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SmartMill designs and develops integrated solutions to improve and optimize factory production and manufacturing processes.

We are a team of dedicated experts committed to the success of our clients. In this regard, we encourage the development of sustainable partnerships with all our customers around the world.

In order to meet the ever-increasing demand for products that meet high quality standards, we design, manufacture and install automated state-of-the-art equipment that is a customizable solution to preserve and even increase the profitability of companies.


Founded in 2014, VAB Machines has been renamed SMARTMILL when Jean Bérubé eng. and Danick Dupont eng. acquired the company.

From its early days, this enterprise has marshalled all of its knowhow to create automated systems to replace traditional lumber processing equipment. The ultimate goal has always been to offer innovation to mills eager to improve their performance and profitability.

Today SMARTMILL extends its innovative systems and services to a larger client base seeking to outperform their competition in developing niche markets and quality.

choose us?

Simply because our approach of supporting and transforming your processes through innovation is an undeniable economic lever to improve your performance and ROI.

We support you in this process of change, including the following:

SmartMill, a team that listens to you, is experienced and involved


Jean Bérubé, eng. ASC


Graduated in 1990 from Laval University (Qc) B.Sc.A Physics engineering with major in Optics and communications.

Former founder and President of VAB Solutions Inc. Worked in lumber grading optimisation for 20+ years.


Danick Dupont, eng.


Graduated in 1999 from École de Technologie Supérieure (Qc) B.Sc.A Mechanical Engineer.

Worked for 15+ years at Centre de Recherches Industrielles du Québec (CRIQ) as an expert in wood processing technologies.


Samir Hamroun
M. Sc. A / M.A.Sc.

Director of Automation

Graduated in 2007 from INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (Latvia) With Degree Master of science.

Worked for 20+ years as Applications Developer & System Architecture (PAC, HMI, SCADA, NETWORK). Background and experience in project management, diagnosis and optimization of production processes, programming (PLC, HMI and SCADA) in Automation of the systems of management of technological processes (ASM TP)


Alexandre Richard

Mechanical Engineering Technician and Designer

Graduated from CEGEP of Lévis-Lauzon (Qc) with Technical Mechanical Engineering degree.

Graduated from L’Envolée - Professionnal Training Center (Qc) with a machinist degree.


Nicholas Soulières

Director of Engineering

Graduated in 2014 from Polytechnique Montréal (Qc) B.Sc.A Mechanical Engineering degree.

Worked for 5+ years in product development and CAD automation in the forestry, mining and medical industries.


Jérôme Renauld


Graduated in 2017 from Cégep Lévis- Lauzon (Qc) with a diploma in Industrial Maintenance Technology.

4 years of experience in maintenance, repair and optimization of industrial equipment.


Vincent Laplante, Jr. Eng.

Mechanical Designer

Graduated in 2017 from Laval University (Qc), Vincent holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

3 years of experience in consulting, project management and custom equipment design in the forest industry.


Bertrand Maheux

Mechanical Workshop Technician

Graduated in 1976 from Cégep Limoilou (Qc).

Worked for 40+ years with machines of all kinds, including 36 years at the Industrial Research Center of Quebec (CRIQ) as a technician in R & D.


Jean-Yves Métivier

Automation Technician

Graduated in 1979 from CEGEP Lévis-Lauzon (Qc) in instrument and control technology.

Worked for 20 years in R&D for the wood industry (sawmills and papermills) as an instrument technologist.

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Benoit Tremblay CPE

Project Manager and Industrial Engineer

Graduated in 2021 from Laval University (Qc) in industrial engineering, and in the process of obtaining an MBA, Laval University (Qc), 2022

Benoît joined the SmartMill team in the spring of 2021


Marc-Olivier Lachance, Jr. Eng.

Project Manager/Programmer

Graduated in 2019 from Laval University (Qc) with a mechanical engineering degree.

Intern at SmartMill in 2018, he was quickly hired after graduation in May of 2019.

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Alexis Mercier

Automation Technician

Graduated in 2019 from CEGEP de Limoilou (Qc) in industrial electronics technology.

After an internship in drone detection, then intern and employee at VAB Solutions as an automation technician, Alexis joined the SmartMill team in October 2020.

Mike Morris

Mike Morris

Regional Director in USA

Mike counts more than 25 years of experiences in the lumber industry where he served as Field Director, Product Sales and Technical Services.

Mike will be an important ally for our actual & future business partners.

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Jean-Félix Trudel, MBA

Project Manager

Graduated from CEGEP Lévis-Lauzon (Qc) in mechanical engineering, ÉTS (Qc) with a mechanical engineering degree, and Laval University (Qc) with an MBA.

Worked for 9+ years in design, product development and project management in mining, transportation and recycling sectors.

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