APICA celebrates its 40th anniversary of incorporation in 2020! Its mission is to stimulate and support the Aylmer business community to meet the challenges of socio-economic development in the region. APICA is recognized as a key organization representing the interests, issues and opportunities of the Aylmer business community.
As part of its 2017-2022 Strategic Development Plan, APICA has determined to:
- ensure the satisfaction of its members
- support them in their efforts to increase the visibility and promotion of their products and services
- facilitate networking among members
- to foster solidarity and strength within the Aylmer sector business community
- to represent the interests of Aylmer’s business community to public agencies such as the City of Gatineau.
APICA is a social and professional network; for example, we organize happy hours at our members’ homes to allow the business community to discover the company. We also organize an annual golf tournament (in May) and will be offering new activities in 2020 as part of our 40th anniversary: 40 gourmet tables for the launch of the Old Aylmer Festival and a Celebration Evening in the fall.
APICA also organizes activities that bring the whole community together and offer festival-goers the opportunity to discover the businesses of Old Aylmer as well as our historical and cultural heritage: Le Vieux-Aylmer se sucre le bec (March) and the Festival du Vieux-Aylmer (August).
Finally, of the more than 120 APICA members, nearly 50% are located between Front Street and Belmont Street, while 40% are spread throughout the Aylmer sector and 10% in the Industrial Park. Of these 120+ members, 57% offer professional services to the general public and businesses, while 33% are businesses operating in the restaurant and food sectors and 20% are NPOs, institutions or political representatives (municipal, provincial and federal).
Business people, make sure you benefit from the services offered by APICA by visiting our website!
To all of you in the community, discover what Aylmer’s business community has to offer by consulting our APICA membership directory!
The Board of Directors of APICA
Board of Directors
Patrick Chénier (Ad Caffeine)
Éric Lebel (La Boite à Grains)
Martine Boily (Bistro l’Autre Oeil)
Lika Niasse (African Soul Food)
Myriam Laflamme (Laflamme Market)
Marcan Laramée (Ergon co-working space)
- Guy Leblanc
- Richard Bégin
- Pierre Dionne
- Pierre Donais
- Daniel Lacasse
- Gerry Philippe
- François Sylvestre
- Eric Delage
APICA has various committees that guide the provision of services to members and the organization of events. You do not have to be a member of the APICA Board of Directors to serve on one of the following committees: Communications, Golf, Social. If you are interested in an issue or an opportunity and would like to participate in its advancement, please contact the person in charge of the committee or the executive director who will inform you of the date and time of the next committee meeting.
Person in charge: Vacant
Other member: Patrick Chénier and Lily T. Ryan
Manager To be defined for 2021
Responsibility: See to the organization of the annual tournament and coordinate the work of the committee.
Person in charge: Patrick Chénier, treasurer
Responsible for : Vacant
Other member: Lika Niasse
Responsibility: Organize networking activities to allow members to meet on a regular basis and establish business relationships. To propose to the Board of Directors a calendar of trainings and conferences that meet the needs of APICA members.
The APICA President and Executive Director are members of all committees.
A strong group of Aylmer business people
Since 1980, the mission of the Association des professionnels, industriels et commerçants d’Aylmer (APICA) is to stimulate and support all those who do business in Aylmer in order to meet the challenges of socio-economic development in the region.