Who are the 50 leading figures that created the extraordinary in 2016? This is what URBANIA reveals in its 43rd issue, a new edition dedicated to Quebecers who are pushing boundaries and changing the rules of the game.
In this era of austerity, we needed to reassurance in regards to Quebec’s future. And so we decided to go back to our primary mission: to make the ordinary extraordinary. We set out to find individuals who bring a touch of the grandiose into their day-to-day lives. To find them, we appealed to our readers and to experts from 10 different fields. The response was overwhelming: we received an impressive list of names, amongst which we were forced to make a heart wrenching selection. From social entrepreneurs, scientists specialized in libido, a doctor-professional football player or a masked artist, these Quebecers ages 12 to 95 all have one thing in common: nothing can stop them.
The Spécial extraordinaire 2016 was brought to you by our main sponsor, Desjardins Entreprises, aslo a proud presenter of Histoires d’affaires, a web series and podcasts developed by URBANIA in which we explore the many challenges faced by entrepreneurs in this 43rd issue.
Both series (video and audio) aim to go beyond traditional success stories by showing the many detours entrepreneurs must take and obstacles they must overcome to achieve success. Among others, URBANIA presents Stéphanie Beaudoin, cofounder of La Face cachée de la pomme ice cider, as well as Olivier Bourbonnais and Xavier Peich, two of the four founders of SmartHalo, a GPS designed for your bicycle.
A second collaboration was developed for the 43rd issue of URBANIA magazine, with Le Devoir. Les Rencontres extraordinaires is a series of five podcasts, with notably a round-table episode on the future of media, as well as a discussion with Ladies Learning Code, a non-profit organization that aims to propel women into the tech world.