Alain Bouchard is a natural-born entrepreneur, he has over 45 years of experience in the retail industry and started his operations in 1980 with the launch of his first convenience store in Québec.
He is the founder of the companies from which Alimentation Couche-Tard originated, a company whose shares have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange since 1986 under the tickers ATD.A and ATD.B.
Over the years he took part, along with his closest collaborators and all staff members, in Couche-Tard’s growth. The network comprises today more than 15,200 stores, located in 25 countries. Approximately 125,000 people are employed throughout its network. In September2014, he took on a new role as Founder and Executive Chairman of the Corporation as he stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bouchard has been a board member of CGI Group Inc. since 2013 and he also was a member of the board of directors of Québecor Inc. from 1997 to May 2009.
Alain Bouchard has received many personal awards that recognize his business excellence and his outstanding professional achievements throughout his career. The most recent ones being in 2017, when he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Consumer Sciences from the Université Laval in Québec City, he was also inducted to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and he received the 2017 International Horatio Alger Award bestowed to individuals who have persevered through challenges to become successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. Mr. Bouchard has also received other distinguished awards in 2014 such as theGrand bâtisseur de l’économie du Québecfrom the Institute for governance, the T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s award from the Fraser Institute and Officer of theOrdre national du Québec.
Mr.Bouchard has been involved ina great number of philanthropic activities for many years. In 2012, he and his wife created the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation which supports various causes associated with people living with intellectual disabilities as well as artistic and cultural projects. In 2015, they received the Exceptional philanthropist of the year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals –Québec Chapter.