Laval-based Alimentation Couche-Tard names former PM Stephen Harper to its board

Couche Tard convenience stores, which has long been headquartered in Laval, announced earlier this week that former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been appointed to its board of directors effective immediately.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been appointed a member of the board of directors of Laval-based convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard. (Photo: Courtesy X [formerly Twitter] and Stephen Harper)

“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Harper to our board,” said Alain Bouchard, founder and executive chairman of the board of Alimentation Couche-Tard.

“With his extensive experience in leadership, governance, business, and global affairs, he brings invaluable insights to the board, which will serve Couche-Tard well as we continue to grow and innovate to meet the evolving needs of the customers and communities we serve in Canada and around the world,” added Bouchard.

Noting that Stephen Harper became the twenty-second Prime Minister of Canada when elected in 2006, serving until 2015, Couche Tard said in a statement that this made Harper the longest serving Conservative Prime Minister since Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first PM.

Harper is currently chairman and CEO of Harper & Associates Consulting, which acts as a strategic consultant to clients around the world, providing advice on matters relating to market access, management of global geopolitical and economic risk, and the maximization of value in global markets.

Couche-Tard founder and executive chairman Alain Bouchard. (File photo: Martin C. Barry, Newsfirst Multimedia)

Harper also sits on the board of directors of Colliers International Group Inc., a Canada-based diversified professional services and investment management company, where he sits on the governance committee as well.

Harper is also a founding partner and chairman of Vision One Management, which Couche Tard describes as a “fundamental value-oriented equity fund that applies a private equity investment approach to public markets.”

As well, he serves as chair of the International Democracy Union and international Friends of Israel Initiative.

“I am honored to join Couche-Tard, a great Canadian company and a global leader in convenience and mobility renowned for its commitment to excellence and innovation,” said Harper.

“Throughout my career, I have always believed in the power of collaboration and forward-thinking to drive success. I am eager to contribute to Couche-Tard’s continued success and to work alongside a team that is dedicated to making a positive impact on communities around the globe.”