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On the heels of the widely successful 2012 and 2014 summits, Desjardins Group and the International Co-operative Alliance will hold the third annual International Summit of Cooperatives at the Québec City Convention Centre, October 11–13, 2016.
Over 2,000 decision-makers, managers and leaders of cooperatives and mutual enterprises will be in attendance, as well as business people from 93 countries. Québec City will benefit tremendously from hosting this international event, with the hotel industry expecting more than 6,000 overnight stays. Spinoffs generated by the event are estimated at over $3 million.
While the last two editions focused on promoting and acknowledging the cooperative model, the 2016 Summit will demonstrate the real impact cooperatives have on the local, national, and international economy by showcasing measures they have implemented in their spheres of activity. The theme for this large-scale conference is Cooperatives: the Power to Act. The program—which is sure to be of interest to entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and individuals looking to seize business opportunities and learn more about the cooperative business model—will feature world-renowned speakers.