Mathieu Frigon, CPA, CMA

President & CEO

Mathieu Frigon joined DPAC in October 2016 as Senior Advisor, Policy & Economics, and was promoted to President & CEO in June 2018. Prior to joining DPAC, he worked with the Parliamentary Information and Research Service for 9 years where he successively assumed leadership roles with various House of Commons and Senate Committees. Mathieu was also an Assistant Director of Policy and Economics with Dairy Farmers of Canada from 2000 to 2007.

Mathieu Frigon graduated with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Université Laval in 1999. In 2016, he earned a MBA and a Graduate diploma in accounting from Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). Mathieu became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CMA) in 2016.

Mathieu Frigon is a board member and treasurer of Voie Verte Chelsea, a not-for-profit organization that is raising funds for the development of a community trail in the municipality of Chelsea. Mathieu is also a board member and treasurer of La Fab sur Mill, a cooperative managing an Art Center and Performance Hall.

Chathurika Dayananda

Director, Regulatory Affairs and Member Relations

Chathu holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (2014), an MSc in Agricultural Economics (2016).

Chathu is responsible for advancing key areas including: regulatory affairs, animal welfare, environmental sustainability. She works with members, DPAC committees and other stakeholders regularly to conduct program analysis, and formulate policy and dairy industry positions.


Phone: 613-696-5818

Ons Dhaoui

Policy Analyst

Ons graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Master’s in Agricultural Economics in 2022. Her research interests include International trade and regulatory frameworks. In 2019, she earned a Master’s in Business Economics and Management from The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH), Greece, where she focused on consumer behavior and alternative distribution channels. In 2017, Ons graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Industries Alimentaires de Tunis (ESIAT) with an Engineering degree in Food industries. Her experience includes several internships in the food processing sector, mainly in the dairy sector where she gained knowledge from working in the field.

Ons is fluent in English, French and Arabic. Ons’ role wilth DPAC will be to support DPAC’s policy development through economic and regulatory analysis. She will report to Marie Ly.


Phone: 613-696-9527


Jean-Michel Laurin

Special Advisor, Government Relations

Jean-Michel Laurin joined DPAC in October 2023. He oversees the association’s advocacy initiatives and provides strategic advice to the President & CEO.

With more than 20 years of experience advocating for manufacturers and processors, he has a proven track record as a consultant lobbyist and an industry association executive. Jean-Michel’s experience includes leadership roles in public affairs consulting firms and national associations. Throughout his career, he established himself as a credible advocate, spokesperson, and policy expert and was frequently called to testify before Parliamentary Committees, advise governments and appear in the media.

Jean-Michel holds an MBA from HEC Montreal and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. He is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of RESULTS Canada and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his public service.


Phone: 613-406-6166