The Canadian agri-food sector: strategic partners for the Summit

The strategic role that agriculture plays around the world is unquestionable. And the participation of Canadian agricultural and agri-food cooperatives at the 2012 Summit emphasizes how important they...

The strategic role that agriculture plays around the world is unquestionable. And the participation of Canadian agricultural and agri-food cooperatives at the 2012 Summit emphasizes how important they view this not-be-missed global event.

“We are thrilled to be able to count on the invaluable support provided to us by Agropur and La Coop fédérée, as well as PwC Canada, which has a wealth of international expertise with agricultural cooperatives,” declared Stéphane Bertrand, Executive Director of the Summit.

Here is a brief profile of these three natural partners of the Summit.




Agropur is a Canadian dairy cooperative with a network of 3,349 member organizations located in 15 regions across Quebec.

These organizations produce over three billion litres of milk annually, which is processed in Agropur’s 27 plants across Canada, the United States and Argentina. This is how Agropur is able to offer such an impressive array of dairy products to a wide variety of clients across Canada.

Generating annual sales of over $3.6 billion, Agropur has 5,700 employees and many other contract employees responsible for milk collection and distribution who combine their efforts and expertise to ensure that the final product offered meets all expectations.

2013 will mark 75 years of success for Agropur, and it will celebrate by continuing to build on the vision of its founders. By remaining true to its cooperative values, this organization with modest beginnings is now one of the leaders in the Canadian dairy industry.

Visit Agropur’s site


La Coop fédérée

La Coop fédérée is the largest agri-food company in Quebec. And 2012 is doubly significant for La Coop, as it marks not only the International Year of Cooperatives, but also its 90th year in business!

La Coop fédérée represents 90,000 members in 103 cooperatives with facilities in Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. It employs over 10,000 people and generates sales of $4.6 billion.

La Coop fédérée is present throughout the agri-food chain and, as a wholesaler, provides agricultural producers with the goods and services they need to operate their businesses, such as oil products, hardware and agricultural machinery.

Founded in December 1922 following a decree authorizing the merger of three central cooperatives, La Coop fédérée developed into a large organization during the Second World War.

It has continued to expand to present day through various mergers and acquisitions.

Visit La Coop fédérée’s site


PwC: mapping the world’s agricultural cooperatives!

PwC is a network of firms in 158 countries with close to 169,000 people committed to delivering high-quality assurance, tax and consulting services geared to publicly traded and privately held companies and governments operating in a wide variety of industries.

PwC publishes an annual overview of European agricultural cooperatives. This year, in conjunction with the International Summit of Cooperatives, PwC will map out the legal and regulatory constraints weighing on agricultural cooperatives in the world’s primary agricultural countries, the impacts they have on access to funding, and consequently on growth strategies. This invaluable document will provide an overarching vision of the fundamental trends associated with current and future challenges.

Operating in Canada for more than 100 years, PwC Canada has over 5,700 partners and employees based in 26 offices nationwide, from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia.

PwC Canada’s main areas of expertise include:

  • Audit and assurance
  • Management of risks and regulatory requirements
  • Performance and process improvements
  • Corporate finance and transaction services
  • Canadian and international tax consulting and compliance
  • Estate and succession planning

Visit PwC Canada’s website

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