Travailler chez ACCEO: l’engagement social

Working at ACCEO: Social Responsibility (3/3)

In the previous two articles in this series, I discussed communication, well-being, professional development, and training at ACCEO. In this, my final article for the series, I would like to talk about our company’s social responsibility.

Social Responsibility: A Source of Pride

Our employees are very proud to be working at a company as socially committed as ACCEO. Year after year, our various staff surveys reveal that our sense of social responsibility is one of our most appreciated qualities. Children’s causes are especially important to us.

For several years we have been supporting Fondation du Dr Julien and the community social pediatrics movement. After a team of employees climbed Mount Kilimanjaro at the end of 2012, we decided to establish our own event: the Course pour les enfants ACCEO (ACCEO’s Race for the Children). Since 2013, every autumn, ACCEO’s Race for the Children raises funds for one of the social pediatrics centres associated with Fondation du Dr Julien. In 2015, more than 120 runners took part in this major relay race between Québec and Montreal. In fact, Joan Roch, one of our employees, ran the entire distance between the two cities on his own – a stretch of over 250 kilometres! In 2016, the race will be held on Saturday, September 10. We encourage people interested in running or volunteering to sign up. It’s a can’t-miss event!


On June 16, 2016, the ACCEO team will be cycling through the streets of Montreal as part of the 25th edition of Pedal for Kids, which is organized by the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. This will be the fifteenth year in which ACCEO participates in this special fundraising activity. You can begin supporting our group of brave pedallers today!


The social causes sponsored by ACCEO also include the Canadian Cancer Society and the Movember movement. Throughout the year, we organize a variety of activities to raise money for these two worthy causes.

Initiatives at All Our Offices

At ACCEO, creativity is highly valued. Every year, our employees submit suggestions to the executive management team for activities in support of a cause, a movement, or a special event. Here are some examples:

  • Our Québec and Sherbrooke offices welcome MIRA Foundation guide dogs to help with the dogs’ socialization process. It’s a motivational and inspiring initiative which allows employees to look after a dog in a work environment.
  • For some years now, our Sherbrooke employees have been wearing blue on November 14 to mark World Diabetes Day.
  • In 2014, one of our Toronto offices began its official support of the Stop Diabetes Foundation.

In 2013, at the request of several employees, ACCEO raised money for both typhoon victims in the Philippines and victims of the train derailment in Lac-Mégantic. Our president and CEO, Gilles Létourneau, showed just how committed he was by participating in the TV show Lac-Mé as a mentor. Broadcast on V, the program centred on aid given to businesspeople in the area affected by the disaster. More recently, in May 2016, all our offices raised funds for the victims of the forest fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

If our culture and our values speak to you, visit the Careers section of our website to see the various job opportunities available at ACCEO.

See you next time!


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Marie-Carmen Velasco

Marie-Carmen Velasco

Executive Vice-President and Chief, Human Capital and Shared Services

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A graduate of McGill University, Marie-Carmen Velasco is in charge of strategic planning, human capital development, and the shared services provided to ACCEO’s various units. Actively contributing to ACCEO’s growth since 2000, she is known for implementing innovative strategies and programs which mobilize employee commitment and integrate employee skills to further the company’s mission and values. Marie-Carmen has accumulated solid organizational and management expertise over the last 25 years, and she has helped to extend the influence of a number of large companies in the travel sector.

In addition to being a member of the Quebec association of Certified Human Resources Professionals, Marie-Carmen is also the chair of the board of TECHNOCompétences, an organization the goal of which is to foster the development of the workforce and of employment in Quebec’s information technology and communications sector.

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