The foundation of the first French-speaking business group in Canada took place on December 3rd 1983, in front of an assembly of more than 300 French-speaking business people gathered at the Château Laurier. Mr. Jacques de Courville Nicol then had the pleasure of inviting the new owner of the daily LeDroit, the owner of Unimedia Network, Mr. Jacques Francoeur to announce the found and join the RGA.
Addressing both Ontarians and Quebecers, Mr. de Courville Nicol said with conviction and without hestitation that the French-speaking business people from both provinces needed a formula that would allow them to build together a better economic environment.
Following this meeting, more than 70 members gathered at the Château Laurier to appoint a launching committee made up of 22 founding members who agreed to sit on our very first Board of Directors.
It was on May 1st, 1984 that the Regroupement des gens d'affaires de l'Outaouais Inc. was officially founded. Our organization ratified its legal charter before very first assembly of its members and had its first action program approved, in addition to having its 22 founding members officially elected on the first official Board of Directors.