Alain Bouchard

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Alain Bouchard

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Born1949 (age 69–70)
EmployerAlimentation Couche-Tard
Known forCo-founded Alimentation Couche-Tard
Net worthUS$3.9 billion (April 2019) [1]
Board member ofAtrium Innovations
Spouse(s)Sandra Chartrand[2]

Alain Bouchard OC OQ (born 1949) is a Canadian billionaire businessman. He is co-founder and chairman of Alimentation Couche-Tard, and also serves on the board of directors of Atrium Innovations. Both corporations are based in Quebec.

Early life[edit]

Alain Bouchard was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec and was influenced by his father, Jean-Paul Bouchard, going bankrupt when Bouchard was a boy.[3][4] Bouchard's father owned and managed a road-construction business in Quebec. When his father's company went bankrupt, the family moved to a mobile home in the village of Micoua.[5]


At nineteen, Bouchard worked as a stock boy in his brother's Perrette milk store and in 1969 was hired by Perrette's owner to scout and set up new stores.[6] At age 24, Bouchard began working for the grocer, Provigo, and given the responsibility of implementing a new convenience store concept, branded as Provi-Soir.[6] In the late 1970s, Bouchard worked independently as a retailer before founding Alimentation Couche-Tard in 1980.[4] Serving as Chief Executive Officer of Alimentation Couche-Tard from 1980 to 2014, Bouchard led the company as it expanded from one convenience store to more than 12,500 convenience stores around the world.[3] Maintaining a decentralized organization structure and using the best ideas found in the organization has been noted by Bouchard as factors in Couche-Tard's success.[7] In 2003 the company acquired U.S. based Circle K.[8]

Organizations and recognition[edit]

Bouchard was a member of the board of Québecor from 1997 to 2009. With a net worth of US$3.9 billion in 2019,[1][9] Bouchard is in the top 10 of richest people in the province of Quebec and top 25 in Canada and was named Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year for 2012.[9][4] He is the recipient of an International Horatio Alger Award.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bouchard is married and a father of four children Jonathan, Karinne, Camille and Rose.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Forbes profile: Alain Bouchard". Forbes Media LLC. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Gala Raises More Than $1 Million for Red Cross". Pressreader. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d "Quebec corner store king Alain Bouchard vows to pursue journey of global conquest". Financial Post. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Couche-Tard's Alain Bouchard named 'Outstanding CEO of the Year'". Financial Post. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Couche-Tard's Alain Bouchard has led his retail chain around the world, but he's not done yet". Financial Post. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Exclusive: One on One With Alain Bouchard". CSP Magazine. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Business leader with egoless ethic". The Chronicle Journal. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "Couche-Tard retiring Mac's moniker, rebranding as Circle K". Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  9. ^ a b "Canada's Richest People 2016: The Top 25 Richest Canadians". Canadian Business - Your Source For Business News. Retrieved 2015-11-22.