MONTREAL – For Jean-Robert Ouimet, making his family’s food company successful was more than a matter of principle: it was a path to spiritual enlightenment.
The devout Catholic installed meditation rooms at facilities of his Aliments Ouimet-Cordon Bleu Inc., held prayers before meetings and put “Pray to manage in God” on company letterhead.
But when his son, Jean-Robert Ouimet Jr., bought the Montreal business (which sells canned beans, ham and meatball stew under the Cordon Bleu and Clark labels) from him last April, he vowed to take a different path, by separating church and steak.
A schism ensued, and the spat between the 69-year-old retiree and his 34-year-old son ended up before Quebec’s Superior Court last fall. The matter was quietly resolved in a “gentlemen’s agreement” two weeks ago.
I wonder if they sold Adam Ribeyes
I can hear the rim-shot from hear.
oops, I mean “from here”.
Junior sounds like a punk. Since “he believes religion is a personal matter and has no place in business,” I wonder what his work ethics are. Oh, and I especially like this quote from Junior who said, “it is my belief I have to protect the interests of the business and the interests were not compatible with religion.”