A discussion with Guy Cormier and Sophie Brochu: Two leaders share their vision for a more resilient, compassionate and inclusive world

Montreal, September 17, 2020 -- Desjardins is proud to present the fifth annual Cooperathon, an international competition focused on finding solutions to social issues. This year, the Cooperathon has moved online to bring together as many people as possible across Canada. The official launch will take place on September 30, 2020, and some excellent guest speakers will be taking part, including Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, and Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec.

"Employees, business owners, parents and students--we've all faced a lot of challenges in recent months. In times like these, it's so important to be flexible, keep innovating, and look to our peers for inspiration," said Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins Group. "Sophie Brochu is an inspiring leader, and I'm excited to sit down with her and talk about different outlooks and opportunities for rethinking our economy and our society in light of the pandemic."

"The Cooperathon is a thought-provoking initiative that has encouraged hundreds of people to reflect on the issues facing society and come up with creative solutions," added Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec. "That's why Hydro-Québec is taking part again this year and has a new challenge for participants. I'm also really looking forward to speaking with Guy Cormier. I'm sure that our shared values as business leaders and our visions for our organizations will be a big part of our discussion."

Guy Cormier and Sophie Brochu's discussion will revolve around how to build a more resilient, compassionate and inclusive world, and it will go live on September 30, 2020, at 2:10 p.m. on social media and the Cooperathon website.

Over $100,000 at stake in the health, finance, environment, arts and events categories

Desjardins has 2 challenges for Cooperathon participants. The first challenge is open to everyone, and the second is geared toward startups.

  1. How can seniors and youth use their knowledge and experiences to learn from one another and help each other grow?
  2. How can we help empower Canadians financially?

Hydro-Québec's challenge focuses on sustainable development:

  • How can we harness the power of community and clean energy to help make Quebec society even more resilient?

The competition has 5 stages and runs from September 30 to November 18. In total, over $100,000 will be awarded to the winners.

To learn more about the participants' journeys and the challenges from the Government of Canada, the Palais des Congrès, La Piscine and the Opéra de Montréal, visit the Cooperathon website.

A packed online schedule for September 30

In addition to Guy Cormier and Sophie Brochu's discussion, launch day will feature a whole host of guest speakers, including:

  • Paul Desmarais III, Chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings
  • Nicolas Duvernois, Dragon on Radio-Canada's "Dans l'oeil du dragon," CEO of Duvernois Inc. and Co-founder of Adopt Inc.
  • Manjit Minhas, Dragon on CBC's "Dragon's Den" and Co-founder of Minhas Breweries
  • David Nault, Co-founder and General Partner of Luge Capital
  • John Weigelt, National Technology Officer at Microsoft Canada

For the complete kick-off schedule, visit the Cooperathon website.

About the Cooperathon

The Cooperathon is Canada's largest open innovation challenge with a social focus. The international competition brings citizens, communities, entrepreneurs, researchers and academic and institutional groups together to develop a socially responsible future. To date, the Cooperathon has featured over 4,000 participants, over 400 mentors and volunteers and nearly 400 engaging stories, reaching over 15 million people through traditional and social media platforms. With inspiring themes and challenges, the Cooperathon will help move the needle on several United Nations Sustainable Development goals to save the world.

About Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. It's the largest power utility in Canada and one of the leading hydro power producers in the world. Its sole shareholder is the Quebec government.

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