Nancy Neamtan
President/Executive Director of the Chantier (Canada)
Mrs. Neamtan is President/Executive Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, a Quebec-wide non-profit organisation representing networks of social enterprises (cooperatives and non-profits), local development organisations and social movements. The mission of the Chantier de l’économie sociale is the promotion and development of collective entrepreneurship. Ms Neamtan was the founder (1997) and President of RISQ (Réseau d’investissement social du Québec), a 15$ million investment fund dedicated to the non-profit and cooperative sector. Since November 2006, she is President of the Fiducie du Chantier de l’économie sociale, a 53$ million investment fund for social enterprises.
From 1999 to 2009 Ms. Neamtan was Co-Director of ARUC-ÉS (Community University Research Alliance on the Social Economy She is presently co-president of a new organisation, TIESS, a centre for knowledge transfert in social innovation, the social economy and territorial development. Prior to the creation of the Chantier, Ms. Neamtan was Executive Director of RESO (1989-1998), a community economic development corporation, devoted to the economic and social renewal of southwest Montreal.

Ms Neamtan is recognised internationally as an expert on the social and solidarity economy, working in collaboration with international organisations such as the International Labour Organisation and the OCDE's Forum on social innovation. She is a member of the Board of Directions of RIPESS, the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social and Solidarity Economy.

In 2012, Ms Neamtan was appointed Officer of the Ordre National du Québec.