserAgTM.

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Johanie Fournier, agr., MS Data Analyst

Johanie received her bachelor’s degree in Agrology from Laval University in 2008 and her master’s degree in Animal Science from the same university in 2012. She worked for three years at Genetiporc (a former division of Aliments Breton) managing the research and development department and the follow-up and development of genetic projects.

She then joined Logiag to take on new challenges and work more concretely with agricultural producers. Since 2023, Johanie works the LaserAg team, where she performs data analysis.

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Julien Colpron, DCS Developer

Julien holds a college diploma from Cégep de Valleyfield.

He has been at Logiag since 2008 as a developer.

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Adja Soumare
Adja Soumare, ACS Reseacrh Assistant

Natively from Senegal, Adja obtained a master’s degree in Biochemistry from Rouen University. After her arrival in Canada in 2013, she completed an Attestation of College Studies in Biotechnology in 2015, before joining the Logiag team the same year.

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