Evan Price named as one of Les Grands Québécois

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Evan Price was recently named as a Grand Québécois by the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently named Evan Price, president and executive director of CO2 Solutions, as one of Les Grands Québécois in the Social Sector.

A proud representative of the sixth generation of the Price family, who arrived in Quebec City in 1810, Price inherited a very dominant gene from his Welsh ancestors, that of philanthropy.

Price studied Forest Engineering at university and continued in the footsteps of his ancestors in that industry. Profoundly affected by the years he spend on the African continent with his family when he was young, he wanted to have an international career in developing countries. He devoted the first years of his working life in the tropical forest industry in Bolivia and the Congo, a high point of his life that he relishes.

Faithful to the Price family tradition, his many philanthropic actions are conducted discretely, without fanfare, respecting the values and needs of his community. Aware of being fortunate to have been born into a prosperous family, Price is motivated by a deep desire to give back to others. Wherever he brings his financial and personal support, his leadership and abilities ensure success.

Price currently sits on the administrative council of the Monastère des Augustines, one of the most innovative heritage projects in the country. Involved in the project since the beginning, Price doesn’t hide his pride to have taken part in the ambitious project which now shines on an international level.

He is also involved in the Fondation Rideau Hall, which supports initiatives that favour Canadian identity. He is on the consulting council of the Royal 22e Régiment, in line with the deep admiration he has for the military and their institutions.

Price is also one of the administrators of the Virginia Parker Foundation, a family foundation which financially supports many worthy projects and bursaries in the region and across the country.

Since 2013, Price has been the president and general director of CO2 Solutions, a Quebec business specialized in the capture of greenhouse gasses and recycling them for useful purposes. The company, now listed on the TSX-Venture stock exchange, aims to resolve one of the greatest challenges of our era, global warming.

Active for many years in the heart of the tourist industry, Price is the co-owner and administrator of the Auberge Saint-Antoine, a flagship of Quebec City’s hotel industry, member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, the Musée du Fort and Le Chic Shack restaurant.

Price is also the president of the administrative council of IOU Financial, an online financial centre, and member of the administrative council of Solifor, the largest private owner of forest land in Quebec. An active sportsman, he has been a member of the Québec Original ice canoe team for close to 15 years.

In 2016 Price accepted the medal of the Ville de Québec and the Ordre des mécènes on behalf of the Price family. He regularly speaks to promote philanthropy in the Quebec City region, “to the best of your abilities, because the only number you cannot settle for is zero!”
Price is the father of two children, now adults.

Other Quebecers who were named as one of Les Grands Québécois for 2017 were: Dr. Denis Richard, director of research at Université Laval’s institute of heart and lung research (Health Sector); Louis Garneau, president of Louis Garneau Sports Inc. (Economic Sector); and Grégoire Legendre, artistic and general director of the Opéra de Québec (Cultural Sector).