Nunavik’s co-op association announces new GM
Mark Blair has worked for Ilagiisaq since 2001
Nunavik’s co-op association welcomed new leadership earlier this month; Mark Blair is the new general manager of Ilagiisaq-Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec.
Blair has worked for Ilagiisaq since 2001, largely in the co-operatives’ accounting services department. He has served as interim general manager since March 2020, following the departure of Ilagiisaq’s previous GM, François Day.
Moving into 2021, Blair said his goal is to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nunavik’s 14 member co-ops and the organization’s subsidiary companies.
“The last few months have been quite challenging, which we were able to overcome,” Blair said in a Dec. 23 release.
“I am proud to have participated in this teamwork. I admire the commitment and solidarity which drives our movement.”
Ilagiisaq oversees co-op stores in each of Nunavik’s 14 communities, all of which remain open as essential services. The co-operative association employs 1,110 staff, 800 of whom are based in Nunavik.
The co-op’s subsidiaries include Nunavik Petro Inc., FCNQ Construction Inc., Taqramut Transport Inc. Transport Katinniq Inc., Voyages FCNQ Inc. and Tarquti Energy Inc.
The co-op was able to return $10.5 million to its member co-ops earlier this year.
Ilagiisaq celebrated its 53rd anniversary in 2020.