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June 27, 2016

Enablis’ benefit evening in Montreal raises over $105,000 in net profits for its operations In Ghana, Senegal and Argentina

The annual Enablis Foundation benefit evening held on June 1st at CDP Capital Center in Montreal, Canada has raised over 105,000 dollars in net profits. Presented by Rogers, this evening celebrated Ghana, a West-African country where Enablis supports local entrepreneurship since 2009.

Enablis new Managing Director, Mrs. Rose Vervenne, brilliantly MCed this colorful evening attended by 200 guests, including Mr. Charles Sirois, Chairman of the Board of Telesystem and Mr. François-Charles Sirois, President and CEO of Telesystem. All guests discovered first-hand the amazing work done by Enablis to change African entrepreneurs’ lives.

Afriyie Frimpong, the evening’s special guest, is an Enablis member in Ghana and founder of KNAF Couture, a fashion and costume design company. Afriyie is one of Enablis’s success stories in Ghana. She participated in the launch of Enablis activities in Ghana in 2009 and remains involved as a facilitator for the “E-Circle” networking program.

Afriyie explained how the International Mentoring Program developed by Enablis has impacted her business. Through this unique program, Afriyie benefits several times a month from the business expertise of her International Mentor from Canada, Mrs. Sally Morris, from CIBC, who is committed to making a sustainable difference on Afriyie’s business.

At the end of the evening, Mr. Amar Deep S. Hari, Enablis Ghana Board Member and Co-Founder and President of IPMC, one of the largest information technologies conglomerates in West Africa, delivered a passionate speech on the cultural and economic wealth of his country. He wished to sincerely thank Charles Sirois, Founder and Global Chairman of Enablis, for his vision and generosity when he established Enablis in Accra 7 year ago. Mr. Deep S. Hari was accompanied by a delegation of Ghanaian businessman who traveled to develop links with Montreal partners.

Enablis wishes to thank its main sponsor, Rogers, and the following sponsors: Air Canada, Cogeco, Zone 3, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, LCC Vins et spiritueux, Coloré Design and Divine Chocolate, who graciously donated chocolate bars for the evening’s guests. Divine Chocolate offers Fair Trade chocolates made from cocoa harvest by farmers who are members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cocoa farmer cooperative in Ghana that also co-owns Divine Chocolate, thus receiving a share in the profits and a say in the company.

This fifth edition of the Enablis benefit evening in Montreal was a success thanks to its dynamic organizing committee chaired by Charles Sirois and made up of André Gareau, President and CEO, Averna; Jean-Yves Fortin, Partner, DLA Piper; Claude Perron, Chairman of the Board, Crystalline Management; Yanouk Poirier, Managing Partner, Leaders and Co; Jean Raymond, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, Head of Wholesale Banking – Québec, CIBC and Sylvain Roy, President, Rogers Québec.



About Enablis:

Enablis is a Canadian non-profit organization founded in 2003 by Quebec entrepreneur Charles Sirois – Chairman of the Board of Telesystem – Accenture and CIDA (now Global Affairs Canada). Its mission is to support SME entrepreneurs who create jobs in developing countries, leading to sustainable economic development.

For more information, please visit our website http://www.enablis.org/.