The Summit is pleased to have the support of four partners from the financial sector, all of whom have a strong history of community involvement at the regional, national, and international levels. According to Stéphane Bertrand, Executive Director of the 2012 Summit, “These key partners will bring a valuable perspective to the Summit discussions, due to the nature of their missions and the scope of their activities, as well as their expertise and in-depth knowledge of the realities of cooperative enterprises.” Read on to learn more about each of our four financial partners. Investissement Québec Investissement Québec (IQ) is a public corporation whose mission is to contribute to economic development in Quebec, Canada, in accordance with the Quebec government’s economic policies, by stimulating investment and fostering employment across the province. To that end, IQ supports the creation and development of businesses of all sizes through customized financial solutions and investments that complement the offers of its partners. It also carries out foreign investment prospecting and strategic financing operations for both Quebec-based and international companies. IQ offers financing products that support for-profit companies, cooperative businesses, and non-profit organizations at every stage of their growth so that they can achieve their business objectives. Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins (CRCD) is a part of the cooperative network of Desjardins Group, one of the three co-hosts of the Summit. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of Quebec and to further the growth of the province’s resource regions, by injecting venture capital into cooperatives and companies and by offering expertise to stimulate their start-up, growth, and influence. CRCD’s main objective is to raise development capital for all regions of Quebec, which it is accomplishing through a public offering in the province. Ernst & Young Ernst & Young is a worldwide leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services. It offers global solutions to global problems, in order to have a positive impact on businesses and markets, as well as on society as a whole. To carry out its mission, the company counts on its global talent pool of more than 152,000 professionals. Ernst & Young is committed to promoting business, social and economic progress in every country in which it operates. To do this, it channels its efforts into three key areas that are critical to improving and expanding market economies: education, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability. Confédération Internationale des Banques Populaires (CIBP) The Confédération Internationale des Banques Populaires (CIBP) is a non-governmental organization representing banking and financial institutions specifically targeted at supporting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individual customers. The CIBP has member institutions from all over the world, most of which are cooperatives that benefit from solidarity mechanisms and mutual guarantees. CIBP member institutions tend to be strongly rooted in their communities, which means they understand their clients’ needs and can offer them solutions that fit. The CIBP network is made up of member institutions that share similar goals and have similar clienteles. The network provides opportunities for cooperation and allows its members to contribute to each other’s successes and learn from each other’s experiences.
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