|| Written by Société des fabricants régionaux

Last night, the Société des fabricants régionaux (SFR) officially launched the S21 group, a regional group of 21 entrepreneurs who work in the manufacturing sector. These business leaders were approached for their leadership and their commitment to the economic development of Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean.

The group called S21 refers to the Société des vingt-et-un, created in 1837, by a group of entrepreneurs who came together to form a logging company. Arrival of the Société des vingt-et-un is considered a milestone event that allowed the development of the region.

« The choice of this name is not trivial, said Christian Fillion, president of the SFR and also one of the instigators of the group. We wanted to make a difference by demonstrating the seriousness of our approach, while mobilizing manufacturing leaders in the region around a simple idea: helping us to … help them! »


The SFR will bring together these manufacturing contractors 3-4 times a year to fully understand their concerns and listen to their recommendations and ideas about the economic development of the region. This will enable SFR to be better equipped to continue its mission, which is, to foster and support the development of alliances and economic activity between manufacturing companies in Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean.

The 21 business leaders of the S21 group were invited because of their leadership in: 

  • regional economic benefits;
  • innovation;
  • female representation in management;
  • sustainable development;
  • strong growth potential.


SFR took advantage of the visit of Mr. Michael Denham, BDC President and CEO, in the region to organize a meeting with the founding members of S21 and the SFR held last night. The 21 entrepreneurs were able to discuss with him economic issues, including demographics and the workforce, major technological changes and uncertainty in foreign markets. « I am truly impressed by the entrepreneurial dynamism of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, said Mr. Denham. By creating S21, the Société des fabricants régionaux is giving a new impetus to the economic development of the region and to the mobilization of its key players. S21 embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that BDC can only encourage. »

About the Société des fabricants régionaux

The Société des fabricants régionaux has been working with manufacturers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean for 25 years. Its mission is « to foster and support the development of alliances and economic activity among regional manufacturing companies”, thus pursuing its vision of “contributing actively to the economic prosperity of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean businesses ». It also aims to promote the purchase of products made in the region and educate consumers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean on its impact on the growth of economic activity.

About BDC

BDC is the only bank dedicated solely to entrepreneurs. Its mission is to support Canadian entrepreneurship, especially small and medium-sized businesses. With 123 business centers across the country, BDC offers financing solutions and consulting services to businesses in all sectors. Its investment division, BDC Capital, provides equity and venture capital services, as well as flexible growth capital and business transfer solutions. BDC is also the first Canadian financial institution to obtain B Corp. certification. For more information, visit bdc.ca/en

Photo of 21, 21th century version

From left to right : Pascal Tremblay, General Manager of the Société des fabricants régionaux of Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean, Marc Lepage (Alco-TMI Group), Jean-Denis Toupin (Proco Constructions Inc.), Félix Gauthier (Cycles Devinci) , Rémi Roy (Groupe Canmec), François Gagné (Metatube Inc.), Robert Bouchard (BPDL Inc.), Marc Savard (Fonderie Saguneay Ltée), Michel Boudreault (Sotrem-Maltech Group), Michel Lavoie (PCP Aluminum, Coupesag), Louis Bouchard (STAS Inc.), Christian Fillion President of the Société des fabricants régionaux, Michael Denham, President and Chief Executive Officer of BDC – Business Development Bank of Canada, Marie-Jeanne Bonneau (Industries Dodec Inc.) , Jean-Luc Boudreault (Adex), Éric Cloutier (Jamec), Evans Thibeault (Le Groupe Lar) and Sylvain Gilbert (Les Produits Gilbert). Front: Patrice Cote (Dynamic Concept), Alain Paul (Granules LG), Eloise Harvey (Mecfor Inc.), Eric Rousseau (Coopérative forestière Ferland-Boilleau) and Sonia Morneau (La Charpenterie inc.). Not present on the photo: Nathalie Savard (Noriske).


Press release – September 19, 2018