President and Founder of Univins and Spirits, Daniel Richard has a true passion for his work, which has inspired others to join him on his journey.
He was originally a farmer and beekeeper on land he acquired in the early 1970s. He was the first to grow organic wheat in Quebec. In the 1980s, he participated in numerous international aid projects.
At that time, Daniel yearned to be his own boss again. In 1991, after completing his MBA at UQAM’s business school, he turned his passion for wine into the creation of his own agency, Francs-Vins.
A true visionary, Daniel Richard was quick to capitalize on the enthusiasm among Quebecers for quality wine. The market back then was still young. But Daniel saw an opportunity to showcase both French and Italian producers, with whom he has since built sincere, long-standing ties. In 1996, he bought the first Quebec vineyard in France – Domaine du Lys, located in Languedoc. He also created the trading company Le Négociant Français.