MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Saint-Gobain has named Julie Bonamy Racine as the CEO of CertainTeed Canada Inc., its Canadian building products subsidiary. Bonamy is CertainTeed Canada’s first female chief executive and succeeds Richard Juggery, who led the company for four years before being named CEO of Saint-Gobain Benelux in July.
Bonamy comes to her role in Canada after serving as CEO of Saint-Gobain Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. She joined the company in 2017 in Paris as Group Vice President, Strategy & Planning. Earlier in her career, Bonamy was a public servant, most recently as an adviser for the budget and digital sector for the Office of the French Minister for the Economy. She is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP de Paris) and the National School of Public Administration (Ecole Nationale d’Administration).
“From our acquisition of Kaycan to the creation of North America’s first zero-carbon wallboard plant, there has never been a more exciting time for our company in Canada, and we thank Richard Juggery for his leadership over the past four years,” Bonamy said. “I’m thrilled to join such a strong local team as we continue to grow our business and work to maximize our company’s positive impact, for our customers and the communities where we operate, while striving to minimize our environmental footprint.”
In Canada, Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed have 27 manufacturing locations and employ more than 2,200 people nationwide. The company is growing and has many exciting career opportunities available including positions in engineering, operations, sales and human resources.
Bonamy’s appointment as CEO comes after the company has taken several steps this year to strengthen its business and sustainability profile in Canada:
- In July, Saint-Gobain finalized its $928 million USD acquisition of Kaycan, a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of exterior building materials, becoming the top siding player in Canada.
- In June, the company announced plans to invest $91 million CAD to upgrade equipment at its CertainTeed Montreal wallboard manufacturing facility and reduce its carbon emissions by up to 44,000 metric tons/year, creating the first zero-carbon drywall plant in North America. The upgrades will also increase the plant’s production capacity by up to 40%.
- Earlier this year, Saint-Gobain announced a multi-faceted partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada to build affordable housing in several communities where the company operates. The company will donate construction material solutions and cash to Habitat for Humanity projects across the country.
- In March, the company announced it would install heat recovery technology at its CertainTeed gypsum manufacturing site in Vancouver, British Columbia, which will reduce the plant’s carbon dioxide emissions by 10% and improve its energy efficiency.