On Sunday, September 21, at a banquet held at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Donald Lapierre of Saint-Ludger de Beauce in Quebec was inducted into the “Temple de la Renommée de l’Agriculture du Québec” (Quebec Agriculture Hall of Fame).

Founder and CEO of Les Équipements Lapierre, Inc., a company active for more than 35 years in the maple equipment sector, Lapierre is renowned as an inventor and a major contributor in the development and advancement of techniques and processes in the maple business, from sap gathering to vacuum releasers to reverse osmosis, evaporators, etc.

Through the years, Lapierre has built production capability for the various equipment his company makes for machining, welding, extruding, sap gathering, plastic pipe, etc. He also operates a maple syrup bottling plant to pack the production of his own sugar operation of more than 140,000 taps. A sales and distribution network in Canada and the U.S. complements the business.

In less than one year, Lapierre has been honored twice — in October 2013, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the maple industry for more than 35 years, he was awarded the Golden Maple-Leaf Award during the joint meeting of the International Maple Syrup Institute and the North American Maple Syrup Council held in Moncton, New Brunswick.