General Manager and Co-Founder
Quebec Young Leader: Social Responsibility
Laurent Levesque is co-founder and executive director of the Unité de travail pour l'implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE). Started in 2013, UTILE is a social economy enterprise that has developed a unique approach to building affordable student housing in Canada. Laurent founded UTILE with other fellow students while finishing a bachelor's degree in urban planning at ESG-UQAM, in order to develop a solution to the important need for housing, by and for the student population.
Today, UTILE houses more than 140 tenants and will welcome 160 more in a second building that is already under construction. The organization, whose growth has brought the team to a dozen people, is in the process of extending its housing model to half a dozen Quebec cities and even to other provinces. At the same time, Laurent supports other young shoots in the world of affordable housing and other projects of democratization of the economy, most notably as President of the Board of Directors of the Chantier de l'économie sociale.