Nancy Neamtan awarded Neil Reimer Prize at the CEP Congress

November 5, 2008

Montreal, 28 October 2008 – Nancy Neamtan, President and CEO of Chantier de l’économie sociale, today received the Neil Reimer prize at the congress of the Canadian Union of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) currently taking place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

The CEP has given this award in recognition of Reimer’s contribution to public good during his entire career. “I am very proud to receive this award offered by the CEP. He just somehow recognize the importance of the alliance built over the past few decades between the players union movement, the social economy and local development for economic development centered on human beings. When a financial crisis caused by excessive greed shakes the world, it is more important than ever to strengthen solidarity among all the movements that share a vision of development. I thank with all my heart the members of the CEP in Quebec who nominated me,” said Nancy Neamtan.

Neil Reimer is director emeritus of the National Union of Workers of energy and chemistry. He was at the heart of the New Democratic Party in Alberta and assumed the presidency from 1963 to 1968.

The strategic alliance between the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and the Chantier de l’economie sociale is based upon the mutual objective to create a strategic partnership between the two organizations that will:

  • impact the public policy framework to create an environment supportive of CED and social economy
  • contribute to the broadening of community, private and public sector engagement in social economy and CED
  • support the implementation of community economic development and social economy principles and practices in local communities
  • transfer knowledge and information between members of the two organizations