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Webinar: Factors that Prevent or Facilitate the Expansion of Fast-growing SMEs in the Bio-food Industry

Wednesday 17 Feb 2021
From 12PM To 1:30PM

Annie Royer, Associate Professor at Université Laval, Main Researcher of the theme Sustainable Development and Agri-Food at CIRANO, and Josée St-Pierre, Full Professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, CIRANO Researcher, presented the results of the CIRANO report "Facteurs qui entravent ou facilitent l’expansion des PME en croissance rapide de l’industrie bioalimentaire".


High-growth companies face particular challenges and must constantly adapt. The objective of this project report is to identify and analyze the factors that hinder or facilitate the expansion of high-growth SMEs in the Quebec bio-food industry. It also examines the specific needs of these SMEs (financing, qualified human resources, informational resources, social resources, etc.) whose satisfaction would facilitate their development and sustainability. The results of this study show that certain recognized myths about fast-growing SMEs do not stand up to the reality of the Quebec agri-food sector.

Annie Royer

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2014, Main Researcher of the theme Sustainable Development and Agri-Food, Annie Royer is Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Consumer Sciences at Université Laval. She is also holder of the Chair in Analysis of Agricultural Policy and Collective Marketing and is Director of the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics program.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University Paris 1, she was also a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands from 2009 to 2011.

Her research program is multidisciplinary. It is oriented towards collective marketing of agricultural products, vertical coordination in food chains and value chains, producer organizations, agricultural policy analysis, quality and innovation.

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Josée St-Pierre

A CIRANO Researcher since 2020, Josée St-Pierre is Full Professor in the Department of Finance and Economics in the School of Management at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She is also director of the Laboratoire de recherche sur la performance des entreprises (LaRePE) and holds the Canada Chair in Performance and Risk Management for SMEs.

Holder of a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Université Laval, her research areas include SME financial management and entrepreneurial finance; business performance and risk and vulnerability factors; innovation and internationalization among SMEs: factors of success and failure; business practices, development strategies and value creation among SMEs; business diagnosis and evaluation; governance and organization of private companies; risk assessment and management of projects and SMEs.

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