Chief Executive Officer
Fédération des coopératives funéraires du QuébecWebsite:
SIMULTANEOUS FORUM: Consumers - food, educational goods and services, cable television, funeral, energy
"I am participating in the International Summit of Cooperatives because…"
“… I believe the cooperative formula is the perfect solution to the economic and social challenges of the 21st century. We need to come together to share, discuss, and develop common strategies to spread the word about our movement to as many people as possible around the world.”
An economist by training, Alain Leclerc has been working and advocating for the cooperative movement for almost 30 years. He has been the CEO of the Federation of Funeral Cooperatives of Québec since 1996, and has gradually entrenched the Federation as Quebec's leading organization in the field of funeral services, with members in 6 Canadian provinces and 3 countries in the Americas.
Involved in Quebec's network of housing cooperatives for the past 28 years, Mr. Leclerc has also been Director and President of SOCODEVI (an international cooperative NGO) for 15 years, Director and Treasurer of the Conseil de la coopération et de la Mutualité for 8 years, and Director of the Réseau d'investissement social du Québec (a venture capital fund). He is currently Director of Quebec's Chantier de l'économie sociale Trust and teaches a cooperative financial governance course at the University of Sherbrooke's cooperative research and education institute (IRECUS). In 2011, he was awarded the fourth degree of the Cooperative Order of Merit, the highest distinction given out by Quebec's cooperative movement.
About the Federation of Funeral Cooperatives of Québec
The Federation of Funeral Cooperatives of Québec has 25 member cooperatives from across Quebec, 11 from 5 other Canadian provinces, 1 cooperative in the U.S. and 1 in Peru.
The network is Quebec's leading organization in the field of funeral services, with sales of almost $40 million. Every year, close to 10,000 grieving families are served by one of the network's 100 points of service.
Funeral cooperatives play an important role in regulating the market by saving users approximately $15 million annually. They are at the forefront of sustainable development, having teamed up with forest cooperatives from Guatemala and Quebec to plant more than 20,000 trees in 3 years. They have created an extensive training program combining cooperative values with modern funeral services.
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