The surprising and remarkable journey of a man who is indissociable from the multinational company he built from the ground up.
A combination of tobacco shop, grocery store, beer stop, general store, newsstand, and fast-food counter, the Quebec depanneur has seen many transformations over the past 35 years—ever since one man decided to make it his life’s work. That man is Alain Bouchard. Curiously, few people have ever heard of him, even within his home province of Quebec, where he has spent his entire life. He is one of Canada’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, and one of the most highly respected in the world among his peers. His multinational company, Alimentation Couche-Tard / Circle K, has more than 100,000 employees, and over $50 billion in revenue. Having started at the bottom, as a volunteer stock boy at his brother’s store, and having worked many thankless jobs, Alain Bouchard is the very definition of a “self-made man.” So, what is the secret of his staggering success? What are the principles that guide this highly unusual businessman? These are the questions this book seeks to answer by tracing the surprising and remarkable journey of a man who cannot be separated from the empire he built—with a handful of loyal collaborators—from the ground up.