From the time he launched his first depanneur in Laval back in 1980, Alain Bouchard went on to create an empire known as Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc that today boasts more than 100,000 employees,15,000 locations and $32 billion in sales. Along the way he bought the US Circle K store chain, Scandinavian fuel and retail giant Statoil and the Topaz Energy Group.
Three years ago Bouchard stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the corporation and took on a new role as founder and executive chairman. In 2012, he and his wife created the Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard, which supports various causes associated with people living with intellectual disabilities as well as artistic and cultural projects.
Clearly, Bouchard was a good choice by Vince and Maria Guzzo as the honouree for the 10th edition of La Notte in Bianco under the theme “A night in the Hamptons.” It raised over $375,000 for youth mental health research at McGill University, Shriners Hospital and the Jewish General Hospital. Funds will also be disbursed to various youth mental health projects/initiatives in the community. More than 375 guests danced the night away to the music of the Group En Vogue.
Bravo to Vince and Maria, who for the third year in a row redirected the Guzzo Cinemas’ and the family’s charitable energies in support of children’s mental health research, hoping to offer them a better life.
Following his arrival in Quebec from Italy in 1967, Angelo Guzzo became one of the pioneers of independent multi-screen movie theatres in Canada. Today, both father and son work as a team to bring moviegoers the best cinema has to offer. During his teens, Vince was actively involved in the family business. His father took him along on many business trips to the United States to select movies for their programming. Maria is a wonderful woman who works hard for many good causes.
Back to Bouchard. As the story goes he started out as a volunteer clerk in his brother’s business before doing all the tasks related to this often thankless work