Over the past 30 years, the social economy movement has emerged to become a major force in the socio-economic development of Quebec, at a local, regional and national level...
Over these decades, the Chantier de l’économie sociale and its partners have built strong alliances with social movements and governments and have created an ecosystem of support that has attracted interest at a pan-Canadian and international level.
What were the key steps in this process and what are the lessons learned that are still pertinent today? Nancy Neamtan, ex-CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, has completed a synthesis of the history of the Quebec social economy movement, based on her personal experience that began in the mid-80’s in the Southwest of Montreal and continues today through her on-going involvement in the social economy movement in Quebec and internationally.
Nancy Neamtan, strategic advisor for the Chantier and for TIESS
Former CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale (1996-2015), Nancy Neamtan is presently a strategic advisor for the Chantier and for TIESS (Territoires innovantes en économie sociale et solidaire), a Quebec-wide centre for liaison and knowledge transfer in social innovation and the social and solidarity economy. Mme Neamtan is active in the field of social finance in collaboration with the Chantier de l’économie Trust, a social finance institution whose mission is to make capital accessible to social economy enterprises’. Before her involvement in the founding and direction of the Chantier, Ms Neamtan worked in the field of community economic development in the southwest of Montreal.
Ms Neamtan has over thirty years experience in the field of the social economy, social finance and community economic development. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her experience in the field and is the recipient of two honorary doctorates as well as the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec.