we are
  • women,
  • entrepreneurs,
  • mothers,
  • sisters, daughters,
  • philanthropists,
  • workers,
  • volunteers,
  • ambassadors...
united for
around the world.


Established in 2014, CECI’s Club des ambassadrices is made up of influential women from Quebec. It encourages equality between women and men by supporting entrepreneurial initiatives through philanthropic activities and outreach.

The Ambassadors

  • Pauline Marois
    Pauline Marois Former Premier of Québec
  • Marie Grégoire
    Marie Grégoire Chronicler and host
  • Anne-Marie Cadieux
    Anne-Marie Cadieux Actress
  • Véronick Raymond
    Véronick Raymond Artist and Communicator
  • Marie-Claude Fournier
    Marie-Claude Fournier CEO and Entrepreneur Association de la construction du Québec, Laval / Laurentides
  • Danielle Sauvage
    Danielle Sauvage Cultural Manager and Corporate Director
  • Michelle Bussières
    Michelle Bussières International Relations Advisor
  • Christiane Beaulieu
    Christiane Beaulieu Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications Aéroport de Montréal
  • Cindy D'Auteuil
    Cindy D'Auteuil President CDA Stratégies Conseils Regional President-Lanaudière Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec (RFAQ)
  • Nathalie Pelletier
    Nathalie Pelletier Director
  • Élisabeth Deschênes
    Élisabeth Deschênes President ZA brand architecture and brand leadership, Société des Leaders de Marques
  • Madeleine Poulin
    Madeleine Poulin Journalist
  • Hélène Barbeau
    Hélène Barbeau Fashion Designer
  • Chantal Bernatchez
    Chantal Bernatchez Hydro-Québec Engineer and former CECI volunteer
  • Amélie Dionne
    Amélie Dionne Entrepreneur, owner of Événements VIP, Event Management and Communications
  • Geneviève Jacob
    Geneviève Jacob Former CECI volunteer, human resources specialist and entrepreneur
  • Chantal Lamarre
    Chantal Lamarre Actress
  • Nancy Neamtan
    Nancy Neamtan Strategic Advisor and former CEO of the Chantier de l’économie
  • Gabrielle Pauzé
    Gabrielle Pauzé Explorer – strategic communications
  • Claudia Black
    Claudia Black
  • Emilie Bordat
    Emilie Bordat Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of the Karibu brand and of Altea Communications
  • Chantale Arseneau
    Chantale Arseneau Professor of Dietary Technology Collège de Maisonneuve
  • Sylvie Madore
    Sylvie Madore Director, Market Development Hôtel St-Martin
  • Sophie Potvin-Champagne
    Sophie Potvin-Champagne Engineer
  • Danielle Lamy
    Danielle Lamy Lawyer
  • Nathalie Bergeron
    Nathalie Bergeron Social photographer
  • Marie-Michèle Jacques
    Marie-Michèle Jacques Vice-president and partner Camden
  • Anne-Marie Lefebvre
    Anne-Marie Lefebvre Founder and owner of the sports and outdoor enthusiast network
  • Violaine Bigaouette-St-Onge
    Violaine Bigaouette-St-Onge Business development manager Moment Factory
  • Ndiallo Aw Badji
    Ndiallo Aw Badji Business, strategy and development JONENN Conseils Founder Groupe Mamy Kaya
  • Gaelle Vuillaume
    Gaelle Vuillaume Photographer - Speaker
  • Frédérique Saint-Julien Desrochers
    Frédérique Saint-Julien Desrochers Maintenance Management Professional
  • Laurence Emerit
    Laurence Emerit Consultant in Sustainable Development and Teacher of Entrepreneurship
  • Caroline Hayeur
    Caroline Hayeur Photographer
  • Chantal Guérin
    Chantal Guérin Executive director SEMAFO Foundation
  • Linda Otis
    Linda Otis Program manager
  • Marie-Claude Coulombe
    Marie-Claude Coulombe Founder and owner SÔ Original
  • Racky Diack
    Racky Diack Founder of the Raky.D brand
  • Diane Gagné
    Diane Gagné Lawyer, administrator
  • Marie Brossard, B.A.A.
    Marie Brossard, B.A.A. President & Founder  Lulubelle & co
  • Anne-Blandine Guillermin
    Anne-Blandine Guillermin Master Data Manager
  • Aurore Robert-Mavounia
    Aurore Robert-Mavounia Social entrepreneur - Founder of Miss Mav
  • Christyna Pelletier
    Christyna Pelletier Photographer
  • Evelyne Jean-Bouchard
    Evelyne Jean-Bouchard Doctor of Law

Our Project


the women
of Benin

In 2019, the ambassadors took on a new challenge with CECI: Supporting 5,300 women rice producers and parboilers in the Collines region of Benin.

The overall goal of this project is to increase women’s economic power by transforming their artisanal production and management methods to more efficient techniques that meet superior quality standards. Through this initiative, women will develop greater self-confidence and take their rightful place in the rice industry.

This project is built on the success and lessons learned from the support project for women rice parboilers in Burkina Faso, supported by the Club des ambassadrices from 2014 to 2023.

Your contribution is important.
It makes concrete action to increase women’s economic power possible:

  • The construction of a processing centre in each of the six communes targeted. This new infrastructure will lighten women’s workloads by reducing long travel times and long absences from home. These centres will also help to increase the quantity and quality of the rice produced, so that it corresponds to the standards on Benin’s “Saveurs des collines” quality label.
  • Literacy in local languages and in French, Benin’s language of business (including numbers literacy). This new skill will empower women rice producers and parboilers to negotiate with all of the actors on the market, particularly with financial institutions, to obtain credit.
  • Training in administration, governance, sustainable agricultural techniques, machine maintenance, etc. With this training, women will strengthen their skills, build their confidence and establish their credibility in the rice industry.
  • By drilling wells in each commune, installing solar powered irrigation systems and crop rotation, it will be possible to cultivate plots of land year round, thus strengthening food security for the community and increasing women’s incomes.
Our goal for 2021-2022 is to raise $20,000 to support 5,300 rice producers and parboilers and their community of 9,400 residents
If you are inspired by this project, support our efforts by making a donation online or by cheque made out to CECI (3000, rue Omer-Lavallée, Montréal, Québec, H1Y 3R8).

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