About FDE

Established in 1980, the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship (FDE) actively promotes a new approach to economic and social development in Quebec. Backed by its expertise in fostering entrepreneurial culture, the FDE provides essential products and services to entrepreneurs, such as mentoring solutions, through Réseau M, and the largest collection of French-language books on starting, managing and growing a business. The FDE also publishes studies and reports on entrepreneurial matters, including the Quebec Entrepreneurship Index (QEI).

Did you know… ?

  • Quebecers aged 18 to 34 are more likely than the rest of the population to be interested in starting up a new business or taking over an existing one (25.0% vs. 14.8%). Source | QEI 2013
  • Nearly 30% of self-employed workers in Quebec hope to expand their busin ess, specifically by hiring employees and / or developing products. This represents a promising source of entrepreneurial and economic development potential. Source | QEI 2012
  • An extra 38,000 entrepreneurs will be required in Quebec between now and 2020 to take over the reins of existing businesses. Source | QEI 2010
  • Two-thirds of Quebec entrepreneurs feel that innovation is critical to the success of their business. Source | QEI 2013

Reaching out to even more entrepreneurs

Réseau M, an initiative of the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship (FDE), is a community of interest dedicated to providing entrepreneurs across Quebec (and now even outside the province) with mentorship services and guiding them along the path to growth and success. How ? By giving them access to high-calibre support governed by a code of ethics and delivered on a volunteer basis by experienced entrepreneurs with a proven track record and real-world know-how.

Réseau M at a glance

  • The voice of Quebec entrepreneurs since 2000
  • 97 local “cells” (points of service) throughout Quebec, service also available in Alberta and Ontario
  • A growing community of interest “of and for” entrepreneurs, with more than 1,650 mentors (3,350 mentees / year)
  • A lifeline : businesses led by mentored entrepreneurs have a significantly better chance of survival

Go farther, faster. Be a better entrepreneur. www.reseaum.com

Measurable results

The FDE has been publishing the Quebec Entrepreneurship Index (QEI) since 2009, in conjunction with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Léger and also in partnership with HEC Montréal. The QEI is the most comprehensive study conducted to date on Quebec entrepreneurs and how they stack up against their counterparts in the rest of Canada. Using a wealth of data from a wide range of respondents, the QEI offers a detailed analysis of entrepreneurial activity in Quebec, with up-to-date information on a multitude of indicators concerning entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture.

Benefits of joining the FDE

At the FDE, we feel strongly that entrepreneurship is the driving force behind Quebec’s socioeconomic prosperity and sustainable development. Becoming an FDE member is about more than supporting a cause. It’s about joining a solid network of entrepreneurs and leaders. We offer our members a full range of privileges, not the least of which is access to the latest news and trends from the world of entrepreneurship. The FDE contributes to the prosperity and growth of Quebec by providing seasoned and budding entrepreneurs alike with state-of-the-art tools, such as Réseau M mentoring services.

The FDE at a glance

Founded in 1980, the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship (FDE) is a not-for-profit organization with a staff of 13 employees. We have our headquarters in Quebec City and an office in Montreal.


Pierre Duhamel | General manager

Rina Marchand | Senior Director, Content Development and Innovation

Manon Trépanier | Senior Director, Administration and Human Resources

Board of Directors

Charles Sirois | Telesystem, Chairman of the Board

Claude Ananou | HEC Montréal

Jean Brosseau | Desjardins Group

Michel Bundock | Groupement des chefs d’entreprise du Québec

Sylvie Cordeau | Quebecor Media

Hugo D’Amours | Cascades

Diane Déry | National Bank

Charles Desjardins | Absolunet inc.

Pierre Duhamel | Fondation de l'entrepreneurship

Danièle Henkel | Les Entreprises Danièle Henkel inc.

Jean-Marc Léger | Léger Marketing

Gaétan Morin | Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Normand Provost | Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Jean Veilleux | Réseau M – Mentoring for entrepreneurs


Major Partners | National Bank, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Cascades, Quebecor

Elite Partners | Cogeco, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Hydro-Québec, RBC Royal Bank

Prestige Partners | Desjardins, Investissement Québec, La Capitale assurances générales, Léger Marketing, Tink

Select Partners | Absolunet, Akova, Delta KLM Air France Alitalia, Lassonde, Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec

Government Partners | Government of Canada, ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation, Secrétariat à la jeunesse of Quebec

Alliance Entrepreneuriat Québec

Associates | Business Families Foundation,  CDÉA, Défi OSEntreprendre, École d'entrepreneuriat de Québec, École de technologie supérieure, MoovJee France, RDÉE Canada, Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec, Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec, Réseau québécois du crédit communautaire,

Research and Analysis | Institut d'entrepreneuriat Banque Nationale - HEC Montréal


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