Discover Les Canaux

Les Canaux supports actors committed in solidarity and innovative economies in France and abroad. The association develops social business support, the structuration of impacting economic sectors, and training programmes to support economic actors committed in the development of their activities. Les Canaux, by their federating approach, connects and involves local authorities as well as public authorities, private groups, start-ups and the social and solidarity economy.

At the crossroad of the definition of public policies and economic development, Les Canaux has been mandated by Paris 2024 to act as an interface with Social and Solidarity Economy companies and to make the first inclusive and solidary Games. ESS 2024, the solidarity platform of Les Canaux, has been awarded the national Territoire French Impact prize by the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition.

Social and Solidarity Economy structures, start-ups, local and public authorities…

to business opportunities and resources that you need to develop your activity

in the design and implementation of impact projects 

on how to succeed in responsible purchasing

Les Canaux animate the Maison des Economies Solidaires et Innovantes. In this magnificent pavilion renovated entirely from reinvented waste, the association organises events to make the greatest possible number of people aware about new lifestyles and ways of consumption. This federating place also hosts events from the entire ecosystem of the economic and solidarity economy and hosts international organizations, such as the European office of the Yunus Centre or the C40 Cities – the organization of megacities fighting against global warming – and also ecologically and socially responsible associations and startups.


For social entrepreneurs/associations

We will help you in the development of your project through a guidance program and connections with major actors of the ecosystem.

For the committed and curious citizens

We make you discover these positive initiatives and their solutions to make our lifestyles and consumption habits evolve.

For the institutions, local governments, companies looking for social/environmental impact

We connect you to this economy of the future and introduce you to entrepreneurs, agents of change, bearers of concrete and innovative solutions to solve the challenges of a global economy.

For the organisations involved in support and financing

Through a collaboration, we offer you to participate in the programming of Les Canaux, through workshops, event creation , meeting receptions

Our actions:

  • To be a demonstrator of what is possible and to make solutions visible.
  • Support, train and inform organisations committed for the planet and for solidarity.
  • Host events, meetings, encounters and inspiring exhibitions to promote a responsible world
  • Address, involve, be the spokesperson of all citizens. Give priority to youth, schools, research and innovators.
  • To expand international outreach, host international organisations – C40 Cities and the Yunus Centre – and receive delegations from around the world.
  • To be a showcase for renovation and design in circular economy (recycling, reuse, repair).

Les Canaux, a programme built with its entire community

The programmes of Les Canaux have been defined along with the entire ecosystem, within the Agora of Les Canaux.

An executive board comprised of 27 leading personalities of the sector. 

Eric Pliez – President of Les Canaux, General Director of the Aurore Association  and President of Samu Social de Paris / Moussa Camara – Treasurer of Les Canaux and Founding President of Les Détérminés / Basma Tliba – Treasurer of Les Canaux / Aurélien Furet – Deputy Treasurer of Les Canaux and President of REFER / Stéphane Berdoulet – Director of Halage / Pascal Canfin – General Director of WWF France / François Dagnaud – Mayor of the 19th arrondissement / Loïc Dosseur –  Co-General Director of Paris&Co / Myraim Faivre – Director of CAE CLARA et CLARAbis / Nicolas Froissard – General Director of Groupe SOS et Founder of the Mouvement Up / Edith Gallois – City of Paris / Saïd Hammouche – Founding President of Mosaïk RH / Laurence Jones – Director of Paris Initiative Entreprises / Bruno Julliard – City of Paris / Cécile Leclair – General Director of Avise / Joëlle -Morel – City of Paris / Caroline Neyron – General Delegate Mouves / Anne-Constance Onghena – City of Paris / Danièle Premel – City of Paris / Caroline Ramade / Marie Sabot – Associate Director of WELOVEART Agency and founder of the We Love Green Festival / Emmanuel Soulias – General Director of Enercoop / Taoufik Vallipuram – Director of Development of Ouishare / Lea Zaslavsky – Directrice du développement de makesense