OUR COMPANY

OUR COMPANY

Who We Are

HyLife is committed to providing high quality food while retaining the values that have seen us through since the beginning. As an integrated company, we make sure that the premium pork product on your plate is the result of a trusted food source.

Our History

In 1994 in Southeast Manitoba, three Vielfaure brothers (Paul, Denis and Claude) and Don Janzen joined resources to fulfill a common vision: create the most efficient, integrated operating structure for the production of hogs.

HyLife by the Numbers

HyLife is so much more than numbers… although the numbers are fairly impressive! Our people, perseverance, integrity and exceptional partnerships have led HyLife to become Canada’s leading pork producer and global exporter of high quality pork products – a distinction on which we can’t place enough value.

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Million Hogs Produced per Year

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High-Tech Feed Mills

3.2 Million

Hogs Processed per Year

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Employees Worldwide

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High-Tech Feed Mills

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We've Grown

All our hard work is paying off – as a result, we need to think about the future. The growing demand for our pork in Japan and China means we are ready to give the world more of what HyLife™ has to offer. We have recently expanded our Neepawa facility, constructed and acquired additional barn operations, and purchased a second facility in Windom, Minnesota. All to increase our overall production and meet the demand for our products.

This included:

  • New buildings that increased the cut floor, packaging, palletizing, and chilling areas and a separate building for cold storage
  • Innovative equipment to help us improve our processes, our yields and shelf life of our product
  • Construction and purchase of new finishing barns
  • Construction of a new feed mill closer to our barns in Southwestern Manitoba
  • Purchase of ProVista sow, nursery, and finishing barn operations in Manitoba
  • Purchase of Prime Pork processing facility in Minnesota
  • Creation and addition of over 1,000 new jobs and employees

Management Team

Our Management Team fosters an environment where HyLife’s vision, mission and values lie at the core of every decision made. We recognize our people are our greatest strength and our leaders seek to empower employees at all levels in the organization to live up to their fullest potential. Embracing change, developing partnerships and working hard are some of the key cornerstones that guide our team in successful long-term planning. Together, the Executive Team and Directors push our business strategy forward, creating opportunities for growth for both our company and the communities we call home.

Management Team

Our Management Team fosters an environment where HyLife’s vision, mission and values lie at the core of every decision made. We recognize our people are our greatest strength and our leaders seek to empower employees at all levels in the organization to live up to their fullest potential. Embracing change, developing partnerships and working hard are some of the key cornerstones that guide our team in successful long-term planning. Together, the Executive Team and Directors push our business strategy forward, creating opportunities for growth for both our company and the communities we call home.

Directors

Thor Eiriksson

Thor Eiriksson

Executive Director of Operations

Tyler Lazaruk

Tyler Lazaruk

Executive Director of Sales and Business Optimization

Gary Kohake

Gary Kohake

GM & VP International Sales

Trevor Lizotte

Trevor Lizotte

VP Domestic Sales

Bill Rimmer

Bill Rimmer

Senior Director, Solutions

Darian Major

Darian Major

Senior Director of Operational Finance

Sheldon Stott

Sheldon Stott

Senior Director of Corporate Sustainability

Alan Pickard

Alan Pickard

Senior Director of Operations, Neepawa

Mark Peters

Mark Peters

Senior Director of Business Operations

Brian McCarthy

Brian McCarthy

Senior Director of Human Resources

Martin Foster

Martin Foster

Director of Finance, Foods

Joel Rempel

Joel Rempel

Director of Logistics & Transportation, Foods

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson

Director of Distribution, Premises, and Warehousing

Blair Seale

Blair Seale

Director of Continuous Improvement

Baerbel Langner

Baerbel Langner

Director of immigration

Chris Adams

Chris Adams

Director of Facility Development and Optimization

Lindsay Hextall

Lindsay Hextall

Director of Human Resources, Foods

Dennis Kornelsen

Dennis Kornelsen

Director of Commodity Purchasing

Gerard Tetrault

Gerard Tetrault

Director of Logistics & Transportation

Janelle Braun

Janelle Braun

Director of Human Resources, Farms

Jeff Jonasson

Jeff Jonasson

Director of Maintenance & Utilities

Karine Talbot

Karine Talbot

Director of Animal Health

Kurt Stoess

Kurt Stoess

Director of Integration and R&D

Lori Dobbie

Lori Dobbie

General Counsel

Matt Kehler

Matt Kehler

Director of Information Technology

Monty Perham

Monty Perham

Director of Finance, Budgeting & Planning

Richard Taillefer

Richard Taillefer

Director of Sow & Nursery

Ron St. Hilaire

Ron St. Hilaire

Director of Feed Operations

Ellery Burton

Ellery Burton

Director of Procurement, Construction, and Continuous Improvement

Matt Reimer

Matt Reimer

Director of Environmental Affairs

Mitch Tetrault

Mitch Tetrault

Director of Procurement

Rejean Vielfaure

Rejean Vielfaure

Director of Business Development, North America

Integrated Operations

HyLife’s vertically integrated strategy ensures products are closely monitored every step of the way, which means all animals are fully traceable from farm to fork. This includes our feed mill facilities, genetic laboratories, transportation fleets, and waste management division. HyLife’s different divisions work together to ensure that what reaches your plate is top quality.

Self Sufficient Production

HyLife operates several divisions that help fulfill the objective of efficient, self-sufficient production practices.

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Strategic Partnerships

HyLife seeks out new business relationships and engages in strategic partnerships to broaden our capabilities and scope within the industry worldwide. For example, our partnership with the Tianzow Food Company in China marks HyLife’s first venture into the Asian marketplace, and shows our commitment to developing into a global market force.

In 2015, HyLife also established a presence in Mexico through a partnership with an established Mexican company, Avoir. This joint venture owns and operates a plant in the state of Guanajuato, which further processes pork primals and by-products for Mexico and select offshore markets.

In 2016, HyLife Shanghai initiated business with one of the most successful online shopping platforms in China and is currently planning to supply HyLife pork products to end consumers. With confidence in our superior product, which matches the growing demand in China for high quality safe foods, HyLife Shanghai will continue to lead future projects in this area.

In September of 2016, we opened the doors to our very own HyLife Pork Table restaurant in the trendy district of Daikanyama Tokyo, Japan. Our Japanese customers have very high standards for their pork. With our dedicated HyLife team, we set out to provide Japanese customers with a product that is equal in taste to the Japanese product.

In 2011, HyLife achieved Platinum Status as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, and proudly continues to hold this status today. This is a national program recognizing organizations which employ outstanding business practices.

Our Global Presence

Since 1994, HyLife has become a global company with over 3,500 employees and facilities across Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, and the United States. We continue to grow and develop our company through new business ventures and opportunities.

Head Offices

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Japan
  • China
  • Mexico
  • Barbados

Exports

Angola
Australia
Chile
China
Colombia
Cuba
French Polynesia
Hong Kong
Jamaica
Japan
Mexico
New Zealand
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Taiwan
United States
Vietnam

HyLife Canada

Head Office - La Broquerie, Manitoba

Although HyLife has become a global company, the company headquarters remain in the central Canadian community of La Broquerie, Manitoba. HyLife wears its homegrown principles with pride, as demonstrated in living up to the values that are the cornerstones of our business. The management and staff believe deeply in developing our employees, providing quality products to our customers, and working in partnership with our community.

Head Office - La Broquerie, Manitoba

Although HyLife has become a global company, the company headquarters remain in the central Canadian community of La Broquerie, Manitoba. HyLife wears its homegrown principles with pride, as demonstrated in living up to the values that are the cornerstones of our business. The management and staff believe deeply in developing our employees, providing quality products to our customers, and working in partnership with our community.

Hylife Foods - Neepawa, Manitoba

HyLife Foods is a pork processing plant located in the growing community of Neepawa, Manitoba. We produce high quality product sought after worldwide. It is currently the largest Neepawa employer with 1,560 employees. HyLife Foods prides itself on empowering employees, working safe, being a great Community Partner and respecting people and livestock. We hire energetic enthusiastic people who will help us achieve our Vision of being the Best Canadian Food Company in the World!

Hylife Foods - Neepawa, Manitoba

HyLife Foods is a pork processing plant located in the growing community of Neepawa, Manitoba. We produce high quality product sought after worldwide. It is currently the largest Neepawa employer with 1,560 employees. HyLife Foods prides itself on empowering employees, working safe, being a great Community Partner and respecting people and livestock. We hire energetic enthusiastic people who will help us achieve our Vision of being the Best Canadian Food Company in the World!

Barn Operations - Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Starting with just one Sow Barn in 1994 in rural Southeast Manitoba, HyLife has since expanded operations and impacted numerous communities across Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Our production teams, made up of Production Managers, Barn Managers, and Swine Technicians, work together on a daily basis to ensure that their barns are running effectively and efficiently to meet the supply demand of HyLife's processing facilities. In compliance with our bio security practices, barn operations are divided into three phases: Sow Barns, Nursery Barns, and Finishing Barns.

Barn Operations - Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Starting with just one Sow Barn in 1994 in rural Southeast Manitoba, HyLife has since expanded operations and impacted numerous communities across Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Our production teams, made up of Production Managers, Barn Managers, and Swine Technicians, work together on a daily basis to ensure that their barns are running effectively and efficiently to meet the supply demand of HyLife's processing facilities. In compliance with our bio security practices, barn operations are divided into three phases: Sow Barns, Nursery Barns, and Finishing Barns.

Groupe CÉRÈS - Quebec

Groupe Ceres was founded in December 2004 by Dan Bussières and Janin Boucher. Since our partnership in 2005, Groupe Ceres has been leading HyLife’s Nutrition and Research and Development departments, helping HyLife become a leading company in both swine production and pork processing. Located in Levis, Quebec, Groupe Ceres Headquarters offers swine producers in Eastern Canada access to a full range of services in all fields related to hog farming: management, genetics, nutrition and swine production. Groupe Ceres understands the concerns of swine producers and they specialize in helping customers profit by through a proactive management and service approach through leading industry expertise.

Groupe CÉRÈS - Quebec

Groupe Ceres was founded in December 2004 by Dan Bussières and Janin Boucher. Since our partnership in 2005, Groupe Ceres has been leading HyLife’s Nutrition and Research and Development departments, helping HyLife become a leading company in both swine production and pork processing. Located in Levis, Quebec, Groupe Ceres Headquarters offers swine producers in Eastern Canada access to a full range of services in all fields related to hog farming: management, genetics, nutrition and swine production. Groupe Ceres understands the concerns of swine producers and they specialize in helping customers profit by through a proactive management and service approach through leading industry expertise.

HyLife USA

Prime Pork - Windom, Minnesota

Prime Pork is a recently renovated processing facility that produces, processes, and sells pork products out of the thriving Southern Minnesota community of Windom. As the newest addition to the HyLife community, Prime Pork employs 660 people with the goal of providing high quality pork products and being an excellent Community Partner!

Prime Pork - Windom, Minnesota

Prime Pork is a recently renovated processing facility that produces, processes, and sells pork products out of the thriving Southern Minnesota community of Windom. As the newest addition to the HyLife community, Prime Pork employs 660 people with the goal of providing high quality pork products and being an excellent Community Partner!

Barn Operations - Cando, North Dakota

Sky Can supports a hog multiplication production loop located in Cando, North Dakota which began in 2005. Today, this production loop includes a 6,000 head sow farm called Hexagon Farm, an 18,000 head nursery barn called Coolin Nursery, and a 20,500 head finisher farm called Dakota Country Swine. Sky Can also added a feed mill, truck fleet, truck wash, and distribution warehouse to service its production loop.

Barn Operations - Cando, North Dakota

Sky Can supports a hog multiplication production loop located in Cando, North Dakota which began in 2005. Today, this production loop includes a 6,000 head sow farm called Hexagon Farm, an 18,000 head nursery barn called Coolin Nursery, and a 20,500 head finisher farm called Dakota Country Swine. Sky Can also added a feed mill, truck fleet, truck wash, and distribution warehouse to service its production loop.

HyLife China

Shanghai

Located in Shanghai (one of the most important business gateways of China), HyLife Shanghai office handles almost 100% of HyLife’s pork products exported to China. With 12 dedicated staff, HyLife Shanghai has successfully established strategic relationships with major processors and wholesalers in more than 15 provinces.

In 2016, Hylife Shanghai initiated a strategic venture with one of the most successful online shopping platforms in China and is planning to supply Hylife pork products to end consumers. With confidence in our superior product qualities, which match China’s growing demand for high quality safe foods, Hylife Group will put more focus on high value-added markets, and Hylife Shanghai will be leading future projects.

Shanghai

Located in Shanghai (one of the most important business gateways of China), HyLife Shanghai office handles almost 100% of HyLife’s pork products exported to China. With 12 dedicated staff, HyLife Shanghai has successfully established strategic relationships with major processors and wholesalers in more than 15 provinces.

In 2016, Hylife Shanghai initiated a strategic venture with one of the most successful online shopping platforms in China and is planning to supply Hylife pork products to end consumers. With confidence in our superior product qualities, which match China’s growing demand for high quality safe foods, Hylife Group will put more focus on high value-added markets, and Hylife Shanghai will be leading future projects.

Chongqing

Tianzow Breeding, with its head office in Chongqing China, is a genetic breeding company that produces purebred and hybrid breeding stock for the Chinese market. It has multiple locations across China producing gilts for customers. HyLife became a shareholder in Tianzow Breeding in 2007. The first shipment of purebred breeding stock came from Canada in 2008 to populate Tianzow’s first nucleus barn. The company has quickly grown to become one of China’s leading genetic companies.

Chongqing

Tianzow Breeding, with its head office in Chongqing China, is a genetic breeding company that produces purebred and hybrid breeding stock for the Chinese market. It has multiple locations across China producing gilts for customers. HyLife became a shareholder in Tianzow Breeding in 2007. The first shipment of purebred breeding stock came from Canada in 2008 to populate Tianzow’s first nucleus barn. The company has quickly grown to become one of China’s leading genetic companies.

HyLife Japan

HyLife Pork Asia is a symbol of HyLife’s commitment to the Japanese market. HyLife Pork Asia consists of two facilities, the HyLife Pork Asia office and HyLife Pork Table (restaurant and brand shop), both located in the affluent Daikanyama neighbourhood in central southwest Tokyo, Japan. Daikanyama is a fashionable, upscale district full of small to medium sized shopping malls, restaurants, and shops, making it a perfect location to showcase HyLife’s premium pork products.

On September 16, 2016 HyLife proudly opened HyLife Pork Table, a restaurant and brand shop that provides both lunch and dinner meals, along with cooking workshops for consumers and retailers, teaching how to create easy, great tasting HyLife pork dishes. We ensure to let customers know that our hard-working team back home is dedicated to producing a product second to none. Our goal with HyLife Pork Table is not to start a chain of restaurants, but to become Canada’s number one fresh chilled pork exporter to Japan, something we have already achieved this year. Read More on HyLife Pork Table’s grand opening.

By having a presence in Japan, HyLife feels it can better assist in customer support and relations. Working closely with our Japanese customers has enabled our HyLife team to provide Japanese customers with a high quality pork product equal to the Japanese product. HyLife Pork Asia is led by Katsuyasu “Kenny” Nakamura. Kenny works to support HyLife’s customer base and increase HyLife Pork brand awareness.

HyLife Mexico

Our Avoir facility, located in the heart of Mexico in Guanajuato State, consists of a modern cut floor and refrigerated distribution facility. Guanajuato State provides reliable transportation with easy access to Mexico City and other high population centers in Mexico, as well as excellent port facilities on both sides of the continent.

HyLife ships fresh products from the Neepawa plant for arrival at Avoir within five business days. These products are then further processed for sale in the Mexico domestic marketplace.

HyLife’s ownership of Avoir provides a direct link to the Mexican marketplace, as well as the broader Latin American marketplace. The Avoir plant is well-suited for production of pork products that require extensive manual inspection for a high-quality standard. This facility enables HyLife to provide superior pork products for our elite Mexican and Asian markets.

Our Avoir facility, located in the heart of Mexico in Guanajuato State, consists of a modern cut floor and refrigerated distribution facility. Guanajuato State provides reliable transportation with easy access to Mexico City and other high population centers in Mexico, as well as excellent port facilities on both sides of the continent.

HyLife ships fresh products from the Neepawa plant for arrival at Avoir within five business days. These products are then further processed for sale in the Mexico domestic marketplace.

HyLife’s ownership of Avoir provides a direct link to the Mexican marketplace, as well as the broader Latin American marketplace. The Avoir plant is well-suited for production of pork products that require extensive manual inspection for a high-quality standard. This facility enables HyLife to provide superior pork products for our elite Mexican and Asian markets.