Financial Partners


Canada Economic Development

The mission of Canada Economic Development is to help Quebec businesses and regions to participate to their full potential in the economy, while building on their assets. By supporting the International Summit of Cooperatives, the Agency contributes, among other things, to promoting the host region to international clients. This major biennial meeting is an opportunity for the Government of Canada to support a world-class event that promises to generate considerable spin-offs for the tourism industry and the economy of the Québec region, the province and the country. The growth of the tourism industry is in line with Government of Canada priorities with respect to the economic development of the regions and communities. Tourism makes a significant contribution to maintaining a strong economy and raising the country’s profile around the world.

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

The Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation has for mission to support the growth of companies, entrepreneurship, the science, the innovation as well as the export and the investment. It coordinates the elaboration and the implementation of the digital strategy. It also advises the government in order to support the economic development of all the regions of Quebec, and this in a perspective of job creation, economic prosperity and sustainable development.

In the cooperative sector, the Government of Québec upholds the Cooperatives Act and provides the assistance needed to develop cooperative networks and companies. Ministerial priorities in this area include implementing the Cooperative Development Policy and ensuring that the means used will stimulate the economic activity essential to the creation of wealth.


Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the fourth largest cooperative financial group in the world with assets of $222 billion. It has been rated one of Canada’s top 100 employers by Mediacorp Canada. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. The group has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry. It is considered as the fourth safest and strongest bank in North America according to Global Finance magazine and the first according to Bloomberg News.

Ville de Québec

The cradle of French language and culture in North America and a world heritage treasure, Québec is the most European city on the continent! Blessed with a rich past and promising future, it’s also the second largest economic hub in the province and the top city for doing business in Canada and the United States. Québec’s capital blends exceptional heritage architecture, incredible gourmet dining, a warm and friendly population, and neighborhoods full of treasures to discover all year long. It’s a city that’s in tune with tomorrow, in touch with the world, and a beautiful place to be!


Crédit Mutuel

For nearly 150 years, Crédit Mutuel has combined democracy, proximity, local development, mutual assistance and solidarity. Crédit Mutuel, a cooperative bank, owned by its 7.7 million customers and members, is not listed on the stock exchange. It can therefore allocate a large portion of its income to its non-distributable reserves. Thanks to a long-term management approach, Crédit Mutuel places special emphasis on overall economic rationality as well as social and environmental purpose.

Une banque qui appartient à ses clients, ça change tout.


Agropur cooperative

Founded in 1938, Agropur is an important player in the North American dairy industry. With sales of nearly $4,7 billion, the Cooperative is a source of pride for its 3,473 dairy producer owners and 8,000 employees. Agropur processes more than 5.4 billion litres of milk per year in its 40 plants across North America and boasts an impressive line of products that includes such prestigious brands as Natrel, Québon, OKA, Farmers, Central Dairies, Sealtest, Island Farms, Olympic, Agropur Grand Cheddar and iögo.

Crédit Agricole

With 21 million customers, 9 million members, 39 regional credit unions, 2 500 local credit unions and 31 000 administrators, the Crédit Agricole, Group based on cooperative and mutualist values, is the leader of the universal bank of integrated services in France. It accompanies its customers' projects in France and around the world with specialized jobs which are associated to Crédit Agricole: insurance, asset management, leasing and factoring, consumer credit, corporate and investment bank.

Corporate Crédit Agricole and Investment Bank proposes to his customers a vast range of products and services in the field of bank of markets, by the investment bank, the structured financing and the commercial bank.  Its activities articulate around four major poles: commercial device and ibank, structured financing, market banks, and optimization of the debt and distribution.

La Coop fédérée

Founded in 1922, La Coop fédérée is the largest agri-food enterprise in Quebec and ranks amongst the 100 largest co-operatives and mutual societies in the world, across all sectors. It is owned by over 100,000 members grouped into 98 cooperatives located in several Canadian provinces. La Coop fédérée is present throughout the agri-food chain and, as well as being a wholesaler, it also provides agricultural producers with all the goods and services they require for their farming operations. La Coop fédérée employs over 10,000 people with sales totaling over $5.4 billion. Including its affiliated network, La Coop fédérée employs almost 16,000 people with sales of $9.1 billion.



EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of EY Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. EY Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit


Bell Canada

Canada's largest communications company, BCE provides a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to residential and business customers from Bell Canada and Bell Aliant. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels. To learn more, please visit our website.

Confédération Internationale des Banques Populaires

CIBP is the first international organisation that brings together popular and cooperative banking players from four continents. Throughout its researches, trainings, events and labs, CIBP leverages on its members' values to boost their performance and regional economies.


GardaWorld is the world’s largest privately owned security services company, offering a range of highly focused business solutions including cash services, protective services and aviation services. Each day, GardaWorld solves tough problems; we secure global commerce and protect our clients’ people, assets and reputations. They see us as a vital interconnected partner. In less than two decades, our work has taken us from the oil fields of Iraqi Kurdistan to the financial institutions of the US and airports in Canada. We operate across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, infrastructure, natural resources and retail. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, governments and humanitarian relief organizations. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, our 51,500 highly trained, dedicated professionals serve clients in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


Groupama is a mutual insurance company headquartered in France, with operations in 11 countries serving 13 million members and customers through its 33,500 employees and its network of 42,000 elected in France.

The group is present in all areas of insurance and the areas of banking and financial services. Its range covers all the needs of individuals, businesses, professionals, associations and communities.

Established in 1900, Groupama is a permanent group with strong fundamentals, which innovates to anticipate and meet the needs of its members and customers, its leading positions prove it: total revenues of 13.7 billion euros

  • 1st agricultural insurer

  • 1st personal health care insurer

  • 2nd home insurer

Groupe BPCE

Groupe BPCE, the 2nd-largest banking group in France, includes two independent and complementary cooperative commercial banking networks: the network of 18 Banque Populaire banks and the network of 17 Caisses d’Epargne. It also works through Crédit Foncier in the area of real estate financing. . It is a major player in Investment Solutions & Insurance, Corporate & Investment Banking and Specialized Financial Services with Natixis. Groupe BPCE serves 35 million customers and enjoys a strong presence in France with 8,000 branches, 108,000 employees and more than 8.9 million cooperative shareholders.


N°1 French agricultural cooperative group, InVivo brings together 216 cooperatives and has a 8,400-strong workforce in 30 countries. The group’s revenue 2014-2015 reached €5.7 billion. Invivo works in four main activities in the global food value chain : Agriculture (seeds, agri-cultural supplies, international grain trading), Animal Nutrition and Health, Retail, and Wine. Through its human, industrial, technical, technological and R&D investments, and through its membership and international developments, InVivo supports the development of French agriculture by ensuring the performance and sustainability of agricultural production.


Rabobank is a cooperative bank prioritizing the interests and ambitions of its members and customers. The cooperative identity stems back to the late nineteenth century when farmers united by establishing local Rabobanks in order to grow their business. With 2 million members and 8 million customers Rabobank is one of the largest cooperative banks worldwide. In the Netherlands Rabobank is market leader in nearly all segments in the economy. Internationally, it has a worldwide position as a leading food and agri bank. In line with this ambition, Rabobank is likewise committed to making its contribution to key themes such as food safety and food security.

The Norinchukin Bank

The mission of The Norinchukin Bank is to fully support Japan's agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries as the national-level organization of JA Bank Group, JF Marine Bank Group and JForest Group, thereby contributing to development of food production and consumption and a better quality of life for the people living in local communities. 

Securing stable profits through global investments as one of Japan's leading institutional investors is an important activity that we undertake to fulfill our mission. 

As we head into our 100th anniversary in 2023, courageously facing change, we will pursue our unchanging mission and continue challenging new horizons.



Covéa was the first group in France to establish, by 2003, on the basis of new legislation creating the mutual insurance group of companies to promote cooperation between them. The founding mutual insurers are MAAF, MMA and GMF, but Covéa aims to welcome and has already hosted two other mutuals.

Its purpose is to enable its policyholders to benefit from size effects through the pooling of resources: finance, claims management, reinsurance, IT and HR, etc...

Covéa represents the three brands with regulatory authorities, assumes the overall control functions and ensures the financial security of the whole structure.

Mutuals retain the relationship with their policyholders and commercial action is organized by each brand :  definition of products, distribution networks management and communication.

Covéa is a leader in key markets in damages and liability in France. The Group insures more than 11.4 million French. Its turnover in 2015 exceeded € 17.2 billion of which 15% are generated abroad. It has 26,000 employees worldwide.


Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services through 9,521 people in 56 offices. We are constantly reinventing ourselves in order to provide our clients with innovative services, such as data analytics, cybersecurity, and digital, and have created our Greenhouse, a radically different problem-solving environment, which fosters innovation by combining leading-edge technology and interactive and immersive tools.

Federated Co-operative Limited

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is the 43rd largest company in Canada and the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada.  FCL is a unique multi-billion dollar wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative owned by 210 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada. Together, FCL and those local retail co-operatives form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The CRS serves our members and communities with products and services that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities from Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario.  Our workforce totals 24,500 retail employees in more than 500 communities.  We are a different kind of business – we are locally invested, community-minded and offer lifetime membership benefits.

PwC Canada

PwC helps organizations and individuals create the value they're looking for. We're a network of firms in 157 countries with nearly 216,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, deal, and advisory services.

PwC supports cooperatives, especially in the financial, agricultural, and insurance sectors, and shares with them strong values ​​focused on communities and the will to find solutions that innovate and promote sustainable development.


Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 519,000 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw territories, with 59 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay. As Canada’s largest community credit union, Vancity uses its $19.8 billion in assets to help improve the financial well-being of its members while at the same time helping to develop healthy communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.


Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Consulting Group has 85 offices in 48 countries, more than 12,000 employees, more than 900 partners, and more than 18,000 alumni. Now in our sixth decade, we continue not only to grow but also to embody the same timeless sense of purpose and the constant call for renewal that our founder Bruce Henderson instilled at our inception.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at June 30, 2015, it held CAD 240.8 billion in net assets. More than half a century after its inception, CDPQ is one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers. It invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate. The institution is international in scope, with subsidiaries in several countries. It is also very active in Québec, particularly through its role in businesses and its activities aimed at strengthening entrepreneurial culture.

Coast Capital Savings

Coast Capital Savings is Canada’s largest credit union by membership, dedicated to changing the way Canadians feel about banking, forever. We are a co-operative company owned by the 522,000 members who bank with us. Our 1,600 employees care about improving the financial well-being of our members by providing Simple financial help. We offer banking, investment, and insurance services through our 50 retail branches in British Columbia, Canada and have assets under administration of $15.1 billion. Coast Capital Savings has been recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ and is a member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club.

Desjardins Capital régional et coopératif

With some 96,000 shareholders and $1,502 million in net assets, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins (CRCD) is a public company managed by Desjardins Business Capital régional et coopératif. CRCD contributes to Québec economic development through several levers developed with its manager, with CRCD as the driving force. These levers form CRCD’s entrepreneurial ecosystem designed to value and nurture the best of Québec entrepreneurship. As a result, CRCD now supports the growth of over 380 businesses, cooperatives and funds in various industries spanning all Québec regions, helping to create and retain 62,000 jobs.

Fasken Martineau

Fasken Martineau is a leading international business law and litigation firm with more than 700 lawyers across Canada, Europe and South Africa. We work with credit unions, mutuals and cooperatives who rely on us for advice related to governance issues, financing initiatives, mergers & acquisitions as well as regulatory concerns and significant commercial challenges. We understand the values, priorities and challenges of cooperatives and mutuals.


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McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that delivers integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law nationally and globally through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal and Québec City, as well as London, UK. McCarthy Tétrault is Canada’s leading business law and litigation firm since 1855.

Québec City Tourism

Québec City Tourism counts more than 850 members in Québec City, L’Ancienne-Lorette, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Wendake and the surrounding areas of Portneuf, Jacques-Cartier, Île d'Orléans, and Côte-de-Beaupré. It guides and leads tourism industry growth and contributes to industry prosperity through its marketing and development efforts, hospitality services for tourists, and information to the industry. Its total budget for 2015 is $22.3 million, including a $12.4 million marketing budget.

Groupe P&V

The P&V Group, founded in 1907 by the Belgian Workers Party, is a cooperative insurance group solidly anchored in the Belgian society. It provides insurance solutions to individuals, businesses and institutions through its various distribution channels and ranks 6th on the Belgian insurance market. P&V is a second degree cooperative: the co-operators are health mutuals, unions and other cooperative organisations. Its central value: solidarity with the insured and with the society.

Benefits are reinvested in the organisation but are also used to actively contribute to a society based on genuine solidarity.


L'Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario

The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (l’Assemblée) is the lead advocacy group for the Francophone community in Ontario. For more than a century, its mandate has been to protect the rights of Franco-Ontarians which at 611,500 represents Canada’s largest Francophone population outside Quebec. On the local scene as well as the national scene, l’Assemblée successfully defends Francophone interests thanks to its strong network of individuals, associations and institutions which contribute actively to the development and to the growth of Ontario.


CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states.

CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation's rural economy. In addition to serving its direct retail borrowers, the bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving approximately 75,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.

Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario

The Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario (CCO) is the organization of choice for the education, promotion, consultation and the provision of advisory services to ensure sustainable development of Francophone co-operatives and social enterprises in Ontario. Founded in 1964, the CCO is based upon values such as the importance of individuals over capital, community support, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. At the present moment, the CCO is a provincial leader regarding the co-operative and social enterprise business models and supports the Francophone economic development. The CCO has three offices located in Ottawa, Toronto and Sudbury.


Fondaction CSN invests in Québec-based SMEs in order to help create and maintain jobs in Québec from a sustainable development perspective. It manages assets of close to $1.4 billion in retirement savings from more than 128,000 shareholders. Through its investments or its commitments, made either directly or through its partner or specialized funds, Fondaction supports the development of over 850 SMEs that make a distinctive contribution to Québec’s social and economic development, including a number of social economy enterprises.

National Cooperative Bank

National Cooperative Bank (NCB) provides comprehensive banking products and services to cooperatives and other member-owned, socially responsible organizations throughout the country. What makes NCB unique is that the bank was created to address the financial needs of an underserved market niche – people who join together cooperatively to meet personal, social or business needs, especially in low-income communities.  In accordance with our congressional charter, NCB has a significant commitment to community revitalization. The employment of the cooperative model in the development of business, access to affordable health care and affordable housing is critical for low-income Americans, and strengthens communities in both urban and rural areas. Working Together. Building Community.


Polyas is a Berlin-based online voting company that aims to change the way elections are conducted. The service allows cooperatives and other similar organisations to conduct their internal elections in a secure, simple, and cost-efficient manner. Rather than having voters show up at a specified location, with a few clicks of a mouse a vote can be cast from anywhere in the world.

Polyas is the only online voting provider to have received the Common Criteria Certification for online security, making it one of the most secure services of its kind. As the market leader in Germany, Polyas is currently looking to expand globally with a special focus on working with cooperatives in Canada.

Saint Mary's University

Co-operative Management Education (CME) at Saint Mary’s University (Sobey School of Business) offers rigorous and dynamic programs for co-operative management professionals. The programs cultivate a deep understanding of co-operatives and credit unions, within a globalized, online curriculum. With an international student body, the programs have enrolled over 140 students from around the world. Program options include the Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions, Graduate diploma in Co-operative Management, Executive Education Course, and Field Study Tours to Italy, Spain and Cuba. CME also hosts symposia regularly and has partnerships with institutions internationally.

Laval University

Université Laval is North America’s first French-language university. Since its founding in the city of Québec 350 years ago, almost 280,000 people have studied there, and each year, some 43,000 students pursue studies in every field.

In 2014, the university ranked first in Canada and ninth in the world for the STARS international sustainable development accreditation. This rating recognizes the university community’s commitment to creating a better world. Each year, Université Laval invests $325 million in research and creation, ranking it sixth among Canada’s major research universities, and the institution is the only Canadian university to head up four Canada Excellence Research Chairs (Arctic sciences, optics/photonics, and mental and metabolic health).

Université Laval is a renowned, innovative institution that is committed to remaining an influential driver of progress in Québec and around the world.

World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. Our international development programs assist credit unions and their associations with rebuilding efforts, providing access to the underserved, developing integrated business networks, supporting communities at risk and encouraging legislative reform and regulatory system development.

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Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada's largest airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. In 2014, Air Canada together with its Air Canada Express regional partners carried more than 38 million passengers, offering direct passenger service to more than 200 destinations on six continents. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the world's most comprehensive air transportation network.

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