Denis Coderre becomes strategic advisor for Groupe Hélios
After being defeated by the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, in the last elections, Denis Coderre becomes strategic advisor for Groupe Hélios. The company specializes in the management of recreational and industrial infrastructure in the water and building sectors.
The former politician made the announcement on his personal LinkedIn and Facebook pages on Tuesday afternoon. “Very happy to be part of the team. Thank you for the trust, he wrote. Groupe Hélios is a magnificent Quebec company and a leader in the water industry that more often than not provides essential services for the regions, for several Aboriginal communities and the municipal world.”
According to Denis Coderre, the future of water and its management must be a priority in a green economy and a real policy of sustainable development. “Fresh water is an essential commodity for life,” he says. We must protect it, respect it and above all ensure its sustainability and accessibility; it is about the future and the survival of our planet and our society.”
Mr. Coderre continues by mentioning that several expansion and acquisition projects both in Quebec and Canada and on the international scene are in the pipeline.
Two stinging defeats
Recall that Denis Coderre announced (again) his departure from political life after a second stinging defeat against Valérie Plante last fall. “I will no longer be in politics, I will do something else,” he said.
The former mayor of Montreal had failed to convince Montrealers to entrust him again the reins of the town hall. He received 38% of the votes cast, against 52% for Mayor Valérie Plante. Small consolation also for the boroughs, where his party, Ensemble Montréal, succeeded in electing six borough mayors, against 11 for Projet Montréal.
At a press conference, Coderre told journalists that what disappointed him most about the election campaign was the low turnout. “If you just have 26-27%, we start to look like a big school board,” he said. He also claimed not to have “made a dirty campaign”.