Business transfers: an issue for the future of Quebec

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from noon to 2 P.M.


Gaétan Morin

Gaétan Morin

President and Chief Executive Officer
Fonds de solidarité FTQ

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Gaétan Morin joined the Fonds de solidarité FTQ in 1989. Before becoming President and Chief Executive Officer, in 2014, he held several positions in the organization, including Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Investment, Senior Vice-President, Natural Resources and Consumer Goods, Director of Investments, Portfolio Manager and Financial Adviser.

During the time he was in charge of the Fonds’ investment activities, the number of the partner companies increased from 1,681 in 2006 to 2,395 in 2014. Moreover, the development capital invested in Québec businesses rose to $6 billion in 2013, from $3 billion in 2006. He was also involved in implementing solutions to support several Québec flagship companies during the 2008 liquidity crisis. In addition to contributing to the development of Teralys Capital, Gaétan Morin took part in setting up the Fonds Valorisation Bois and the Fonds Capital Culture Québec.

From 1986 to 1989, he worked in business financing for various securities brokerages, including Pemberton Securities and Saumier Morrisson et associés. Prior to this, he acted as Project Manager for a number of mining companies and for the Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec.

Well respected as a manager by Québec’s business community, Gaétan Morin sits on the boards of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, SSQ Financial Group and the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship. He previously was a member of the board of directors of several public and private government corporations, including the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association and the Fondation de l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

Gaétan Morin holds a master’s degree in economic geology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); he also completed undergraduate studies in finance and geology. In 2005, he was awarded the Prix Mérite Ressources by the Ordre des géologues du Québec. In 2015, he was among the recipients of the Prix Performance of ESG UQAM.


Danièle Henkel

Danièle Henkel

President and Founder
Daniele Henkel Inc.


Éric Dufour

Éric Dufour

Partner, Strategic & Performance Consulting and National Leader for entrepreneurial succession
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

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Éric Dufour, CPA, CA, Partner, is Head of the Strategy and Performance Consulting Group at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. He is also the National Leader of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s entrepreneurial succession division in Quebec.

Nationally recognized as a business succession and change management expert, Éric focuses on Quebec SME succession issues. He has developed a unique integrated approach that has been proven in practice time and again. This approach is based on the human and strategic aspects surrounding every business transfer.

He is an author and trainer certified by the Ministère des Finances for three types of business best practice training. Invited to give several other conferences on the subject in various forums, he has spoken to some 3,000 people across Quebec who were directly affected by business transfers.  

Furthermore, Éric was a special succession consultant delegate in a trade mission to France, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the entrepreneurial revival.

Éric is actively involved in his region where he was President of the Chambre de commerce de Saguenay between 2010 and 2013 and continues to be involved with the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

As a forward-looking professional who encourages a multidisciplinary approach, Éric creates trusting relationships with his clients thanks to his experience and focus on respect and active listening.


Nathalie Légaré

Nathalie Légaré

Location Jean Légaré

Quebec is in danger of losing thousands of businesses. This will be a growing trend in the coming years, as 30% of business owners are planning to retire in the next ten years, and half of them have no plans to sell or pass on their business.

In light of these facts, the Board of Trade and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ have joined forces to establish the RDV Relève inc.TM.


  • Hear Mr. Gaétan Morin, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Investments, at the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, present the highlights of a study that provides a portrait of the situation in Montréal and throughout Quebec.
  • Assess the economic and social costs of failing to transfer a business.
  • Get inspired by a business transfer success stories: Danièle Henkel, of Danièle Henkel Inc., and Nathalie Légaré, of Location Jean Légaré, will be part of a panel with Éric Dufour, Partner, Strategic and Performance Consulting and national leader for entrepreneurial succession at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.


  • The importance of entrepreneurial succession for the prosperity of Quebec and its metropolis.
  • The challenges and factors for success associated with business transfers.
  • Solutions to help support business assignors and successors in the transfer process.

Entrepreneurial succession and business transfers: a major issue for Quebec and its metropolis!


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