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Claude Blanchet, entrepreneur, intrapreneur and public sector manager: Supporting the development of Québec

Louis Jacques Filion (HEC Montreal, Montréal, Canada)
Mircea‐Gabriel Chirita (HEC Montreal, Montréal, Canada)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 12 October 2012

Abstract

Purpose

Claude Blanchet was the first Director General of the Société de développement des coopératives du Québec (Cooperative Development Corporation), founding President of the FTQ's Fonds de solidarité (Quebec Federation of Labour Solidarity Fund) and Chief Executive Officer of the SGF (Société générale de financement du Québec, or General Investment Corporation of Québec). His lifelong passion has been to support the development of Québec, and he describes himself as being primarily a “builder of collective firms.” The purpose of this paper is to describe the life of a man who was exposed to an entrepreneurial culture from early childhood.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper takes the form of a case study – interview with the intrapreneur.

Findings

The paper shows that Claude Blanchet's values changed significantly as a result of his involvement in social movements. His goal became to build a modern Québec state. One of the elements characterizing his entire career is undoubtedly his courage in choosing to take unusual paths. This desire to explore and conquer new spaces is shared by most entrepreneurial actors. However, Claude Blanchet did it for reasons related to the development of Québec society.

Originality/value

One of the notable features of this case is the unusual career path taken by Claude Blanchet.

Keywords

Citation

Jacques Filion, L. and Chirita, M. (2012), "Claude Blanchet, entrepreneur, intrapreneur and public sector manager: Supporting the development of Québec", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 369-382. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506201211272797

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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