Donors and Partners

The Bensadoun Family Foundation

“The Retail Innovation Lab will enable the cooperative work of retail entrepreneurs and academia to open new successful ways to satisfy customer demand.”

Aldo Bensadoun
Honorary Lifetime Member of International Advisory Board

“As a founding member of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management Founders Circle, I am incredibly proud of our research partnership and new store on the McGill University campus. From the time I started Couche-Tard, we have been committed to innovation and to finding solutions that improve the experience for our customers and gives more time to our team members to serve them better. By having a live laboratory, I am confident that the research projects and technologies successfully tested at the lab will impact the work in many of our over 14,000 stores across the globe, pushing us forward in our vision of becoming the world’s preferred destination for convenience and fuel. ”

Alain Bouchard
Founder and executive chairman of the board, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

"Thanks to a visionary gift from Aldo Bensadoun to create the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, we have a wonderful opportunity for McGill to make an important and leading contribution to the retail industry on a global scale."

Professor Suzanne Fortier
Principal Emerita

The lab is funded by the Bensadoun Family Foundation and Bensadoun School of Retail Management Founders Circle, of which Alain Bouchard, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is a member.


“The unique research agreement with McGill University will help ACT to enable new customer and employee experiences in close collaboration with leading researchers. The lab is a core platform in ACT’s innovation portfolio and an important building block in the never-ending efforts to make customers’ lives easier every day.”

Magnus Tägtström
Head of Global Digital Innovation, Alimentation Couche-Tard / Circle K

Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of the number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), as well as in Ireland, and has an important presence in Poland.


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