Associative life

The Chantier is a key forum for a wide variety of social economy stakeholders. It circulates essential information on multiple subjects linked to the development of the social economy, including:

  • Actions of the Chantier and its partners
  • Evolution of public policy
  • Events throughout Québec

The Chantier is also engaged in supporting strategic partnerships among those who do business, enable, and intervene in the social economy.

Members are invited to participate in the annual general meeting. Members review the past year and collectively decide on priorities for future action. It is also an excellent occasion for meeting, discussions, and solidarity.

Members can also, within their electoral colleges, stand for election to the Chantier’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors’ role is one of strategic orientation and positioning. It is made up of representatives elected from the following electoral colleges:

  • Neworks of social economy enterprises
  • Social economy enterprises
  • Networks and organizations that support social economy development
  • Poles of the Social Economy
  • Labour union federations and members of these federations
  • Social movements
  • Québec-wide First Nations and Inuit networks and their member groups
  • Youth network

The Chantier de l’économie sociale is a dynamic structure. It brings together the major players of civil society who adhere to the values of democracy and solidarity. The fact that women and men who work in the social economy and represent diverse sectors and regions participate in the decision-making process is a remarkable asset that enables the Chantier to face the challenges confronting us daily.

A forum for discussion and reflection

The Chantier’s Board of Directors has created three standing working groups.

Youth Wing

Financial instruments and Capitalization Strategies Committee

International Committee

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair of the Board of Directors

Patrick Duguay
Pôle d’économie sociale de l’Outaouais
** Chair – Member of Executive Committee

Executive Director
**Member of Executive Committee

Networks of social economy enterprises

Alexandre Banville
Réseau de la coopération du travail

Éric Tétreault
Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Québec (ARCQ)

Louise Boucher
Réseau des Centres de ressources périnatales du Québec
**Secretary – Member of Executive Committee

Claudette Pitre-Robin
Regroupement des centres de la petite enfance de la Montérégie (RCPEM)
**Member of Executive Committee

Raymond Gouin
Conseil québécois des entreprises adaptées (CQEA)

Richard Gravel
Collectif des entreprises d’insertion du Québec
**Treasurer – Member of Executive Committee

Vincent Marcoux
Association québécoise des centres d’intervention de dépendance

Manon Loranger
Réseau de coopération des entreprises d’économie sociale en aide à domicile

Associations of social economy development organizations and agencies that support social economy development

Édith Cyr
Association des groupes de ressources techniques du Québec

Karole Forand
Regroupement des CDEC du Québec

Claude Ouellet
Coopérative de développement régional du Bas-St-Laurent/Côte-Nord

Katerine Roy
La Fabrique entrepreneuriale

Ahmed Benboyzid
MicroEntreprendre

Frédéric Lalande
Coalition des organismes communautaires pour le développement de la main-d’œuvre (COCDMO)
**1st vice-chair – Member of Executive Committee

Poles of the Social Economy

Anyle Côté
Conseil d’économie sociale de l’île de Montréal (CESIM)

Patrick Duguay
Pôle d’économie sociale de l’Outaouais

Louiselle Luneau
Pôle d’économie sociale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue

André Richard
Pôle d’économie sociale Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Félix Buissières
Pôle des entreprises d’économie sociale de la région de la Capitale-Nationale
**Member of Executive Committee

Labour union federations and members of these federations

Anne Thibault-Bellerose
Confédération des syndicats nationaux – CSN

Stéphane Hudon
Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)

Social economy enterprises

Gaël Magrini
Zoothérapie Québec

Québec-wide First Nations and Inuit networks and their member groups

Mickel Robertson
Commission du développement économique des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador

Social movements

Éric Lord
Réseau des Conseils régionaux de la culture du Québec

Sonia Vaillancourt
Conseil québécois du loisir
**2nd vice-chair – Member of Executive Committee

Marie-Line Audet
Table nationale des Corporations de développement communautaire (TNCDC)

Gilles Dubois
Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement du Québec (RNCREQ)

Statutory members

Jacques Charest
Fiducie du Chantier de l’économie sociale

Odette Trépanier
Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’économie sociale et de l’action communautaire (CSMO-ÉSAC)

Philippe Garant
Réseau d’investissement social du Québec (RISQ)

Vincent Van Schendel
Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire – TIESS

Youth Wing

Laurent Levesque
Président / Unité de travail pour l’implantation de logement étudiant – UTILE
**Member of Executive Committee

Honorary members

Marguerite Mendell
École d’Affaires publiques et communautaires, Université Concordia

Youth Wing

In February 2016, the Board of Directors adopted the new reference framework of the Chantier’s Youth Committee. Now known as the Youth Wing, it may include any Chantier member (individual or organizational) aged 35 or younger. The Youth Wing votes on priorities at an annual meeting. These priorities are shared with the rest of the movement, through the Chantier’s Board of Directors.

The role of the Chantier de l’économie sociale’s Youth Wing is to coordinate the actors of the social economy movement, especially those in the 35 and younger age group. Its activities reinforce the Chantier de l’économie sociale’s role as a hub. In this way, it helps to promote collective entrepreneurship among the young.

The Youth Wing also plays a representative role in various bodies of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, other social economy actors, and, when mandated by the Chantier’s Board of Directors, in local, regional, governmental, and sectoral bodies. The Youth Wing takes on responsibilities delegated by the Board and may also challenge the Board on certain issues or propose a position on others.

Composition

The Youth Wing is mainly composed of young people who are involved in or interested in the social economy. It is also open to representatives of organizations that work with young people.

The Youth Wing seeks to be representative of Québec society in its composition, in particular, by reflecting gender equality and cultural diversity.

Operations

>> The Youth Wing votes on priorities at an annual meeting. These priorities are shared with the rest of the movement, through the Chantier’s Board of Directors.

>> To be entitled to vote at this meeting an individual must be a member of the Chantier de l’économie sociale.

>> Members at the annual meeting elect an Executive Committee composed of seven individuals. This committee serves as the Youth Wing of the Chantier and is responsible for acting on the priorities.

>> The Executive Committee is composed of four (4) positions with two (2) year terms and predetermined tasks (Presidency, Head of External and Institutional Affairs, Content Manager, Communications and Events Manager). In addition to these four positions, three (3) to four (4) positions are appointed for a term of one (1) year with no predetermined duties.

Financial instruments and Capitalization Strategies Committee

The mission of the Financial instruments and Capitalization Strategies Committee is to provide an overall vision, to ensure that the actions of the financial structures related to the Chantier are consisten among the Chantier’s related parties, and to advise the Chantier’s Board of Directors regarding the implementation of new strategies and initiatives in the field of capitalization.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that representatives of the different governance bodies have an overall view of the actions and directions associated with the financial instruments
  • Propose strategies and actions to improve social economy enterprises’ access to capitalization
  • Ensure cohesiveness between the Chantier de l’économie sociale’s different financial instruments, while considering the respective governance bodies’ responsibilities and powers
  • Ensure follow-up and consistency in the Chantier’s participation (via its financial instruments) in CAP Finance and other bodies in the area of enterprise financing and investment, and in the work of communication and representation to public authorities and other internal and external partners.

Composition

The committee is composed of representatives of member networks appointed by the Chantier’s Board to serve with the governance structures and senior management of the financial instruments.

International Committee

The mandate of the International Committee is to advise the Chantier’s Board on its priorities for its international work and to ensure follow-up on orientations and actions adopted by the Board. It is also involved in presenting and promoting the social and solidarity economy on every continent.

In addition, the International Committee, shall, the extent that it is possible, support the development of international partnerships initiated by members of the Chantier de l’économie sociale.

Responsibilities:

  • Make recommendations on the priorities regarding the Chantier’s international work
  • Participate in the success of international initiatives proposed by the Chantier and its members
    – organize international meetings,
    – host foreign delegations,
    – ensure the Chantier’s representation in various international activities.
  • Monitor the Chantier’s participation in the Réseau intercontinental de promotion de l’économie sociale et solidaire (RIPESS) and make recommendations as neededRespond to occasional requests of the Board