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Entrepreneur Award winners - Past editions

Awards finalists

See the winners and finalists of past editions.

2014

National winner - Québec-Est - Productions horticoles Demers (in French only) (3 min 13 s)

Québec-Centre - Ferme Landrynoise (in French only) (3 min 38 s)

Québec-Ouest and Ontario - Agri-Fusion 2000 (in French only) (3 min 38 s)

2012

FraiseBec - Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines

Located in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, the FraiseBec family business is the largest strawberry and raspberry producer in Canada. A Quebec pioneer in the production of autumn strawberries, FraiseBec is currently the leader in this area and its production over a period of 5 months puts it in a class of its own. The delicious small red fruits make for happy customers in the Greater Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa fruit stores.

2011

Productions Maraîchères Mailhot - Saint-Alexis-de-Montcalm, Lanaudière

Nearly all of the vegetables destined for quick-freezing in Quebec-such as broccoli, cauliflower and green beans-are grown by Productions Maraîchères Mailhot. For more than a quarter century, supported by a network of 25 producers, this Saint-Alexis-de-Montcalm family farm in Lanaudière has cultivated and pre processed almost 15 million pounds of vegetables annually. In recent years, to deal with rising competition from California and Mexico, Productions Maraîchères Mailhot introduced new technologies that cut operating costs, enabling it to maintain its place in the market.

2010

Tourne-Sol co-operative farm in Les Cèdres, Montérégie – Frédéric Thériault, Reid Allaway, Renée Primeau, Emily Board and Daniel Brisebois, owners

Founded in 2005, Tourne-Sol co-operative farm specializes in growing organic vegetables and herbs. This worker's co-op, which produces over 200 baskets a year, operates on the principle that farming should be supported by the community it serves. Its produce is sold directly to consumers without a middleman. Consumers pay less to get a basket from mid-June to mid-October and agree to share the risks of agricultural production with the farmers in true cooperative spirit.

The 5 young farmers at Tourne-Sol farm have chosen to experience farming in a different way! By getting involved and working together well, they are improving access to organic foods in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, while promoting this type of farming as a feasible and vital alternative for the future of farming in Quebec.

2009

Le Domaine du Parc Reg'd., Sainte-Élisabeth – Denis Ouellet and Josée Rainville, Co-owners

This family cattle production business has five employees and stands out for the experience of its owners, inter-generational business transfer and a sound management that helps the company balance its finances. The healthy, balanced diet fed to the livestock allows the company to produce and export top quality beef; this is one of the keys to its success, along with attention to the health, safety and well-being of its workers. It plans to expand in the direct marketing of traditional soybean seeds for retail sale.

2014

Québec-Est - Poitras Foundry (in French only) (3 min 12 s)

National winner - Québec-Centre - Camoplast Solideal (in French only) (3 min 13 s)

Québec-Ouest and Ontario - Les 7 doigts de la main (in French only) (3 min 13 s)

2012 - In partnership with Export Development Canada

TeraXion - Quebec City

TeraXion manufactures state-of-the-art optical components for communication networks. A pioneer in the area of photonic solutions, this Quebec City company came out strong from the Dot-com bubble crisis. It is preparing for the future by investing massively in a new technology platform that will allow it to provide third generation products to its clients around the globe.

2011

AV&R Vision & Robotics - Montréal

Between 2007 and 2010, the percentage of international activity for AV&R Vision & Robotics climbed from 50% to close to 90%. This 46-employee SME, a leader in the field of industrial automation, offers manufacturing and quality-control optimization solutions. Already well established in the North American market for many years, during the last economic recession, the company decided to explore new business horizons, venturing into such international markets as Europe and Asia.

2010

Lepage Millwork in Rivière-du-Loup – Guy Bonneville, owner

In 2001, this door and window manufacturer made a drastic change that skyrocketed its growth. Since then, the company has been operating in a niche market of high-end residential construction, supplying doors and windows for properties worth $70 million and more.

Well-established in Quebec and Ontario, the company is now receiving enviable recognition in the United States. It is especially popular in a large part of the East Coast of the U.S., where holiday resort owners are looking to build unique residences with doors and windows made from mahogany and other woods. Lepage Millwork products also include wrought iron hardware and a variety of glass options, giving a distinctive cachet to homes.

Lepage Millwork's success in the U.S. is mainly due to its unconditional dedication to clients—"impossible" is not a word in its 275 employee's vocabulary.

2009

HONCO STEEL BUILDINGS, Lévis – Francis Lacasse, President

Founded in 1974, Honco mainly operates in the design, manufacture and installation of freestanding steel buildings for commercial, industrial and recreational construction projects. Honco exports to the United States, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, North Africa, Turkey and Cuba. The company integrates environmentally friendly practices in its regular operations and has the capacity to design buildings that meet LEED certification requirements. One of Honco's biggest strengths is its team's ability to work on both local and international projects.

Sonaca Montréal, St-Janvier – Philippe Hoste, Chief Executive Officer

This aeronautics industry business, founded in 2003 and a subsidiary of Belgium's SONACA Group, manufactures wing panels and structural parts for the leading manufacturers of regional and business aircraft. The company employs more than 250 people and takes effective measures to limit the environmental impact of its production processes. The company holds 85% of the world market in wing panels for regional aircraft and aims to reach 50% of the business aircraft market as well. To do so, it plans to increase its marketing activities in the key U.S. and European markets.

2014

National winner - Québec-Est - Dynaco Cooperative Group (in French only) (3 min 21 s)

Québec-Centre - Coopsco Trois-Rivières (in French only) (3 min 15 s)

Québec-Ouest and Ontario - Regard Action (in French only) (3 min 13 s)

2012 - In partnership with Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins

Coopérative de santé Robert-Cliche - Beauceville

Coopérative de santé Robert-Cliche, located in Beauceville, gives its 5,000 members access to 8 family doctors, complementary care, prevention activities and health promotion activities. It contributes to the betterment of the community as it now offers twice as many local health care services. This has not been done since 1994. There were 28,000 medical consultations in 2011 alone.

2011

Collège des Hauts Sommets - Saint-Tite-des-Caps, Charlevoix

Collège des Hauts Sommets is the only school in Quebec run by a cooperative. This private high school in Saint-Tite-des-Caps provides instruction to 155 students, and is known in particular for welcoming students with learning difficulties. Remarkably, Collège des Hauts Sommets is one of the few schools in the province with a dropout rate of 0%. The reason? The personalized approach offered to nearly half of students, high enthusiasm and, above all, the unconditional commitment of the school's entire staff, especially since the founding of their cooperative.

2010

St-Albert Cheese Co-operative

Building capital to use for development leverage is how the St-Albert Cheese Co-operative managed to carve an enviable niche in a competitive market dominated by multinational companies.

The cheese-making cooperative is owned by around 40 dairy farmers with family ties to its original founders. With its 110 employees, the St-Albert Cheese Co-operative is a vital part of daily life in the small village of Saint-Albert, Ontario, near the Quebec border.

After 116 years in business—a wealth of experience—the cooperative took a very different turn by reinvesting its dividends in redeemable shares to build a reserve. The cooperative then used this capital to grow by buying another cheese dairy, upgrading its equipment, expanding its stores and opening new service centres. More proof that cooperation is in good taste!

2014

National winner - Québec-Est - Les Urbainculteurs (in French only) (3 min 13 s)

Québec-Centre - Gestion Sani-Éco (in French only) (2 min 22 s)

2012

Industries Goodwill Renaissance Montréal - Montreal

Better known under the Fripe-Prix Renaissance banner, Industries Goodwill Renaissance Montréal is a non-profit organization that facilitates the social and professional reintegration of men and women by offering a real, paid work experience, which serves as a stepping stone to a new life. Its operations and services are largely financed by the recycling and resale of consumer goods. This helps reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.

2011

Auberge La Muse and Chez Bouquet - Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix

Veritable pioneers in the field of rural accommodations in Charlevoix, Robert Arsenault and Évelyne Tremblay are the cheerful owners of 2 establishments well known in Baie Saint-Paul: Auberge La Muse and, their latest offshoot, Chez Bouquet, an eco-bistro. Resolutely forward-looking and environmentally aware, these 2 defenders of sustainable development did not hesitate to equip their businesses with special equipment to maximize use of renewable energy. In the same spirit, Robert and Évelyne support the development of their regional economy by sourcing over 85% of their business needs locally, for both products and the work of all manner of craftspeople.

2010

Plan Nagua in Quebec City

Plan Nagua was created by 8 students after an internship in the Dominican Republic. With over 20 employees, it supports around 10,000 cooperatives in the south through the Fédération dominicaine des caféiculteurs and other associations.

A true pioneer of fair trade in Quebec, Plan Nagua helps promote an understanding of sustainable development by raising awareness among consumers about working conditions in the coffee industry, about respecting the environment and about developing communities.

To further its mission, Plan Nagua recently held a widespread awareness campaign in schools and among the general population by hosting workshops and conferences for over 3,200 people. Since 2007, Plan Nagua has a public space: CAFÉ Nagua in Limoilou, Quebec City. The coffee shop promotes responsible consumption, fair-trade products and regional social economy products.

2009

Eastern Quebec

Roche Ltd., Consulting Group, Quebec City – Mario W. Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer

Founded in La Malbaie, this major engineering/construction company, which stands out for its multidisciplinary skills and abilities, has a staff of over 1,350 employees and exports its products to some 50 countries around the world. It has carried out a number of actions since the creation of its sustainable development sector in 2007, which has become integrated into its engineering and construction projects, day-to-day operations, awareness activities and support for national and international causes.

Western Quebec

Produits de marque Liberté Inc., Saint-Hubert – Martin Valiquette, General Manager

Originally founded in Montréal in 1928, this company offers a range of more than 100 regular and organic dairy products. Liberté has been producing certified organic products for the past 15 years. It first extended its market into Western Canada and the Eastern United States, then, 2 years ago, to the whole of the U.S. Waste management, energy efficiency, eco-friendly packaging, environmental compliance, support for responsible purchasing and responsible business practices are all aspects of the sustainable development policies that Liberté Inc. integrates into its day-to-day management, in addition to offering only natural products.

Central Quebec

Auberge Le Baluchon, Saint-Paulin – Louis Lessard, President

In addition to lodging, the Auberge offers a combination of haute cuisine, health care and a chance for patrons to recharge their batteries. Founded in 1990, the retreat now has a staff of 190. The business is concerned with a number of aspects of sustainable development, including reforestation with noble wood species, water purification, energy savings and the transformation of used cooking oils. They also use organic and environmentally friendly products, showcase local foods, and design and offer activities that highlight local talent and history.

Ontario

Bridgehead, Ottawa – Tracey Clark, Managing Director

Bridgehead specializes in fair trade and organic coffees and teas, operating 10 cafés in Ottawa. Its first coffee shop opened in 2000. Bridgehead's mission is to put its clients in touch with small producers organized into cooperatives through fair trade practices. They created a sales-by-correspondence service, which today has more than 10,000 clients across the country. Fair trade practice is the founding principle of this business, which helps improve the lives of people working under difficult conditions in South America.

2014

National winner - Québec-Centre - Dany Belleville (in French only) (2 min 54 s)

Québec-Est - Hélène Godbout (in French only) (3 min 26 s)

Québec-Ouest and Ontario - Edith Cyr (in French only) (4 min 02 s)

2013

Sylvie Charbonneau, présidente et cofondatrice Brio Conseils

Added on September 9, 2013

Sylvie Charbonneau, présidente et cofondatrice
Brio Conseils

(in French only) (3 min 38 s)

Léonie Couture, fondatrice et directrice générale La rue des Femmes

Added on September 9, 2013

Léonie Couture, fondatrice et directrice générale
La rue des Femmes

(in French only) (3 min 34 s)

Lisa Fecteau, présidente-directrice générale Regitex

Added on September 9, 2013

Lisa Fecteau, présidente-directrice générale
Regitex

(in French only) (3 min 33 s)

2012

Nahid Aboumansour, of Petites-Mains - Montreal

Nahid Aboumansour is at the head of the Petites-Mains social integration business, which helps immigrant women enter the job market. A socially-committed citizen, she became a pioneer in her community by creating professional integration programs, including an industrial sewing program, and training and francization programs that break down the isolation experienced by newly arrived women to Quebec and break down cultural barriers.

2011

Trans-Herbe - St-Bruno, Montérégie – Johanne Dion, owners

Johanne Dion is well known in the field of gourmet and herbal teas. Her vast experience, perseverance and, most importantly, her good taste, led her to found Trans-Herbe in the early 1990s. Twenty years later, her 125 employees make over 600 varieties of teas and herbal teas that have captured 40% of the Quebec market. A true visionary, she has successfully penetrated the European, Japanese and Mexican markets, which account for 25% of sales. Despite a business executive's busy schedule, Johanne Dion enthusiastically continues to personally invest in creating new flavours of teas and herbal teas to please consumer palates.

2014

Small business

National winner - Québec-Est - Adélard Soucy (in French only) (3 min 06 s)

Québec-Ouest and Ontario - Nutrifrance (in French only) (3 min 42 s)

Medium-sized business

Québec-Centre - Thermoforme d'Amérique (in French only) (2 min 38 s)

National winner - Québec-Ouest and Ontario - Ergoresearch (in French only) (3 min 32 s)

2013

Small business
Medium-sized business
Martin Paquette, président Auberge et Spa Le Nordik inc.

Added on September 9, 2013

Martin Paquette, président
Auberge et Spa Le Nordik inc.

(in French only) (3 min 29 s)

David Marotte, président et chef de la direction Groupe Conseil FXInnovation inc.

Added on September 9, 2013

David Marotte, président et chef de la direction
Groupe Conseil FXInnovation inc.

(in French only) (3 min 18 s)

Ginette Robert, vice-présidente Ventes et Marketing Groupe Village Vacances Valcartier

Added on September 9, 2013

Ginette Robert, vice-présidente Ventes et Marketing
Groupe Village Vacances Valcartier

(in French only) (3 min 33 s)

2012

Small business

ISAAC Instruments - Chambly

ISAAC Instruments specializes in developing vehicle telemetry solutions. Committed to improving the performance of its products, the Chambly business developed a technology that replaces human verification of electronic boards integrated in black boxes of vehicles with an electronic verification. Result: this verification is 10 times quicker, from 30 minutes to only 3 minutes, with no risk of human error.

Medium-sized business

Groupe Anderson – Bois-Francs

Anderson Group, Bois-Francs's crown jewel, increased its production capacity without expanding its installations or investing large sums of money. The company not only implemented several processes to better control the quality and performance of products, it did so by consulting its 100 employees and taking their ideas for improvement into consideration.

2011

Medium-sized business

Groupe Laprise - Montmagny, Chaudière-Appalaches

In record time, the Groupe Laprise in Montmagny achieved the feat of designing, building and delivering 250 shelters a week for victims of the Haiti earthquake in January 2010. To deal with the crisis, the company had to design needed production machinery, hire and train some 60 employees assigned to the project, and implement IT processes and systems to control production. Through this adventure, the Groupe Laprise gave new meaning to the term "innovation."

Small business

Laiterie Charlevoix - Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix

In 2006, the Laiterie Charlevoix, which transforms two million litres of milk into cheese yearly, was having increasing difficulty disposing of its whey, the main by-product of making cheese. The Labbé family took up the gauntlet, developing a process to recover the energy present in whey and use it to replace oil for heating their facilities. Use of this European technology, which processes 80% of waste, coupled with an American plant-filtration technology, is a world first. It took three years of study and effort to get the required authorizations, but today these innovations make the Laiterie Charlevoix an industrial site with great tourism potential.

2014

National winner - Québec-Est - 32 MARS (in French only) (2 min 43 s)

Québec-Centre - MK3 Mobile (in French only) (3 min 39 s)

Québec-Ouest and Ontario - Lamarche Electric (in French only) (3 min 32 s)

2013

Eastern Quebec
Central Quebec
Valérie Buist, propriétaire Belle à Croquer

Added on September 9, 2013

Valérie Buist, propriétaire
Belle à Croquer

(in French only) (3 min 26 s)

Gabriel Gagnon, directeur général Fenestration Plus Fenefco inc.

Added on September 9, 2013

Gabriel Gagnon, directeur général
Fenestration Plus Fenefco inc.

(in French only) (3 min 54 s)

Pierre-Olivier Gaucher, propriétaire Technologies Terralis inc.

Added on September 9, 2013

Pierre-Olivier Gaucher, propriétaire
Technologies Terralis inc.

(in French only) (3 min 48 s)

Western Quebec

2012

Eastern Quebec

The Piranha agency - Quebec City

In this world where everything is in constant change, the Piranha agency understands that the future belongs to those who can reach their clients and speak with them. Founded in Quebec City in 2007 by Dominic Gagnon and Émilie Morin, the agency showcases its clients' brands to the 4 billion cell phone users across the globe. It develops tactical, mobile, innovative and cutting edge campaigns that appeal to everyone, everywhere, at any time of the day.

Central Quebec

Les Écrans Verts - Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan

Located in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, the young Les Écrans Verts business manufactures visual and acoustic screens using vegetation and materials with little impact on the environment. An interesting option in a market dominated by concrete screens, their products are distinguished by their appearance, low environmental impact and great social acceptability as they help make the urban landscape greener. A great idea from Scandinavia implemented here by Francis Allard and Olivier Payette.

Western Quebec

Flexpipe - Brossard

Flexpipe, a Brossard company, manufactures tubes, joints and hardware. Without any special tools, one can quickly build modules for production lines, assembly lines and warehouses. Managed by Julien Dépelteau and Sylvain Lejour, 2 young, talented entrepreneurs, Flexpipe is synonymous with security, ergonomics, flexibility and productivity.

2011

Eastern Quebec

Techéol - Sayabec, Bas-Saint-Laurent

The fierce winds that blow through Baie-des-Sables give wings to Techéol, a business created in the wake of the boom in wind farms being built in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Founded by Marc Poirier, the company specializes in the repair and maintenance of wind turbines. It launched operations in 2006 with 5 technicians and today employs 25 people. Powered by contracts from Quebec, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, Techéol has literally taken flight, while continuing to operate in a manner that shows consideration for its employees and customers and that respects the environment.

Central Quebec

Services environnementaux Richelieu – Beloeil, Montérégie

Services environnementaux Richelieu, managed by Renaud Lapierre, specializes in the collection, recovery and recycling of waste. Founded barely 3 years ago, the business has grown at a dizzying pace, expanding from 12 to over 100 employees. It collects 200,000 tonnes of fertilizing material to enrich agricultural lands, giving both the environment a needed boost and offering agricultural producers cumulative savings topping $1.5 million in synthetic fertilizers.

Western Quebec

Biomomentum - Laval

Biomomentum designs, develops, creates and markets sophisticated medical equipment for biomaterials and articular cartilage. Its banner products, Arthro-ST and Mach-1, are known and sought internationally. The business potential of this young company, founded in 2009 by Martin Garon, is huge: it is estimated that problems associated with bones and joints will increase by 124% over the next 3 decades.

Ontario

Momzelle - Toronto

Distributed in over 150 North American and European boutiques, Momzelle nursing wear was perfectly designed to meet the needs of mothers who want to nurse their baby discreetly. Founded by Christine Poirier and her brother Vincent in 2008, Momzelle now has its own Toronto boutique, and boasts 3,000 Facebook friends and over 10,000 satisfied moms.

2010

Eastern Quebec

Logitex in Saint-Joseph de Beauce – Yves Poulin and Kenny Perron, owners

Logitex's success can be mainly attributed to its owners' ability to create long-lasting ties with their clients. This familiarity based on trust is what drives growth at Logitex, which specializes in designing and integrating automated systems for the manufacturing industry.

Logitex's creativity and expertise are especially sought after for optimizing production lines and developing specialized wood-processing equipment. A fast-growing company, Logitex provides integrated solutions adapted to the needs of manufacturers by designing plans, selecting components to integrate into procedures, programming machines and putting solutions into service at client factories.

Well-established in North America, this company from the Beauce with its dozen employees also offers services to European clients, which now represent 25% of its turnover.

Western Quebec

Legault-Dubois firm in La Prairie – Pascal Dubois, President

In 2007, when the Quebec government extended an invitation to tender to implement its energy-efficiency program, Joël Legault and Pascal Dubois were ready. As building energy experts, they decided to create their own business, hoping to win the invitation to tender. That's exactly what happened! Legault-Dubois was selected to fulfill this valuable contract in a large part of the province.

After an innovative market launch, Joël Legault and Pascal Dubois had to rapidly deal with the explosive growth of their firm, as its number of employees rose from 7 to 50 in just 18 months.

After 3 years in business, this firm from La Prairie, in Montérégie, is now recognized for its high-quality expertise and its unerring interventions in energy, air, comfort and sustainable development for new and existing residential and commercial buildings.

Central Quebec

La Source Bains nordiques in Rawdon – Patrice Lalancette and Caroline Simard, owners

Nestled into the side of the mountain, this spa blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. In fact, you have to climb 70 steps to get to the main entrance. With the environment in mind, the Patrice Lalancette and Caroline Simard designed the La Source Bains nordiques facilities based on principles of sustainable development. It is the first spa in North America to use geothermal power to heat and cool its buildings.

Lalancette and Simard are partners in love as well as in business. Their perseverance and daring gave La Source Bains nordiques a strong identity and helped it stand out from its competitors.

2009

Eastern Quebec
Synertek Industries, St-Romuald – Jean-François Boutin, Vice-President of Sales

Created in 2004 by 4 shareholders, Synertek Industries is a sub-contractor specializing in precision sheet metal manufacturing. Its product is designed for use by high tech businesses operating in the optics, medical, food, transport and electronics sectors. In its 4 years of operation, the business has created 28 jobs in its region.

Finalist
Techni-Arp inc., L'Ange-Gardien – Jean-François Bernier, President

Surveyor services

Western Quebec

Zorah Biocosmetics Inc., Montréal – Mélissa Harvey, President
Zorah Biocosmetics develops, produces and distributes high-end, organic, environmentally friendly and fair-trade cosmetics. Created in 2006, Zorah's mission is to promote a more human approach to trade, and one that is more respectful of the environment. Made from natural ingredients with excellent cosmetic qualities, Zorah products are comparable if not superior to the highest quality cosmetics produced in the industry. All Zorah products have been certified organic or have received compliance certification for the use of organic ingredients by Québec Vrai or Ecocert. Zorah employs nearly a dozen people and is recognized for its dynamic spirit and innovative talent.

Finalist
Groupe Lettra inc., Boisbriand – Martin Caron, President

Sign production and installation and large format printing

Central Quebec

Le Trou du Diable Microbrewery, Shawinigan – Isaac Tremblay, President and CEO

Founded in 2005 by a group of beer-brewing aficionados, the cooperative quickly grew into a choice locale, offering Shawinigan residents 45 locally brewed beers. The business grew substantially and now has a staff of 25. Current plans, including oak cask aging, should allow the company to start exporting its products as early as the fall of 2009. What makes them stand out is the quality of their products, as well as their high-end restaurant menu, featuring local fare.

Finalist
La Source, Bains Nordiques, Rawdon – Patrice Lalancette and Caroline Simard, Founders

Specialized water relaxation services

2014

National winner - Québec-Est - Groupe Bertec (in French only) (3 min 01 s)

Québec-Centre - Exo-S (in French only) (3 min 41 s)

Québec-Ouest and Ontario - Groupe PR International (in French only) (3 min 49 s)

2013

Martin Beaulieu, président et chef de la direction Le Groupe Ouellet Canada inc.

Added on September 9, 2013

Martin Beaulieu, président et chef de la direction
Le Groupe Ouellet Canada inc.

(in French only) (3 min 26 s)

Jean-Philippe Cantin, président et chef de la direction Orizon Mobile

Added on September 9, 2013

Jean-Philippe Cantin, président et chef de la direction
Orizon Mobile

(in French only) (4 min 2 s)

2012 - In partnership with Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche

Avjet Holding - Drummondville

In 2009, Denis Jacob and Sylvain Touchette acquired Drummondville's Avjet Holding, which specializes in the drumming and distribution of aviation fuel and petroleum products for heating and heavy equipment. These 2 entrepreneurs complement each other on all fronts and are now expanding their business to the Maritimes market and are planning to take it Canada-wide.

2011 - In partnership with Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche

Comact Equipment - Saint-Georges, Beauce

In 2005, after a number of years of austerity, Comact Equipment, then owned by institutional investors, was put up for sale. The Saint-Georges-based company (in the Beauce region), which specializes in sawmill equipment, was bought by 5 members of the management team with the help of Desjardins Venture Capital. The very first year, the company was returned to profitability, and it successfully weathered subsequent years, despite the worldwide financial storms that lashed the timber industry.

2010

Fempro in Drummondville – Sylvie Lemaire and Ronald Tremblay, owners

The largest feminine hygiene product manufacturer in Canada, Fempro serves as an excellent example of a successful business transfer.

In 2007, Sylvie Lemaire and Ronald Tremblay, then Fempro's owners, were seeking to sell their business without giving it up to U.S. stakeholders. During the year, the 2 owners realized that Desjardins Venture Capital could be the spark plug that would revive their business. This partnership led to a business transfer process that, over time, efficiently brought about the creation of a worker shareholder cooperative.

Today, nearly 90% of the 180 employees who work for Fempro own 9.5% of the company's shares. This commitment by worker shareholders shows how confident they are in the new leadership team and in their business. Fempro's future is promising: it is aiming for $100 million in sales and also wants to refine its planning, execution, strategies and product line.

2009

Dubé & Loiselle Inc., Granby – Daniel Lachapelle, President

A distributor of dried, refrigerated, frozen food and packaging products for the past 60 years, Dubé & Loiselle Inc. has a staff of 150, with a team of 6 experienced people set to take over the business. The transfer process was prepared as a partnership, with the support of several consulting firms in order to ensure that everything runs smoothly for the future of the company and its shareholders, while making sure to keep its clientele informed of the changes. A subsequent transfer phase involving the stakeholders' children is also planned to take place in approximately 10 years. In the medium term, the focus is on developing major accounts and on acquisitions.

2013

Alain Bouchard, President and CEO, Couche-Tard (in French only)

Added on September 9, 2013

Alain Bouchard, President and CEO, Couche-Tard (in French only) (3 min 54 s)

2012 - In partnership with Fasken Martineau

Pierre Claprood, CEO, Agropur

Desjardins is pleased to recognize the contribution of a major corporation, whose vision keeps the cooperative spirit alive to this day.

2011 - In partnership with Fasken Martineau

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cirque du Soleil - Montreal – Guy Laliberté

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté stands out for boldness and creativity as well as his commitment to the environment and access to drinking water through his foundation One Drop.

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