As Strategy Director at Agropur Cooperative, I'm currently working on accelerating the long-term value creation of the Cooperative by developing its next generation of strategic orientations.

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, so far in my career, I have developed strategic planning, partnership development, operations and project management, coaching and public relation skills through experiences in food, tech, health, non-profit, Olympic marketing and communication, education management, construction and a presidential campaign.

 

My engineering background has enabled me to manoeuvre through difficult situations and come up with realistic and creative solutions in strict and complex contexts. I have proven to be a strategic and results-oriented leader, a local and global relationship-builder and a conscious risk taker, able to solve problems in various disciplines and establish an environment of clear and open communication.

 

I am an entrepreneur at heart, passionate about making businesses better; one that values collaborating with inspiring people and desires to make the largest positive impact in everything I do. 

 

I am looking forward to discussing with you !

 

Philippe Razanakolona

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Main Accomplishments

Developing a new global ice cream business model
 2018-... | SG Board observer & Agropur Director of Strategy

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Solo Gelato x Agropur​
 
  • Leading investment agreement and co-development partnership in a new ice cream technology through the start up Solo Gelato

  • In the style of Nespresso, the Solo Gelato machine produces the freshest ice cream in less than a minute in a wide variety of flavours

  • The fresh liquid in the capsule is never deep frozen, reducing significantly the energy required to serve ice cream

  • Media: La Terre

First ice cream mochi manufactured in Canada
2017-2019 | New Business Model Director

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Agropur Ice Cream Innovation​  
 

 

  • Developed and lead the multifunctional team from the ideation, to the approval of the investment to the engineering of the manufacturing line, product development, sales and marketing plan for the national launch of first Canadian ice cream mochis (Natrel & private label)

  • Enabling eating ice cream with your hands, this is the perfect frozen snack !

  • National distribution in major and regional retailers, wholesale, and convenience & gaz

  • Performance is above expectations

Building international bridges for commercial development
 2016- ... | Co-founder, Vice President & Board Member

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CanCham Madagascar​
 
  • Co-founded the Canada-Madagascar Chamber of Commerce & Cooperation

  • With the mission to develop exchanges and participate in the growth of bilateral relations between Canada and Madagascar and more generally, to contribute to the promotion of the two destinations in partnership with all private and public actors.

  • 4 international trade missions, 5 local tradeshows, 4 government events Off Francophonie Summit, 56 local activities

Influencing - Coaching - Inspiring
2004 - ... | Speaker

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Public Speaking
 
  • Keynote speaker on a workshop for Green Exports in collaboration with the Minister of Commerce of Madagascar and the UNCTAD - 2016
     

  • Panelist: on topics of "Building a competitive environment in Madagascar for export" and "Trade, an inclusive and sustainable growth driver" - 2016

  • Valedictorian : Engineering Bachelor & MBA  

 

  • Over 150 events talking about entrepreneurship, living your dreams and following your passions to over 70,000 Quebecers 

 

  • 2007 Montréal Millennium Summit speaker with Desmund Tutu, Mia Farrow, Kielburger brothers

 

  • Keynote at the Quebec’s Entrepreneurship Foundation 2006 Gala

 

  • Invited at season premiere of Tout le monde en parle in 2006

 

  • Spokesman for Priorité Éducation campaigning against school drop out - output =20% decrease [2007]

Tout le monde en parle
janvier 2006
Trans World Sports
2005 - 2006
Traditional Artisanal Know-how for international markets
 2015-2017 | Founder & Managing Director

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VICTOR MARIE
 
  • First company to fully integrate production to online marketing with delivery worldwide from Madagascar

  • VICTOR MARIE was born from the idea of wanting to bridge the gap between Malagasy know-how passed down through generations, ethical manufacturing and international fashion trends, with the aim of presenting to the world artisanal talent and natural resources.renowned from Madagascar.

  • VICTOR MARIE's fashion accessories are selected and designed by various players in the fashion industry and handmade in Madagascar with local natural materials.

  • VICTOR MARIE is the first name of the father of the founder and was chosen to pay tribute to the sacrifices that are linked to the reality of an immigrant to offer his children better opportunities

Value creation through Rural development
 2015-2017 | Founder & Managing Director

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RIZ UP Program - Madagascar​
  • As a producer and trader of various grains and raw materials, our business model focuses on food insecurity and extreme poverty in Madagascar by empowering Malagasy farmers through simple and powerful innovations to foster rural development and create value for all stakeholders

  • Increased 4-fold rice production yields for over 350 small farmers

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Innovative marketing strategies
 2013 | Chief of Staff & Campaign Director
Presidential Campaign - Madagascar​
 

  • Built the largest political base in Madagascar for a first time candidate

 

  • Set the most popular propaganda trends (candidate branding, favorite campaign theme song, street carnivals, TV serie type ads, most popular facebook page, most impactful opinion letters) 

 

  • Resulting in pre-election rankings: 2nd to 4th out of 33 

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Winter Olympic Revolution
2006-2008 | Founder & President
Skiing for a country - Developing for a people​

 

  • Lead operations to enable the first Malagasy athlete to participate in a Winter Olympic (Torino 2006) and the first athlete to use the Olympic Games as a development platform for its country

 

  • Resulted in worldwide extensive media coverage in 2006 reaching 3 billion viewers and raised $200,000 to fund development projects in Madagascar. Mathieu finished 37th in Torino 2006

  • The legacy of the Malagasy Ski Federation continues with Mia Clerc, a young female athlete adopted in an orphanage in Madagascar at the age of 18 months, is the first female athlete from Madagascar to have results in a Winter Olympics (finishing 47th-48th) and first African woman to have a result in alpine ski World Championships (40th-50th).

  • Mia and other athletes are preparing for the next Olympics in Beijing 2022 and Milano-Cortina 2026

Torino 2006
Mathieu Razanakolona
PyeongChang 2018
Mia Clerc
EDUCATION
  • LinkedIn Black Square
IAE Paris - SORBONNE 
MBA
2012 - 2013

GLOBAL PARTNERS MBA is a Dual Degree, Full-Time International MBA specializing in Commercial Diplomacy and Leadership

 

Georgia State University - Atlanta 
MBA
2012 - 2013

 

COPPEAD - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Management certificat
2012 - 2013

 

Polytechnique Montréal 
Bachelor - Mechanical Engineering
2001-2006
 
Supméca Paris
Exchange program 
2004