Luc Pépin from BuroPro Citation to share key to success at two events during Co-op and Small Business Weeks

Two entrepreneurial competitions to be launched

SUMMERSIDE – September 12, 2019 – PEI’s francophone entrepreneurs and co-operators will soon be privileged to learn, free of charge, the key to entrepreneurial success from a legendary Quebec entrepreneur – Luc Pépin, one of the co-owners of BuroPro Citation (member of the Hamster group). He will deliver his conferences in French during two Oct. 15 events being held to mark Co-op and Small and Medium Business Weeks in Summerside and Charlottetown.

In addition to sharing his professional journey and describing the ups and downs of his more than 30 years in business, Pépin will offer participants suggestions on the best ways to overcome their entrepreneurial challenges. His vast business empire, which is a top player in the office supplies, furniture and services industry, employs more than 450 people and generates annual sales in excess of $60 million.


Pépin will give his first Island conference at the Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside. Participants will first enjoy a delicious free breakfast. Door prizes will be offered.

During the meal, RDÉE Prince Edward Island will launch the 2020 edition of its Francophone Ignition Contest, which offers potential entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their entrepreneurial project idea to a jury for a chance to win a $25,000 prize (thanks to a contribution from the Innovation PEI’s Ignition Start-Up Fund).

The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI will also launch its annual entrepreneurial awards competition, offering six prestigious awards that will be presented at its 2020 Entrepreneurs’ Gala next spring.

Anyone wishing to attend the Summerside breakfast free of charge is asked to register by October 8 with Velma LeBlanc at 902-854-3439, ext. 228, or at


The speaker will then travel to the PEI Brewing Company (John Gahan Room) in Charlottetown for the Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Networking Event at 5:30 p.m. His presentation in the capital city will focus more on francophone immigrant-entrepreneurs.

Participants will also benefit from presentations by three other invited guests. Island entrepreneur Ghislaine Cormier will speak about the many benefits of RDÉE PEI’s sales missions to Quebec, to encourage other entrepreneurs to participate in future missions. Immigrant entrepreneur Gidéon Banahene from Kaneshii Vinyl Press will talk about his business journey and the challenges he has faced while settling into the PEI business world. Finally, Éliane Salgueiro will talk about the Six Sigma organizational method, which is designed to increase business efficiency.

Snacks will be offered to participants and draws will be held for door prizes. The entrepreneurial awards competition and the Francophone Ignition Competition will also be presented.

To register for the Charlottetown networking event free of charge, contact Chérine Stevula by October 11 at 902-370-7333, ext. 404, or


These two events are presented through a collaboration between the LIENS project (which is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Province of PEI), CBDC Central PEI, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, RDÉE Prince Edward Island and the Wellington Rural Action Centre.


PHOTO: Luc Pépin, partner of the Quebec company BuroPro Citation (member of the Hamster group), will be the speaker at the Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Breakfast on October 15 at 8 a.m. in Summerside and at the Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Networking Event that evening at 5:30 p.m. in Charlottetown.



For more information:

Raymond J. Arsenault
Activities co-ordinator
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI
902-854-3439, Ext. 231