Ottawa, September 19, 2018: Doug Potentier, President of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of André Beaudry as Executive Director of CMC, effective October 15, 2018.

Mr. Beaudry was most recently Chief Advancement Officer at Saint Paul University where he worked to establish Canada’s first School of Social Innovation, Canada’s first School of Transformative Leadership, and founded the Mauril Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop. Mr. Beaudry is a fully bilingual senior not-for-profit sector/fundraising professional driven by mission, teamwork, organizational performance and transparency. In collaboration with colleagues and community leaders, Mr. Beaudry has secured over $140M in private and public sector funds in support of endowment, major infrastructure, mental health, applied research, special projects, and national and international education funding priorities.

“I’m truly honoured to take on this leadership role. Canada’s over 8,000 co-operatives and mutuals work hard every day to deliver high-quality products and services to a growing membership of 20,500,000 in Canada. CMC is the leading advocate, awareness builder, source of evidence-based research, and professional development for Canada’s growing cooperatives and mutuals industry.

It will be a distinct pleasure to collaborate with the leadership of CMC’s board of directors and dedicated team to advancing the mission of its members.”

Prior to his role with Saint Paul’s University, André served as Vice President of Canadian Partnerships with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) where he led a global team in Ottawa, London, New Delhi, Manila and Guangzhou.

“On behalf of the CMC Board, we welcome André and look forward to working with him and the CMC team on achieving our strategic directions through government relations, co-op development, support for research and education, and facilitating communications and dialogue among co-operatives,” stated Doug Potentier. “André brings experience in building partnerships and engaging leaders in business, government and communities that will help CMC grow as a national voice for co-ops.”

Mr. Beaudry will be replacing Denyse Guy, CMC’s founding Executive Director. Ms. Guy has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) since 2012 and transitioned to CMC in October 2013 when the Conseil de la coopération et de la mutualité and CCA joined forces. After more than four years leading CMC, and more than 35 years in the co-operative and mutuals sector, Ms. Guy departs in 2018 to focus on co‑operative education, facilitation and support opportunities nationally and internationally.

About CMC: Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada is the national, bilingual association for co-operatives and mutuals in Canada. Through advocacy with the federal government, CMC provides a knowledgeable voice committed to improving the economic and regulatory environment for co-operatives and mutuals on behalf of our members. CMC’s members come from many sectors of the economy, including finance, insurance, agri-food and supply, wholesale and retail, housing, health, forestry, education, funeral services, public utilities and community development. CMC provides leadership to support, promote, and develop the co-operative economy in Canada. The co-operative and mutual movement in Canada counts more than 20.5 million memberships from more than 8,000 co-operative and mutual enterprises.

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For further information:

Brendan Denovan, Communications Manager
Tel: 613.238.6712 x206          Email: bdenovan@canada.coop