Our management team
Ghislain Lacroix – President
Hired as the first employee in 1976, becoming a full partner in 1981 and taking on the role of President of Villeneuve Construction in 2013, Ghislain has been an absolute key player in the growth and success of the company.
Ghislain’s entrepreneurial leadership shaped the company’s direction over the last 4 decades, growing it from the budding community-based construction company to an icon of northern Ontario’s construction industry. His organizational abilities, his foresight, and his vision have all lent to making the right decisions at the right times, to turn Villeneuve Construction into what it is today.
Beyond the leadership and vision is Ghislain’s practical knowledge – being mechanically inclined and certified in heavy machinery operation, he is an asset both on and off site.
His demonstrated leadership and loyalty are echoed by his respect for the company’s employees, and his willingness to provide guidance and support to keep both the employees and the company successful and forward-focused.
In his down-time, Ghislain loves to entertain family and friends at home with his wife. Both are avid cooks, and love to spend time with their grandchildren, even though they live far from Hearst. In the wintertime, his favourite pastime is snowmobiling.
Mario Villeneuve – Vice President
Mario has spent the last 10 years building and growing client relationships for Villeneuve Construction. As Vice-President, Mario is always ready to meet with a client, ensure that needs are satisfied, and overall, make customer service his number one priority.
Mario has a stake in every part of the organization, and keeps on top of it with his enthusiasm, his passion for excellence in client service, and his emphasis on open, constant communication, with employees and clients.
Mario brings to Villeneuve Construction a philosophy of transparency and flexibility. This openness to change, to client needs, and to organizational goals makes him an invaluable resource in aiding the successful completion of the company’s multiple projects.
In the summer months, when he isn’t driving across northern Ontario to meet with clients and ensure project success, Mario and his wife enjoy their children, their land and indulge in trips on their Harleys when they can.
Martin Villeneuve – Fleet Manager
Martin’s organizational skills have resulted in what is arguably one of the most organized and well-managed fleets in the north. His experience as a certified technician of maintenance and repair of heavy equipment and heavy trucks, and being keenly aware of the culture and vision that move Villeneuve Construction forward have made him a most invaluable asset to the organization in his 8 years with the company.
Reliability is the result of organization, and Martin breeds reliability in the fleet through its maintenance program, standardization processes and its adaptability to the constantly changing needs of the construction industry, the seasons, and the organizational needs.
In his time off, Martin is a father, a husband, a musician and a hockey player.
Yvan Carbonneau – Financial Director
As the chief financial controller for Villeneuve Construction, Yvan oversees all aspects of the organization’s financial planning and expenditures. Over the last 24 years, he has worked closely with Claude and Ghislain, and pulled his team together numerous times to bring to realization the company’s efforts in expansion and diversification.
His vision extends itself into his personal life as well. Beyond exercising the same discipline he uses on the job to run half-marathons and play hockey twice a week, Yvan is a world traveller, taking time out of his busy schedule to see different parts of the world every year.
Stephane Lehoux – Senior Civil Manager
Stéphane began his tenure with Villeneuve Construction as a summer student in 1990. After graduating from Lakehead University in 1992, Stéphane returned to his hometown roots. Today, after 25 years with the organization, he has become an invaluable resource, managing all the organization’s construction projects.
Stéphane's growth with our organization began in the field as a surveyor, and subsequently as an estimator and project manager for daily operations of construction projects, staffing and equipment. After receiving his licence as a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario in 1995, Stéphane has grown to become the lead engineer responsible for management of the company’s resources, equipment and manpower, ensuring that each project and project manager's goals are met.
Stéphane exhibits his pride and loyalty to the organization through the quality of his work, his decisiveness and engagement as a leader.
Like all good northern men, Stéphane enjoys spending his leisure time with his family utilising what northern Ontario has to offer, from spending time at the cottage relaxing, boating and fishing with friends and family, to hunting and enjoying the winter life snowmobiling and playing hockey.
John Duhaime – Operations Manager
John is one of the company’s newest employees. As Operations Manager, Cochrane Division, he has proved to be the organization’s diplomat, negotiator and collaborator.
His experience as a purchasing superintendent for a forestry company before his tenure with Villeneuve Construction refined his ability to negotiate contracts with large companies and private contractors as well as develop successful people skills. Further to that, John has attended courses in advanced negotiating, leadership skills and supervision, all of which have given him the insights necessary to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
John was a volunteer firefighter, retiring after 30 years as Deputy Chief in May 2012, illustrating his dedication to the safety and well-being of fellow firefighters, as well as his mentorship role to younger members.
When not working, John also contributes to his community. He currently sits as a volunteer on the board of Hockey Northwestern Ontario. Along with travelling abroad, John enjoys the outdoors and spends time relaxing, while fishing and hunting.
Joel Poliquin – Dispatcher
Joel’s management of time and people is essential to his success as the Dispatcher for the company. He’s refined and honed his skills and leadership in this role over the past 22 years, but it came with a wealth of experience. Joel spent almost 20 years around equipment, managing shops, terminals and employees in the transportation industry before joining Villeneuve Construction in 1995.
In his down-time, Joel is an avid huntsman and fisherman. He spends summer holidays at his beloved cottage with his family, taking the time to relax from the demands of the job.
Joel’s patience, understanding, and ability to manage have kept him at the top of his game for almost two decades with Villeneuve Construction.